010 The Meaning of Life and Other Tall Tales

In Meaning of Life on December 4, 2009 at 6:46 pm


There are some, I am sure, who will choose to continue believing what they have always believed, regardless of the opinions expressed here, but this is not an issue. It is precisely because we don’t know for a fact what is true, that we construct religious belief systems around opinions.

Some of these opinions are quite well-reasoned, enough to create the possibility of belief (a theory of belief, if you will) and can easily be applied to both camps (believers vs non-believers), and can be used to support either position—which further demonstrates the inconsistencies in things attributed to god.

This is my way of saying there is nothing to argue about. You are probably both right. All you have to do is spend an afternoon trying to understand the behavior of “quarks” to know that this universe is even more amazing than we could ever have believed. Quarks (the building blocks of life) literally alter the physics of life.

The Last Word on the Inflluence of Religion on the Meaning of Life

The only topic left to talk about with regard to the role of religion is this: Do we need god in order to explain the meaning of life? Not do we need to exclude god, but do we need to include him? Remember, we only introduced the subject of god because the claim is made in almost every faith on the planet that you don’t have to die if you know and follow the required ritual.

Yet there is still another possible explanation why we can put god in one box, and the world in another, and still talk meaningfully about the meaning of life. Consider the artist who creates a work of art. Once the work of art is complete, do I need anything more from it’s creator? How about a novel, or a poem. Once written, do we still need an author? Does music still need a composer? A computer need an engineer? Or any other technological gizmo?

The answer is a resounding no! Even the black widow understands this on a biological level. Once created, the creator is a short-lived non-essential presence. No wonder he is never around once he creates the miracles. So in the final analysis, we will let the churches and philosophers oversee the religious aspects of life, and the rest of us will continue the search for the meaning of life, rather than the meaning of religion.

Next week, we take a side excursion in which we attempt to demonstrate that we do not exist. If we do not exist, then there is no meaning of life. If we do exist, then we have the first hint of proof that life has meaning. This may not be the most efficient way to solve the riddle (we would need a great deal more than one instance), but it does satisfy our requirement to lighten up on occasion by spinning a tall tale.

Copyright © 2009-2010 by Tad Laury Graham

“The Meaning of Life and Other Tall Tales”

  1. Like you, I have looked at quarks and some of the other close-to-unbelievable characteristics of the universe proposed by quantum physics and been dumb-founded. I grew up being taught that there are mysteries we cannot possibly understand – things like how there can be 3 persons in 1 god, for instance. But I don’t have to leave this universe to find mysteries that I know I will never fully grasp. Somehow for me to live immersed in this mystery, to continue to push at the perimeters of knowing (which of course only makes the boundaries of the mystery greater) is an awe-inspiring, even awe-full experience. I’ll take it next to the strait-jacket of religious dogma a thousand times over.

    PS: There may be some kind of glitch on the “notify me of follow-up comments.” I clicked on it yesterday following my comment on your Author’s page but was not notified of your comment that followed. Now, I have just tried to click on the “notify me” box on this comment, and I was taken to your home page. Since you are accomplished in computer-speak, this might not create the sense of panic for you as it would for me. But for the time being, I’ll just keep coming back.

    • I’ll look into it further as soon as I get some free time. I’m sure we can get it fixed. May take a couple more days, but this time we will try to make it a little more user friendly for the long haul. Tad

    • P.S. – I got post 011 “posted” finally … It almost says what I intended. Omissions to be handled next time. Let me know what you think.


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