Free thinking is a necessary prelude to an open, progressive, and accepting nation and society. It is essential to have a forum to be able to communicate with them even if it is at the cost of being proved wrong.
This would help people to think differently, expand the existing horizons of thinking, and to be able to evolve innovative ways to refute or implement new ideas. A spirit of inquiry and a sense of inquisitiveness is important for any community, at an individual and collective level.
“The free thinking of one age is the common sense of the next” – Matthew Arnold
I absolutely despise the hypocrisy in religion. I was raised Catholic then Methodist and I was always taught “Judge not lest ye be judged”, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”, and “Do unto others as they would have done unto you.” So, what exactly have I witnessed in Christianity? None of it!
You can’t just call yourself a “Good Christian” and then discriminate against different groups of people. If there was really a God, why are very good people dying of terrible diseases like cancer? Why are so many people across the globe living in poverty? Why is there always fighting? Why is there no world peace?
It’s not okay to go up to someone and say “If you don’t accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are going to Hell.” Everyone is entitled to have their own beliefs and people need to respect that. Also, there are over 4000 different religions throughout the world, so how can anyone assume that their religion is right and everyone else is wrong?
As a scientist I have always been inclined to ask questions, to have a profound curiosity about life and for everything that I don’t know. I want to explore everything that seems unreachable.
I wonder, oh I love to wonder about things: humans, nature, relations, the cosmos, life and death. Many times I don’t find any answer, and in the way I get punished by people who think they know it all: religious and atheists alike.
But I don’t care. I don’t care because for me the most important thing is to always try to find out what really matters.
I have learned that at the end of it all it is our belief what takes us to a better place, every second of our lives. I believe in goodness, I believe in loving forever. Because there is forever. I want to believe.
I believe in the continuation of 1: our consciousness and 2: the energy that the cellular machine called mitochondria creates every millisecond of our existence. My beliefs don’t follow any religion, but I believe in compassion and absolute respect for other people’s lives.
“If you believe in yourself, everything is possible. Live the life of your dreams. Let it be!
I am wondering what the prevailing opinions are on this topic. In my opinion the possible options are:
1) An afterlife of some sort.
3) Karmic reincarnation.
Personally, I hope there’s an afterlife of some sort. But nothing has been proven. The First Law of thermodynamics: “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”—Einstein, would only “prove” that even mosquitoes would have an afterlife? Or maybe that energy is just different, human energy more evolved, recycled/transformed?
There are so many areas to explore, in physics, medicine, biology, chemistry, philosophy. I am currently studying quantum physics, space-time, and these theories make my brain wonder even more about life and death: 1) The Parallel Universes Theory and 2) The String Theory
So, scientifically I don’t have any answers, But I hope there is something amazingly better “out there” that our brains cannot comprehend yet, something that science still needs to explore and discover. Some sort of evolved energy we are transformed to after we die, maybe?
Our earth is beautiful indeed. The human body and all living organisms are amazing. But the behavior of humanity can be so disappointing and harmful to many that it would be pointless if this life were the only one we have to.
And if it is, then we should all make the best out of it: treat each other with respect, dignity, kindness and loyalty, I would like to evolve, to continue to live, to extend my and others’ life,
To me, every moment of my life is sacred, I live deeply every emotion and thought, pain and joy, I don’t waste my time believing in unicorns, in fairy tails. I hope, because I don’t fear. But I live, and I do it intensely,
Do you know that when we die helium is released after a very interesting and complex chemical decomposition reactions of the human body and it -helium- goes up to the atmosphere and then to the universe? That is a fact.
That being said, I trust science, but I love philosophy and I love my life too, so I will be a life extension for as long as I live and then, I hope, I can only hope… there is an afterlife of some sort.
But there might not be an afterlife after all. Who knows, nobody does.
Lastly, I want to point something out about Dr, Stephen Hawking, whom I have great admiration for his research in science. However, I respectfully disagree when he referred to computers no having an afterlife. I laughed when I read this, I thought that he was joking (he was a funny guy) so I did some research and nope, he wasn’t being funny at all, he was death serious.
How can anyone compare the human brain with a computer in terms of living or dying? But I will give him the benefit of the doubt since he was a very smart guy… I must be misunderstanding his quote?
When it comes to medicine and biology, I have noticed that most physicists make statements I disagree with, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson included. Anyways, here is the quote: