Many church or mosque goers believe religion gives their lives “meaning.” It’s a delusion, an appealing but false concept. What meaning could being credulous enough to believe the preposterous give one’s life? If anything, I think a good and magnanimous god would disdain such behavior. They’re abandoning reason for self-interest and wishful thinking.
In biology, the Prime Directive (PD) governs all life down to insects, worms and beyond. The force that governs all life is “self-preservation and reproduction” as much as possible. In other words, the meaning of life for the rest of the animal world is to spread DNA and increase biodiversity.
In my “Ten Reasons Not To Believe” I conjecture how devastating and destructive it is to teach that people are separate from nature. The word “religion” itself stems from the idea of “to retie” as in “ligature”. This is anthropocentricism and has resulted in near destruction of the planet and a drastic decrease in biodiversity since the last extinction, the K-T Event, (Cretaceous Paleocene Extinction, 65 million years ago) which caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. We are right now in the middle of the Holocene Extinction and most religious leaders refuse to recognize it and/or don’t care. Over 52% of all vertebrate species on the planet in 1970 is gone forever!
They believe the Return of the Holy Prophet or the Second Coming of Christ is imminent so why even care what happens to the Earth. (See my video on Youtube under “endmeme.”) If your house is about to be foreclosed, why keep it up and make repairs?
How the heck can the pope and other religious leaders fail to connect the dots, i.e. fail to recognize that humans are animals and start treating Gaea as the mother of life and not some plastic figurine, the Holy Mother/Virgin Mary?