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What we CHOOSE to believe

Superman can fly high, way up in the sky
‘Cause we believe he can
So what we choose to believe can always work out fine
It’s all in the mind

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shits stinks because there is not a God

It’s frustrating.  It’s like witnessing 2 people talking, but with a language barrier, which one person attempts to overcome by raising their voice. That is what it is like when people tell me that they feel badly that I do not have a relationship with God, such as they.  It’s like we are not speaking the same language.  Apparently, there has been discovered a protein that exists in chicken’s ovaries necessary for the production of eggs, therefore not present in the egg in that it precedes, thereby proving that the chicken came before the egg.  That should put the argument to rest.  For me, it was the fact that the egg would have needed to gestate and incubate, it would have needed something to care for it at birth, to protect from predators, to transport it, just like every animal and insect does.

The problem with this God figure, is that God is who people need him to be, and in the worst way.  God can be described as jealous and vengeful, notwithstanding the punishment set forth from the onset- suddenly, there was a sense of shame to gaze upon the naked body, and women would have painful menses, labor and delivery, and then the subsequent unleashing of wraths — floods, firestorms, mass deaths of male offspring, plagues and such…and despite that once one gets older and realizes, not only did it not make sense back then, but now there is more knowledge available to society at large; the individual has enough basic education and knowledge to know that Woman is not born of Adam’s rib, Man was not created in the image of a floating spirit, beyond the clouds there is outer space as opposed to heaven…

I stress and emphasize common sense, & will give the following example: shit stinks, because God does not exist.  I hate roaches.  I used to have nightmares about giant roaches.  I hate maggots and meal worms.  Even typing it made me envision it, made me almost gag.  I hate vomit. I’m actually emetophobic. I used to say that when I die, I am going to ask God why He created these disgusting things.  A person of faith will feed you the crap that we are all God’s creatures and beautiful in our own ways, but science will tell you that evolution is to blame and science will make sense.  The key to developing critical thinking skills is to transfer concepts to new scenarios.  In fact, that is the key to learning anything–the ability to transfer and apply knowledge elsewhere.  Nonetheless, this brings me to feces.  Once I had had a course or 2 in biology and chemistry (and wherever I learned about evolution), I was able to discern that, perhaps, the reason feces smells is that there was a time that people had no toilets and to come upon some feces, one needed to know, beyond a doubt, to stay away.  After knowing that bacteria gives off waste and releases odors and having a concrete understanding of digestion, I was able to deduce that this is a function of evolution.  Evolution is large scale adaptation and the function of adaptation is survival and only that which has been able to evolve i.e. adapt i.e. grow and change, persists.  This being the reason that fish, birds and mammals all know not to eat shit.  But wait! Dogs eat shit.  There’s exceptions to every rule.

The point is, that it is, without a doubt, a failed, although well orchestrated, attempt to explain the origin of the universe and all that it contains as the work of an entity called God.  What has clearly happened is that throughout history, Man has attributed what is out of his own control, to be the work of volatile, extraterrestrial characters, that are for some reason, highly invested in the daily goings-on of the inhabitants of Earth.  It is quite clear that the more that science revealed to us, the more upheaval arose in traditional societies.  New belief systems, and therefore customs by which to adhere, were being introduced all in the attempts appease the gods in exchange for favor, if not in life, then in the afterlife.  Rules about how to conduct oneself were imposed as truths.  History and geography outlay patterns in religious themes and timing.  All of these patterns are simply ignored by believers.  Patterns of huge populations being misguided, yet faithful worshipers are examples of the fog that I reference in my blog title. The Christians see the oppression of the Muslims, the Muslims see the heathenism of the Westerners, the Jews see the money (jk, just seeing if you’re playing attention). How can one subscribe to the belief that the Greeks, Romans, Hindu, Mayan, Egyptians and various other worshipping populations were wrong about their gods because the one true God allowed all these other children of His to be so literally out of touch that, unless they are fortunate to run into one of his saved children, their souls shall simply perish.

Some people are born blind or without a limb, or mentally challenged or actually unattractive.  Some people are born  with intelligence, healthy bodies and great looks. This is not the work of God.  It’s the work of the human body.  Going back to the way that evolution, adaptation and biology work, and similar to the creation of the Earth and it’s atmosphere, there are a series of processes taking place unbeknownst to Man.

what a fool believes

I use the term “fool” loosely and only to bring to mind the lyrics of the song by that title:

But what a fool believes … he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems … to be
Is always better than nothing

Here’s the thing: sometimes, and often as a coping mechanism, a person can believe what’s easier to accept; not necessarily what is true. We can lie to ourselves (or choose not to see) the affair our partner is having, the drugs our child is doing, the poor decisions that we have made for ourselves, et al.  When it comes to religion, people become sheep of unyielding, blind obedience.  I especially question those that are scholarly (Mayim Bialik) or that are well-versed in the psychology of Man and how ideas impregnate and propagate; how history is edited and “facts” are created, yet continue to worship the elusive Supreme Being.  We’ve all played the game of telephone and possibly believed that someone deliberately altered the story for it to have been so inaccurate by the time it reached the other end of the line.   When it comes to studying for the sake of worship, once experience, science or common sense have debunked even 3 of the ideologies or “facts” this doctrine perpetuates, that should offer enough reasonable doubt to stop defending what one clearly does not understand.  Allow me to enumerate some pretty basic precarious proclamations:

The Bible pretty much starts off shaming women for their menstrual cycle.  I knew a female growing up, that was not [permitted] to go to church while menstruating, as she was considered impure.  The Bible explains that the pain of childbirth and the menstrual cycle are a punishment for the misdeeds of Eve in the Garden of Eden.   So women have to blame this this pseudo-ancestor for the horrors of childbirth and menstrual cramps and, provided that Eve has been dead for 6 millennia, there’s no chance of her repenting, so this is a cross women are to bear.  Then, what happens when you go to school, take health and biology courses and learn the function of the menstrual cycle?  What happens when you find out that dogs also have periods?  What happens when you take into account that the Bible was written at a time more than a thousand years before for The Plague that took out 1/3 the population Europe–the Plague that was essentially ‘cured’ with hygiene?  What then, do you do when you take into account that not up until the late 1800’s  (in the United States) was public education available for girls.  So many years after the Bible was written, edited and, until the past 50 or so years was interpreted exclusively  by men, blind sheep pride themselves on being such avid, unwavering, faithful followers.

There is episode of Family Guy that addresses the ironic and somewhat comical and arbitrary rejection of advanced technology in the Amish community.  The purpose is to not be seduced by the luxuries and temptations of the “outside world” that may lure them away from their Amish family, community and beliefs.  This is ironic because the Amish do utilize some extent of technology, only it’s the technology that was available during the lifetime of it’s founder.  This is to suggest that what was considered too luxurious, too distracting from worship was relative to the technologies available at that time.  The question then is, if the religion was founded in Medieval times, would the Amish be allowed to ride bicycles? For the Amish, when it comes to such concepts as food storage,  in many cases (depending on how orthodox one may be) one must decide whether to get an ice box (and regular ice deliveries), pitch-in for community storage (minimized use of electricity), get a gas-powered refrigerator or break down and use electricity.  Living a simple life is commendable–they are a close-knit, private, self-sustained community.  The problem is that should one decide that they seek more out of life (such as furthering their education), they risk being shunned.  Again, a religion that teaches temperance and love of thy neighbor fails to teach tolerance and frowns upon educating oneself.  The religion is not about the individual, but sustaining a community and passing on a heritage.  Cool.  As it so happens, it doesn’t appeal to most people.

The Bible says that God plucked a rib from Adam to create Eve.  While the sentiment is sweet, a couple of biology and history courses should clear that right up.  For, we find in nature that opposite genders are an attribute of species that practice sexual (as opposed to asexual) reproduction.

We are told that all was well and all were nude in the Garden of Eden, but as part of the punishment, they became aware of their nakedness and felt a new sense of shame.  Well, when it boils right down to it, every culture treats nudity and sexuality differently.  Throughout the world, most civilizations cover, if nothing else, their genitals. This has everything with preserving your ability to procreate.  Every life form seeks to replicate itself.  Men cover these parts so that they are not vulnerable to injury, an enemy (one could cripple their opponent by rendering them unable to reproduce), to keep their testicles warm and to even the playing ground when seeking a mate (as opposed to being chosen based on size alone).  Women cover their genitals for practically the same reasons.  Additionally women cover themselves to thwart advances, not for shame.   The shame that we feel is something that we develop during adolescence.  Toddlers do not have such shame.  The shame stems from standards of beauty imposed by society that we may not live up to.  The embarrassment of being seen naked is more of a feeling of vulnerability.   When we are naked, it’s like letting the table see your hand.  We are not ashamed to be naked when it is by our choice or to our benefit.

One of the most disturbing tendencies of theists is their assumption that they are morally superior. It might even be cause for alarm, that people rely on pious rhetoric as their moral foundation. Perhaps theists simply don’t realize that many of the most revered individuals throughout history have been nonbelievers and morally upstanding citizens all at once. Religious folk tend to spend more time trying to appear holier than they are or ever will be.  These religious folk have great nerve to speak of love, all the while ridiculing the fornicators, the gays, the unwed mothers, the prostitutes, the foreigners, etc.  The Ku Klux Klan are, typically, Southern, white, God-fearing Christians.  KKK often doesn’t have to answer to local authorities because they ARE they local authorities.  Notwithstanding that killing is illegal, it’s one of the Ten (pretty simple) Commandments.  It goes to show that not even they believe the shit they preach: we are all God’s children. These people go out of their way to distance themselves from what they deem morally inferior, all the while shoving their own skeletons back into the closet. There are pastors screwing members of the congregation, priests raping or molesting boys, preachers that publicly denounce homosexuality up until the moment they’re caught bent over with their pants down. There are places in the world where a female pregnant out of wedlock is expected to kill herself, rather than bring shame on her family.  Although that expectation is based in culture, as opposed to religion, the people that uphold these traditions are worshippers.  On what moral ground does the father stand that lets his daughter kill herself for after impregnated out of wedlock, even if she was raped? Had it not been for disbelief and dissidence, civilization would be stuck in the Stone Ages.

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.

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.