I think a lot. I assume that most people do. I have decided to write down many of my thoughts here for "RAW THOUGHT THURSDAY!". I don't really feel like writing essays or anything so this will probably sound like I'm a sugar high twelve year old, but it's whatevaaaa, I could care less. So prepare for a tornado of unorganized thoughts, ideas, assumptions, and observations straight from tha BRAIN!
Let it be known that I am not religious at all, well I guess if I had to be I would be Zen Buddhist, but I don't really know enough about it to call myself Buddhist. Religion is always a fun topic of thought in my head. It can be very controversial and a touchy subject for some people. I guess that's what makes it fun for me. Basically, I figure that religion originally stems from people not being able to explain/understand extraordinary events such as lunar events, floods, droughts, earthquakes, etc. As we came to learn more and more about these occurrences previously thought to be the will of the Gods or God, we slowly began to rely on religion as a way to teach morals, which is not a bad thing but somewhere along the way, people in positions of power began to use religion to control the masses. Burning all books except for the bible isn't really a good way to progress a society... Anyways, we have now entered a time where scientists know pretty much everything (well, technically everything we know is just a theory, nothing can ever proven 100% right because it relies on other assumptions and theories, but we know how many things work in relation to us.) So basically much of what religions were founded on is gone. We know that Adam and Eve didn't just get kicked out of heaven and start the human race, we know that thunder storms aren't Zeuss throwing lightning at us, and we know that the earth spins on an axis, making the seasons change as it orbits the sun. I'm thinking too much now.
What I think is that today, religion is kept alive by tradition and also by the remaining "unknowns" - death, and the universe. Our petty human minds just can't perceive nothingness. Try it. Think of nothing. I thought of straight up black. But black isn't nothing. Black can be many things. Black paper is something. Black is when no light can reflect off of an object for us to be able to see it, just because you can't see something doesn't mean it isn't there. That goes for all senses, who are we to say that just because we have never seen, heard, tasted, felt, or smelt something with our own bodies or instruments we have invented that it doesn't exist. I don't think that there is such thing as nothing, but by saying that, I have to assume that the universe is infinite which is a whole other mindfuck. Meanwhile, back at the ranch... it is easy to see why people turn to religion to explain things that they can't understand and I don't think we are going to understand the universe or death anytime soon. I'm over it now, my head hurts too much.