In the investigative studies and direct experiences of personal phenomena, none who take it into their sphere of action to retain sanity whilst continually involving their minds with this subjects complexity, go without meeting fanatical persons on every side of the spectrum. No matter what group we may point out who are fixed into a paradigm of beliefs pertaining to the utmost mysterious qualities of reality–wether science, religion, parapsychology, or mysticism–there are those who display almost an illness of gullibility or, on the other side, skepticism. The “easy believers” perhaps have not caught themselves up with the science of the day to understand that very questionable superstitions, derived from their own fancy, need not have a place where normal and natural activity is occurring. As the hard nose materialists or matter thumping reductionists have usually already made their conclusions and from there, filter every bit of information through them. Claiming, as I have witnessed them do, that all phenomena has as its causal foundation in the known laws of physics or gene function and thereby scoff when any incorporeal, largely unprovable element of reality is given as a cause.
Problems arise with either side and though these are not the only two approaches which contain these biases, they serve as the general two which are well recognized, and to the writers eyes, most abundant. Some will go, and have gone, to the most exhaustive measures to deny that there is any magical aspect of reality simply because they themselves are a very unhappy, boring, and perhaps even a dreadful and miserable human being. Though the same depressed persons fall into the other category of beliefs, having not recognized any beauty in their own lives, they turn their attention to the most extraordinary unseen forces, finding there a sphere of their own imagination which allows them an exaggerated avenue towards a reality which they lack entirely––but desperately wish to be involved with. We must, in a way, safeguard against these belief systems without becoming emotionally frustrated towards them. Each being alike its own religio-institution, they are not an exception to the rule of standard psychological dispositions.
In the realm of those who feel an impulse of hatred at merely the word “God” itself, disregarding the idea as if it is only to be found in the contradicting swamp of some Biblical or Koran based authority, is it a surprise that they feel the same hatred when hearing of so-called mystical experiences or evidence of psychic capabilities? Not much of a startler no, yet it is not a surprise either that the same ones whom preach the religions of love cant find that love and direct it towards those who conduct themselves as atheists or the like. Nor can they stand their ground when reasonable sciences have outdated their age old beliefs of an omnipresent deity allotting scribes upon a spec of cosmic dust, and there laying his one and only begotten Son along with his most potent divine plan––a plan of which if not followed shall result in an everlasting damnation of Hell-Fire.
Truly the religious fundamentalists lack a perspective of sanity regarding their doctrines carved up thousands of years ago in a time and place, useful to itself, yet far out of the imagination of modern man. As well it must be mentioned that the opposing forces to many religious beliefs use certain contradicting scriptural delusions as there basis for criticizing all spiritual thought. This is actually humorous, for the “pagan” philosophers of the ancient world whom truly deserve our attention (of which there are many) regarded these as, to use the words of the Neoplatonic Iamblichus, comparable to “tales of old women”. Thus entirely unsavory are the both of these immature sides of the great debate. So then, as is normal to well spread human absurdities, these divergent beliefs systems have carried on battling for millennia and it will possibly be centuries before the masses backing their perspectives come to some bridge of common agreement.
The point, however inconvenient it may be to some, is that today we have the capability to study phenomena from all points of view capable to acquire. Instruments and strategies of science are at our disposal and the greatest fancies ever recorded by the human mind have been developed at the lack of evidence upon phenomenal experiences. We may use the dogmas given by all belief systems to our advantage, in that the opposing sides are fundamentally flawed with bias, we [younger generation intelligence groups] however, have the ability to look into these matters more neutrally and objectively using both doctrines; not allowing for a moment to be frustrated when a belief diametrically opposed to our own is provided. This is because ones whom truly wish to allow truth to flower in the gardens of experience, know the depth of ignorance with which they are constantly increasing upon the attainment of knowledge. One may say “I believe this thing to be true” and not have any direct contact with whatever it is they profess as that truth. Such a situation is quite pervasive. Certain scientists claim to know the due date of the end of the universe yet they have barley left their laboratories confines, and have not at all been to these distant places in this all-encompassing universe they profess to be the prophesiers of. Whereas groups in the religious community claim to know all to well the plan of the omniscient deity which created the entire collection of cosmoses.
Thus claiming knowledge beyond the capability of being proven, one places themselves aside from the intelligence groups taking on a proper investigation. This must be recognized by the intelligent youth today, for there are no excuses as to why conclusions can not be viable enough to be presented with a substantial degree of credibility through experience and repetition. Likewise there is no reason why a healthy skepticism cant be exercised equally towards both science and the more mystical approaches to phenomena. For we can still be scientific and reach into the phenomenal, and we can still be spiritual and reach into the reasonable, when the necessary measures are taken in these regards we must inevitably come to a romance wherein new possibilities are factually existent regarding the activities of reality we previously thought impossible to coexist. With this let us begin to consider the routes by which reason, science, and spirit weave themselves together, and let us be attune enough to recognize when the fallacies of sectarian bias spread into our cultures like a virus of pandemic potential.

 

-Collin Conkwright

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