The longer I have lived and the more I have learnt, the more I'd like to hear just one major world religious leader announce firmly that the invisible, undetectable entity they believe exists does not. I think the number of non-believers will eventually become a majority over those who do, but it will take nearer to a thousand years than hundreds.Quote
I'll explain what I mean. There are better and worse states of consciousness to be had in life. By that I don't mean moods: I mean the sort of headspace you're forced to live in as a result of what you believe about reality. I have extensive experience of two pretty bad ones.
The first is Evangelical Christianity - my mind made subservient to an irrational divine text, striving to live up to an idealistic moral code that is a very bad fit for the human animal, leading to a life of inevitable moral failures and lots of self-hatred, as a I viewed myself as a constant disappointment to God.
Oh, absolutely not! I found it quite the opposite; not as dramatically as some - because I had never been deeply immersed in dogma, but a very small missing piece slotted into the jigsaw and the picture became whole and real and far, far more interesting, exciting and wonderful than it had been beforeQuote
The second is atheism - reality reduced to a mere mechanism, everything stripped of meaning, life without value or purpose.
Yes, I can see how that would follow a much greater change.Quote
Pantheism and non-duality were "consciousness enriching" because they infused life with meaning without poisoning it the way religion did. (Let me add one important caveat here: "enriching consciousness" was not the motivating factor in any conclusion I came to; it just happened as the natural consequence of getting rational clarity.)
One of the questions which came up as far as I was concerned in any discussions - which were fairly often in my family - was that of how can God be on both sides in the war (WWII? Even my father, whose belief in God out there somewhere was absolute, couldn't get his head round that one!