Religious estrangement

Long ago, let’s say in the Garden of Eden, rationality and irrationality were one. Some people may still sojourn in this blissful state but now the two categories are generally considered separate and even mutually exclusive. The reason for this separation is that people have begun to acknowledge different truths. Besides stupidity, selfishness and local living conditions the abstract reasoning is the chief culprit for the discrepancy of truths. Faiths perpetually erect towers of Babel from which people try to outshout their neighbours. This is how God must have brought multiple languages into existence.

Both induction and deduction serve to reasoning. Both analysis and synthesis help cognition. However, the former relates to intuition, to concepts to faith and to abstract reasoning and the latter – to practice and rational reasoning. We are challenged to combine those opposite channels of thinking wisely.

But there are ethnic dispositions to the intuitive approach. Some consider that religiousness stimulates conceptual reasoning and attribute ethnic science to the wide spread of religion. This is logical. It implies that pedocircumcision enhances ethnic component of science due to its positive effect on religiousness. In practice, the ethnic disposition to different types of reasoning sets them against each other. Ethnic preferences are subconscious but affect consciousness as they artificially contrast different types of logic. As a result of the ethnic dispositions, the rational and the intuitive reasoning battle with each other like the religious and the rational mind-set do. Abstract and rational thinking mutually impede each other’s development and hence stupefy us all.

The cooperation of rational and intuitive requires effort. People evade effort so an ethnic disposition easily misbalances reasoning. Ethnic inclinations of thought split groups into irreconcilable parts. On a personal level, the coexistence of mutually exclusive rational and irrational knowledge splits personality. For instance, as late as in the end of the 20th century Galileo was exculpated from heresy and the most progressive among Abrahamic religions – Christianity – officially recognized earth’s axial rotation.[i] Rational reasoning elbows its way out of the ancient dogmas with great difficulty. The march towards objectivity is slow but real. However, it advances to the sound of religious psalms, gospels along with its modern variants such as jazz.

The Jewish scriptures admirably illustrate the development
from the religion of fear to
moral religion …
Albert Einstein

Meanwhile god-fearing also evolves. Its progress does not seem to cease with the elaboration of moral convictions or with the formal abolishment of the List of Forbidden Books.[ii] Religious morals continue to conduct the rhythm to which reasoning marches. Its philosophy has deeply penetrated modern sciences and art.

A battle between two types of thinking – intuitive and rational – that should not have existed in the first place is ranging on. It is in the core of religious and political conflicts. Rationalism is unattractive as it is tedious and painstaking and does not offer miracles. It shies away from religion and mysticism simply because they oppress it. Abstractionism is more attractive especially for unsatisfied people. And last but not the least a widespread physical deprivation backs it all the time.

The battle only weakens thinking faculty so that it cannot cease by itself. But the situation can certainly be helped by eliminating the factors that produce artificial morality and religiousness.

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