Well, it's Sunday morning and I was watching one of those televised evangelical church shows. Something dawned on me that made me remember one of the things that I consider elemental and vital in our communal quest for a better society, presumably brought about by better people.
For a long, long time the religious community, including folks representing all major religions have been professing concepts of human behavior the most often propose some form of monotheism, that is, a "one God" view of our world. In my opinion, this fundamental concept is valid and justifiable by observation and study.
However, there is a huge, cathedral flaw in the essential understanding of the entity through which the creative, all inclusive nature of what is commonly referred to as "God" is applied and which forms the basis of most traditional religions.
The flaw to which I refer is the almost universal and outrageous anthropomorphism of this all powerful, all pervading, and universal source of creative energy.
The first clue as to the general idiocy of this tendency is the sexist referral to this omnipotent beingness as "He" this and "He that". This is just plain ridiculous. And, even the brave ones who switch the anthropomorphic reference to "She" meaning the "Goddess" are equally incorrect.
From this fundamental error, the rest of the system, founded on such a primary error, thus becomes not only incorrect but prevents any true understanding of our species' relationship with the transcendent aspects of our nature, and greatly limits our potential for our most comprehensive and beneficial evolution.
I have tried (mostly in vain) to come up with a term for whatever universal principle that would best represent this entity or force. The best I have heard is offered by Amit Goswami, who labels this invisible force as Consciousness, the ground of all being. Still, it is an uncomfortable and complex term, requiring a lot of study and background knowledge to comprehend. Oh well, wouldn't it be worth it to a least try to comprehend the real, true nature of what we call "God"?
Our religious leaders cop out spinelessly, and try to deliver their message supporting the fallacious status quo of the concept of divine participation in our fate and the background of our evolution.
In short, a new paradigm in thought regarding the nature of this transcendent principle and our relationship to such principle or aspect of our being needs to be developed, enhanced and propagated through dedicated research and education.
Here are some basic ideas that might enhance this development and the incorporation of the expanded concepts into our society in general.
1) We are not separate from "God/Goddess.
2) There exist states of our being that are transcendent to the visually and sensually tangible reality that currently define our idea of our existence and our self identity.
3) These transcendent states are the primary connection points with universal consciousness, the ground of all being, that many modern scientists are referring to as Quantum Consciousness.
4) Exclusive Newtonian physics, the foundation of modern materialism,must be replaced by Quantum mechanics as the superior system for furthering our understanding of the essential nature of our universe. This does not mean to abandon the Newtonian principles altogether, but rather to regulate those valuable principle to the pragmatic applications for which for they still and possibly will always be appropriate.