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DE LA CUESTA, Joseph Adrian A.

1C Seminar Description of my Faith July 12, 2013


God exists; he exists in peoples minds. Im atheist. There is no god simply because there is no logical proof that there is. Experiences and historical writings of dreaming people, which are exaggeration of events due to their emotional and political motivations, are not logical proofs. However, the saying To see god is to see in the eyes of faith is logical, since according to Nietzsche, Faith means not wanting to know what is true. Yes, god can be seen through faith but until then we are deluded; since god is a mere concept of hope and a mystery created by institutions in order to guaranty hope. Nonetheless, notwithstanding the fact that I am against the existence of a deity, I believe that there is no permanent atheist. Not an agnostic who is still unsure, but I am just more inclined in the idea where all existing shreds of credible evidence point to the fact that there is no god. I believe in the openness and the flexibility of science. Science has been constantly and consistently evolving, finding out more answers without getting tired of producing more questions. As an atheist, with science, I dont close my mind to the idea that there is a god only to fill in the gaps of what science can eventually answer in the future. Moreover, as an atheist, it is of no need to believe in a god in order to live life to the fullest. Accepting reality (factual) as it is, yet having a very wide perspective through satisfying curiosity not only with knowledge, but also with upholding social relationships, makes me happy. As an atheist, I also have faith; not with a god but with people. I believe in the capability and goodness of people. I believe and trust people in my relationships. There can still be genuine happiness without believing in a supreme being. These are, for me, nurturing lifelong relationships, achieving goals in life, and selfless service to people.

MY STAND ON RELIGION; EXPOUNDED ANALYSIS REGARDING THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS I believe in God; I just dont trust anyone who works for him. A stand-up comedian once told such saying in his show to, with the power of sarcasm, which opened the minds of its viewers the disadvantage of having organized religion in the world. Organized religion, being distinct from religion itself, is a practice of belief that existed throughout the centuries that rooted from communal religion and then perpetrated mainly by political power. The Catholic Church is stereotypically the paradigm of such kind of religion, being evident of its continuing existence since the medieval age. In one way or another, no matter how devoted organized religions are in pursuing unity and spreading salvation, their existence had brought only countless damages and tribulations to mankind. Ultimately, by deduction, one can analyze and conclude with the aspects of happiness, politics, and society that any organized religion is not necessary for a mans life in this world. Structured religions have always propagandized a god or gods to fill the gaps in the facet of happiness. Strictly being personal in nature, they have been arguing that in order to be happy is to believe in something that cannot be explained empirically. The belief of such would certainly result in ones happiness, for ignorance is bliss. Nonetheless, this claim is invalid simply because a person does not need to make believe for the rest of his life just because he has limited knowledge. Delusionary is hence a disadvantage for he is separated from reality. One, rather, should accept that he knows nothing than forcing something that is not real. A delusionary life is also a life of lie, or simply false happiness. The truth may hurt, but the truth shall set you free A life lived by religion is a cage while a life with free though flies with a tireless wing. Freedom of thought is much more important than forcing to believe by organized religion in the pursuit of happiness. Morality is the most universally unquestionable reason why organized religions persist to exist in the facet of politics. Since science cannot comprehensively explain the inherent ability of men to discern what is right and wrong, scriptures provided by such religions give exact instructions on how to live life rightfully in the society. As a result, towards governance of a nation, religion has for all time significant in implementing laws that maintain peace and order. However, this can be counterclaimed by the fact that politics is a science in which governance

must be facilitated by systematic process. Laws founded on religious morality are narrow ones since it neglects all other religions that are not in scope of such laws. Also, usual indecisiveness in taking control of nation usually roots from rulers basing their decisions on voodoos and superstitions with no actual bases. In the aspect of society, structured religions practically voice out unity. Since such are organized, all under them are required to practice the tradition without necessary questioning. It does an excellent job in keeping common people quiet. And as a rebuttal against this, these religions are repressive to the enjoyment of free thought. One cannot rightfully exercise his own reasoning since he is heavily obliged to act or conform to what the tradition says. Furthermore, a person needs to be flexible to the changes in the society and conservatism offered by religion cannot make him adapt to such. Absence of structured religion brings about liberalism. One can deductively analyze and conclude with the aspects of happiness, politics, and society that any organized religion is not necessary for a mans life in this world. Delusionary, unscientific, and repressive are what is brought about by religion. As an option proposed to the reader, it is not necessarily atheism that is propagated but the essence of personal religion. One should realize that the inherent and genuine purpose of religion is to make one fulfilled with his life as such gives him purpose. Hence, if he experiences oppression and unhappiness with the current religion he is in, it is de rigueur for him to renounce such and have its own system of belief.