Do You Believe?

In physics, there is a principle called the Anthropic Principle. According to it, if the world didn’t exist the way it does, none of the existence would find an alternative conducive enough. Isn’t it strange? If science were to define everything, how is that people go through their lives without really acknowledging that the holy scripts are actually a part of their ancestors’ imaginations? I don’t mean to strike up a science verses religion battle here; but as each is to his own, I have no qualms in admitting that I’m agnostic in my views. Being agnostic means that you are skeptical that God might exist, without having to say you’re an atheist or having to portray extreme religiosity. I recently confided in a friend about my own beliefs and he made me realize what belief actually meant.

I told him naively that I can’t see God, I see people dying and people killing. I see people crying over spilled milk and people laughing over accomplishments. Life’s what you make it to be anyway, so where is the need for God? I study science, so he explained it to me within the sphere of my understanding. He asked me to imagine an atom? What makes it? Electrons, nucleons. Go further in: mesons, bosons, hadrons, quarks, anything. People believe in strings. People believe in the Higgs Boson. Then what? What makes massless energy particles? What makes…anything? What caused the Big Bang to make us?

I didn’t know what to say. It’s true I had been aware of it subconsciously, but now that it was brought up, I could no longer force “logic” into it. It is true that humans have not progressed onto answering every question about the universe and its birth, but maybe the future holds the answers for us. Albert Einstein believed in God, and he was the greatest physicist the world’s seen.

“A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty – it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.”

One doesn’t need to sit in front of clay idols all day long, and maybe that’s why the youth today shies away from public display of religious devotion, but the essence of everything that exists comes from something beyond our present comprehension.

Maybe there isn’t a Rama or a Krishna or someone out of an abstruse epic, but surely there is a ‘superpower’, call it God, the General Unified Theory, the Quran, the human mind, or invisibility, but it exists. And though we all hide faces when the topic veers to beliefs, the youth needs to decide what we believe as a generation, and work towards it.

Ahana Datta
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