An interesting little allegory arguably concerning ‘logic’ and ‘enlightenment’ that has been passed around the Internet allegedly coming from the pen of Hungarian writer, Útmutató a Léleknek goes as follows:
“In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”
It seems to me that the only logical thing to do in life is not to expect everything to be logical!
This story exemplifies the folly of the ‘atheist’ philosophy… yet if an atheist is ‘happy, joyful, fulfilled’ in their life, and lives and acts in ways that are virtuous, wholesome, caring and loving (in the respect of any interaction with other beings, the planet as a whole and themselves) then this is arguably more important than actually ‘believing’ in that which some call ‘God’, or any other name that might be given to the highest Source of Divine Love.
It has often crossed my mind that if there is a God, It will not ‘mind’ or ‘care’ if a human being doesn’t believe in It… For coming to realize that H.sapiens, as a species, are not the ‘be all and end all’ in this Universe may not evolve as an understanding for everyone in their current lifetime. That is to say ‘organic bodies’ employed as temporary and short-lived ‘vehicles’ for an Ethereal Soul to experience the positive (and negative) aspects of material existence are essentially unimportant, and the concept of Self is merely an arrogant conceit, for when we accept that we eventually shed the ‘weight’ of our human form and yet our Eternal Soul continues… it is one ‘logical’ part of the process of ‘enlightenment’