I’m going to have to rely on a past experience, which has come about as result of a memory. I’m fully aware, as I don’t want to appear hypocritical, that our memories are fragmented pieces of the past. However, it’s the best I have to reflect upon a past experience to make sense of a paradox.
I was raised in a religious household where perfectionism was taught. It was, also, taught that anything external didn’t make a person happy but rather ‘belief’ in a God was to be pursued and God was to be the source of the person’s happiness.
Presently, there is the knowledge of knowing that a belief is simply an acceptance of a thought. A thought based on a retelling of another person’s experience. A person born mentally handicapped probably isn’t capable of forming an independent thought based on what someone else told them. Equally, a person with dementia often times thinks hot is cold and cold is hot.
Sticking to the facts, why is God majority of the time personified as a male? Probably because a male was the first to describe and write about God. However, the author while creating the story also mentioned no one has seen God, yet, still the author (of the story) went on to describe personality characteristics of God. How can something be described that hasn’t been seen? It would be comparable to describing a breeze on a warm summer’s night while sitting on the dock of a bay.
So since it is agreed that God hasn’t been seen and therefore may not be a male then what is the rational for believing that a belief in an external source, such as God, results in happiness?
There is much talk these days about believing in self. I can see myself. My actions are the result of my thoughts. My choices can also (there is always an opposite effect) produce happiness.
Too often, while growing up, God was given praise when something good happened but when something bad happened then someone else or myself was to blame.
It’s either negative or positive. At least, that is how protons and electrons are displayed under a high power microscope. Unless of course, you’re a neutron or Switzerland and many others.
On a final note, I don’t need to share if I believe in God or not because there is more than 1 of us here.