People have needed to believe in something since people began to understand the concept of death.  You might think that we have always understood, but provided that we are a 5,000 year old race (humans) one can try to imagine the times when a person would be asleep and mistaken for dead or vice-versa.  It shouldn’t be hard to imagine because this still occurs occasionally today.  At some point there needed to be an understanding of what constitutes death, why it happens and what to do with the body.

The conscience is God’s presence in Man.  The lost gospel of Thomas speaks to this claiming that salvation is unattainable “less thee know thy self”. The Kingdom of God is peace of mind.  People look in books, temples, churches and other people’s mouths to find God.  It seems logical that if God created us in His image and if we speak to Him through prayer and meditation and that when He speaks to you no one else can hear it… that we are God.

When a person commits heinous, inhumane acts, we might say they have no conscience–no soul.  Your conscience is where your conscious, subconscious and soul reside. Sometimes you’ll see the conscience depicted as an angel-self on one  shoulder, devil on the other. It is the energy that cannot be seen but propels our actions.  It is where empathy, compassion and passion are born.   If we believe that we are born with a soul then we are born with a conscience and therefore have an innate moral compass.   No one should need to look in a book, wear a specific attire, pray with a certain frequency, frequent a house of worship, make sacrifices or regular tithes, subscribe to self-ordained hierarchy, identify themselves as any particular lineage in order to know what is right or wrong.

Consciousness is what distinguishes humans from other species roaming the Earth.  That we are the only ones (that we know of) to have a sense of self, others, emotions, language, abstract thought and calculations is what make us the intelligent species and keeps us at the top of the food chain.  If we step on an ant, we are pretty confident that we’ll never hear it screaming, “No, No, please don’t kill me, I have a Queen to feed!”.  We talk to our pets, personify animals, insects and inanimate objects but the fact remains that, on the Earth, we are unique.  We have dreams that we can recall, we have instincts that we can identify, we have intuition and perspective. We have developed a concept and measuring system for the passage of time.  We record our history and recall our past. We make plans for the future and we do more than hunt or gather throughout the day.  This distinction is the driving force in our search for something greater.

To be in touch with God is to be in touch with yourself and your [sub]conscious.  It is to be in touch with nature and the universe.  We will never be omniscient (which is good because otherwise we would be bored).  It is to be aware and in-tune with that which we cannot see, but is real.  Emotions are real.  The psychology of Man is real.  The wind is real.  Not all that we see is real.  Bills are not real.  They are rules that we created to play by in order to receive a service.  Stepping out on a ledge, feeling your heart race, perspiration, blood pumping through your veins, oxygen feeding your lungs…that is real.  The stuff that will happen that is beyond our control and understanding is real.  To be able to separate yourself from the stuff of life, the feelings that cloud clairvoyance, is to be in touch with God. To be able to step back and see the big picture in an argument, business deal, romantic relationship and make healthy decisions is to know God. In knowing God, you are living your life to it’s fullest potential while contributing to the greater good of Mankind.

God is the dark energy that exists in all things, the canvas upon which the layers that we come to know as the world and the universe.  We know that atoms and matter exist.  We know about anti-matter and black holes. We know that energy is an unseen force. Further to that, quantum mechanics gives us dark energy.  There’s yin/yang, light/dark, good/evil, matter /dark matter (and anti-matter), energy and dark energy.  The concept is that there is not ‘nothing’, but always something, or the opposite of something.  A good example is to consider a bottle of liquid.  As the bottle empties of liquid, it fills with air.  Although we do not see the air, it has mass and creates pressure.  In fact, with the combination of pressurized air and gas, we get aerosols.  Dark energy is everywhere and cannot be created or destroyed.

follow the leader

With even the latest change in pontiff, I do not understand how anyone still subscribes to Catholicism.  The Pope was supposed to be the one closest to God and is actually worshiped but then he decides he doesn’t want the job, so now you must transfer worship to a newly elected pontiff.

I can’t help but think how foolish it seems to be a avid follower of e.g. Islam.  The Q’uran was revealed in stages, orally over the course of 22 years.  That’s a long trail of tongues to alter, enhance, expound upon, eliminate, exaggerate the Word, but then, we’re going on faith–surely, Man has proven himself worthy of trusting with maintaining accuracy via of orally tradition.  Consider some of the gossip that goes around and how quickly the story gets altered or blown our of proportion. The human memory is not the most reliable historian because it is subject to indelible alteration.  The process of making the memory already alters it. Though it may not veer too far offtrack, in order to remember, we often relate prior experiences as a point of reference and therefore, are not good with details.  Also, how an event makes a person feel alters the way it is first perceived, then processed.  This is why tone of voice matters.  What is going on with a person emotionally or what is occurring in a person’s life also colors the memory. To know these things and still hold fast to the interpretations that are misrepresenting themselves as the original teachings and their intent, is a waste of time, it seems.

the oldest profession

Prostitution should be legal.

There’s an episode of “Rules of Engagement” in which Timmy  and Russell are sitting down at a diner discussing dating and Timmy is convoked to clarify himself, he says: It’s called dating, sir; whereas one leaves money on the table at a restaurant, as opposed to her nightstand.

And there it is.  The act of courting is wooing with words and material items and the incentive is sex.  Whether a woman asks for payment up front or you pay with your life (marriage), it’s up to her individual self to determine the value of experiencing her body.  As long as there are rules for registering and getting tested for STD’s and safe-sex practices and education, there is really no need for it to be illegal.  Some states, like VA, like to make laws that reflect individual morals, such as the ban on [heterosexual] couples living together unmarried.   Prostitution, on a grander scale, is illegal  because it is widely unaccepted.  But here’s the thing: that doesn’t stop it.  What it does is deters prostitutes, strung-out or not, from being honest with law enforcement and healthcare professionals.  Communication is key for prevention of anything.  We don’t have to like or partake in something for it to be a legal activity.  Smoking is legal, drinking is legal, gambling is legal in some areas…prostitution should be legal. Going to jail is more often adding to the trauma that precipitated the behavior that resulted in the crime.

Of course there are a few places where it is legal.  Places where it remains illegal need to run some stats and determine areas where regulations could use improvement and then implement those very modifications to the legislation in their respective districts.

There are many kinds of prostitutes.  They’re not all just addicts.  And those that are addicts are prostituting to support a habit they developed during either a carefree-fun or a horrible time in their lives they continue to use everyday because they are now running from some demons that they are trying to drown.  There are high class, there are casual, there are professional, there are incidental prostitutes.

What’s funny is how much we blame the women.  IT’S THE MEN.  Men are openly sexually preoccupied.  The men that are paying for the services are the ones that create a market for these women in the first place.  If you own something that people are willing to pay you to experience, why wouldn’t you sell it for fast money? In some regard, you gotta admit that john is the fool.  So what, women slide down poles naked?  They wouldn’t be doing that if people weren’t willing to pay to see it. And people pay a lot of money for sex.  It so happens that drugs will always at some point end up in the mix.  Sex and drugs, like any other product, are  propelled by supply and demand.  As long as people want it, there will be someone that is willing to give/get it.  Rather than punishing people for addiction or solicitation, we need to address the crux of the matter.  This is not to say that I’m suggesting anyone become ‘Captain Save-a-ho’, but that the problem needs to be dealt with on a more intimate, yet communal, level.  For instance, what circumstances and factors account for their choice of lifestyle, what life skills are needed to overcome the lure of fast money?  Not all prostitutes need to be saved, but for some, it’s a red flag to their loved ones, a cry for help for others.  The point being that prostitutes exist becuase men want them to. There are the few public officials, law-makers, there are the average citizens, but if men did not patronize sex-workers there would be no industry.   If anyone is being immoral, is it not the married man or the middle-aged man that seeks teens rather than the prostitute that allows her body to be used for a nominal fee?  Handle the problem in an intimate manner by discussing it with your children and be communal in that the neighborhood needs to reinforce the values enforced at home.  If, in your neighborhood the case is already the latter, and yet prostitution and drug- dealing is acceptable, you might need a new neighbor; you’re only as good as the company you keep.  The community should be vigilant of 13 year old girls on the streets on a weekday morning/early afternoon, rather than being in class.  Truancy laws are hard to enforce when there are so many truant children and even more disengaged and disinterested adults in their lives.

question everything; accept facts

The truth is that religion discourages thinking and demands that you forfeit logic and go on all faith-no matter the cost-blind obedience:

This was the case as Abraham was directed to offer his son as a sacrifice in order to demonstrate faith and obedience.

Galatians 3:6-9  Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.  The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”  So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Psalm 33:4-6 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.  The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

and the Q’uran:
[21:23] He is never to be asked about anything He does, while all others are questioned.
[21:24] Have they found other gods beside Him? Say, “Show me your proof. This is the message to my generation, consummating all previous messages.” Indeed, most of them do not recognize the truth; this is why they are so hostile.

Of course, it only makes sense for a religious work to self-promote and discourage doubt, less it be ineffective.  In order to suspend disbelief we are given viable examples of when having faith gives a person [an inner] strength to deal with tribulation.

The the word which was transcribed by the hand of Man, susceptible to flaws in transcription, handwriting interpretation, language interpretation (this includes dialectic and colloquial changes) as the book was reproduced time and time and time again.  From the production of one version to the next there was room to be reinterpreted to satisfy alterior motives.  A present day example is the Shiite and Sunni interpretation of  appropriate Muslim female attire.  And if something can be understood and implemented in so many ways, who is to say which is right? Apparently culture and ancestry–outside forces, determine how the text is to be understood and applied in daily life.  So the sanctity of your soul is contigent upon how well you adhere to what turns out to be Man-made standards of conduct.  And by Man-made I also mean made by men and need to emphasize that, it was only within the past century that women began the steps to becoming less than second class citizens-baby-making property…at least in the United States.

Know this: When the Bible (and other works) were written, the majority of the population was illiterate.  The literate people happened to be the wealthiest people, with few exceptions. The wealthiest people happened to be the monarchs/pharaohs/emperors, religious figureheads and those born into wealth.  It so happens that the wealthiest people were also the bureaucrats instituting laws based on religious works that only few could read founded by revelations very few had had.  With the heads of state and heads of church are also of the elite class, ‘best believe that there will be modifications and accommodations made to the rules on their behalves.  Examples are the rules about premarital and extramarital affairs and the double-standard by which these acts are judged.  It’s always a bit more horrific when your daguhter, not son, conceives at 14 years old.  Males might even get a secret high-five.  And women get a ‘scarlet letter’, should they step outside of marriage–it’s only because women walk away bearing the seed of deceit while men just wipe it off.

Also consider that it was not so easy to get a copy in your language if you didn’t speak the most common language.  An example- if you spoke French and lived in Rome, the Bible would be found in Latin.  Not to mention that books were luxuries that manyh people couldn’t afford–remember, most people cannot read.  There was a good number of thousands of years were education was not available universally.

So far, there are 2 barriers for you actually having access to the words by which you desperately try to live.  So, like the majority of fellow followers, you receive your religious guidance by word of mouth.  If you are older than 10 years old, you should know, like the game of ‘telephone’, the story is never the same on the other end.  But let’s just say that it is.  So far, the Bible has managed to be the unadulterated word of The Supreme Spiritual Being that made man in his own image (does that mean God has an anus?  Why would he need one?  Or hands and feet?  Where is he walking?  Oh! I guess the clouds)  and created the Heaven (which we later found out to be one in many galaxies in a massive universe) and Earth (the formation of which science offers ample explanation and evidence).  This unadulterated word should only have interpretation since there is only one God.  Why would God play his children against each others for thousands of years?  The lesson is lost with each “holy war”.  Holy shit, what a contradiction!

So, God has allowed Man to fight and murder in his name, ruthless and relentlessly since the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden.  With this in mind, knowing that generations upon generations have been misled by the guise of a religious institution.  So many people continue to be taken advantage by their religious leaders or spiritual guides, so many people that fall victim to cults… People remain vulnerable because everyone wants comfort of believing there’s more to this life which, for some people, is heaven on Earth, but for the majority is HELL.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a precise number for the number of people to be admitted to Heaven.  The problem is, that number was formulated in the 20th Century.  No matter how faithful one might be, if you’ve lived since that time, the odds are against you.  And does that number apply to innocent babies or people outside of the US and the Western Hemisphere, who are also the children of God, although they may be unfamiliar with Jehovah’s Witnesses? There are more people on the Earth at this moment (7 billion) than those to be admitted to Heaven. 144,000 was the number deemed for the anointed.  20,000 people died in the tsunami 12/25/04.  Again, the odds are against you.

How could one so passionately believe in something from which they are so far removed?  Like Kwanzaa…WTFIT? But really, there are so many religions, denominations, sects, etc that it seems obvious that they can’t all be right.  They can, however, all be wrong.  Despite the good intentions people have abused religions to the utmost.  There are wonderful lessons to be learned among the teachings of all religions.  The stories may be figurative or they may be figments of someone’s imagination.  Perhaps they are drunken revelations or pipe-talk or a culmination of philosophical works cloaked with spiritual references or maybe they are as good as the Brother’s Grimm and Aesop’s Fables.   The bottom line is that you should not have to subscribe to the words in a Bible in order to have a moral compass.

a growing chart

Assume with me, that there are 2 different worlds that we could choose to live in.  Because there are 2 specific (according to the rules of this assumption) you can only choose either or.  In the world of morals, every one subscribes to a religion.  In order to live in either world you agree to adhere to the rules, especially since they will presumably be more in line with your own beliefs.   The telling of events would be as follows:

The world of common sense The world of morals
CFO of Major Corporation USA misplaces important contract while under the influence of marijuana, however, shortly after, is able to locate it.  He then realizes the importance of temperance and has thus calls for moderation. Religious holidays; Jews having more time off than Muslims and Muslims more than Christians because of the multitude of holidays , yet making the highest earnings causes uproar.
Teen pregnancy rates decease by 70%.  Researchers attribute the changes to: better education within previous under-served communities, increase in parental involvement, open discussions about the consequences/responsibilities associated and availability to contraceptives.Parenting classes required if under 18 Teen pregnancy rates rage out of control as more teen are rebelling against the latest law aimed at reinforcing rules of abstinence; avoid talking about sex
Rates of alcohol abuse lowest since (1920’s). 30% population incarcerated.  16% incarcerated for life.
Crime rates decrease.  Apparently most people’s needs are met, drug crimes reduced by the advent of drug town and revamped laws of intervention and rehabilitation rather than imprisonment and punishment. Crime rates increase with the population, institutional corruption increases
Africa—the investment; many corporations invest in African business infrastructure and trade while many formally occupied territories have not had civil wars in nearly 2 decades Suicide rate doubles
Fewest people in prison in modern history Africa diminishes in population and livable land
Less prescriptions—marijuana use triples 68% population takes medication
The middle class makes up 85% population, impoverished 25%, wealthy 10%New middle class = annual vacation, 1 car per 3 people, 70% own property, 20% self-employed, 80% higher education 25% higher education, 50% people impoverished, 5% wealthy 45% middle class as defined in 2013
There are same sex parent households, allowed to adopt, foster Same sex parents not allowed period
 The most families in history are multiracial Some places have re-instituted some form of segregation; either religious, racial, socio-econonical or gender

a little common sense goes a long way

At some point, you have to follow the train of logic.  If the concept of evolution makes more sense and answers a lot more questions than any holy book one might read…I’m inclined to believe there might be something to it.  In watching the Science and History Channels, I have to give myself credit for my own deductive reasoning.  I’m not suggesting that I specialize in these fields of study, but that, since science and math are laws of nature that can be studied, like anything that you study, they need to be applied and reapplied by way of deductive reasoning.  To the question of “how do the bugs get inside the lighting fixture, anyway??” I say: because insects lay their eggs on or in the fixture. I have never looked this up because it satisfies logic; if bugs are attracted to light, if eggs usually require some heat to hatch, since you can’t see the bugs getting in…since they can’t get out..  There are so many questions that we could find the answer to if we just gave it a bit more thought and admit to ourselves that there really is so much we do not know, without forsaking how much we can still learn. An example would be the chicken and the egg.  The chicken came first because it has to incubate the egg.  The problem lies in the pretense that God made all creatures as they are (otherwise there would have to be some process of evolution for a chicken to exist in the first place).  Because one mustn’t deny the Almighty, we forgo what makes the most sense and chalk it all up to a conundrum.  If a tree falls a forest, of course it makes a sound whether or not there is any human ear to receive the resulting sound waves.  Only in matters of quantum physics, might one see it fit to argue whether reality exists outside of the human imagination, but the fact remains that if a tree falls in the forest, you don’t have to hear it in order to see it lying on the ground and can therefore use deductive reasoning and prior experience of what happens if something so large falls to determine that it did, in fact, make a sound. The more background knowledge, the more angles at which yo have to evaluate any circumstance; for that, you need an open mind. Our mind needs to be ready to receive another puzzle piece.  It happens that, the same as we look in the refrigerator time and again– as though something will appear, we tend to try to make sense of nonsense and make fit what does not fit.

Ethics in Science

On the Science Channel, there’s even promo states that it[science] “sometimes goes too far” .  e.g. Russia:  what woman would volunteer to bear the child of an ape?  But then, it’s not science, in and of itself that goes too far, but humans, with how they choose to incorporate and experiment with it.  It comes down to money and mental illness.  Both of which explain why a woman would volunteer to bear an ape.

Ethics are the boundary—an apparently diminishing one.  Ethics change with knowledge.  When you learn that what you deem to be so inappropriate, either has no effect on your life, or that what you believed was actually incorrect, you put away your gavel and open yourself to learning even more.  Gay marriage: if it has no effect on the sanctity of your marriage why cast your nose up against someone else’s decision?  Why would you be so concerned with who someone else is sleeping with?  Apparently heterosexuals aren’t professionals in the marriage arena—in the US more than half of marriages end in divorce—and it’s not a secret.  People are already rampantly defiling and defying the sacred vows they took  notwithstanding gay rights.  So, after you come to terms with the fact of the matter, rather than your feeling toward the matter, you decide to move aside and not stand in the way of someone else’s natural right to choose a partner with whom to share their life and intimacy.

Stem cell research and cloning.  If you believe in God and His creation of the human soul, cloning is definitely a no-no.  The stigma attached to it is that it is not natural—like homosexuality.  But, unless the definition of natural has changed, homosexuality is quite natural, it’s just not productive. In fact, if the whole premise of coitus is to copulate and procreate, then homosexuality can serve as a method of birth control.   Still, if something is not natural, it cannot fall under the rules of God, and therefore it is ‘the other’– which we most commonly correlate to the devil/evil or other dark forces.  As for cloning, how can a person be a real person not having been spawn naturally, as the result of the wonderful bond between a man and a woman that commit themselves—their lives to each other?  Then came along artificial insemination.  Ideas change when your own personal needs change such as when you find out your church-going teenager is expecting a child and you stop lending judgment to the parents of children that do not go to church yet have managed to keep it tucked in.  Then again, there are even the people for whom, not even that reality check is enough to wake them from their fog.

things we tell people in the name of GOD

A woman invites her friend to yoga.  The friend, newly converted, albeit devout, Jehovah’s Witness declines. She declines based on the notion that yoga has pagan origins.  She goes on to quote Bible verses and explains that she will not disobey or disregard the Word.  My response- speak of pagan, it was as though she scrolled the word, “friendship” on cheesecloth and set it afire.  That is the divisive power of religion.

I heard a discussion among a group of young adults. One of the females was talking about Illuminati and it’s prevalence in today’s society, pop culture, and specifically, JayZ & Co. Another person called it ‘bull’-that it’s about the psychology of selling an image/brand.product. The first one insists that the connection to the original secret society and the selling of the soul are real and gives an ominous warning about what is really behind he success of these artists–demons and dark forces that the average public does not perceive. Then, a 3rd person, witnessing the skepticism, chimes in to lend consolation: “people will think what they want to think. Now the schools are teaching evolution (spoken with dismay)” First female interjects “oh my God, I can’t believe that.” Third female, “Right, I mean, my feeling is that someone had to be the creator” First female, “right–I don’t believe it all came from nothing, like ‘the big bang'”.

I came across this page, which relates to the topic: http://www.nairaland.com/874501/whitneys-death-linked-illuminati-sacrifice

Now…there are some scientists that refute the notion of the big bang. There has been no scientist, or other person for that matter that can prove the existence of God and in attempting to disprove the big bang, there efforts have resulted in alternate non-creationist theories. Why would you rather not know all the information there is to know if it is for no other reason than fear? We fear that we have spent so long believing what’s not true. We fear that if we let go of what we know, we may not know anything as well ever again. We fear that if there is no God, there is no afterlife and that the sufferings of the world and life are real and inescapable. We fear that the gore, cruelty, debauchery, corruption, insanity, hate, injustice, horrific elements of life are just that–the stuff of life; we either take it or leave it. Eastern and Middle-Eastern societies are a bit more accepting of the latter while Western Societies frown upon suicide.

We believe what we choose to believe- real or imaginery

Do you believe in the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy or Stork? Do you believe in Santa or the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow? Do you believe that the Earth is flat and revolves around the sun? Do you believe that the Milky Way is the only solar system? …then why the hell must you believe that the world was created in 6 days and that God made Man in his own image?
I gotta admit. It sounds great; fantastical. The notion of the Garden of Eden, heaven in the afterlife…cloud hopping for eternity, angels with wings hovering over loved ones as guardian angels… then along comes logic and (as I repeatedly implore you) you apply what you already know and suddenly all of it seems like a fairy tale. What we know is that myths, legends, fairy tales are age-old mechanisms by which to explain what we could not otherwise fathom. They also serve as stories with morals; how to treat others, lessons to be learned and mistakes to avoid. They may act as advice about situations common to most people and cultures around the world, which is why they maintain longevity. Religious works, the Torah, the Qur’an, the Bible…they too, are timeless and you can find lessons in these books that are applicable to present-day scenarios; but like the stuff of legends, these are not to be taken literally. Even if they were taken literally at the time they were written, it no longer makes sense to interpret them so strictly with all the information to answer questions that these works serve to resolve. We know a million-fold more about the past than our ancestors, giving us a much better understanding of the world around us. We now know to be true theories that were proposed by the ‘thinkers’, scientists and philosophers of yester year; hence we understand thunderstorms and floods and no longer need to sacrifice animal or human lives to appease the gods…