I venture to assume that most religious people have the exact same questions and curiosity as we secular people do.
it's human nature.
but it's equally human nature to cling to fairy tales and security blankets and thumb-sucking for the sake of a feeling comfort, even in the face of overwhelming logic. people just want to be comfortable and ignore any serious contemplation of their mortality. I understand that. I still think they're weak pussies for not facing it, but I understand. I mean, it's not easy to accept the fact that life is largely a meaningless accident. because you'll have to remember that fact at every funeral you go to and every time a beloved pet dies. you won't get the comfort of imagining them dancing around on the clouds with angel wings and pixie dust. you'll have to go on with the knowledge that they're worm food and you're left behind.
life is meaningless.
but that's no excuse to live life without meaning.
every day you wake up and you see this world around you with people in it and stuff happening.
people who think and feel just like you do.
it's your decision how to engage this world and what to do with it. there's only one rule: life begets life.
the only real meaning to anything is procreation. life needs to keep life going. so we can actually use this knowledge to construct a real, true, moral code and ethical society. and if people are willing to simply be educated and interact with each other, that will hopefully lead to prosperity for everyone. there can be a Right and Wrong way to live life. the Right ways are those that respect and support life and allow it to flourish and grow in a way that's just and fair. the Wrong ways are those that disrespect and oppress life and make it more difficult by unfairly disadvantaging people.
and if that's the case, then we already know the answer. we see it all the time.
it might sound fruity but it's f*cking peace and love and understanding.
when you put a bunch of children together and just let them go, they don't see divisions. they don't see race or creed or color. until you start purposefully injecting their minds with artificial divisions about shallow and superficial differences, children will only see other human beings, because people naturally want to get along and work together and be kind. it's their sh*tty parents or other sh*tty influences that turn them away from this. it's not in nature.
religion is just another artificial construct of man that places yet even more unnecessary and artificial divisions between human beings that shouldn't exist.
we don't need more barriers to understanding. we need less. WAY less....
sh/t we also got off topic.
this was about aliens. thanks Carmen.