In essence, both science and religion are both based on beliefs; science on unverifiable hypothesis like evolution and the Big Bang theory, and religion on the mystic powers of spirituality and God. Five centuries ago, the claims of religion would probably be accepted as true, and science would seem no more than a theory. After all, it is but natural to assume that the earth is stationary and we were created as we are. Time does changes a lot, and in the case of spiritual beliefs, they are now made to seem like the weirdest theories ever floated. Ultimately, both religion and science try to answer the same questions – the question why the world is how we see it. While this debate has filled many a page of many a book, a curious thought entered my head the other day, which is what I would like to pen down.
Science these days is drilled into our heads, even before we can begin to start questioning the truth of the statements we are told. Incredulous statements on the lines of “Light is a wave” and “Carbon Dioxide causes Global Warming“, are made in books which we are hence forced to accept; and this has made science an integral part of the way you think. Such an impression science makes, that any thought contrary to what science tells you, is never entertained. The logic of science some say is infallible. However, science has its roots in basic assumptions, in beliefs which you are never told, which are so subtly hidden, that to any kid, science seems like a continuous logical flow. This is as opposed to the view spirituality holds. Spiritual practices are rarely questioned, and therefore the belief in them has died down. People dont question because the answers are not self evident, and what be the point of a question if you dont have an answer. Spiritual texts are written in alien languages which none can comprehend. When you dont understand the language, will prayers have a meaning ?.
Relatively, modern science has existed for a period of only 500 years, while records of spirituality have existed for far longer. And science in this relatively small period has made an enormous impact on the way we live. It is my belief that spiritual texts are vast store houses of insightful information, of a different kind albeit. It is unfortunate that science has taken such a precedent in the sphere of education that religious education has taken a back seat. Even in schools and homes where it has not, the education majorly involves following practices without knowing why, and reciting verses in a language you dont know, and hence whose beauty you cant comprehend.