What is the idea of materialism?
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Dear Brother / Sister,
4.3.2-The idea of materialism is a faith and ideology rather than science
There is nothing much that the viewpoint seeing man as an advanced animal species that evolved as a result of a chain of coincidences and that is taken under protection by being labeled as “scientific” can offer to humanity. The highest point that humanity can reach in a platform where human beings are seen as an animal species is the point of “a happy animal”.
The basic problem of our age is basing everything on matter, and the basic fallacy is the prejudice that matter is the source of everything. This idea of materialism, which forms the basis of the current scientific approach, is a belief and ideology rather than science. An approach that sees man as a lump of matter and seeks the source of his state, deeds and feelings in the manifestations of the interactions of matter is far from understanding man. There is nothing much the viewpoint seeing man as an advanced animal species that evolved as a result of a chain of coincidences and that is taken under protection by being labeled as “scientific” can offer to humanity. The highest point that humanity can reach in a platform where human beings are seen as an animal species is the point of “a happy animal”. This corresponds to a situation where the body is healthy and comfortable, where all of its needs are met and everything that is desired is attained as much as possible. To what extent this recipe for happiness is valid for man is debatable.
There is not really much difference between a human being and an animal in terms of their bodies. People are cleverer than animals; they need to live together and they meet their needs by exchanging. That is why man is usually defined as an “intelligent animal”, “social animal” and “economic animal”. Another remarkable difference between human beings and animals is that humans use tools and bring together all the necessary materials before they start doing something, which shows their imagination.
For example, mind is a stomach and its food is knowledge. The feeling of love is a stomach; its food is love. The feeling of generosity is a stomach and its food is treating people food.
However, the differences between humans and animals are not limited to them. For example, man is closely interested in the past and the future, and his understanding and perception is wide enough to cover all times. While man is living in the place where his body is currently, his imagination, mind and heart can travel through other time periods and places, take pleasure from the past and the future and can live in a very wide period of time. Therefore, he may be suffering hellishly in terms of his spirit due to the pains from the past and the fears related to the future when his body leads a heavenly life, unlike animals. Or, he may be comfortable and happy but the pains of other people, especially his relatives, will depress him when he empathizes with them and he will shed tears.
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