It’s not exactly great journalism on my part to link to something like this, which I haven’t read myself because it’s too sciencey with lots of words like quarks and bosons that sound like they should be evil species in a fantasy universe, but I just loved the opening line: The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn’t fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, scientists say.
It seems that every couple of days, scientists are confirming some completely new type of matter, totally rearranging the way we see the universe. You don’t get that with religion. Each religion has it’s explanation of the universe- be it God, Allah, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster – and they’re not changing, no matter what. That gets boring.
If you join a religion, you sign on to accept their version of life, death and the universe, and it never, ever changes.
Some of them are harmless enough – the ones that don’t take themselves too literally, the ones who don’t go door to door threatening people with eternal damnation, the ones that don’t forbid you to use modern technology, the ones who don’t put more importance on a silly costume than on common sense, adaptation to local climate, and a reasonable sense of aesthetics, the ones who don’t want to force science teachers to teach things which are clearly, demonstrably false, and the ones who don’t object to people having a bit of a good time.
It’s the absolutism of belief that bothers me. They’ve got no room to grow, nowhere to expand to. They cannot raise their consciousness, or even expand their view of the universe, without betraying their belief systems.
And our consciousnesses are being raised every day. Our collective consciousness, anyway.