I've read a characteristic of INFJ's is that they're often deeply religious. I'm not, and I wondered if that made me unusual... but I realized that I DO have a deep spiritual value system rooted in natural science. Sounds a bit weird, but I wanted to share and see if anyone else has a similar point of view. I also wanted to get my thoughts down in writing to sorta examine them... er, don't know how well I did. Sorry this is so long and melodramatic! so i threw in pictures :D
For me, I decided religions could teach important lessons. But I couldn't actually believe in one to explain the nature of reality - where we came from, where we should be going- because there are countless religions out there, none of which seems any more 'true' than any other. So I thought: well, what do we know about the world? That's when I started exploring my love of science more closely. I found that even without believing in deities or supernatural plans, the reality of nature and the cosmos is incredible enough to inspire me through life.
For me it's a worthy miracle that, left to their own devices for several billion years, the laws of physics will eventually create atoms, molecules, gasses; from some of these gasses, stars; with some of these stars, planets; and on some of these planets, living cells. From these an explosion of ever-shifting life forms, shaping themselves through evolution -their quest for survival and a place in nature. When I look around me at other living creatures, it awes me that we are all cut from the same cloth: nurtured in the same womb of the Earth, sharing the bulk of our DNA. We have far more in common with animals (particularly mammals) than we differ. For all of us, the natural environments of Earth are the true homes we were designed for. In our bodies, most of the same neurotransmitters act to produce the same emotions -which is why we can bond with so many animals. Human "superiority" is a difference of degree and not kind - but is nevertheless something special.
The human brain is the most complex object known in the Universe. We are (probably) the only Earth animal that can form sentences, craft complicated tools, and completely alter our enviornment thanks to our massive brains. But there's good evidence that the majority of human intelligence evolved as a result of social interaction. That's how we really triumphed: working together. Our social bonds like love, wherein we connect with another person, are enormously powerful, and there are endless biological mechanisms that serve to make our connections even stronger. Recently scientists have discovered something in the human brain called mirror neurons. These allow us to sync up with each other; look at two people walking and talking side-by-side and you'll often see they're striding in unison. When we read an emotion in someone's face, we can respond by triggering the same physiological reactions in ourselves. When we say "I feel your pain," we often aren't exaggerating.
I think it's fine that people believe in religion (as long as they're not using it as an excuse to hurt others,) but I do get offended when the religious say atheists are less moral, just because we don't believe in an afterlife or divine punishment. I have an incredibly strong appreciation for the value of life, and I think it's strengthened because I don't believe in an afterlife. Because life is a living creature's one fleeting instant of being able to experience the Universe, flowers and birds and dinosaurs and galaxies in an endless parade of creation stretching to both ends of infinity. Even though it's really only a moment before we vanish forever, being able to witness this mind-blowing reality at all is priceless, and that should be treasured all the more because it's so brief.
Equally amazing, I think, is us. Every human consciousness represents the crowning glory of evolution on this planet, an enormously complex being with singular thoughts, feelings, and experiences that can never be exactly duplicated. Further, working with other people, one could say, is part of our purpose on this Earth, since so much of human evolution is devoted to it. To truly know another human being is as precious an experience as to live -and I would not rob anyone of the freedom to enjoy these gifts before their due time.
...thanks for reading my huge post! felt good making it. anyone believe anything similar? or have any questions? I feel like i left a lot of important things out...