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Lately, science has become increasingly outspoken about a number of studies addressing what we've always perceived as free will and took for granted to be what sets humans apart from the rest. These studies consistently suggest that our brain makes decisions before we consciously know that we will make the choices we think we've made. Needless to say, this isn't helping set the thinking mind at rest. We have, in all likelihood, discovered something about the brain that is so controversial it could be the biggest scientific discovery since our realization that the Earth is not flat. It must have been hard for previous generations to adapt to such world-shattering notions and it's fortunate that they didn't remain too obstinate about it; we may still be living off trees today.
We commonly assume our species to be uniquely superior to the rest of nature, calling things that we have modified artificial and everything else natural, not really understanding what we mean by it most of the time. Not only is this conception of nature quite bogus, it often seems to handicap our ability to interact with it. However evolved and increasingly complex our brain structure might have become over a few hundred millennia, we remain the pattern-seeking apes that our not-so-distant ancestors were all along. Being so developed and awakened, we should be able to wrap our minds around hundred-years-old evidence and, at last, fully appreciate the pretenseless scientific fact that we are nature. We simply cannot hope to understand it if we boycott its most essential principles.
As history repeats itself, enlightenments and dark ages sorely succeed each other in a vicious cycle. Science is fragile and many factors, including unbridled capitalism, menace its great albeit limited achievements. More so, what little you and I comprehend, in comparison to the total sum of human knowledge, is so small it's ludicrous. Plagued with uncertainty, as ever, we build belief upon belief, upon unverifiable assumptions, rarely realizing how feebly they stand, piled on each other as a house of cards. The more fundamental we consider these truths, the more difficult it seems to put back into question their basis. We know how it would force us to start over and reexamine a multitude of previously unquestioned ideas on which we relied for morals; inspiration and self-worth.
Notwithstanding the sad fact that having to reprocess all this is bound to be mentally exhausting, it is obviously easier to just pretend like we own reality; but again, bear in mind: for us to be standing here now, unfortunate folks had to go through this, time and time again. Anything about which we are right today, we had to be wrong about first; and what you and I, taken as individuals, assume to be knowledge... is in fact mostly unchecked data. We simply can't be expected to personally verify it all and as ambiguous as the word truth might be, being wrong is the only path towards it. We have all been told things that hurt because they forced us to deconstruct notions we considered fundamental and from which many others of our cherished beliefs were borrowing all of their validity.
If a spiritual entity created us in its image, wouldn't it be absurd to think it may have had free will while it turns out that we actually don't? Also, while being all-powerful implies an ability to make conscious judgments, doesn't the idea of divine perfection seem quite incompatible with decision making? Why would you need to make any if you ultimately knew what the best possible path is? In fact, if a perfect being made any choice, knowing it not to be the best available, wouldn't that make him slightly malevolent? This is not a new issue, it is a problem with the abrahamic God that has eluded people for a while. Devout believers will come up with all kinds of tentative explanations, mostly made of redundant, circular logic. Is it not getting obvious that we make gods in our image?
You came across this blog through a succession of factors too complex for anyone to say that you chose it all to happen. Someone or something outside made you want to give it a chance. Your choices were narrowed down. Depressing? A bit too much exposure to reality may have its toll on you after a while. Healing from religious abuse takes efforts and time, just like withdrawing from some "comfort-inducing" chemical substance would be a painful challenge. Atheism is not the answer, merely the result. You'll never be presented with certainty and this is difficult to a lot of people who quit religion. Whatever you may think of this article, having read it will slightly modify your perception just like every stimuli that ever reached your senses. Truth is rarely too convenient.