My friend said to me, “how do you explain the human desire to find God? Don’t you think God put that in us – to drive us to find him?”
“No,” I said unequivocally, “definitely not.”
Here’s why: that’s like saying “Sweet” put the drive in us to eat sweet things. Sweet created the incessant drive to know sweet things.
The sweet sense developed to get us to eat ripe fruits – which tended to be safe to eat. There is a sweet, vanilla flavor to mother’s milk. Sweetness is a sense. The sense has been taken advantage of by the food industry, which has added sugar to nearly everything in order to increase sales. People don’t eat things they don’t like. Even though it’s healthier for us as a culture to not put sugar in everything, unsweetened things don’t sell as well as sweetened things.
Then religion twists the metaphor. It says that God creates the drive. It says that the answers are inside of us. It says there is no other explanation for our desire to know the unknown. God is the reason for the drive.
That’s bullshit. The drive is there. Religion has co-opted it to get more members and sell more products. Like the food industry, religion is big business.
We seek meaning. We seek understanding. We constantly create theories and think the theories are absolute truth.
There is no such thing as absolute truth. In order to get free, we must free ourselves of the belief in absolutes.
There are only theories and beliefs overlaid upon our inability to conceive that life could just be – which is the way it really is.
Life is. Everything else is a metaphor, a story, a myth.