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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

THE GOLDEN EVOLUTION (Part 18): Secular Faiths



The following continues the serialization of Chapter 5 on religion from SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity:


Secular Faiths



Secular relates to this world and is non-spiritual. Religion delivers on God’s Word or Rules, where faith is blindly accepted as a necessary belief, and is further treated in a later section. There are said to be three great secular faiths, all from the 1800’s: Darwinism, Marxism and Freudianism. Marxism (by Karl Marx, German revolutionary from his Das Kapital, which was never finished) is socialism, and appears to be on its way out. Freudianism (for Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist) deals with the emotional and psychological state of mind, but more so, that many (if not all) of us are not in full control of our actions, and, too, seems to be losing some favor.


Darwinism (Charles Darwin, British naturalist, who between the ages of 22 and 27 took one grand boat ride around the world on the HMS Beagle, went home and pretty much stayed there for the rest of his life) was only about evolution, until time and society forced upon this science: creationism, religion and truth. While On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (yes, Origin of Species is only part of the full title), published when he was 50, rankles those who totally subscribe to every word of The Bible (which, as shown in the following section, happens to be 45% of Americans), there no doubt are a few true believers who can adjust to a prime force engineering life through some more sensible process, like evolution.



Paul Kurtz (if you were to click on his name, you can spend a day reading that Huffington Post article and 576 comments) editor in chief of Free Inquiry, wondered if it might be sensible to create secular and humanist alternatives to religion. It thus occurred to me that as much of the world seems inclined to worship a supernatural god, mostly because belief and faith have been an important part of their upbringing, further providing a psychological crutch for mental security, would it be possible, in a desperate global emergency, to replace a virtual Supreme Being with another symbol, something, perhaps, more purposeful and legitimate, such as the natural environment or mankind itself. That is, believe in your surroundings and the people around you.


This thought began to take shape in the first chapter where it was suggested that the menacing disaster of Peak Oil and Global Warming might become so serious that the only solution would be for the world to immediately disarm and apply all financial and human resources to prevent a global cataclysm. Praying certainly wouldn’t help, so why not devote your faithfulness and energies to the task at hand. That secular alternative could well be Planet Earth and Humanity. Amen.


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The Dow Jones Industrials moved up 12 to 10,907, with European markets down and those of the Orient increasing. Gold dropped $2/toz to and crude oil revolved around $82/barrel.


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Tropical Cyclone Paul, at 45 MPH, is dumping rain on the Northern Territory of Australia, but is finally weakening.

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