4 Weeks Ago
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Join Date: May 26th, 2003
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| | Re: Have you noticed
What I have noticed is that all purposes are bound. There's no necessity without desire, and all desires are personal.
As for an overarching metaphysics of purpose. Well, it's a nice enough story I suppose, and haven't we all thought of it as an obvious hack? If you could believe arbitrary things, then one of the obvious ones would be that there's a god that you worship by doing all the things that you think would be desirable in a person, and who loves you if you do those things and will reward you with an eternal goody bag.
But belief doesn't seem to be volitional in that way. Faith isn't a choice - it's an experience. An experience that can sometimes be forced on you, and sometimes just seems to happen because who you are interacts with what you believe in some way that I don't quite understand.
I suspect most religions got their start that way, someone noticed that people were apt to believe these things and encoded the sort of person they'd like to be in a story and then.... organised religion.
Maybe even starting off as relatively innocuous beliefs, "Don't hit your sister or the boogie man will eat you."
Or perhaps it's just people who don't matter very much longing to matter and coming up with stories where they do - if you've low self-esteem the idea that you're a son or daughter of god is probably quite reassuring. Saying things that you'd like to believe even if you don't quite believe them yourself, those in a similar situation find easier to believe because they didn't come up with them - and then that group feeling of being close to people and wanted and so on reinforces the original belief to the point where they actually do believe it.
I can think of a couple of ways it may have come about. Hell, maybe it came from dreams; in our dreams we fly like gods, and might a more primitive species interpret these as more accurate reflections of reality than they are?