someone thought of all this

I had a conversation in which the other person, in an effort to offer assurance, told me to remember that I was put here for a purpose.  Told me to remember that I am special.  Told me to consider all the plants and animals and how much thought went into creating this.  Soon after that, I had to interject and reveal that I am not a believer.  There was a pause.

Humans consider themselves an intelligent life form.  What makes us intelligent has everything to do with our brains.  Neurology is the study of the brain and it is a rapidly developing field of study, as we still do not completely understand how it works.  The fact is, however, that it can be studied because there is a science to how it works–concrete concepts, processes, chemical activity that can be seen and measured.  We understand that every thought, movement and vital function is initiated by our brains.  A fetus develops a brain within the first 3 weeks of gestation.  The brain develops from cells- the smallest life form, and atoms- the smallest particle of matter,  which have electrical charges.  So, God thought of atoms, assigned electrical charges and then initiated the elaborate process of combining atoms to make molecules, then various molecules to make cells, then various cells to make tissues and then tissues to make the brain organ.  So if God created our brains, which we rely on to formulate thought, how did he choose the material?  If God created our brains, what is his brain made of?  How does his brain work? If God thought of and then created the universe and everything in it, then his brain precedes the universe.   If he created atoms and cells, etc. the question remains, who created him ( I say him because it’s not relevant whether God has a gender; that again, is a point of disconcertion since gender is a function of reproduction)?  That the concept is so complex and continues to elude our understanding, is more reason not to believe that it’s a simple as: God.  This is to say that it took thousands of years for Man to learn that we exist on a planet that revolves around a star that is part of a galaxy that is part of one of many universes.  Surely, it can’t be so simple as: God.  From the study of science we learned the laws of the universe: gravity, energy, inertia, centrifugal force, et al; science explains cause and effect.  In our lives we constantly witness causal relationships and patterns. Understanding the laws of the universe brings order to chaos and clarity to confusion.

To credit God is to deny the laws of nature.  It is to say that a woman really CAN become pregnant from immaculate conception.  If God is in control, what’s the deal with in vitro fertilization?  Are we creating people that God doesn’t want to exist or does he not mind, since he gave us the brains to discover the procedure?  And when the procedure doesn’t take, is it because he thinks that reproductive clinics could use more money and that people desperate for a child can afford to pay? Is this to suggest that cells become people because God initiates fertilization and cell division?  When people are born with deficits, deformities and congenital disorders, does that mean God was having a bad day?

I was put here [on Earth] because my parents had sex and my mother became pregnant and decided not to abort.  There was no immaculate conception  or stork.  There was, however, an exchange of bodily fluids contained in the reproductive organs, secreted for the purpose of reproduction.  I am born no more special than any of the other 7 billion people that roam the Earth; special is highly subjective.  And in what regard am I special?  Do I have a talent that no one on Earth possesses?  Is special no longer a superlative?   If everyone is special, who is not special–what is the point of reference? Are we all winners?  If everyone is a winner, then there was no competition, because to compete is to compare and rank.   There is, of course, functionality in believing that oneself is special or telling yourself that you are a winner, no matter what.  Stephen Hawking is special.  Martin Luther King was special. Mother Theresa was special.  Gandhi was special. Even Hitler was special. Everyone can’t be special.  To be special you have to do special things.

If God wanted me to fulfill a purpose, why didn’t I get a heads up?  Why keep me guessing, risking me dying before the purpose is met?    If I purchase or create something for a purpose, then I will use it for that purpose– otherwise it is a waste of time or money.  If I build a house, it is either to live in or to profit from.  If I buy a car, it is to drive.  I can think of some people that wasted their lives being non productive and making poor decisions or that were simply horrible human beings; was that their purpose?  That would mean that omniscient God created all the injustices in the history of humanity; but of course, we conveniently draw the line.  God wanted Beyoncé  (she’s one of those that always thanks God for her success) to be a major celebrity but did not want the tsunami of 2004–but then again, natural disasters are a “sign of the times(end of days)”.  God wanted the United States to be a WASP nation (In God We Trust) but he did not want slavery or the massacre of the natives.

Someone did think of all this.  A lot of people thought of all this.  A lot of people have thought about all the wonder in the universe from atoms to black holes to amoebas.  People continue to think of all this.  People think.  Dark matter and dark energy do not think.  Atoms and elements do not think.  They exist, they interact and they conduct themselves according to the laws of the universe.

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dimensions of people

On my “about” page I introduced the premise of people living in different dimensions.  I’m not referring to multiple universe dimensions, like on the former TV show, “Sliders”.  By dimensions, I mean  that we are not all operating at the same level of awareness.

In my theory, there are 4 dimensions.  The first dimension is the most superficial.  This is the dimension where one exists but is cognitively limited, for one reason or another, and therefore, has limited understanding of one’s own existence.

The second dimension is where most people dwell.  These are the people for which the tabloids and soap operas were made.  The second dimension of people are occupied by all things concrete and carnal.  These people long for nothing more than luxury and glamor.  The second dimension is where the blind sheep flourish.  The people in the 2nd dimension are important because they are what propels every day life and society.  They are the majority of society.  The people in the second dimension accept the world as it is and find their place among the masses.  They find their clan and they are made whole by their community.

The 3rd dimension are where the true artists lie.  They are able to find and give meaning to the experience of life.  This dimension is for those that don’t simply fit in but, in fact, have a hard time accepting the world as it is.  These are people that question everything and think outside the box. They go against the grain, bore of the fairy tales and seek profound inner peace.

The 4th dimension is for those that have exceptional mental aptitude and are able to perceive what others cannot.  The 4th dimension would be home to the savants and other people that have helped to advance Mankind.  The 4th dimension has a profound understanding of the dynamics of the world and make life-altering discoveries.

Sometimes, having these dimensions helps me to cope with my misanthropic sentiment toward others.  Rather than resenting someone for being a simpleton, I remind myself that I may be the one complicating matters.  Rather than becoming frustrated with being unable to get my point across to one that is unreceptive, I remind myself that we are not operating within the same realm.

there is nothing to be gained from ignorance

When I read some of these theists’ posts, I feel disheartened and frustrated. It seems a lost cause.  Apparently, putting things into layman’s terms doesn’t even make a dent, and of this they are proud because it is a testament to their degree of faith. They want to believe, therefore they become deaf to contention.

Once you learn that a day- 24 hours, is a measurement of the time it takes for the Earth to complete a rotation, this should call into question your acceptance of the Earth being created in 6 days.  Days, as we understand them, are the result of the Earth’s rotation.  If the Earth was not yet created and rotating, what is the standard of measurement for the passage of time, or does time even exist?  Even if we say God finished the Earth in one day, immediately set it into rotation and therefore time had begun, this is refuted by our scientific understanding of how the Earth and the moon were set into motion.  If we refute the scientific understanding of the creation of the Earth, then we are also undermining logical, plausible, demonstrable explanations of volcanoes, salt in the oceans, thunder, storms, lightening, ozone, energy, etc…all of nature and the laws by which it so effectively functions.   To accept the Biblical telling of the creation of Earth and life is to contradict science and leaves the questions that science has already answered, unresolved.  However, by studying science and the laws of nature, medicine and monuments were created.  Everything that has come to be is a reaction from the initial burst of energy that created the universe.  That energy caused particles to move, combine, interact and react. Those reactions created elements, molecules, chemicals as well as what we have come to know as stars, black holes, comets, planets, moons and galaxies.  Within these galaxies are worlds that prevail contingent upon the conditions in which they were born.  For instance, the Earth’s live-supporting properties rely heavily upon it’s distance from the sun.  Should the distance change, so does the capacity to support various forms of life.  These deductions cannot be made from any of the ‘facts’ in the Bible no matter how many times you interpret it.

Arguing with a theist is like arguing with a toddler.  It’s senseless.  A toddler is not rational, nor does it become rational after further reasoning.  (Never argue with a fool; from a distance, you can’t tell who’s who).  To be rational, you have to start from rational.  Here’s what we are to believe  (even though we now know more about the universe’s multiple galaxies, at the time the Bible was written, they didn’t even know there was a Western Hemisphere or a round Earth):  Long long ago, but no too long ago, there was a spiritual being that decided that he was going to create mini-me’s and let them live naked and happy in paradise.   This paradise was somewhere in the Middle East.  He wanted to test these “children” so he made an arbitrary rule about not eating fruit from a specific tree in the garden (already with the games).  They didn’t listen (he should have known that they wouldn’t) so he punished them–banished them, made them suffer and then hundreds of years later, sent a son to save them…(whaaat?) And by son, it means born of God and a virgin (which translates to: Mary got knocked up and we don’t know who the father is). In order to save humanity, this son had to allow fellow man to crucify him.   He gave his creations free will. However, they are not free to use that will if they want to make it back to the Kingdom of God.  Instead, they must adhere to a book of rules and stories that was written by various hands over decades with edits and omissions.   This book will not be updated to coincide with the times but will be reinterpreted over and over and again until denominations are born.   The language will remain vague and contradictory.  When it’s all over, the son of God will come back, have a fight with the devil and the people that believed  and gave their lives to Christ will rise into the heavens (which we now know to be outer space).

God sounds more and more human based on these trust games and emotions e.g. God is a jealous God: how could God be jealous?  I thought he’d be above all those human sentiments.  Especially because part of jealousy is feeling threatened.  How can the supernatural creator feel threatened by his mortal creation–especially if the creator already knows the end to the story?  Sounds a bit immature.

I could never understand where God came from.  Everything has to start from something, right? What was God doing before he made humans?  Why the hell did he make roaches?  I hate roaches. Does he like roaches? What is God’s retirement plan, you know, after the second coming (of Christ)?

I understand that believing in God is comforting; so is sucking on a pacifier.  Incidentally, the latter is a habit that we break.  The former, people lose lives over.

And this heaven place.  How big is it?  One portion of the Bible says that you will not know your loved ones in heaven but will love everyone alike.  That would mean that when a person gets to heaven no one is familiar and there are no relationships.  Also, it’s assumed that the form one takes in heaven is the same as the form we are on Earth.  This means that we will have noses to breathe even though we don’t need to, and we will see, hear and feel without use of our brains.  Does this also mean that we will have anuses? Apparently (evidenced by those that believe they will be met by 27 virgins), we would keep our genitals, even though there’s no need to reproduce since the population growth would be pretty steady; not to mention there is a maximum occupancy.  And if it’s ok to have recreational sex in heaven, why is it a sin to fornicate while still alive? –thall shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

On my “about” page, I mentioned that life is a common experience made up of common experiences.  So, since the beginning of mankind, the process is that you are born into a clan.  This clan is responsible for teaching you the ways of the world. You are innocent, fresh-minded and curious.  You crave knowledge.  You imitate the behaviors you observe.  You have questions and the big people around you seem to have answers.  You believe what they tell you until you learn otherwise.  Meanwhile, as adults, the big people are only passing down what they have learned and were taught as a child–right or wrong.  In your teens, you shed the wonderment of childhood and enter the emotional, hormonal commencement of adulthood.  You question authority, including your parents; you feel enlightened from your prepubescent ignorance.  Along with the ignorance of childhood, you long ago shed the belief in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the stork. Still, because your parents or community reinforce it, you believe in God.

There is no way to justify a god that created the sun, the moon, the Earth and the stars but never introduced himself to the Mayans, Egyptians, Inca, Greeks, Romans, etc. This god does reveal himself to a select few–the chosen people that we later refer to as prophets.  Unfortunately, different religions have different prophets that made different prophecies.  There’s no way to justify a god that has a “chosen people”.  There is no way to justify a god that loves us so much that there are impoverished nations and millions of diseased and starving children.  And for those that are pro-life, there is no way to justify a god that chooses to create deformed and disabled children.  We can tell the story of Job as consolation, but the fact is that an omnipotent, omniscient and philanthropic god would not justifiably subject his creation to the horrors and atrocities of life.

Ever noticed that the educated-most people are the least religious?  Hmm…seems to be a correlation.  Seems to be that the more you know, the less willing you are to eat crow.  The more you know, the more the pieces fit together.  The more you know, the more obvious it becomes.   If there is one God then we should all be worshiping Him.  If there is one God, there would not be religions, there would be one understanding.

It’s simply more comforting (as it was meant to be) to believe in a cozy, happy, peaceful after life when trying to cope with  the harsh, miserable ills of life. So  I used to say that I prefer to believe in God.  After all, ignorance is bliss.  But after awhile, with the more knowledge that is sought and gained, the more ignorance turns into denial.  Ignorance became literally ignoring my own logic in order to believe .  I could not do this.  Prayers didn’t get answered and I didn’t get mad once I realized that I am praying to myself and that the only players involved in my destiny are myself and the laws of nature.   To pray is less useful than to take action.  And in times that no actions can be taken then it’s best to understand the laws of nature.

weed’s still illegal??

There’s been some debate as to whether marijuana is, at $35+ billion annual revenue –the top cash crop in the United States.  Here’s what we know it is: a cash crop!  And we need some cash! We know that it is not a lethal substance; that is the only “drug” that is plucked from the earth and utilized in its natural, unadulterated, chemical state! We know that it is the most widely used “drug”, including internationally.  We know that using marijuana doesn’t yield the same rate of negative consequences as alcohol; in fact, nothing does: date rape, rape, murder, domestic violence, buffoonery, blackouts, vehicle accidents/fatalities, overdose, jumping off of balconies and other folly-such deaths, strained relationships, job loss, liver disease, heart disease, dementia, encephalopathy, et al.  We know that it was once legal.  We know that slanderous propaganda, off the heels of a failed alcohol prohibition, targeted marijuana to be criminalized within, not only the justice system, but our minds. Some parents get more upset about their children using marijuana–nevermind that some of their children are already drinking– buying into the misrepresentation of marijuana as a gateway drug, when in fact, you are more likely to make a horrible decision, like trying a harder substance, while under the influence of alcohol.  With alcohol,  you may say or do something at any moment to destroy your life–you may become volatile.  You may feel free, without limitations.  You may get beer goggles and then an STD.  You may get beer muscles and get your teeth knocked out.  Now, there are exceptions to every rule and there are some people that can enjoy alcohol without abusing it.  Still, it is the easiest and most frequently abused.  Use and abuse are distinctly different.  No matter how you use it, if you have more than 2 glasses you might feel bubble guts or a headache the next morning.

In the 1980’s, crack hit the US with a vengeance.  Nancy Reagan declared a war on drugs,  marijuana became a schedule one drug and there are people spending their lives in prison on marijuana-related charges.   There are people that are getting arrested in their teens and getting 3 strikes before they hit 21 for marijuana related charges, or the ones that don’t stay in prison but have the felony on their record– the rest of their lives ruined because of this illegal, yet apparently prevalent, cash crop.  I’ll discuss the racial disparity later.  The point is that the United States has the largest prison population in the world, and many people are having to be subjected to prison life and cavity searches despite it being the safest, most natural substance that people are ingesting, including prescription drugs (whether being used as prescribed or abused).

Why can’t marijuana be sold just as are cigarettes?  At this point, what is the point? The government can use the money from marijuana sales to fund drug awareness education.  Why isn’t common sense prevailing?  Everything should not boil down to insurmountable moral debates.   It should be a matter of facts, irrefutable facts- non-debatable facts and when people learn the facts, they should accept them.

gun control

On my facebook page, some of my ‘friends’ posted things like: when a person is fat we don’t blame the spoon so why blame guns and when there’s a bombing we blame the bomber, not the bomb.  There are some major leaps in logic being made with these arguments against gun control. For instance, you can’t go down to the local bomb shop to size up various bombs that you would like to purchase.  As for the spoon and the fat person, the flaw in the argument is that everyone uses spoons; the fact that someone is abusing the spoon does not cost another innocent person their life, typically.  Why we blame the guns is that:

1. their sole purpose is to kill-guns do not have multiple functions.  You can’t claim that you want to live in a peaceful society but be unwilling to implement some common sense gun laws.

2. it is easier to kill with guns; if gangbangers had to go around stabbing people, there would be less killing.  It’s easy to do a drive by shooting or a mass shooting when you have a gun that makes killing more efficient and impersonal.  Even soldiers that are trained to kill walk away with a heavy conscience when they take another life.   For citizens that don’t have much of a conscience or don’t have proper training to have guns is a recipe for an incident and there have been many. Whether it’s the 2 year old that gets shot or the 8 year old that kills a neighbor, somehow guns always seem to fall into the wrong hands (which hands are the right ones?)

Another friend on FB posted something to the effect that there is more violence (not specific to guns)per square mile in England, where guns are banned, than in the United States.  Again, a heavily flawed argument in that the United States is 5 times the size of England and therefore, on average, their population has less square mileage between them.  The flawed argument is like saying that NYC has more homeless people per square than the state of New York.  While it may be true, it is only because the comparison is being made between 2 unequivocal dimensions of land.  And still, the fact remains that they have far fewer gun-related deaths.

One-upmanship is a losing battle.  A politician said: the only way to fight a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a  bigger gun.  Have we not learned from past arms races?  It seems that people cannot empathize unless they are personally affected, like the various senators’ opinions on gay marriage–all but one changing their mind simply because the matter hit home with their own child being homosexual.  People have no empathy and that’s a real big problem in the face of gun control.

The white man conquered the world by way of guns.  White people, being a worldwide minority, managed to invade, divide and conquer every continent by use of guns.  With guns they were able to colonize and reconstitute societies, changing their language, culture and religious beliefs.  That is how much power guns have and power is the real reason people want to have the right to own them.  It’s not about the government taking over because, truth be told, that’s not likely in this country due to the freedoms that we do exercise.   Additionally, there are other ways to ‘overthrow the leader’, some of which are, ideally, nonviolent.  It’s about feeling superior or feeling like you have the upper hand.

A friend that is for gun control says, “do you want someone mentally ill to have a gun?!” Thing about that is that the ‘mentally ill’ are not all crazed lunatics.  How about background checks for domestic violence?  Domestic violence usually escalates until the shit hits the fan and either the victim becomes the victor or the victim becomes the deceased.  It’s not all about the most obvious groups to deny access to guns because, as we see time and again, guns are getting into the hands of children and ending up on the streets illegally.  And let me say that just because there are ways to get around laws does not mean that they should not be made.   The fact of the matter is that you will never be able to get rid of all guns so the fear that the gun-toters have is lent some credence; that, should they give up their guns, they leave themselves vulnerable to attack.  At the same time, most of the people that want their guns so badly live in low-crime areas.

There needs to be a scale of measure- a standard, a guide, a deterrent.  Common sense gun control includes not having semiautomatic guns.  As for rifles…well, I’m not a hunter and am not certain how hunting qualifies as a sport, but unless you have a hunting license, you damn sure don’t need a rifle.  When it’s all said and done, it always boils down to COMMON SENSE, leaving no reason not to enforce gun control

kids are gross and so are their parents

I attend a class in which there are toddlers, parents and one friendly, affectionate teacher.  There is a kid that digs deep inside his nose and gets boogers and eats them.  I’m talking, tooth under nail to get the last speck, booger-eating.  The mother just looks at him shaking her head.  Meanwhile, the teacher reaches out her hand for a ‘high five’.  This happens repeatedly.

logical conclusions

More on God:

People will say “I just don’t think something came from nothing”.  Ahem… then where did God come from? What did he make himself from? If God can come from nothing and create heaven and Earth and the planets, then it’s just as likely, if not more so, that there was ‘a big bang’.  And this God that created we humans and gave us a manual by which to live even though he sent  His son to give his life for our sins- as we are his children. And the other universes that, apparently, don’t have life since the concept of life revolves around the Supreme Being as the one source all focused on the planet Earth.

And what is God’s goal?  Are we an experiment or are we pets.  Are we the characters in a simulated game through which another life form lives vicariously (think Sims)?  Why is it that man was granted free will, yet, everything that happens is part of his plan and how can there be fate, destiny, God’s plan and free will all at once.  God never gives us more than we can handle, yet people die from stress-related illnesses including suicide.  And if, as in Christianity, Jesus gave his life that we would be saved  so why do we have to get christened and baptized? Everything is applied as convenient to the situation.  If a person dies it could be their time to go even if they die at the hands of another .  So, what’s the point in thinking if you’re not really in control.  But then again, we are in control of our actions and must obey the law of the land.  We must also worship and even though God is omniscient, in some cases we have to confess–not to God, but to a man that is supposed to be the go-between although he’s simply another imperfect mortal.  But then there are the times that we have to go through the hard times in order to get to God’s gift…as though we get tests…more like pop quizzes. Apparently, blessings await everyone that has faith and follow the word.  I could never understand why there would be generations upon generations of starving and warring Africans, albeit war and starvation exist in other areas, it’s clearly more prevalent, enduring and concentrated in African and Middle Eastern  regions.  Sadly, most of the warring is over resources–distribution of them and proprietary rights to them.  We are taught that the people that suffer in life do not suffer in the after life, but for real, what consolation is that?  What it is, is the dogma that was spread among the impoverished populations so that there not be an apprising–tell the people that God promises them paradise in the after life but that in order to attain that paradise, one must obey the rules in a book that, up until recent decades,  the average person couldn’t read. The truth is that I could ever  imagine why one would live  in a fantastical Disney-esque place like heaven and then create roaches and slugs and maggots and death and rotting et al. I had come to terms with the reason that feces stinks- so that we don’t eat it.  One of the laws of nature that exists as part of our survival.  I wondered about a lot of things that should not exist if there is a holy Father that wants nothing but the best for his children.  But we are told God practices tough love.  Additionally, this Father is content on staying out of sight for thousands of years before having a final show down with His arch-nemesis- Satan.  Mind you- God created Satan, too, but like a rogue assassin, Satan has amassed a growing army and wants to challenge the authority of his creator.

For the pious, there would actually be no meaning to life without the daily worship of God.  Instead of living life on Earth people live gingerly so that they might experience the God’s Kingdom postmortem.  People don’t use foul language because of the Holy Book.  I find that peculiar and it suggests that God speaks the same language even though the first spoken languages are not the languages spoken today, including the language of the original Biblical texts.  Not only does he speak the same language but his slang evolves so that words that were once offensive are not and words that were once non offensive are now offensive to even God.  Even though it is not physically harmful, it is one more thing that might jeopardize your ticket to heaven.  I’m not even going to touch the notion of suicide bombing.

The rules of dress are always more strict for females.  If God created women why does he care what you like like with clothes on–he created the nude female body.  God isn’t the one in the pulpit getting hard.  These rules are made to put the blame on women for being sexually appealing to men, who (and apparently God agrees) cannot control themselves if they see a woman’s shoulders or thighs.  What does that say about men?  Especially the religious men.  Men made the rules to keep men in check, but many of those that subscribe to the various restrictions of attire do not understand that concept and, instead of thinking of other men as a threat, they think of women as a problem.  Women are the ones that should be humble and avoid eye-contact.  Women are punished for getting attention.  In some cultures women are expected to commit suicide rather than disgrace the family with a pregnancy out of wedlock.  It’s as though a phantom is knocking chicks up and the phantom is their own wild lust having gotten the best of them (never mind whether she is raped)

Virginia had laws against oral and anal sex, as well as living as a couple, out of wedlock.  So, when having sex, we are supposed to stick to God’s approved positions.  It’s hard to enjoy sex when your eternal life depends on how raunchy you want to be in the boudoir.  It’s like having sex with your parents in the room.  Sex is personal enough that it shouldn’t matter whether you are homosexual because what you do in the bedroom, much like what we do in the bathroom, is private.  Less you choose to make it public, no one should have say in what you are doing as long as you are being safe, not spreading diseases, not having sex with children and not making babies you can’t or don’t intend to feed.  And for those that declare that people choose to be gay, that would suggest that one chooses to be straight–not that it is a natural choice, and it further implies that heterosexuals have contended with homosexual urges.

Priests shouldn’t be required to be celibate.  Clearly it’s not working.  Apparently, when you take vaginas away from men, they make use of other  holes.  It’s been proven the case time and again, in the church and in prisons.   After awhile, one should get the idea that maybe priests have natural urges and desires and maybe it’s not practical to think that they will be able to refrain or that they should have to refrain from engaging in sexual activities.  If sex is such a beautiful thing and should take place between a man and a woman (in missionary position only) then surely, these men that give their lives to God and the church should afforded the same right to have sexual fulfillment.  What is the church’s excuse for all the homoerotic activity and molestation that takes place amongst these men that are supposed to be servants of God.  At the same time, as a unit, the Church is against gay marriage.  There is a major contradiction here; the actions aren’t matching the words.  Of course the Church doesn’t condone molestation, but what is there to be said about the correlation between the expectation of celibacy and the prevalence of sex abuse cases.  Somethings got to give and it needs to be mindset of adhering to tradition over using common sense.