Divinity lost

I do not believe in God. God is born of religions, religions say things that science knows to be false. The bible, the Koran, the Gita are interesting to read, but I do not identify any more with one or the other. Moreover, science can criticize religion sufficiently well, and so religion does not satisfy me. I have learnt to snigger at religion and religious people in general. I do not believe in patriotism, to be born on a certain bit of land, at a certain time, why should it matter? I believe in humanity, that is supposed to be my religion, this humanity. But here I am confronted with a problem, humanity is so extraordinarily vast, that in practice this means nothing at all. An identity by definition requires it to be identifiable among other identities. I am not a man either, no more than from pure biology, but psychologically I am not a man. I have grown up snearing at old “values”, and orthodoxy. The same goes for art, without any hierarchy, as Pessoa, art is now sentiment, everybody has sentiment, so justin bieber’s adolescent pangs is now art. But there shall be no more Sistine Chapel, there shall be no more Taj Mahal. It is all over. Nothing left to elevate man, for nothing is above man. Hideous roadways, tall metallic structures are all we have now. We have lost the charm of the useless, the false, the religious, the sacred. Nothing is sacred anymore.
Nietzsche said “The lie is a necessary condition for life”, we have lost out lie.
But there is still a need for meaning, for we are still human,we search to fill this void, a vacuum. We make meaning tangible in money, ad capitalism thrives. Oh how the emperors of the past would scoff at the billionaires of today. Is it a surprise that all that Bill gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg want is money and control? While Akbar sought to bring hinduism and islam together in the Din i illahi. But no hierarchy, means only one hierarchy: wealth. We search for it in CERN collider that is taking nature by the scruff of her neck and violating her till she screams out “truth”. It is curious to me why we are so interested in going to the extremes in science, why it is that somehow it is more important to know about particle physics and astrophysics than it is about humbler, terrestrial science, like how to know where a rock will go when I throw it. Does M. Stephen Hawking have a workable model for out of equilibrium glassy dynamics? I think not. His knowledge is humble, but since we have no more gods to venerate, we venerate him. There are so many more terrestrial mysteries to be solved. It is not a surprise that so many physicists wish to obliterate nature, now that humanity has given up on religion, this is a desperate cry for sense. But all is lost, no sense shall come, for Pessoa knew, that reason is always between faith and criticism. We know how to snigger at religion, but there is no end to criticism, there is no end to the barbs that we can poke at life and meaning and old traditions and cultures, but nature shall remain mum, and wisdom shall never be ours. If M. Hawking thinks one day he shall read the mind of God, he is a bigger fool than any religious bigot.
Finally, between the artist and the scientist a chasm has formed. Omar Khayyam was both poet and astronomer, today a physicist scoffs as much at the poet as the religion, and sees no “use”. How can one begin to define the use of the useless?. He feels no need, no attraction to it. In schools we praise the constructive powers of computer science, as though nothing but a machine is worth building. The Taj Mahal was built when architect and artist came together, this shall happen no more, or in anycase no more for a higher purpose than to reflect man himself. The word divine has lost meaning, this beautiful word is no longer ours. I look up to the sky, and I only see the clouds.

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  1. « Cette grande légende, cette grande voix symbolique n’est-elle pas, sous des formes différentes, la même que celle des Védas de l’Inde, des Zend-Avesta des Perses, que celle de Prométhée d’Hésiode ? Les personnages et les mots sont seulement changés, mais l’idée du drame reste la même. Quant à nous, nous reconnaissons dans cette grande figure d’Adam une humanité qui n’est plus ; dans l’Eden, une civilisation transfigurée ; dans le serpent, cette tentation insatiable, orgueilleuse qu’a l’homme de tout connaître, de tout approfondir ; dans l’arbre de la science, cette acquisition immense de connaissance, cette science infinie qui porte en elle le fruit fatal qui doit un jour perdre le monde, comme la conquête du feu céleste perdit autrefois Prométhée. »
    « L’orgueil de la science, ce vieux péché du monde, qui a été un jour la cause de la chute de l’homme dans le passé, sera encore la cause de sa chute dans l’avenir. »
    Eugène Huzar, La fin du monde par la science (1855)

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