MATERIALISM POSITS THAT HUMAN BEINGS HAVE NO WORTH
If you take a materialist approach to human beings, you will conclude that human beings are only piles of elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, calcium, Potassium, magnesium, Iron, copper, zinc etc.) held together as molecules. Somehow these piles of atoms (electrons, protons, and neutrons) produce thinking, but despite their thinking that seems to make them seem special people are not special for all it takes is a bullet and a human body, like the body of any animal, dies and the elements in him eventually decompose and return to nature. People’s death is like the death of dogs, cats, mosquitos, and plants, it does not matter to nature.
From a materialist philosophical point of view, human beings are nothing. If any of them have a sense of worth that sense of worth is delusional and is not rooted in facts.
Delusion disorder emanates from awareness of one’s worthlessness and nothingness and in the face of that reality one struggles to convince one that one has worth.
It is impossible for a human being to have worth so one must accept one’s worthlessness to be realistic, the materialist tells one.
However, human beings, to the contrary, want to have a sense of worth, importance and significance; what is their society and religion but a contrived system of giving them individual and collective worth. Nevertheless, materialists ask people to give those supposed worth up.
Materialists tell people that it is liberating to accept that one has no intrinsic worth; that one should see one as like a leaf on a tree, beautiful to look at but will fall and rot and enrich the soil for farmers to plant crops on it.
Accept worthlessness and live freely; all attempts to tell one that one has worth is illusory; all mental disorders are rooted in the effort to make one have a sense of worth in one’s eyes and in other people’s eyes, when one has no such worth.
Because people have no worth, killing them does not matter; a materialist leader like Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin sends millions of soldiers to war; those soldiers dying is like trees and animals dying; what matters is the leaders’ egos pursuit of deluded worth.
Since people are worthless why then pursue personal worth, why do political leaders seek to be seen as important? The materialist psychologist says that it is delusion that motivates leaders to seek worth from wars.
To materialist philosophers’ people should be just like inanimate objects and allow nature to use them to accomplish its goals of constructing nothingness like stars, planets, plants, and animals.
HINDUISM AND HUMAN SENSE OF WORTH
In Hinduism one is told that all of one’s ego-based thinking means nothing. Nothing one thinks of today, yesterday and in the future means anything; they are all nothing.
To meditate one must say, Neti, Neti, not this and not that, nothing that one thinks at the conscious level has any meaning in it. One must, therefore, empty one’s mind of all one’s past and present thinking and memory and make one’s mind a blank slate; if one succeeds one’s mind may escape from the sleep dream called life on earth and one experiences a different type of reality, unified spirit self (the union of Brahman and Atman, whole and parts that share one self and one mind), which Hinduism says is our reality, not the concepts and mental constructions of the self that we think is our reality.
Interestingly, this conclusion is also the conclusion of Helen Schucman’s book, A course in miracles (see workbook lesson 189, where it is explicitly stated that our thinking can only produce dreams, fantasies not reality but that if we stop thinking and ask God that he might show us what is real).
The similarity of Hinduism and A course in miracles is that while both agree with materialism that this world is nothing, they posit that there is a worthwhile world beyond our world hence give people hope to live for; they are not as negative and nihilistic as materialism.
Scientific materialism gives people hopelessness; religion gives people hope of life’s continuity in an unseen world.
Because of the function of religion in giving people hope, despite its seeming irrationality, I doubt that we can have a human society without religion. People need to believe that their lives have worth and meaning and are purposeful.
I am a materialist who leans towards metaphysics; this is because I see the utility of God and belief in life after our death, even if I cannot prove those as true. Without belief in God and continuity of life people would live nihilistic and self-destructive lives.
We have nuclear weapons; a nihilistic materialist leader could use those to end human existence that he perceives as worthless and meaningless.
July 8, 2022