Evolution and cosmic purpose  
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The entire world is going through a slow and painful transition period as ancient religious myths are dispelled by modern scientific discoveries. Many of those who still believe in the ancient myths feel desperately threatened by this change, and some believers have begun an intense political power struggle to turn back the tide of progress. In some parts of the world, this struggle has erupted into violence.

This situation is so politically sensitive that even university professors and media journalists cannot discuss it honestly and openly without fear. Those who defy the unofficial censorship risk losing everything. The brave few who do speak out usually end up sounding so shallow and reactionary that they often do more harm than good.

So why would anyone be foolish enough to write about shattering the sacred myths? This can be answered by the following short summary ...

According to the purely scientific way of thinking, the only reliable truths in this universe are the laws of nature that govern matter and energy, and these laws cannot be used to substantiate any universal human values.

Instead, ideas about right and wrong develop through the conscious struggle for power. Historically, those in command of the greatest physical force had the power to decree right and wrong, and those who disagreed were silenced. Now thanks to democracy, we each have a small share of political power, and our collective opinion now decides right and wrong.

At a more metaphysical level, if the universe was formed by some random and purposeless process, then other than feelings of affection or the possibility of some mutual benefit, we would have no cosmic justification for unconditional cooperation or personal self-sacrifice.

However, if the universe was brought into existence by an orderly and purposeful process, then we would have a justifiable motivation to sacrifice our selfish desires and unite our efforts to carry out our perceived common cosmic purpose. Because of this possibility, religious persuasion will always have an enormous influence over the political power struggle.

The danger with this, is that religious myths create opportunities for political extremists to manipulate believers in ways that threaten global peace and prosperity. And this is why we must actively dispel the religious myths and force the major religious institutions to reform towards accepting scientific understandings.

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