As a very curious person I’ve always found myself asking a lot of questions.
My curiosity never chose sides; it didn’t matter exactly what or where something happened, but why and how always intrigued me.
As a questioner myself, it was always easy to notice that quality in others. I realized that something universal, something about the human race, kept calling my attention.
Every single person has an innate desire to become a better person, regardless of what one’s definition of better is.
Mostly, becoming better always ends up in the same word: God.
Don’t understand me wrong if you are an atheist, agnostic or a science adept; what we call transcendence nowadays is, somehow, like making yourself closer to God. Religion is nothing other than getting closer to God.
If you don’t understand my point, the Christian bible says in the book of Genesis 1:27, “So God created mankind in his own image”
I usually quote the Christian bible because it is the most popular book of all time; therefore its passages are always known. There is no religious preference in this blog.
What inspired me to write this article was a BBC article that showed me how close science is to achieving some sort of immortality.
When I see this kind of thing it proves to me how religion is correct and how science is also correct.
Our questions are, step by step, leading us deeper and farther into our innermost self.
If you read that amazing article you will see that the questions are no longer about if immortality is possible, but rather when we recreate ourselves digitally, thus becoming immortal, are we going to miss something?
Probably you will immediately think on something like a soul, a divine spark or something like it.
The truth is that we don’t really know.
When people seek the path of altruism and selflessness which most religions preach, we aim for not only becoming a better person but also leaving a legacy behind.
Religion also always enforces the importance of family, the importance of passing on the good deeds for our kids – and how our good deeds, our selfless attitudes, will change the world and make our name remembered. Catholicism even goes so far as to encourage the canonization of exceptionally enlightened people.
Reincarnation, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Brain Back-Up, are all ways we seek to extend our experience of living.
The more you study, the more you see a pattern.
Regardless of the belief, there’s always undeniable similarities that prove that the human is not only always evolving, but is also the most adaptable and versatile animal in this planet.
We always discover not only one way, but several ways to get to the same place. The more we open our minds to different opinions, to different beliefs, the faster we learn.
Science cannot evolve without the faith of believing in something never seen or done before. Religion without the logic wipes out the understanding on how to act positively and brings only the worst out of people like fanaticism and prejudice.
Some people might call me an extremist for the fact that I believe the middle term is maybe the best, but they might be right.
Maybe it’s exactly why those two opposites are always fighting that stimulates each side to give their best and to keep evolving and growing.
That’s the kind of question that only God knows, which for the atheists is a philosophical idea of complete wisdom, knowledge and kindness.
I do not recommend Hollywoodian movies often, but if you watch Transcendence (2014), you will see how close this reality is. Not only that, you will see that with science and with a logical and imaginable approach for our times, immortality and omnipotence is reachable.
For the religious fundamentalists, if you think that is a mortal sin, I honestly say it’s our very own nature.
It is built in us the desire for more, to get closer to God, to act like him. Most of the sacred books teach that’s what we should do, to follow his steps.
Maybe, if you are more conservative, you might be skeptical about how close we are to reaching our idea of God.
But the thing is, God is everything, He has infinite power and wisdom, with the very same logic that show us that our mind immortality is within reach, if you put your biases aside you will see that it is impossible to reach infinite. It is impossible to be God.
It is like the big bang, such a huge universe, but in the end everything just wants to seek its origins again. It doesn’t matter how much we learned or evolved, the only thing we know is that we know nothing.
Instead of criticizing something that you do not agree with, why not try to understand. Even if you consider something evil, wouldn’t knowledge about that make you stronger?
There are no excuses for not learning more, for not respecting more, for not understanding more. The world is full of segregation; the universe is unimaginably vast but it moves slowly and steadily.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in the Big Bang or in God; you have to understand that in both stories we come all from the same initial primal point.
If all the paths lead to the same spot, why not gather forces and help each other? Doesn’t physics tell us that two forces working together towards the same direction are stronger? Isn’t it simple to understand that two forces working against each other make both slower?
Criticizing even what you consider to be your enemy doesn’t make you any better, faster or stronger.
Because in the end, We are all One.