Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Origin by Dan Brown. Origin is a mystery thriller set predominantly in Spain. It is the fifth book of the Robert Langdon series.
Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God ... especially when their gods became threatened.
Well, science and religion are not competitors, they’re two different languages trying to tell the same story. There’s room in this world for both.
I believe future generations will ask themselves how a technologically advanced species like ours could possibly believe most of what our modern religions teach us. I believe future generations will look at our current traditions, and conclude that we lived during an unenlightened time.
For the human brain, any answer is better than no answer. We feel enormous discomfort when faced with ‘insufficient data,’ and so our brains invent the data - offering us, at the very least, the illusion of order - creating myriad philosophies, mythologies, and religions to reassure us that there is indeed an order and structure to the unseen world.
Faith, by its very definition, requires placing your trust in something that is unseeable and indefinable, accepting as fact something for which there exists no empirical evidence. And so, understandably, we all end up placing our faith in different things because there is no universal truth. Science is the antithesis of faith. Science, by definition, is the attempt to find physical proof for that which is unknown or not yet defined, and to reject superstition and misperception in favor of observable facts. When science offers an answer, that answer is universal. Humans do not go to war over it; they rally around it.
The early Greeks had to look back centuries to study ancient culture, but we need look back only a single generation to find those who lived without the technologies we take for granted today. The timeline of human development is compressing; the space that separates ‘ancient’ and ‘modern’ is shrinking to nothing at all. And for this reason, I give you my word that the next few years in human development will be shocking, disruptive, and wholly unimaginable!
In symbology, the difference between “close” and “exact” could be the difference between a Nazi swastika and a Buddhist symbol of prosperity.
What had once been life’s quiet moments of solitary reflection - a few minutes alone on a bus, or walking to work, or waiting for an appointment - now felt unbearable, and people impulsively reached for their phones, their earbuds, and their games, unable to fight the addictive pull of technology. The miracles of the past were fading away, whitewashed by a ceaseless hunger for all-that-was-new.
Humans, despite being God’s most sublime creation, were still just animals at the core, their behavior driven to a great extent by a quest for creature comforts.
I believe that in some cases forgiveness can be dangerous. When we forgive evil in the world, we are giving evil permission to grow and spread. When we respond to an act of war with an act of mercy, we are encouraging our enemies to commit further acts of violence. There comes a time when we must do as Jesus did and forcefully throw over the money tables, shouting: ‘This will not stand!’
How is it that intelligent human beings cannot discuss their origins without invoking the name of God and fucking aliens!
I am not saying I know for a fact that there is no God. All I am saying is that if there is a divine force behind the universe, it is laughing hysterically at the religions we’ve created in an attempt to define it.
To permit ignorance is to empower it. [...] Not until we purge our species of superstitious thinking can we embrace all that our minds have to offer.
I love humankind. I believe our minds and our species have limitless potential. I believe we are on the brink of an enlightened new era, a world where religion finally departs ... and science reigns.
The most self-righteous in life become the most fearful in death.
Remember death. Even for those who wield great power, life is brief. There is only one way to triumph over death, and that is by making our lives masterpieces. We must seize every opportunity to show kindness and to love fully.
The most vicious terrorists are not the people who build the bombs, but the influential leaders who fuel hatred among desperate masses, inspiring their foot soldiers to commit acts of violence. It takes only one powerful dark soul to wreak havoc in the world by inspiring spiritual intolerance, nationalism, or loathing in the minds of the vulnerable.
How can we create life? We can’t! That’s the point. When it comes to the process of creation - crossing that threshold where inanimate chemicals form living things - all of our science goes out the window. There is no mechanism in chemistry to explain how that happens.
Evolution is the way the universe continually tests and refines its tools. The most efficient tools survive and replicate themselves, improving constantly, becoming more and more complex and efficient. Eventually, some tools look like trees, and some look like, well ... us.
Where do we come from? The truth is - we come from nowhere ... and from everywhere. We come from the same laws of physics that create life across the cosmos. We are not special. We exist with or without God. We are the inevitable result of entropy. Life is not the point of the universe. Life is simply what the universe creates and reproduces in order to dissipate energy.
Human beings are evolving into something different. We are becoming a hybrid species - a fusion of biology and technology. The same tools that today live outside our bodies - smartphones, hearing aids, reading glasses, most pharmaceuticals - in fifty years will be incorporated into our bodies to such an extent that we will no longer be able to consider ourselves Homo sapiens.
We are now perched on a strange cusp of history, a time when the world feels like it’s been turned upside down, and nothing is quite as we imagined. But uncertainty is always a precursor to sweeping change; transformation is always preceded by upheaval and fear. I urge you to place your faith in the human capacity for creativity and love, because these two forces, when combined, possess the power to illuminate any darkness.
A religion that ignores scientific facts and refuses to change its beliefs is like a fish stranded in a slowly drying pond and refusing to flip to deeper water because it doesn’t want to believe its world has changed.
Love is from another realm. We cannot manufacture it on demand. Nor can we subdue it when it appears. Love is not our choice to make.
Sometimes, all you have to do is shift your perspective to see someone else’s truth.
It is very obvious to me, that there is only one way Christianity will survive the coming age of science. We must stop rejecting the discoveries of science. We most stop denouncing provable facts. We must become a spiritual partner of science, using our vast experience - millennia of philosophy, personal inquiry, meditation, soul-searching - to help humanity build a moral framework and ensure that the coming technologies will unify, illuminate, and raise us up ... rather than destroy us.