Thursday, January 16, 2014

Difference of attitude in science and religion.

Tussle between science and religion is not new, this is age old fight which is still going on. While attacking each other people from both sides have very strong arguments to prove their point. Even after so many years of conflict on so many different levels both fields still exist and are very popular among masses. The debate becomes very intense when someone questions existence of super powerful God, because concept of God is one of the basic element for most of organized religions, they all believe that he (in most cases it's He) is the creator as well as controller of this universe and there are some books which he delivered to dictate his message (known as holy books).
Now is this debate any useful? Will it lead to any conclusion, if yes, then what and when?? these are some of questions which some people who are tired of these discussions and arguments often ask. Normally people are too scared to change their beliefs for some obvious reasons, so most these discussions often turn into arguments where both sides try to convince each other that other party is wrong or try to change each others opinion rather than understanding each other and this makes all effort useless because it doesn't produce desired result for both the parties involved in this discussion. For me it's a simple question of personal need, many people still need religion in their lives, they are very much dependent on it, they feel their existence depends on it and questioning it scares them, makes them angry, worried, when questioned they become either defensive or offensive depending on their personality, rarely people manage to stay neutral on this subject. I think no one should object people following any religion as long as they keep it a private affair. At the same time many people don't need religion anymore, they all have moved on, they don't find this concept of any use to them so they question it, challenge it but they also sometimes become too aggressive while doing this which complicates the situation, they need to show some patience while questioning these age old beliefs. People who challenge or question religion are increasing day by day because of this the argument is also getting more intense, before it was easy to silence challengers as it was really a minority group but now a days even minority has a strength and importance, I think this has changed everything.

So what is the major difference between science and religion? According to me it's the attitude to look at the things and deal with the things, this is the major difference between these two fields. Let's consider one hypothetical scenario, consider two groups of people (or societies) totally disconnected with each other but simultaneously existing (like life on two different planets). Imagine one following only science and on only religion (doesn't matter which religion, one can assume whatever he/she likes), now imagine that both of them discover something like 'fire' for the first time, initially both groups were amazed by the beauty of fire, at the same time astonished and scared by huge power associated with it. Religious group considered it as a creation of their creator because some knowledgeable person said so, that person even wrote a book describing nature of fire and how to deal with this supernatural, most powerful thing. They started worshiping it, they consider it a divine creature, they even use it for purposes which they think don't make their creator angry (like cooking, heating, etc.) and follow that book for this purpose. They have one constant burning source of fire from which every one borrows the light to lit their own fire, as this is divine creature no one is supposed to create their own. After some time some one from some where came with a lamp to this community, suddenly they felt threatened by existence of another source, they tried to blame this lamp carrier a blasphemous guy who is challenging their creator by trying to create the thing which they believe only their creator has power to create. So, now there was a competitor and with competitor came conflict, few people got attracted towards concept of smaller, nicer and pleasant flame and started following that lamp guy, both groups started hating each other because each thought that other group is totally insane and then rest is the history which we all know, I don't have to go on with this story any more, I think most readers got the point which I want to make, this is what current state of organized religion is.

Another group also goes through same emotions in the beginning after discovering the fire (surprise, amazement, fear, etc.), but they were also curious about how this fire is formed, how can it be used for their own good, this was not a sacred item for them, they studied its properties and discovered that they can even make their own fire, this opened up many more avenues for them where they can use this fire for their own good in many ways. They made many instruments and machines which can use power of this new entity. Here also a new person with knowledge of microwave radiations arrived from somewhere, she/he showed them that in some aspects this source works better than their fire, everyone was happy to see the new invention, they all welcomed the new idea, some even thought of collaborating with that person to see if two ideas can be combined to form something better. Some challenged this invention, their view point was also given due consideration, they also performed some experiments to confirm that the new invention is the real thing not hoax. This resulted in formation of many more new branches which attracted many people who were skeptical about new invention in the beginning, but none of this created any rift, hatred or fight but rather increased debates, discussions. This is very simplified example which I chose, but this is what I see happening around me in today's' world, now few people will say religion was really good in it's 'original form' but that original form is thing of past (if at all it was there), I based my opinion on things which I have seen from my childhood and even I see around me today, anyone is free to present their view on this I will be interested in knowing it.

So according to me both the groups react differently to similar incidents and that's the major difference between these two areas, their attitude towards looking at the things is totally different. Now it's up to an individual to decide which approach (or combinations of approach) he/she like or prefer. I personally choose science because for me it sounds very logical and rational, whereas religion has become private property of some institutes and organizations which act in dictatorial manure, I don't like this so I don't follow them, everyone is free to choose what they like.

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

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