Shashi Tharoor once said, “India is a highly developed civilization in a highly advanced stage of decay”. India transformed into a wealthy country under great emperors like the Guptas, the Mauryas and so on. India has been in a constant flux of people, religions, languages and cultures ever since because of its wealth, wisdom and natural resources.Long before other cultures began, India pioneered many of todays most important achievements.India pioneered many important scientific, medical, architectural and mathematical achievements that are still used today.
Albert Einstein once quipped, “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made”. We were one of the very first society to use algebra and calculus and shit like that. The number zero was invented in Ancient India.Sushruta, who some call “The Father of Surgery and Ophthalmology” not only wrote a complete volume of ophthalmologic diseases which included signs, symptoms, prognosis, and interventions but he also executed some of the very first cataract surgeries on the planet.
However, whoever does not flow with the tide of time, is destined to be left behind.
What happened to this great nation?
The nation which was once called the ‘Golden Pigeon’ of the world turned into Pigeon shit.
Why this country became the plethora of rapes and social stupidity?
We boast about sending the cheapest rocket to Mars and how our culture encourages scientific literacy, we produce engineers as fast as rabbits produce offspring during a mating frenzy, but all these fancy facts come with a hidden caveat.
People in this country started to take their religion way too seriously, I mean they still do.
Before realizing they are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christians, they fail to realize that they are humans first. “Blind faith” is the norm for anyone who follows a “religion”. There are people who grow up within a religion and rarely question it but just go through the motions.
Because of the fundamental incompleteness of the modern culture to capture the totality of human experience. Note I refer to it as a culture because these are prevailing cultural attitudes.
Modern culture has accentuated secularism, post-modern thinking in order to incorporate a diverse set of viewpoints, and an emphasis on “rationalism”. It has its darker aspects because modern culture is fundamentally “me” – centered and fundamentally glorifies the self.
We have more materialist than ever before, we process small sound bites without deeper thinking, and we are uncomfortable with ambiguity about our existence. The brittle questions about existence, our deeper purpose, and what it signifies to exist in the world get swept under the rug while we are regaled with more media, more sound bites, more advertisement, more drugs, more caffeine, more success, and more noise.
At some point, you stop and look and think that people are missing something much grandiose. Something is incomplete with the story that modern culture is painting.
But what is this grander thing?
So you begin searching and it takes you to: Religion. This is akin to the metaphor of Plato’s Cave where the humanity find themselves in a cave, enamored with the shadows cast upon the wall, while missing the larger reality that are part of.
Religion is the yearn of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions because as Arya Stark points it out very neatly: ‘Fear Cuts Deeper Than Sword’. It is the opium of the people.
Religion preys on peoples fears, death, loneliness, fear of the unknown and so on, once fear takes hold, rationality goes out of the window. That’s why religions target children, the homeless and addicted, vulnerable people who are desperate for salvation, but instead they get myths and false promises.
History of humankind gives an account of how many superstitions have prevailed and caused misery to human beings in the past. In the Western societies, during the Middle Ages, thousands of innocent men and women were killed merely on the grounds that they assumed that they practiced witchcraft. In Medico, during the Azetic regime, hundreds of men were brutally sacrificed every year to appease God. In India, till mid-nineteenth century, a terrible practice called Sati was there in which thousands of women were burnt alive in the funeral pyre of their husbands on the superstition that they would live with their husbands in heaven. In addition, human sacrifices were carried out in both North and South India, either to appease God or to get his favour. Likewise, many barbaric superstitions existed in India.
For example, during Puri Jagannath Temple’s car festival, many devotees would deliberately fall before the wheels of the chariot to get killed. They committed this suicide on the supposition that they would go to heaven. In that period, many forms of suicides and female infanticide were in practice.
All superstitions are harmful since they inactivate the reasoning capacity of human beings. Secondly, they arrest human endeavor and initiative. Thirdly they make people waste their energy, time and money in worthless rituals and ceremonies. These things lead to decline and decay of civilization. So, we have to be vigilant and guard ourselves against the superstitions.
In our country, superstitions are multitudinous and varied in nature. Our superstition of attaching sacredness to ‘Cow’ is well-known world over. Our caste based obscurantist ideas and beliefs are proverbial.In Indian societies, idol worship is one of the major superstitions that preclude the development of scientific bent of mind. If its history is probed into, we find that idolatry has been one of the oldest superstitious belief of humankind. Almost all societies of the world practiced them in one form or another during a certain period. But, considering its evil effect, many societies began to shed ‘Idol worship’.
The stupid people assume that by worshipping idols, their sins will be forgiven and they will be rewarded in this life as well as afterlife. Only under that intellect, they perform costly pilgrimages to the so-called holy places and fill the temple “Dan Petis“ with money and jewellery. This illusion forestalls people from acquiring worldly wisdom. It also averts people from realizing the value of thought and work. As a result, people live in vain hope. They expect wonders to happen in their lives. Under this false reliance, they don’t involve themselves in any productive and creative activities sincerely. This wrong mental attitude towards life and work acts as a major hindrance to our progress.
This stupid credence in the prophecy based on the position of some stars and planets at the time of one’s birth is another widespread superstition. In India, the majority are under the abstraction that they can peep into their future with the help of astrology. Even the educated Indians believe the blabbering of the illiterate astrologers.
Fidelity in God-men and God-women and their supernatural powers is another eccentric superstition in Indian society. This odd belief too had existed in all societies long ago. But, with the spread of knowledge and rationalistic ideas, this faith has waned in all the civilized societies. In India, this stupid belief is still alive. The present condition is such that anyone who can perform a few magic tricks can become a god.
As per this yardstick, a large number of Indians are the slaves of superstitions since they fear to doubt their beliefs and put them to logical and rational analysis. By performing meaningless rituals and ceremonies, they imagine themselves as religious and pious. They are unaware that they are ignorant. To change the condition, spirit of enquiry needs to be encouraged at all levels. People should be motivated to think rationally and review all our values. They should be encouraged to sluf off the useless and senseless values and at the same time abide by the meaningful values.
We are ridiculously superstitious – from freaking out every time a black cat crosses the road, to not cutting nails on certain days to being the worst possible human ever and yet believing that your unpleasant karma account gets wiped clean by taking a dip in a river; you name it and we do it. While some of these superstitions were born out of some best practices followed by our ancestors a thousand years ago, it doesn’t make much sense in the age of Google’s self-driving cars, super fast internet on your smartphone and Nanotechnology.
So when the likes of a bigger than life individual come along, exploits us by something as pedestrian as cold reading and sleight of hand, instead of trying to figure out just happened, we go bonkers. Now add onto that, the fact that most of us are socially exercised via superstitions and their ilk to believe blindly in hogwash, partake in activities without rational questioning and anything which cannot be construed is quickly attributed as a miracle and a Godman/Godwoman is born.
Our herd mentality coupled with our obsession for personalities creates a cocktail for this madness. Our fetish with those of us in the public eye elevates them to the status of higher mortals who must be doing something upright to be where they are. Instead of focusing on the hard work which got them there, we indulge ourselves with silly details like what Amitabh Bachan has for breakfast and which religious cult is he a part of? What we, the gullible Indian people fail to see is that these celebrities are in bed with the Godmen and Godwomen, scratching each others’ manicured backs.
The Radhe Maas of this world dangle shortcuts in front of us, tempting us and tapping into our greed and then swindle the fuck out of us. The cuteness of this whole operation is that even after suffering losses time and again, like the proverbial “mandir ka ghanta” we keep coming back for seconds and thirds. Our greed forever, three steps ahead of our common sense.
Indians crave for more validation than people from most other countries I’ve met. Deviled on by our huge inferiority complex we use confirmation as a measure of our self-worth. And if you feel kinda worthless, needless to say, you probably have little belief in yourself.
It starts with the tiniest of things like having to rely on a God or a Goddess for helping you clear an exam and over time, things that you worked your ass off to do are silently attributed to divine intervention. The bogus babas and maatas, are just another crutch for many of us, to not have to make those hard life decisions because we are too scared of consequences and doubt our own abilities, and would rather have somebody else make those decisions for us.
And as for myself, I AM AN ATHEIST. There, I said it. Call me what you like — humanist, secular humanist, agnostic, nonbeliever, nontheist, freethinker, heretic, or even bright. I prefer skeptic. I don’t know why the God question is so enmeshed with all of these other social issues, but it is. It shouldn’t be. It’s OK to be a religious person or a conservative atheist but just don’t shove your religion down other people’s throats. I don’t think there is a God, or any sort of anthropomorphic being who needs to be worshipped, who listens to prayers, who keeps a moral scoreboard that will be settled in the end, or who cares one iota about who wins the IPL. There is no afterlife. We just die, and that’s it.
Which is why what we do in this life matters so much — and why how we treat others in the here and now is more important than how they might be expounded in some hereafter that may or may not exist. If we knew for certain that there is an afterlife, we wouldn’t have debates about it, and over the millennia, philosophers wouldn’t have spilled all that ink wrangling over it. Since we don’t know, it makes more prudence to assume there is no God and no afterlife, and act accordingly. That is, act as if what we do matters now. That way, we’ll think about the Earthly aftermaths of what we are doing.
I am sick and annoyed of politicians, and just about everyone else, kowtowing to the religious right’s hypersensitivities and politically justified “tolerance” for diversities of belief — as long as one believes in God. Any God will do — except, of course, the God who troths virgins in the next life to the brave pilots who fly planes into buildings. Those of us who do not believe in God have had enough of this rhetoric.
I am an atheist:
- Because the idea of a god or gods seems like nothing but rudimentary superstition to me.
- Because I have never stumbled upon any compelling evidence that any gods exist; just rationalizations, poorly framed apologetics statements, and emotional credence about belief.
- Because I have never felt the requirement for a god in my life any more than I have felt the need for a motorcycle. I’m just not bemused by either.
The astounding miracles of science has led me to believe that our advertence and theories about the world have some truth to them. There happens to be a austere logic to the universe that we are slowly beginning to understand and exploit. Deists believe a supernatural initiator set the discernible laws of physics in place; theists believe this creator is still around managing the universe and intervening with the process. Believers will often believe their personal prayers have an influence on the universe, which would clearly demand a violation of the laws of physics.
Science seethes down to the expectation that the laws of the universe are, in fact, invariable. In this stimuli, it is the literal antithesis of theism. This is undoubtedly the reason the religions often hold such animosity towards science. I want to direct here the most insipid of anti-science arguments: Science does not know everything. This evident truth is often feebly exploited by the religious who claim
I want to direct here the most insipid of anti-science arguments: Science does not know everything. This evident truth is often feebly exploited by the religious who claim only god could fill the gaps in scientific knowledge. This is a crestfallen failure to understand what science is.
Science is not an aggregation of knowledge or a compilation of facts – it is a method for gathering credible information. Science exists concretely for those gaps in our knowledge and if the gaps were ever completely satiated, science would no longer be necessary and cease to exist.
The failure to admit science as a process rather than a body of knowledge is why we see the religious people emblazon everytime science corrects its course. Paradoxically, the correction of views in light of newer, better information is somehow scented as proof of unreliability. But if intransigence would be an attestation of being valid, then shouldn’t we replace modern medicine with Ayurveda or some other ancient form of healing that hasn’t bothered to keep up with the onrushes in science?
The “god of the gaps” – theory is assumably the reason why scientists hold animosity toward religion. Religion will fill the existing gaps in our knowledge with gibberish and restrain science’s access to them.
People like Ram Rahim, Radhe Maa, pedophile priests and of course the Islamic terrorists are the outcome of religion superiority in this world over logic.
Heard Faith can move mountains, don’t know about it, but I have seen what it can do to skyscrapers.
Maybe this is what the Mayans predicted.Not an asteriod or a Solar Flare,but the end of what we are,we no longer cherish life or other people,our earth,animals and resources put on it. War, Genocide, Abuse, S enseless Mass Murder, Animal Cruelty, Rapes, Greed look around you.
THE END OF THE WORLD IS ALREADY HERE