Friday, June 5, 2009

Water on Mars

On June 20th 2008 one day after my birthday, at 8:03 p.m. ET, reported that NASA had found evidence of water on Mars. I thought that was a big thing. If water is on Mars there’s a strong possibility that very soon NASA will discover life on Mars. According to a scientist friend at NASA, the possibility of finding life on Mars is why this remarkable discovery was kept somewhat low key. My friend then said she hoped that after January 20th the religious right in government might have less of a controlling influence on government funding for scientific projects that might raise questions about what some religions believe to be true concerning human development on earth.

The politics of religion has a foundation in control and the “I am right and you are wrong” belief. Eckhart Tolle addressed this in his book A New Earth when he states that: “Beyond the realm of simple and verifiable facts, the certainty that ‘I am right and you are wrong’ is a dangerous thing in personal relationships as well as relationships between nations, tribes and religions.” I think it was Nelly who said “More people have been killed in the name of the Lord then in any natural disaster, disease or war” in his song N Dey Say. Four hundred years ago if you talked about technology that today we take for granted you might have been burned alive in certain communities due to the politics of religion.

Water on Mars may open the door to a new spiritual consciousness for mankind and perhaps new interpretations of the concept of God. Some of the major conflicts that the world is faced with today is due to the religious beliefs by many that “I am right and you are wrong”, and “My God is better then yours”. Where does that argument stand when we start to deal with life forms from other worlds? Tolle is correct when he states that “If you believe only your religion is the truth, you are using it in the service of the ego. Used in such a way religion becomes ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well as division and conflict between people.”

I often write about my concept of God, which is simple. Let’s take gravity. God is gravity, and no matter who you are, male or female, rich or poor, Christian, Muslim or Jew, if you jump off a roof you’ll fall. There is no discrimination in gravity and there is no discrimination in God.

Water on Mars may signal the beginning of an evolution of the collective conscience of humans on earth. There’s a new movie coming out that’s a remake of an old Sci-Fi classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. Who knows, perhaps the day will come when the human race may be forced to accept that there is only one race on earth - the human race - when faced with the reality of life on other worlds.

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