Posts

Water & Ice

In the Art of War, Sun Tzu counseled that we must "be like water," and course down a mountain side not by fighting agaisnt the rocks and obstacles we encounter, but by fluidly finding the path of least resistance. This idea was embodied in the old religions of paganism and Zoroastrianism, for example, and was the general the essence of polytheistic beliefs that simply incorporated new gods and ideas into their theologies.

But then came Christianity, which was not the first monotheistic religion to grow out of the death stories of a man who had become a god thru his death, but it was the first one designed to exert a spiritual elitism through the branding of exclusivity and infallibility.

Those who sought to join the gold standard of religions, which Christianity had become when the Emperor Constantine established it as the official religion of Rome (which he did after he had a dream that by the cross he would win his great military victory - proving once again that the Cross…

The Evil of Knowledge

To the Sanhedrin, Christ was the serpent in the garden, as was every heretic to every other religion that promises paradise in exchange for submission to a "god," a religion, and authority, as well as acceptance and conformity to old  "beliefs" and ways of thinking.
Knowledge, especially new knowledge and new perspectives,  has thus always been greeted by those devoted religiously to a veneration of past ideas, as a heresy of liberalism that threatens to destroy the garden of society that rests so precariously upon the willingness of people not to question or rock the boat; and always by those who, from Socrates to Jesus, challenge the old gods through a new way of thinking. And this is just as true today as it has been with every generation and in every epoch.
Religions and nations alike, then, have built their reputation by enshrining this willingness as the mark of divinity, built as it were on the fear that radical new ideas would sink society into chaos were…

The Emotional Irrationalism of the Hyper Rationalists

Conservatives often argue that Liberals are controlled by their emotions, as if God calls humanity to improve itself by necessarily becoming as emotionless as those Christians who decided to torture and mutilate all those who disagreed with them during the middle ages, or drop atom bombs on Japan and implement the "final solution" in Germany. But according to research in the neurosciences, the very opposite is true. 

Such a claim by both Conservatives and Christians are not only incredibly ironic, since both subscribe to their "beliefs" for wholly emotional reasons despite the facts and the evidence, but likewise evinces an unfounded worship of  what it means to "be a man."

According to such a myopic and paradoxical perspective, men are thought to be "strong" specifically because they can be as Machiavellian as John Wayne or General Custer in massacring anyone from native Americans to Vietcong to Muslims when necessary, by elevating the cold, c…

The Narcissism of Christianity & Consumerism

The narcissism of Christianity is the cornerstone upon which the global consumerist culture was built. Upon that cornerstone humanity sacrifices itself as a burnt offering to fame, fortune, power, and luxury, and all under the sheepskin of an image of itself, cast in the guise of a humble Shepard. 

Nothing could be more narcissistic than the idea that the most powerful being imaginable cares more about you specifically than virtually every other thing in the universe. Religions try to temper the extreme sense of self importance they peddle to their willing customers, in this respect, with the "belief" that a 'god' cares equally as much about every other human being (if nothing else), even though that 'god' has created an eternal hell into which he intends to throw all those who are too proud to accept such humility.

Consumerism, building upon the ethos of narcissus peddled by religions, sells its customers the very same sense of love and heaven those same cu…

The Conservative Contradiction on War & Sex

Conservatives have always had rather odd and contradictory perspectives on war and sex, assuming that it is simply "human nature" to engage in one every bit as much as the other. But isn't this simply a self fulfilling prophecy on the one hand, especially with regard to war, and a capitulation to our savagery on the other? If like the poor, to put it more plainly, war is something we will always have with us, should human progress then be defined as simply the accumulation of toys, luxuries, power and wealth? 
On war, Conservatives feel it is something we will always have with us, and as such, we should therefore take measures to prepare for it, and by doing so, perhaps reduce the likelihood  or at least the frequency with which we will have to engage in it at all.
 As much as we would like to avoid it, in other words, it is a fact of life that we should accept and prepare for. (That wars have only proliferated with the ever greater sales of weapons, never deters the a…

The Evolution of God

Many Christians reject Darwin's theory of evolution, even though they support a bastardized version of the same theory in their economic religion, capitalism. But more than that, Christians who focus primarily on their bible to gleam an understanding of the world are like a man who tries to understand the universe by studying nothing so much as an ant.

It it true that the person may indeed learn a great deal from devoting their life to studying ants, with the eminent biologist E.O.Wilson being but one example, but it would be foolish to think a proper understanding of the cosmos and everything in it, from its quantum to astrological scale,  can be sufficiently accomplished by doing so. Indeed, it has been said that a person could devote their entire life to studying nothing but the intricate workings of bees and it would be a life well lived, but what would such a thing tell us of an atom or a black hole?

But the Christian thinks they know as much about everything for having studi…

God & Herod

I have never understood how King Herod could be considered such a monster for engaging in the slaughter of the first born son of so many thousands of Jews in his day, and all out of a fear of loosing his power to a new born king, while a God  who engaged in the exact same thing to the Egyptians during Passover is so continually worshiped as benevolent and merciful.

After all, even if the whole point of Passover was to change Pharaoh's heart and convince him to let God's people go, why did God feel the need to murder all of the other children in Egypt at that time?

Why didn't God just take Pharaoh's first born son, in other words, or just transport him to hell while he slept, since doing so would've likely convinced him, much as it had convinced the rich man who was too cheap to give anything to Lazarus,  of the error of his ways? It has been said that God did as much with some saints, which seems like a giant waste of time if they were already saints, but refrains …