Editor, the Gauntlet,
Recently, the prominent scientist Stephen Hawking warned humanity that, "We're acting with reckless indifference to our future on planet earth. It will be difficult to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million." Some time earlier he said that the "Doomsday Clock advanced to five minutes to midnight." David Suzuki echoes the same words: "We're sleepwalking into the future."
Why is humanity hell-bent on destroying the world? Hawking admonishes us that "If we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy, we should make sure to survive and continue." Otherwise who will be left to discover what gravity is and if the Eleven Dimensional String Theory is true? He admits he doesn't know how life on Earth first appeared. Yet Hawking states, that "the universe has no creator," but then again he says "the universe created itself spontaneously out of nothing." Wow!
Is the belief in a God any less fantastic? Not the mean and jealous creature in "sacred" literature, who was invented by our unaware and superstitious ancestors, who didn't know any better, but a Creative Intelligence way beyond human comprehension, which we can appreciate, but may never understand in our "material" life on Earth.
Is it too much of a conjecture to presume that the Big Bang was designed, just like any seed, with the Anthropic Principle and the process of Crea-volution, to produce, in time, exactly what exists today?
I've never heard any scientist ask or explain this fantastic phenomenon: where is the battery or dynamo or the source, that makes the electron orbit the nucleus with some hundred-million-billion circuits every second and makes matter real to us Time-Space-Creatures, without which nothing would exist?
Max Plank, Nobel-Prize-winning father of the Quantum Theory said this: "There is no matter as such. All matter exists by virtue of force. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind."
I'm astonished that a brilliant man like Hawking, who wrestled with complex scientific-mathematical problems all his life, can say, "the universe has no creator."
The same kind of thinking is promoted by Richard Dawkins, who wrote The God Delusion [which] may have disputed some credulous beliefs, but has thrown out "the baby with the bathwater."
Regardless of what anybody believes, here is the challenge we face: when will we humans use our evolutionary or designed intelligence to create a compassionate society in which there is no room for war, poverty and a host of related miseries? One human being killed, for whatever reason, or starved to death, is one too many. Instead of getting upset over a puck or ball from thousands of miles away, we should learn to care for each other, and the planet, the sustainer of life, the big ball we're living on.