We live in a world today where people enjoy being the pinnacle of intelligence. The bully around their circles posturing themselves as the spokespeople for their faiths or lack thereof. It does not matter if that faith or belief is that of atheists such as Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris. It does not matter if this faith is that of Pope Benedict or Deepak Chopra.
Harris and Dawkins have proclaimed that many of the worlds religions hold a stance that their religion is the only correct belief. This is true. This is, however, a strange proclamation to make from two men that are also proclaiming to be the pinnacle of their “followed” belief systems.
They also label this upon religion as a condemnation against religion itself…that they believe religion is dangerous and caters only to the ignorant. Ignorant? They believe religion is ignorant solely because it lacks scientific reason or proof. Interesting notion. The last time I looked, science has not yet begun to scratch the surface of total universal understanding. Basically, Dawkins and Harris consistently look to proven scientific fact to tell us not only what the world is, but also what the scientific probabilities are for everything that has yet to be proven or falsified. This seems like a contradiction in itself. It seems as though they are making their own theory based on their knowledge for things not yet scientifically proven. They would make the argument that they are basing their theory on scientific fact which may be true, but they are still taking a leap past their scientific fact to make these theories.
I recently watched a video of Richard Dawkins at UC Berkeley in which he produced his scale of Religiosity. A Scale of 1 to 7 in which 1= I know there is a God and 7= I know there is no God. 4 being a 50/50 chance of God’s existence. He pronounced himself as being a 6. Why would he do this? It is because there is no proof that God does not exist. He does not want to engage in this argument. It is an argument that he cannot win. For a man who wrote the book called The God Delusion, it seems strange that he would lay the burden of proof on the one who believes in God. That book sure sounded like a proclamation to me. Perhaps, the burden of proof of whether God exists or not should then lie on Mr. Dawkins. Is this not the proper scientific etiquette? Maybe Mr Dawkins would then re-title his book…God is My Delusion. Watch this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZtEjtlirc&feature=related)
There are many things spiritual or otherwise that are in existence that this worlds science have not yet discovered. Certainly, there are also many flaws in the current scientific belief. One day, science will find those flaws. To think that we are now sitting within the pinnacle of universal knowledge is not only egotistical, but it is of the same ignorance that Dawkins and Harris claim against religion.
Now, let us get into the other side. Deepak Chopra has been the most seen and heard person on what some would call the side of Spirituality. He has actively debated with the likes of Harris and Dawkins. If Deepak Chopra were the spiritual man that he says he is, then he would not argue at all. For those of you who cannot believe I just said that, get that surprised look off your face and just listen for a moment. Dawkins and Harris, as
spiritually diluted that they are, are very intelligent and articulate men. They know a great deal about the world of today. They can and do teach a great many people very good information. One thing you have to understand about people like Dawkins and Harris, is that they live within a concrete, “in-your-face” reality. They see nothing beyond what is proven or scientific possibility. Understanding where they are coming from…why would you venture to argue with these men that obviously hold no credit to anything beyond what their science proves?
Mr. Chopra also makes current and constant positive change within people’s lives, but just like Dawkins, Harris, Bob in the house down the street, and myself…is not the pinnacle of knowledge. I grow very tired of the scientific and spiritual community for giving birth to people of incurable ego.
Wait…wait…just wait one minute Erik. Then what is it that you believe in? Are you just walking the middle ground?
My collective belief is the knowledge I hold true…scientifically proven by this world or otherwise. I will continue to change lives through the work that I do on a daily basis. That is what I do. Organized religion falls short of the assistance to man in the totality that it was intended to provide. Science only secures proof for a very limited portion of existence. Spirituality provides an all important binder that holds everything together. How do I know this?
Well, simply put…I have faith. I have seen my validations as concrete as the science of Dawkins…not through my ignorance, but through my own life long trials of what is and what is not…what can be proven and what cannot. I cannot provide you with my validations as if they are yours. You have to be constantly aware of your own validations. I have seen the change in people…seen the validations brought to myself and others on numerous occasions. I am not going to wait for the science of Dawkins to catch up to those truths nor am I going to put this into a Chopra filter for him to dictate what I know…what I am…nor should you.
—– Erik Sudberg