As humans, we have always been afraid of the great unknown. The vastness of space and time is enough to send shivers down the spine of even the most educated astronomers and scientists.
There is indeed a hole in the story of life that will baffle us and shine uncertainty on everyone; and it is our choice to either A) accept the beauty and mystery that lay beyond the said void, or B) fill the void with the belief of a higher power. Sadly, it is the latter option that seems to have drained the humanity out of humans.
The beauty of our somewhat perfect world has been defiled and trampled on by belief systems that seem to take that awe away. We no longer have love for our fellow humans, and we often wonder why.
I’m sick of being made to feel as if my life does not have a purpose. Life does not have a purpose. We as human beings are not on this planet for some divine and important goal; nor should we have to take this belief as a form of nihilism.
As a collective, we should not divide ourselves. We should all be working towards leading enriched lives, and we should be working in conjunction with the other animal species in which we have all but forgotten about.
I’ve had a lot of people bring up the topic of compassion when it comes to religion. Throughout my life, I have studied religion from an outside perspective and have constantly found teachings of compassion. However, the discourse with humanity in this day and age, is selective compassion.
We have institutionalised compassion and spirituality to the point where it has become okay to pass judgement and/or express hatred over other human beings.
Often, i hear the argument that “these people are not truly following the word of the lord”, but this does not give reason - in fact, it fuels the fire.
This idea can be blanketed with minorities or labelled as unrepresentative, but stepping foot onto the streets of any city in my country proves that lack of respect and compassion, even at a basic level, is clearly the majority.
Our Conservative, Christian government in which everybody apparently dislikes, has become the catalyst within a grand re-acceptance of xenophobia, racism and just a general ignorance towards others. Although I am not blaming the government of Australia, because I understand that these qualities almost exist as part of our national identity; they have taken the helm of a misguided ship and are steering it further and further in the wrong direction, despite what the map says.
Where am I going with all of this you might ask? Well, basically I have not spoken up about the way I feel as a humanist for a long time, and at a time where we seem to be losing touch with what is naturally wrong as an intelligent and communicative species - we need to be taking a step back and assessing our situation.
We need to be steering away from supporting institutionalised compassion and moral judgement. We need to stop dividing our fellow humans due to what media outlets, government and religious institutions tell us is right, when they are in fact acting with their own agendas.
Compassion, love, kindness, spirituality, intelligence and communication are no longer 100% intrinsic; and the meaning pools in which we are brought up in are determining who we are, and how we act. It is our job to change the water within these meaning pools - we need to drain them and re-fill them with a more compatible meaning. Until we do this as a collective, tomorrow’s today will be as bleak as today’s yesterday.