Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary (via 13thmoon)
"I’ve come to the understanding that modern religion is a mistake, actually. Abrahamic religion borrows pretty much all of its ideals and traditions from Egyptian religion (which is another reason why it’s a bit taboo amongst the church and such to make too many inquiries of this nature), but today we’ve got the most skewed version of it ever. People (that predate even Egypt) didn’t used to worship the sun, but they celebrated the heck out of it and the stars/rest of the universe as well - we just took what they knew and wrote stories over it to help us remember their teachings easier, like a fable almost. Unfortunately people now take those readings seriously as if it were some sort of history book full of actual events.. Instead of celebrating the sun of God, people worship the Son of God. Most religious figures’ birthdays and dates of reincarnation/resurrection coincide with or are said to be/assumed to be at the time of the solstice - when the sun rises in the sky (the son rises). The people that we copied these religions off of were more advanced than you and I may give them credit for - they were far more in tune with their being and nature than either one of us could hope to be; they could map the stars to be a massive calendar that was specific with details that took thousands of years to record. How they managed to record information over thousands of years is still a mystery to us, and I’d go out on a limb and say that they were much more advanced of a people than we are in a lot of aspects. I don’t believe there is an omnipotent deity overseer, or God, but I do believe everything is part of one whole, ie human beings, stars, trees, stone, insects, etc. We are all inhabitants of our universe, a mere speck of matter but a building block nonetheless. You can put our genes under a microscope and you’ll find that we’re not only closely related to every other living organism on the planet (an observation that supports and suggests evolution), but the elemental components that we’re comprised of also construct the rest of the universe. I’d like to believe we have a collective consciousness that we can be more in tune with if we wash away the grime that’s been caked on through years of living in an artificial society that values material things and personal fulfillment. The pineal gland may have shrunk in human beings, but I don’t think it’s gone completely to waste."