P. I. Arasu
Fear is the key!
Organization: University Of Kentucky, Dept. of Math Sciences
From: email@example.com (P. I. Arasu)
We humans claim to be the most intelligent of all beings on
Earth. We have proof of our cabability to think: the incredibly
complex societies we have built. According to Carl Sagan, if the
entire history of Earth were to be scaled to a year, homo sapiens
would have appeared on the earth only in the last second of De-
cember 31st and within this second we have changed Earth, prob-
ably permanently (and not necessarily for the good).
But in spite of all this show of intelligence many of us cling to
beliefs like "Jesus Christ, son of God, son of a virgin, died for
us, for our sins and that is why we know what love is" etc etc.
I am not singling out Christianity. I am sure every religion has
beliefs that show human intelligence in poor light.
The answer I think is because of the fundamental insecurity of
humans. This is summed up by the Buddha's first truth
"Life has an unsatisfactory quality: suffering/pain/anguish,
one feels out-of-joint, or like a wheel off-center or not true on
So is the answer to such fundamental insecurity, irrational be-
liefs? Is the alternative to irrational religion, crude exis-
tance. By existance, I mean living through the daily chores of
life as if that is all that mattered. If so then, is there no
difference between humans and animals? Has anybody in this
group, overcome fear (without becoming an idiot and accepting
Fear is the key. Irrational religions can be eradicated only if
we can overcome fear: be it fear of not passing an exam, or fear
of someone stealing our money or the mother of all fears: the
fear of death.