One night, I was helping my 1 1/2 year old niece brush her teeth. When we were done, we walked out and I turned off the bathroom lights. The room lights were dim and only the table lights were on. When she turned back and looked at the bathroom, she was transfixed, curious and looked a little frightened. I watched her for a while. She has never watched a horror movie, we never talked about ghost or anything fancy like that yet the dim room has made her feel a sense of uncertainty and fear. She looked at me and nudged closer.

I wonder….

Fear of the uncertainty is natural. And humans are curious being, who always need answers for every question. It is so difficult for us to just admit that we don’t know or that we simply do not have an answer. Everything has to be answered instantaneously.

So I wonder…

I travel a lot and some places are simply breathtaking, so amazingly gorgeous that it’s so unbelievable (just for a second) that such amount of beauty and splendour could exist without anyone creating it. But I understand science (to some extend) to know that it is but a small work of nature amidst the beauty and splendour surrounding Earth and Universe. It has nothing to do with a creator, nothing to do with Gawd Alflighty.

So I wonder..

That the natural feeling of fear of the unknown, the unexplainable, the dark and the dirty and the simple feeling of awe and happiness that brought by beauty and our stubborn craving for answers for every question that pops up in our mind has led to the creation of God and Evil.

Our ancestors didn't know modern science. They didn't understand that the Earth is round, eclipses were a natural even and not a fox trying to eat up the sun, that people do not die because of curse but because of germs and viruses, and natural disasters are natural and has nothing to do with Gawd being angry. But they needed answers and they came up with an excellent answer that was perfect, for that era, which satisfied their curiosity and their knowledge and for some, satisfied their lust for power and control.

Their answer came in different form and different shape but it had the same characteristic,

GAWD versus EVIL.

But I wonder…

It is a different era, I and you have moved on to an understanding and a believe system that makes the time and the new world in which we live in proud. Why many others are still stuck with a believe system from the dark ages?

I wonder……

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Comment by Charles Corey Stewart on November 27, 2012 at 11:52pm

Humans have a keen sense of fear and of the dark. It's innate, inside our dna from our ancestors, and that's probably all it was. We can create monsters inside our head from the slightest bit of help in the real world, an ugly person, an image on a brand that upsets some portion of the mind. It's just the human condition. 

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on November 27, 2012 at 2:24pm

You dont know me AV, but ya did not filter the Tumble I see. 

Two theme charley tuna fish: intelligible and advantage.

Comment by Earther on November 26, 2012 at 4:59pm

We all, as children, learned our expressive behaviors of fear to courage from our innate knowledge of pain and danger and compared it to bliss.  The act of eating and knowing that food does not fall out of the sky stimulates our anxiety or eagerness to survive and be safe. Everyones experiences are different of course but the act of eating is always necessary.  Here we are in the twenty first century where our food comes mainly from a grocery store that separates the act of creating that food which to me is a way to feel connected to the earth and aware of ones necessity of action to produce that food.  The disconnect of earth in families I feel is also an opening trend to fill in inadequate associations to life such as religioun.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on November 26, 2012 at 2:25pm

Tumble, tumble little world

How I wondered what you were

And now I tumble too

And do you wonder?

Comment by John Aultman on November 26, 2012 at 6:38am

Very good, thank you

Comment by Bio Bill on November 25, 2012 at 10:34pm

Carl Sagan's book, The Demon Haunted World, addresses many of the wonders you described. I recommend that you read it.

Comment by Provocative Primate on November 25, 2012 at 3:03pm

I love your sense of wonder.  Thanks for sharing.  I wonder lot myself but always come back to the law of parsimony, the simplest explanations are always the best.  I understand the powerful programming of parents/society who perpetuate lies about tooth fairies, Santa, the Easter Bunny and supernatural entities.  We laugh most of these off as we get older and adults finally admit their dishonesty.  I wonder, too, why only a few of us continue to question dogma and authority  and won't accept faith as being more credible than evidence.  What a WonderFUL world!

Comment by AV on November 25, 2012 at 1:30pm

Why are they not stuck eh? 

Let's see...critical thinking?

perhaps emotional independence? - some of us don't need a dedicated soul who is dedicated to think of us, worry about us, make us all important and great and amazing. Many need to feel important, to feel that there is one person out there who thinks that we are absolutely special. Who understand us no matter what wrong we do. the constant need to be emotionality dependent on other and Gawd alflighty seem like a perfect candidate. Some of us...don't need that. It's ok if I'm not special, I can live with that.

and thanks for the comment. Its so nice to hear someone agree let alone appreciate my thoughts, I've only gotten frowns and hush hush shuttup so far ha ha ha

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