KARL JASPERS FORUM
Response 5 (to C13 by S Cardoso to L Sundararajan)
WORK AND RELIGION
by Herbert FJ Müller
1 April 2008, posted 5 April 2008
The comment by Santiago Cardoso that :
‘It may be naive but sometimes it seems that science, a successful career, financial activities, technology, medicine and the like provide or work the same way as religions do. Sometimes these are religions themselves within the western world’
may point to a general phenomenon, which one can summarize as follows.
People who spend a large part of their (working) lives in exploring central aspects of what is commonly called ‘reality’, tend to obtain satisfaction from it, as you say. Also, they often deal with mental (mind-and-world) structures which conflict with those offered by organized theistic religions. Since their work is a central part of their lives, and influences their general thinking, the result (in ‘statistical’ terms) is that in these groups there is only a low proportion of true religious believers (which is one of the aspects Dawkins discusses in his book). But in my opinion they too have a need for individual and social coordination of those aspects, and this can be done in many different ways.
Herbert FJ Müller
e-mail <herbert.muller (at) mcgill.ca>