The Blind Watchmaker: How True is Atheism? 2


“What is GOD? What do we mean by god? A make-believe Krishna, the Allah, or Jesus? A power which has been nurtured and made invincible by our forefathers and their fathers? A power which has weakened us from the roots, a power which has robbed us of our belief of the infinite potential we possess.  The idea has been spoon fed incessantly into your clay-like minds from the day we were born, that there is a power up there… who watches us constantly, HE who is the architect of this universe.”

I still have some distant memories of this blind passion, and my childhood. A very common question for my mom was ” So what did you ask from HIM today?” and like an obedient boy I used to answer “shatbuddhi, shatshahosh aar monerjor” (a good mind, courage and will power).

Now, the question is…why did I ask for all these things?
I was hardly 5 yrs of age at that point of time… I neither had the mental maturity to understand god…nor did I understand what it actually means.

The answer is as simple as you thought of. I was taught to ask these things. And the reason is: I am just a face in the crowd. Scores of children like me got the same spoon feeding.
We have been so influenced by the presence of this invincible power that we have started using it as a crutch. The concept of GOD has made us disabled in this walk of life.

My first contradiction of the concept of GOD is

1. GOD is relative. When you take an electric bulb to a very distant village which is yet to see the light of civilization, the people term it as a supernatural power, uncanny, god or the devil, or something very close!! There are things which science hasn’t been able to prove till date, now every one of us who are enlightened by the light of civilization and technology can identify between uncanny supernaturalism and an electric bulb.  My next question arises in the same domain. In our Hindu scriptures and epics we have seen innumerable tales of supernatural powers being possessed by sages. But strangely for reasons unknown to me… this innumerable instance of the display of supernaturalism has decreased tenfold in the 21st century. With the scientific proliferations, holding the hands of technology, every attempt of supernaturalism has been proven wrong by science; sealed into its coffin even before confusion rose. As in childhood tales I have been fed some very strange (at that time it was interesting though) tales of enlightened saints walking effortlessly in mid-ocean. There has been absolutely no documented proof of any such activities at least till now.

2. GOD is definitely not the supreme architect of the universe For people who has the blind faith in the infinite power called god his strongest argument can be the watchmaker argument:

“In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there; I might possibly answer, that, for anything I knew to the contrary, it had lain there forever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer. But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think of the answer I had before given, that for anything I knew, the watch might have always been there”


The counter argument here is
that suppose you take in to the fact that there exists a watchmaker for this watch in the middle of nowhere. Further down if I pitch my foot on a shoe, in accordance with my previous answer there must be a shoemaker? Therefore, according to the analogy, created life must have a life maker, the sun a sun maker and snowflakes a snowmaker. This implies that there are several creators in the world, responsible for all kinds of creation. Now if there was a shoemaker and the watchmaker there must have been their respective fathers. i.e., GOD has a father. This leads us a complex series of the root of god’s existence.

The contradiction goes a step further to state that, since the watch is a complex structure, a true watchmaker has foresight: he designs his cogs and springs, and plans their interconnections, with a future purpose in his mind’s eye. Natural selection, the blind, unconscious, automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life has no purpose in mind. It has no mind and no mind’s eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, and no sight at all. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. Natural selection is the blind watchmaker.

3. What do you believe in GOD? I asked my 18yr old cousin brother this question. His reply was prompt. “I believe that god does everything you see around you, everything that you do, without HIM, we can’t even do our everyday chores.” I was a bit shaken by the promptness and the confidence in his answer. I reconfirmed his reply… “So you mean to say that if god wasn’t there we can’t even perform our daily activities…” He settled my shock by saying “yes indeed it is god who gives us the power, the divine power bestows upon us the fire within”   Such is the level of passion, behind godliness of the belief, such strong has the roots gone, it’s a point of no return. You wouldn’t dare to touch the concept, leave aside the change, the metamorphosis of my cousin’s and many others’ belief.

The basic problem lies elsewhere. We, the common man mix religion and spirituality to such extent that in the process we lose track of our own abilities.

It’s this mixture of two very radically different things that has evolved to such a devil of a belief. I hear people saying, GOD is everywhere, god is the power within us. We pray for our loved ones who are sick, we pray for our friends, we pray for ourselves… sometimes miracles happen, sometimes (say) the prayers are answered, and we say that GOD has listened to our cries… HE is there. HE is the “aantaryami”. But yes times do come when our prayers go unanswered. What do we say then? Its fate; or it’s the result of your previous birth’s karma.  This series of blind belief is endless. My cousin( as a miniscule example) with such blind and super confident belief about the Infinite Power will pass on this wrong message to his future generations, and the monologue will continue henceforth. We claim that we are rational beings. But is this a sign of rationality? We are not thinking with our brains, what we are doing is we believe what our forefather’s taught us. 

 

We straight out refuse to re- think matters, with the science we have, but our forefathers lacked. Are we being any different from a person who has never heard the Technology word, who has seen an electric bulb for the first time in his life…?



About Dream Peddler

The author finds too many similarities with himself and the boy Calvin. Although a cold blooded techie, working with an Indian software MNC, the finer things of love and life fascinates him. Major portions of his work are about the things that inspires and pacifies. Politics and society too get a chance.


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2 thoughts on “The Blind Watchmaker: How True is Atheism?

  • Derebail2008

    God is omnipresent, including in owns own heart and mind. So the idea is one should exhibit the qualities which he or she has inherited, particularly goodness.

  • tys

    to me atleast, i find god irrelevant. You are right in understanding that we revel in second hand , chinese whispered concepts that seems to go against basic common sense. I think we will go a long way if only we reject everything and then relearn at our own pace…to do that we need not destroy or judge the current beliefs…that to me seems silly…but if we can know it, free from conditioned knowledge, questioning every thought that arises to see where the source is really from…iam sure we will each arrive to our own individual meanings…it is this stupid need for finding a unifying meaning that becomes the problem…when nature itself shows that there is nothing around us that are the same…