As I read an article on how “Nepal’s Largest Stone Buddha At 12,600 Feet” got built and then I read the comments, I couldn’t help but feel that people are repeating same old mantra and not thinking for themselves. One comment suggests that instead of building such a statue, the money should go to the poor instead. I totally understand the good intention of such a comment, but it’s a narrow minded thinking and missing the big picture altogether. Of course, at Buddha’s time, he said you should not idolize him and focus on his teaching instead. Nonetheless, we’re not living in a time in which his holiness is alive, and so it’s so misleading to think that a Buddhist tradition can carry on without idolizing him in a physical form through arts and sculptures. After all, his teaching doesn’t come out of thin air. Without the peaceful fanatics (not the violent ones of course) who idolizing him, I don’t think his teaching can be spread far and wide. Although we all know moderation is best, but I don’t think the making/worshiping a Buddha statue is sinful. A narrow minded person could seek out a path where he/she could choose to not remember and respect the Buddha himself through idolizing him, and he or she could pray and hope his holiness trace would disappear along with his peaceful teaching altogether. Sure, it might not change the world in any way of shape or form if this to happen, but his teaching is one of the peaceful ways and to go without such a knowledge the world may be missing out on something really good. Not everyone can inherit a strong self in moments of helplessness in everyday life, and so his holiness teaching could always lift such a spirit out of despair through such terrible times. I think people should not spit out mantra as if they’re a saint themselves, because if you’re a Buddhist you should care not if someone else is idolizing him in a peaceful manner, and instead you should focus on his timeless teaching. Somebody got money to make a statue of his holiness, it’s their business and not yours. If you got money to help the poor, you could always do it yourself instead of preaching. This idea can also be applied to Christianity and other peaceful religions. I’m not recommending anyone to idolizing a cult’s figure and go crazy on normal folks, because the whole idea is to worship and idolize a peaceful deity and in this way peace can exist among our brethren and sistren.
When an egg decides to hatch a chick, an egg must have wondering who’d hatched it. When we human beings came to being, we probably had wondered countless time who hatched us, right? Furthermore, we probably had wondered about the purposes of all the wonders on this earth and within this universe. For an example, we must have thought hard about the perfect marriage of male and female of all types of beings. Furthermore, when there is day, night must follow soon. Furthermore, these creations are for whom to enjoy?
With the chicken and egg curiosity, groups of different society within human population decided to form their own religions to explain the universe and all of its secrets. Then science came to prominent, and it was too intended that it was a more proper way of approaching the chicken and egg curiosity. Still, so far there is yet a satisfactory explanation to this chicken and egg question of our universe. Whenever a specific religion or science tries to explain the chicken and egg curiosity, a complete satisfactory explanation isn’t really realized.
For an example, if a religion said that their God had created this universe, then we must have to wonder who had created God? If a science said that Big Bang had created this universe, then we must have to wonder who had created Big Bang? This curiosity seems like a question that cannot be answered clearly, because the chicken and egg theory can go into an infinity. Furthermore, we have to wonder, if there is night, then there is day… if there is infinity, then there is a limitation. So, I guess if we are to be clever, we must have wondered the chicken and egg curiosity must have a finite explanation.
Still, I have to wonder, can an infinity gives birth to a finite existence, and then a finite existence would in turn giving birth to an infinity? Otherwise, how can we explain what had given birth to an infinity? Thus, the chicken and egg curiosity marches on!
I’m not an expert on any religion, and I’m, myself sometimes, swaying within the wind in choosing the one religion as my only faith. Nonetheless, in my opinion many religions promote brainwashed idealism in the twenty-first century are stupid! How come? As science makes advancements, humanity becomes evermore progressive in intelligence and social morals, us humans can reach and touch places that could only be dreamt in the pasts. For an example, the future is all about space exploration. When space exploration is possible, stars and planets that represent gods are merely just stars and planets. Perhaps, those stars and planets will be colonized by us all!
Nowadays, I’m seeing religious people who wage their stupid holy war as the ones who do not accept the future! Holy war is a relic of the pasts. In the past, science wasn’t all that active, and so we all thought the earth was flat and the center of the universe. How wrong were we, right? Even a blind and ignorant person nowadays can just play a science audio or video on the Internet that explains the inner working of the universe in details. We know we are not all-knowing about the inner working of our universe, but we know we got many things right! How ignorant can one be to believe in whichever religion that promotes wars and killings? Such a religion is more of a work of fiction and cult! Any religion is to be considered a religion in my mind is not capable of promoting war and killing!
I think a religion is to last for centuries to come, it needs to be progressive and open mind. If a religion is to last just as science and technology will last for centuries to come, a religion must accept that humanity is always going to be progressive. By this I meant such a religion must morph and change with time. As science undoubtedly discovers more advancements as time progresses, a religion needs to develop into less of idolatry and superstition and more into teaching moralities. A religion needs to hone a human’s goodness and not otherwise. In the end, I think a religion needs to become a teacher and not a killer! If a religion is to last, it needs to be a great teacher. A teacher who can teach peace and promote the end of all killings!