I have no 'religious' views. What I have are a set of beliefs based on logic, imagination, experience, and faith.
For the record, thinking logically doesn't make you an emotionless machine as portrayed in Hollywood. Logic is ruled by emotions. Our emotions play a delicate role in who we are and how we present ourselves. Logic is my primary device when it comes to figuring out how things work and why. Perhaps my description on the word isn't very thorough, perhaps I'm ignoring so many imperfections in my viewpoint here that I might come off as a hypocrite. If so? Great. I'm flawed and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm currently researching evolution and natural selection. The research and evidence alone speaks for itself. I don't mean to insult anyone who disagrees with me here but if you don't agree with evolution and natural selection, it's probably because you don't (or refuse to) understand it properly. It takes time, research, and dedication. But it's worth it. It's also fascinating. I enjoy Science and enjoy its many fields of study. Science is about the search for and understanding truth. To me it's also the celebration of our intelligence and how it sets us apart from the wonder and miracle we call life.
My definition of imagination varies. While the word itself has a good description, one that pertains to works of fiction, I personally believe the imagination is what fuels our awareness. Our imaginations beget ideas and ideas can and have changed our lives more times than we'll ever know. We can be inspired by works of fiction so much so that it ends up affecting our lives. I won't pretend to be scientific here. What I'd be proposing here is by no means a scientific theory because it exists outside our ability to debunk or prove.
This brings me to the matter of experience. Everything we do and everything we are is motivated by one goal: the experience of it. We either want or inevitably end up experiencing love, happiness, wealth, status, fame, power, sadness, greed, lust, rage, depression... All of that and more. These are all things we must experience in order to live our lives to their fullest potential. Like how our imaginations beget the ideas, our very lives and quite possibly existence itself happened because there's a longing for it. That's where God comes in. No, not the invisible dude in the sky or the one who hears our prayers or the one who so many people believe in. We all have different definitions of God. That's one reason why there are so many disagreements. This God isn't omnipotent. This one isn't perfect. This one is neither good nor evil. All it is is what it wants and that's to experience every possibility there ever was and ever will be. We are extensions of this God. We technically are this God. Of course this is all speculation. I just wanted to share it.
Which brings me to faith. In the end, faith is all we really have. As I'm typing these words, I see my iMac looking back at me with these words appearing across it. The photons in the light its generating speed into my eye. This information is relayed back to my brain which interprets what's happening. The end result is how we all see (and feel). Who really knows what's really happening outside my brain? There's so much happening at once, my brain can't possibly allow me to perceive all of it. All I can do is have faith in what I'm seeing as I have faith in what I believe. Just like how I have faith in ourselves and who we all strive to be. I consider myself a spiritual person. You don't have go to church or believe in God to be spiritual. Marveling at the world around us, savoring its beauty and its life, and believing happiness exists and is within reach falls under being spiritual in my book.
And my book is a best seller.