I've recently been reading a lot about human innovation and optimistic plans for the future (Elon Musk's work in specific). I have tried to speak with many of my colleagues in trying to get their opinion on these ideas which I find incredibly fascinating.
One of the most interesting points I have heard so far is that with religion, innovation itself becomes less vital, almost to the point of being futile. I know this may be a bold idea but just to pose some bullet points I thought as important before I hear some more opinions...
Innovation in its purest form is essentially human progress driven by a primal goal of survival(especially at least in this context of making humans an interplanetary species in the event of Earth dying out or some chatostrophic apocalyptic event). Humans create better weapons to hunt or protect themselves from physical threats. Humans began to farm to generate a stable source of food so they were not dependent on extraneous sources of nutrition. The examples are endless but its the broad idea I want to suggest that humans innovate so that they can survive.
Religion in ONE of its forms is arguably "the end" or a point in time where human innovation will be made irrelevant. This may be in the sense that when someone dies and going to Heaven, thus leaving everything behind. Or a "second coming" where humans will have no need to innovate.
To me these both seem to contradict each other, maybe I'm not seeing something but I can't help but wonder why do humans strive for innovation if they believe in religion? What's the point of working so hard only to have the fruit of your labor ultimately worthless in the end? This sounds morbid I know, but it's troubling me.
Again this is meant to be just a thought provoking question I'd like to learn some more about.