Changing qualities characterize entities. They are perceived in pairs and are defined by the difference between them. Aristotle refers to them as “opposites,” and categorizes them as “principles." He also indicates that rather than characterizing each other, they characterize or act on a “third thing” or principle…
In the early decades of the 19th century a series of terse, sometimes cryptic statements concerning the essentials of existence were embedded by their author in writings by other subjects. Why were they "hidden" in this manner, when considered in their own context, what is their meaning, and why has it taken nearly 200 years for them to be recognized and acknowledged?
“Religion is to me a personal matter. It is my personal quest. To practice it I need not join a group or run with a crowd. On the contrary, the object of my religion excludes the objectives of others. It is limited to what I would do and what I would be. My religion is as unabashedly self-centered as it is singularly focused. I am both the center and the circumference of it—both its benefactor and its beneficiary. I am the sole ‘member’ of my religion and in it I take my place at the head, heart, and foot.”
Once the respective claims of the advocates of science and the advocates of religion are understood, one realizes that they are not fundamentally different. Both sides put forth a claim that can’t be confirmed, and therefore the difference in the claims is only an assumed difference. Whether the Other is God or the World is of no fundamental significance because neither God nor the world is knowable. And, in addition, whether what is real is God or the World is hardly worth arguing about when neither side knows what reality is or whether it is God or the World.
Somewhere along the way...religion made a turn and so did you!
As long as there are humans there will be religion because to be human is to search, to struggle, and to strive. People have thought that the purpose of religion is to get rid of the human, get past it, go beyond it, and exchange it for something better. And there’s the rub—what they think is “better”! Their substitutes for the human are such things as “eternal bliss” and “nirvana.” The singular characteristic of these “states” is that they would rid us of the very things that make life worth living. They would rid humanity of humanity. In heaven it’s hard to be yourself!