Another letter to my descendants:
In my time, 8.30.2014 an updated version of one of the best television programs ever has been updated and re-released. The show “Cosmos” is the most concise and up to date scientific attempt to enlighten humanity and convince them of the truth about where we came from and what we are.
Unfortunately, even in the year 2014 when my country the USA is filled with universities and places of advanced learning where more people than ever before go to study, a great majority still cannot shake the chains of superstition and magic of organized religion.
Science has made incredible progress but unfortunately scientific discoveries are relatively new and our ‘modern’ religions have a 2000 year old head start. Old habits die very hard and even though these scientific discoveries are freely open to all, many will not accept them if they disagree with their religious beliefs.
If one could step back and look at this situation from afar it is almost quite laughable. These same religions taught that the world was flat until it was proven otherwise. It took centuries to change the popular opinion that the world was indeed, not flat. So here we are today and it would be rather hard to find someone who didn’t consider themselves moderately intelligent yet these same people continue to believe the fairy tales from people thousands of years ago who knew nothing of science who made up stories to explain our existence and place in the universe.
I could go on and on but in order to keep things simple let me offer you this advice:
- Let scientific discoveries supersede any previous beliefs.
- Religion for the most part is nothing more than made up stories and fairytales.
- Spirituality however is not the same as religion. Look inside yourself, see the beauty of everything around you and never lose the sense of wonder at simply being alive.
- Never stop learning and asking questions. Understand that everything you think you know could be completely wrong.
PS: I cannot believe they ran this show on Fox. Fox is the television station for the dumbest people in our population. Science and intelligence is incompatible with the regular Fox viewer, I wonder why they couldn’t find another station.