Wednesday, June 20, 2018

If aliens from another planet ever showed up, we would have to explain why we put crazy people in asylums, while celebrating crazier people as religion, and appoint the craziest people of as our leaders. 


three billion holy scriptures

 It is said that there are "23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament, which gives us a total of 31,102 verses in the Bible in all.

DNA, on the other hand,  has "approximately 75,000,000 (75M) lines of 80 characters," of which there are "approximately 3,000,000,000 (3B) base pairs, each of which is made up of adenine (A) + thymine (T), or cytosine (C) + guanine (G)." 

Yet even though Christians all claim that "God" has written his "moral laws" on the hearts of all, we are left to wonder - if God really wanted us to "know" him through his "holy scriptures," and especially if so "knowing him" was necessary to save us from hell  -  why He did not simply include those 31,102 verses of the Bible in our DNA.




  

Monday, June 18, 2018

Divine Truth

Religion is the celebrated field of the study of “divine truth,” in which the virtue of believing something is “true” in the absence of evidence is only surpassed by the virtue of believing something is “true” in spite of the evidence.

It is to claim that the problem is not the evidence, in other words, but our inability to always understand and interpret that evidence in ways that only confirm the “beliefs”  about our God and thus ourselves, that we want so desperately to be true to begin with.

Every other field of human learning and understanding necessarily requires some degree of evidence to support its respective claims. Divine truth alone,  however, far exceeds, and is therefore wholly immune to, such petty human requirements.

Friday, June 15, 2018

how belief is denial

We believe we are different races, even though genetically there is only one race,  and the fact that there are greater genetic variations within what we call a given “race” - which is a category we created which is based mostly on different skin colors - than exists between people from so called “different races.”

We believe in what does not exist just as much as we deny what does.

every second

We choose our destiny every second of every day.

It’s just impossible to see if those choices will add up to be more like heaven or hell,  or if heaven and hell are simply different interpretations of the same thing.


it's only rain

Does it matter if we are the only one who thinks what we have to say is important?

Answer: Yes.

Why?

Answer: 
Because at one point, everyone thought the gods were just pissing on us, until someone dared to say "it's only rain."

And they probably killed him for it.

the only universal natural law

What is universal to all humans is not reason or religions, not beliefs or ideas about morality, God, or the hereafter, or anything else. What is universal to all humans, of every time and place, are emotions. Indeed, emotions even connect us to nearly all other species of life in the world.

What is universal to all humans, in other words, is our happiness and our sadness, our surprise and our disgust, our fear and our anger. Yet while these emotions are universal to all, what triggers each and every one of them is different for every single person. Or simply put, emotions are objective realities for everyone, at least on some level, while "reason" assigns emotional values that are purely subjective to each individual. 

The different narratives we tell ourselves and "believe," the stories we often cling to for our sense of meaning and identity, teach us what emotional values we should assign to different ideas, and great philosophies are then created to support why those ideas deserve only those values. And all of this is done for always the very same reason: to save us, and mostly from ourselves.

 But even though our emotions are universal experiences, the values we give those experiences are always purely subjective. Even pain can be considered to be a very "good" thing, depending on why or where.

While slavery has seemed both natural and entirely moral to one culture, for example, it has seemed entirely reprehensible and immoral to another.  And often what determines the values we give such ideas or practices, is our different religions, be they theistic, economic, political, and even scientific. 

These various religions then all seek to convince us - with each relying on the others to support their claims - that the purely  "subjective" associations they then make between our emotions and our ideas, are as "objectively" real as the emotions they are based on.  But they are not.

This is why so many people think their emotional reaction to something is the surest proof that they are only reacting to the objective nature of that thing, even though the value of the emotion being relied upon to make this judgement - whether positive or negative - is always arbitrarily associated with that idea or behavior by the culture one is born into. 

This is why the only universal natural law, and the only basis for any system of morality, is never God or religion, since both are simply justifications for assigning purely subjective values to "ideas" (which only allows people to surrender the moral responsibility for their own "beliefs" and behaviors to an imaginary "higher cause" or "power").

No, the only universal natural law and basis for any system of morality can only come from that which is the most universal to all human beings, in every time and place, and perhaps even to all other species of life there is. And that basis is not reason, religion, or any of our ideas. It is emotion, which is the basis of all empathy, captured in that universal principle found in every age across the globe of "do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

devilish deception

There is something devilishly cruel about the idea that God would create humans possessed by their ideas, ideas with which they would forever war over and willingly sacrifice themselves to defend and advance.

Why would an "immaterial" and infinite God create material and finite creatures (i.e. "human meat puppets") who’s sole purpose for living is to save their eternally sorry (and wholly immaterial) souls from hell, by being forced to fight with their flesh and bones, to their deaths if need be, over which of their wholly "immaterial" ideas are necessarily the "right" ones?

Religions all claim that this was somehow God's "divine plan," even though not a single one of us has ever actually agreed about any of the ideas offered by any religion, at least for very long anyway, which is why we are constantly creating new ones or reinventing and reinterpreting the old ones.

And this cruelty is only compounded by the fact that God, in His infinite wisdom, placed those same eternally ambiguous ideas solely into the kind of minds that are only as unanimous in their disagreements about what those ideas may mean, and thus how they should be exercised or applied, as they are adamant in the need for our willingness to kill and die for those ideas at all costs.

Our "beliefs," in other words, are simply weapons of mass deception, "intelligently designed" to make us believe we are honoring God, when we are all killing each other in his holy name.

Amen.







Thursday, June 14, 2018

more temples

Jesus was a carpenter, a man who worked with wood and thus with nature itself, who sought to destroy man made temples with the hammer of his ideas.

And with that hammer, we have only ever built for ourselves ...

                                                                                                       more temples.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Reductio Ad Absurdum

Reducing the meaning of the universe to the bible story is like reducing the meaning of the whole Bible story to Jesus saying to his apostles “eat me.”

the embodiment of god and the devil incarnate

We are meat puppets animated by the spirit of our thoughts and ideas, which are simply words and pictures in our head, and the values we assign to them.

And we love and worship our ideals like a religion and the embodiment of our god, in the hope that they will save us from those different and conflicting ideals, which we hate and fear like the devil incarnate.






crown of thorns or glory

The fact that we can comprehend the universe in ways that far surpass any other species of life we know of, dupes us into believing that we, at least when compared to what we call all "lower" species of intelligence, are therefore like gods in comparison.

In fact, we can do pretty much everything our own gods have done, from virgin births through artificial insemination to atomic bombs and Armageddon.

Our understanding of the universe sits upon our head like a crown of cognitive glory, in other words, one as immense and infinite as the universe we should be humbled to behold.

But because we can't agree or even understand what "meaning" we should give this fact, we wear it like a crown of thorns. And to save ourselves, we crucify ourselves on the crosses of the meanings we give it, because our religions convince us those meanings must come from “god.”

there can be only one?

First we discovered that light was both a wave and a particle. And if you think about it, you could say a wave is like a Liberal and a particle is like a Conservative; one is an analog and an atheist of rulers, and the other is digital and seeks to obey a god of binary rules.

Then it was discovered that everything is both a wave and a particle.

Most of our arguments about everything, and especially things about ourselves, are about whether we are one or the other, between people committed to believing we can be only one.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

human intelligence

Humans think they are superior to all other animals because they have the intelligence to think that other races are inferior to their own, even though there is no biological evidence to support the "belief" that humanity is comprised of “different races” to begin with.

Humans think they have a superior intelligence because they can destroy the world, in more  ways than we can count.

Humans think they have a superior intelligence to all other animals, because we  talk like god when we act like the devil.


a fact of fiction

I began to loose my religion as I came to discover more and more, that fact was far stranger than fiction.

For you always know how fictions are going to end, while facts have infinite possibilities.

The Only Commandment

Our past is either our worst enemy or our greatest friend, it just depends on whether we remain at war with it or learn to live with it in peace. ...

Until we can love it, for everything it can teach us from our mistakes.

And the only commandment there is is the one we have yet to follow,  even though it alone is the one we must follow for any hope of redemption,  which is summed up simply as “do not repeat.”

The problem is that we practice repeating the past as a form of penance...

Penance for daring to disobey our gods, by showing them all how willing we are to obey them now, even if we have to kill each other to prove it.

And that is the basis of our morality.

faith in the power of doubt

Nothing fascinates me more than people, and perhaps especially people who believe in a "God."

And who we are, and what we think, and who we think we are. 

In this sense, maybe "people" are my God, anthropology is my theology, and science is my religion, one based on a faith in the power of doubting in everything but people. 

For within the limits of every single human life, are both the scroll and span of all of human history.


 


Monday, June 11, 2018

Holy Hodor

The difference between science and religion, simply put, is that the former sees the ability to change your mind about what constitutes "the truth" as a virtue, and the other sees that same ability as a vice; one sees it as absolutely essential to survival in this world, while the other sees it as the path to eternal death and damnation in the next. 

Basically, this means that Christians think that all science, from anthropology to zoology and from astro physics to quantum mechanics, is either a complete lie  (which many Christians think is obvious from its over complexity), or simply mistaken to the very degree that it fails to confirm their "faith" in their God.  

As such, religion fosters a kind of 'seizure of the mind,' where people come together once a week to celebrate their collective refusal to change their mind about their ideas of God, and thus their understanding of the world over all, and especially themselves.  This is like people getting together to celebrate the fact that the engine in their cars have all seized up because they refused to change the oil. 

Christians champion the idea of refusing to change the oil in their mind about their religion, ironically enough, even though the world is perhaps just as infinitely complex as their God, and they are forever revising their understanding of God. And this we see when people not only change denominations within a religion, but also change or abandon religion altogether.

In fact, Christians are even always changing their mind about the nature of Christianity itself, which is evident from the over 40,000 different versions of it in America alone, each one of which claims to have finally gotten it in the way God intended us to get it all along.

Hell, when you add up the sum total of how many of their own "heretics" they had, Christians seem to disagree about the nature of Jesus, slavery, abortion, homosexuality, war, capital punishment, economics, politics, morality, and everything else! What alone seems to unite them all, interestingly enough, is their religious devotion to refusing to ever change their mind about why each and every  one of them should, and indeed even must, remain a Christian.

And the reason they are all convinced they must remain a Christian, is because they are afraid that if they did not, they would become as evil as it might be possible for them to be.  They don't see Jesus as the "spirit of love" that is trying to enter their hearts, since they are sure he is already there, but as the one holding the door closed, lest "churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world," as Hamlet put it, and "do such bitter business as the day would quake to look upon."

Jesus, in other words, is Hodor, to what the Christian fears lurks in their soul, and is just dying on a cross to get out. 

Guernica

What if the universe is simply God's version of a Jackson Pollock painting?

And humanity is his Guernica.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

the cult of common insanity

Culture is a cult of common insanity preached everywhere as common sense. It is the womb we are born into, and from who’s smothering embrace we can escape only by passing through a coffin door.   

Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing once pointed out that the people who are running everything - the ones we celebrate, appoint, and applaud - are responsible for far more death and suffering in the world than all the lunatics and criminals locked up around the world combined.

It was that same common sense that lead 100 million men to kill each other over the course of the 20th century alone, with flags in one hand and bibles in the other.

War, after all, is the highest form of humanity worshiping itself, by sacrificing itself on the altar of its ideals.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

why flowers pray to the sun

When you think about it all, all at once, there's no denying that it's a miracle that we are all here.

And the sheer size of it all - from how we got here to who we think we are -  laughs at all attempts to describe it with words as puny as "infinite" and "eternal," or even "God."

Religions want to call this "God," and describe it as a savior and a father, even though that God simply saved us from himself, and what he was going to do to us for failing to "love" him, and the right way at that.

Then each tries to convince you that their brand is "the official brand" of the one and only "true" God, and that all the rest are simply knock offs from third world countries (including the same ones their own always comes from).

However we got here, and whatever got us here, is at a minimum infinitely larger than all of that.

All we know for the most part is that we're living inside of a kind of solar reactor,  that works in ways that are as baffling to science as they are simple to religion, and both with an equal amount of confusion and contradiction.

Now I understand the wisdom of why flowers pray to the sun.






 


every reason in the world

Love can level the armies of reason with a glance. And that's a good thing.

Because hate has every reason in the world.

Prince of History

The lessons of Machiavelli’s Prince were intended as a warning but today are followed like they are the greatest advice.

But this is also true of the Bible and much of history in general. 

The Wasteland of Three Wise Men

A world that runs on money is a world that runs contrary to nature itself, for it must be "intelligently designed" with the ruthless philosophy of Machiavelli's prince, the pseudo science of Herbert Spencer's "survival of the fittest,"  and the singular ever-growing obsession for profit at all costs and above all else, by Goldman Sachs.

This trinity of "wise men," it should be noted, are either works of fiction, or the sole appetite of a fictional person. 

And by structuring an economy where money "trickles down" to those who have less, like manna raining down from Heaven or crumbs for Lazarus from a rich man's table  - both of which are seen to be equally "miraculous" in their respective spheres, and thus demonstrative of one's "favored" status by one god or another - we come to worship it like Yahweh, Jesus, and the golden calf.

It also bedecks the world with ornamentation to hide the fact that the lap of luxury is a barren wasteland of wisdom.


Church of PTSD

Television news is basically a highly effective form of shock therapy, which is why it is so often watched while people are in bed.

And religion, with the trauma of its cross and the anxiety that we may suffer a far worse fate in hell for failing to kneel before it,  is simply a socially celebrated form of PTSD.




Friday, June 8, 2018

fame

Wanting to be famous is like volunteering to jump in front of a firing squad.

lullaby

If you sit outside and listen, you can hear the argument between nature and man, and as machines groan in rhythm, and sirens scream and horns shout, nature sings a lullaby.

the way to heaven and hell

You can’t tell the difference between the path to heaven and the road to hell, and mostly because everything that happens on one feels exactly the same on the other. And the only difference is the meaning we choose give it, which is why we are angels to our friends, and fallen angels to our foes.

For to love one thing is to hate another


Monday, June 4, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

in their hands

Leaving the world in the hands of the economists and the financial markets is like leaving your children in the hands of your bookie and MS-13.


addictality

The worst kind of addiction is an addiction to reality.

And every other addiction is simply the result of trying to escape it.

the blogmirror

Writing a blog is like writing on a two way mirror.

You have no idea who or if anyone is looking at you, and that even if they are, they’re reading everything you write the wrong way.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

a better world

If we thought we were wrong about our own beliefs even half as often as we think others are wrong about theirs, the world would be twice a better place to live.

the root of all

 Simply put, the constitution is the bible of an economic religion we call capitalism, and capitalism is an economic religion that convinces us that the only way we can save ourselves from becoming communists and socialists is by believing  in "the profit motive" - which Christianity more accurately calls "the love of money.”

If we're all monkeys, then that's the tree, which religion calls our cross.

urethra

Time and space are like mind and body, and while time is trapped in the body of space, space is stretched out on the rack of time.

Like dreams caught in a dream catcher, so we are told to believe that we are simply spirits caught in the web of a material reality. 

Yet even though we strive through our religions to think of ourselves as souls, equal and undivided, we stumble blindly over our own mental constructs, which only ever lead us to categorize and rank ourselves within physical, biological, social, religious, and even financial hierarchies.  

While our spirits may all be seen as equal before God, in other words, we always find new and clever ways of seeing our minds and bodies as unequal to each other; and we do this as much with our science as with our religions, and verify it all with our economics and our convictions.

And in the hear and now, we experience a mere moment of an eternity which, like our souls being trapped in flesh and bone, is similarly caught in the spiraling web of time itself.

Or maybe eternity walks around with the present stuck to the sole of its shoe like bubble gum.

Or maybe time and space are like cancers metastasizing within the infinite and the eternal, like a child being born, or the passing of a gall stone. 









The Paradox of Job

The great paradox of the Book of Job, that Old Testament Biblical character that God allegedly allows the devil to torment to almost no end, is that Job's friends all show up to pontificate about the reason for Job's sufferings, which no doubt only adds to his sufferings.

For Job's friends, having studied their sacred scriptures as their religion requires, it is perfectly clear as to why he is suffering: Job is suffering because he has displeased God in some way.

This, of course, is the very reasoning Christians give for basically all of the suffering in the world, especially their own, going all the way back to Adam and Eve. It is also why Jesus had to "suffer" for all of our sins.

But when Job asks God directly as to why God is allowing him to suffer so, God deliberately responds with a vague answer, as if annoyed with Job for having the audacity to question God in the first place. God wants Job to love Him, in other words, but doesn't want Job to ask any questions about why God is allowing him to be tortured by His nemesis the devil.

"Where you around when I laid the foundations of the world?", God asks Job, as if God wants to put Job in his place for daring to ask questions like a child (which Jesus says God wants us all to be, by the way). 

Ultimately, God does not answer Job's questions. While Christians see this as somehow affirming their faith, the atheist sees this as proof that praying to God for answers is pointless.

The paradox, then, is why the hell would God write a book to communicate his divine will or plan to humanity, whom he loved so much he sent his only son to die for, that includes a story that shows how God never gives us a straight answer to a simple question?

If we reverse Job and God in the story of Job, where humanity is causing God to suffer instead, then Job asking God "why" is like God asking humanity why. And in the same way God responds to Job's question by focusing on knowledge Job knows nothing about, so humanity could simply reply in kind, that it causes God to suffer because like Job, we have no knowledge of the things God tells Job he has no knowledge of.

And to all of this, God's only response, uttered through all of his religions across time, is simple "believe."

In short, the Bible is a book about suffering and the crucifixion of Jesus, that includes a story that illustrates that God does not answer simple questions from humans about the meaning of suffering, or pretty much anything else.

The Bible, in other words, is the written word of God that communicates God's will with only as much ambiguity as is possible for only a perfect God to communicate, but one that must be understood clearly by imperfect humans to save themselves from eternal damnation. And according to the book of Job, the same God who wants everyone to be completely dependent upon him for everything, also refuses to provide humans with a clear, direct answer to some of life's simplest questions.

Yeah, that make's perfect sense.


Friday, June 1, 2018

four sentences, standing in a bar

When you realize that a book is simply a technology that humans created centuries ago, you realize that thinking it is "sacred" is like thinking your iPhone is sacred because of the podcast you just listened to.

Christianity runs along with the progress of civilization, where first we scarified animals and drank their blood, now we can go to a grocery store, and rather than actually having to sacrifice animals or virgins to keep our God happy, we choose to just "believe" that going to mass on Sunday will suffice.

The reason religion knows how easy it is to sell people "truth," is because it knows you would have to know everything to see the enormity of the lie.

"God" is simply a mental designation we give for the idea that someone knows everything, and that’s why those who "believe" they know the former,  tend to think they know the latter.




 

Allegory of the Ruse

Caves appear to have always been a part of the religious idea. More than 40,000 years ago at Shanidar cave, for example, "Neanderthals interred the bodies of their beloved dead, creating a sacred space and a dwelling for the spirits."

As a result, caves "then became sacred spaces where the living could receive enlightenment, as at Lascaux and Altamira."

 In fact, "the cave is an important element in many religious cults. In Mayan ceremonial centers, for example, nearby caves were filled with offerings—obviously places of cult worship. At the Acropolis, the cave was a great symbol of religious enlightenment and experience."

These  caves were  tombs, which begs the question of whether people thought they could gleam enlightenment from their deceased relatives or from a god or gods,  or if there was any real difference between the two.

And from the caves, humanity domesticated itself into temples, and applauded itself for being humble enough to stand in awe of itself, and call it God. 

This makes it incredibly ironic that Catholic theologians like St. Augustine ever used the writings and ideas of Plato to support the legitimacy of Catholicism, since Plato's Allegory of the Cave was therefore an indictment of the very same religions that had saw fit to execute his mentor, who was said to be "the wisest man in all of Greece," Socrates.

And what's really crazy about that, is that the Gnostic gospels tend to agree much more with Plato's assessment that organized religions cast shadows on walls, than Augustine's claim that Plato's "logos" was referring to the Catholic God.
 

wisdom worship

All religions teach us to aspire to achieve the very thing that comes naturally with age.

And that the we can only achieve wisdom by worshiping the wise rather than aspiring to understand how truly foolish we all really are.

In this sense, sacred texts may tell us a lot less about religion, God, or Jesus than they tell us about the people who believe in religion, God, or Jesus.


 

the heresy of doubt

Believers basically think it's easier and smarter to simply "believe," and to try like hell to get everyone else to "believe," that our eternal soul necessarily survives death, and is judged for what it did while it remained encased in the avatar of a human meat puppet.

They also think that any attempt to suggest otherwise, or even just question such a narrative at all, only ever contributes to immorality, because people then refuse to believe this, and as such, they should be punished for heresy or blasphemy.

And when the atheist asks, "why not just  teach people how to accept that we have no idea what, if anything, happens after we die, and focusing instead on how we can all better learn to live together on this little rock of ours while we're alive?", the Christian replies that this would only lead to war and violence of every sort and degree.

This answer makes perfect sense, of course, if you simply ignore all of recorded human history.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Judas Messiah

When you consider the possibility that Judas could have ended up in hell for eternity while Jesus only spent the weekend visiting the place (which is a bit like the son of Stalin visiting the gulags), and the fact that underhandedness, ruthlessness, and dishonesty are prized most in the world of business, it seems that maybe Judas was the real messiah.

The Inuit say, “Gifts make friends as surely as whips make dogs.”

The Forgery of Eden

From an anthropological perspective,  Claude Lévi-Strauss argues that humans tend to organize the world through ideas that constitute binary oppositions, the most crucial of which is culture and nature.

These differences correlate to ideas of "good" and "bad," order vs. chaos,  clothed vs. naked, and ideas of "belief" vs. "atheism," light vs. darkness, and so on.

The hard part is figuring out which of these is the true "garden of Eden," and which of these is a forgery and the cause of all of our problems.


Tarpeian Rock

Judging from the horrors that have been carried out in the name of Christianity over the last two thousand years, one wonders if when Jesus told Peter that he was the “rock” upon which he would build his church, he was referring to the Tarpeian Rock, which was a cliff used in Ancient Rome as an execution site, much like Golgotha.

It makes sense if you think about the fact that Christians today worship the cross, which was an execution device humans used to kill their God; whom we had to kill to pay off our debt; a debt we accrued as a species through our collective disobedience.

God told us not to eat an apple and was surprised when we disobeyed. God then told us not to kill, and knew we could be trusted to achieve forgiveness by murdering his only son. And this, according to Christians, was the best way God - a supremely intelligent being who with but a single thought created everything from nothing - could indirectly communicate his love and forgiveness for us, as clearly as was possible for him to do, given how defective he created us all to be. 

We can see the degree of that defection, by the way, even just among Christians alone, since there are over 40,000 different interpretations of God's incredibly vague, ambiguous, and often contradictory message; a message that was so urgent to give humanity that an eternal God couldn't wait a mere 2 millenniums - which would be less than 2 milliseconds for an eternal God - until he could've simply podcasted his message to the whole world, since he clearly didn't like to write in anything but sand, and neither did his Apostles, who were all illiterate anyway.

And worse, after having written a “New Testament,” God commenced to create as many as 6000 new languages over the course of the next two millenniums, but  decided to limit the number of those languages which can be written down to only 200 hundred. And this was as clear a way as the most intelligent being in the universe could figure out how to communicate his message to humanity.  (That, and a church whose pope was canonized as a saint even though he was complicit in the rape of children.)

I don't know about you, but I would definitely listen to a podcast from God from the Tarpeian Rock. 

gnōthi seauton

Cultural anthropology is to humanity what theology is to God.

And if we are truly "made in the image and likeness of God," then the only way to learn anything about God, is by first becoming a cultural anthropologist.

In this sense, the best and perhaps only true understanding of God can only be glimpsed by us, not by focusing on the "perfect" ideal version we have in our head about that God (that theology only ever strives to defend and advance), but by first striving to see ourselves as merely a stitch in the shared fabric of humanity, stretched out across time and space, from the molecular to the mind.

Those who see differences see the devil in every nook and cranny, and those who see our shared commonalities see the face of God.

The serpent told Adam & Eve  that by eating the forbidden fruit they would "become like God," because the serpent knew that by "believing" they had become like God, they would forgo trying to to first gnōthi seauton, which is the admonishment by philosophers and God alike, to "know thyself"

For as it says in the Gospel of Thomas:

Jesus said: “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in
the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It
is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather the kingdom is inside
of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then
you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the
sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves you will
dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty.”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A text book of poetry

The Bible is a book of poetry that Christians think should be read like a text book.

That’s like insisting that abstract art must only ever have a single interpretation.

Red & Black: The Girl in the Wormhole Gallery

After seeing the picture on Facebook of the girl I had screwed over nearly two decades ago, I turned off my phone and the lights and closed my eyes, and thought about how time can talk through pictures on the wall.

Back in 2001, I found myself laying on a beach in the Algarve region of Portugal, realizing I had irreconcilably sabotaged yet another relationship. But this one was different.  Sixteen years later, I was standing in an art gallery in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and felt the past calling to me through a painting like the hand of time reaching through a wormhole.  

I had flown to Rio De Janeiro with a friend who owned a condo there, in 2015. The rental company for that condo had apparently been stealing the rent money being paid by the tenant, instead of paying the mortgage.  So my friend had to fly down to sort this out. With the help of a friend he knew from Brazil, since neither he nor I spoke a lick of Portuguese at the time, he'd gone to stand in long lines in tall buildings, while I ventured on my own into a nearby art museum.

There were three floors and too many rooms to count, with many of the rooms containing various different kinds of art. After having surveyed most of the galleries, I had ventured lastly into a small room off the main floor, one filled with more abstract paintings.

The room was shaped like a shoe box, maybe 80 by 40 feet in dimensions, with a wall in the middle that was open at both ends of the room.  People mulled about in both directions around the wall like apes around a monolith, looking at the paintings hanging on either side, as well as those on the opposing outside walls.

As I stopped to look at a painting on the inside wall, a woman stopped to look at the painting hanging on the opposite wall, directly across from me. A few minutes later, after we had both absorbed the respective paintings we were drinking in through our eyes, she walked on. And as she did, I noticed, for the first time, that the colors of the painting she was looking at, were her.

The painting she had been looking at was an abstract painting, that looked almost like the iris of an eye or a flower. It was as if someone had dropped a water balloon filled with red paint on it. At the center of the painting, it looked as if someone had then dropped a much smaller water balloon filled with black paint. But the paint was thick, almost as if it were trying to crawl off the canvas, and into the world.

And after the girl walked away, I was struck by the realization that maybe it had! Either that, or the world - more specifically, my world - had somehow chased me down to that gallery, and crept onto that canvas.

The girl was dressed in a completely red outfit, it suddenly occurred to me, which just happened to match the red in the painting, and she had almost obsidian black skin. It was as if the painter had hurled his paint with such force at the canvas that it had passed through a window in time, like starlight traveling from a distant star that no longer existed. And out the other side of that window that paint poured, into the flesh, the ghost of my very own past.

Only then was I struck with a sudden realization that she was not alone in having been poured by that same painter into the room in which we both stood. As I looked back at the painting in front of me, remembering vaguely the colors I had been studying just moments before, I discovered I too had been looking into a mirror.

Much like the red and black painting, the painting I had been looking at was of a similar composition, but looked like the iris of an eye that was mostly shades of dark blue, with yellow and whites splashing from the center. I then looked at my own attire to notice that the colors in the painting were also me!

The feeling was truly surreal. What were the chances that a painter of two abstract pieces of art, would not only have those painting hanging on walls directly opposite each other, but would have two people - one from Rio and the other from Washington D.C. - standing there looking at them, at the exact same moment, and be exact human replicas of the paintings themselves? 

That experience awakened me, like so many before and since, to the "magical realism" that exists in the world, that we too often miss because we are "distracted from distraction by distraction," as T.S. Eliot put it.
We are, as Eliot continues in Burnt Norton:

Filled with fancies and empty of meaning
Tumid apathy with no concentration
Men and bits of paper, whirled by the cold wind
That blows before and after time,
Wind in and out of unwholesome lungs
Time before time and after.


After I left the art gallery, Eliot's words began echoing in my head like an augury, as I watched the crowd of people  mulling about in the plaza outside. And like those "bits of paper, whirled by the cold wind that blows before and after time," my mind whirled on for three more years before I would fully understand the meaning of the colors in what I came to call "the girl in the wormhole gallery." 

I was in the gym one day, a few years later, and a girl was working out next me. She was young, athletic, and attractive, and wearing the kind of outfit that dares men to ogle with indiscretion. But on this day, I was struck far more by what she was wearing rather than how she wore it. Her outfit was red and black. And on her socks, which were black and pulled up to her knee, was emblazoned the word "Rockstar."

It was then that my mind raced back to that art gallery in Brazil, and not just into that painting, by through it, all the way back to 2001, to a beach in the Algarve region of Portugal, where I had realized I had irreconcilably sabotaged yet another relationship. Only then did the meaning of the painting in the gallery in Brazil, and the girl in red and black, take on another dimension.

The relationship I had managed to so spectacularly sabotage, that stalked me across Europe and back again, began when we met in a dance club in Washington D.C. in 2000. She was dressed all in black, with long black boots that were as high as the socks the girl in the gym was wearing in 2018. She had the most beautiful obsidian skin I had ever seen. And on our first date, she wore a solid red dress, with a choker around her neck that said "Rockstar."

I never understood why she bothered to friend me on Facebook, maybe a decade after we had met. But as I turned off my phone and the lights, and closed my eyes, I thought about those paintings hanging forever opposite each other in that art gallery in Brazil, like the illicit lovers in Dante's Divine Comedy who were condemned forever to look at each other for their mistake, and I thought about how time could talk through pictures on the wall. 




whitechapel jack

there's a boy been dropped in the bottom of a well
when the reaper swings his sickle at the sound of the bell
there’s a child all alone inside a dead man's shell
 and a sign above the door that reads "welcome… to hell"

 silence is the knife that cut the ear of VanGogh
 until  its pounding in your head, like the drums of the Congo
and waking up the dead, like the serpent and the rainbow

in the middle of the night there’s a tapping at the window
as the beasts begin to howl, “let me in, let me in!”
 like Jonah in the whale you’re swallowed into limbo
as the trees claw at the wind, “it’s the end, it’s the end!”

soon the silence starts to grin as the whispers all begin
and they echo deep within,  like you’re a man made of tin
to fight the demons in your head you slash a pen at the page
the way Conan swings his sword in an unholy rage

but they hammer on your chest with all the force of emptiness
And stare you in the eyes while they destroy as they infest
Not a single sound they make, and a word they do not it say 
when like Whitechapel Jack, they start carving out the night 

from the bosom of the day
Too often the light of our accomplishments is eclipsed by the shadow of our mistakes.

we know not what we do

There are some rather profound paradoxes at the heart of the Christian narrative. One of those paradoxes comes from the fact that it is only because Adam & Eve sought to be like God, by believing the serpent in the garden of Eden, that God would eventually become like Adam & Eve.

It is a only because humanity sought to become divine, in other words, that the divine would eventually become human. It is as if God, who had destroyed humanity once before for being overly defective, had finally decided he would have to come down here and show us all how to be the kind of humans he had always hoped we would be. And in our constant striving to be like God, we killed him for failing to follow our religious rules and dogmas.

Perhaps even more ironic is the fact that Christianity is a religion that calls people to be like Jesus (i.e. like God) by eating of a Jesus who hung upon a cross, in the very same  way the serpent in the Garden of Eden lured Adam & Eve to eat of the fruit that hung from the tree of Knowledge, with the promise that by doing so they would become “like God” (i.e. like Jesus).

This paradox reflects yet an even greater one, which is that Christians would have had to condemn Christ to crucifixion, much as the Jews are alleged to have done in the courtyard when they choose Barabbas over him, in order to save not only their Christianity, but their own everlasting souls.

As such, even if the Jews who cried “crucify him” ultimately “knew not what they do,” as Christ said as he hung in agony upon that cross, Christians would've had to make the very same choice as the Jews had made, as much to save humanity as to fulfill Gods divine plan for our salvation.

On the one hand, then, the story offered by religion is one that tries to teach humanity a moral lesson, even through Christians would’ve necessarily had to make the same choice to crucify Christ as the Jews, in order to learn that lesson, fulfill God's plan, and secure their ticket to paradise.  Jesus's fate on the cross, in this respect, was sealed as soon as Adam & Eve ate a piece of fruit from the tree of knowledge; for as soon as they had condemned humanity by pulling down the one, they had ensured that we could only redeem ourselves by hanging up the other. 

On the other hand, modern society has only increased the levels of abstraction between the choices we make and the consequences those choices have in the real world. The distance between cause and effect, illustrated by the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can cause a hurricane in Florida, has today grown to such a level of complexity and abstraction, that virtually every person on the planet "knows not what they do."  

The person who drives a gas guzzling SUV or flies around the world every day, is certainly not seen as in anyway responsible for climate change or environmental pollution, in the very same way that Wall Street traders at giant financial institutions never see themselves as the cause of wars or famines. In fact, not a single German in the docket at Nuremberg saw themselves in anyway responsible for the Holocaust. And this is because no snowflake ever saw itself as responsible for causing an avalanche, even though Christians around the world all see themselves, along with every other human being, as being equally guilty of killing Christ.  
 



Monday, May 28, 2018

when humility spells hubris

Through our intelligence and understanding, humans can manipulate material reality in ways that far surpass what any  other species (that we know of) can do.

From splitting the atom to smashing them together, from the atom bomb to the Higgs boson, and from the Mandelbrot set to the multiverse, humanity has separated itself from all other earthly species through the power of its own mind.

To all other species, therefore, we should be revered like gods. And even though we are much more like all the other species on our planet than we are like an omnipotent, omniscient, infinitely and eternally perfect, immaterial “God,” that can exist entirely outside of all time and space, we think we are all perfectly capable of understanding the mind of that God nevertheless, even though our best experts have very little understanding of the simpler minds of any of those “lesser” beings we are so much more similar to, and even less of our own.

In fact, the very religions that tell us all how incredibly imperfect we truly are, also assure us that they are all perfectly capable of  explaining to us what “the stain of original sin” has rendered us incapable of ever truly understanding on our own.

But for them to say that they can understand the mind of God, in other words, is like one of those “lesser” beings on Noah’s ark claiming to know more about Noah than all the rest of the animals on the ark combined.

And this is what the Christian calls “humility,” which the Atheist spells h-u-b-r-i-s.

day dreams of night

Where night dreams of day and day dreams of night

do thoughts of the past and the future collide

and bound in that moment between vicious tides

do we drown in the screams of the day dreams of night

from many to one, and one to many

It is interesting to note how the evolution of human understanding about God has run in the opposite direction of the evolution of the human understanding about humanity. While religion has moved in the direction of divine unification, from polytheism to monotheism over the course of millenniums, science has largely moved in the direction of human diversification, from the human race to categories of different races, over the course of mere centuries. 

The paganism and polytheism of the ancient religions saw all the forces of nature as each constituting a god. This eventually gave way to henotheism, where one god reigned supreme over all the others, as we saw with Greece and Rome, eventually giving way to the monotheism of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Our conception of space and time have followed our understanding of the cosmos as well.  First we assumed that Earth was the center of the universe, only to discover that the Sun was the center of our solar system. Then we thought that Earth was more amazing than all the other planets, only to discover the opposite was true. So we assured ourselves that the Sun was the most amazing star in the galaxy, only to discover it is but an average star. We then assured ourselves there was only a single galaxy, only to discover there are billions of them. And we finally decided there is but one universe, only to discover that we may well live in a multiverse.

And this leads us to wonder: what if the contraction in our mind about God being singular, was just as much a mistake as our ideas about our earth and our cosmos?

During much of this time, humans had hardly considered whether humanity was cut from anything other than a single seamless genetic cloth, much like the one that was said to belong to Christ, for which the soldiers threw dice at the foot of the cross upon which he hung.

That image of Jesus hanging on the cross, while the soldiers threw dice to divide up his "seamless garment," is an appropriate one here.

Like those soldiers who had helped to crucify Christ, so the scientists who have advanced ideas of racial differences over the centuries - even though the mapping of the human genome has demonstrated that there is, and has always only ever been, one single human race - have likewise only helped to crucify countless millions around the world, from Bengalis under the British Raj, to Chinese under the British opium trade, to Africans and Native Americans and countless others, and all of it buttressed by Christianity (i.e. a "belief" of spiritual superiority) that operated under the delusion of a "belief" of racial superiority.  And of course, the two only served to mutually reinforce each other.

Talk about ironic.

And as humans unified God, they diversified each other. Yet both ideas about god and race, are pure religions, and nothing more. In this respect, wealthy white Christian empires have long used the biological religion of race to crucify all other "races" in the name of Christ, and in pursuit of the Christian ideal of what they alone decided it means to be a human being.

Amen. 
  

america

America is Charles Manson dreaming he is Walt Whitman, for it acts like Julius Caesar while claiming to be Jesus Christ. 


equality of the grave

To fail to ‘gather ye rosebuds while we may’ is a sin against time, for which the punishment to all and for all is the equality of the grave.

And even the greatest kings and emperors stand powerless before the equality of the grave.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Kettle Black

The Christian is offended by an atheist who thinks that they are smarter or better than the Christian, simply  because they have figured out that there is no God, even though the Christian believes in Christianity precisely because they think that doing so makes them smarter and more moral than the atheist.




human fabric in the hand of time

The supreme irony of religion is that it sells salvation by first teaching us to embrace shame as a virtue, which is like teaching us to embrace the cross - an instrument of death and suffering hewn from the carcass of a dead tree - as a way of life.

 We see this irony in our willingness to condemn all those who are different from ourselves, even as we ourselves feel a constant yearning to rebel against the ever creeping suffocation of conformity. We build our prisons, which lure us everywhere to obey, submit, and conform, to protect ourselves from that which we are taught to fear. And out of an abiding love for that fear, with songs of rejoicing in our hearts and freedom on our lips, we lock ourselves inside.

 It is the irony of worshiping the very God who flung us all into this temporary world of ours, brimming with chaos, violence, and contradiction, as the only one who can save us all from just such a world. Indeed, it is to argue that man has free will, but that he is saved not through using it to build for himself a better world - one which his fallen nature forever condemns him to strive for but never achieve - but by a decision to wish that it were so, and the "belief" that only God can make it so.

It is the contrast of seeing how often the ugliest is the most beautiful and how often the most beautiful is the most ugly. The Christian sees God as the one, while the atheists sees that same God as the other; and as one sees God as the source of all that is good, the other sees him as the seed of all that is evil.

It is to be born into hell, and worship a God in the hope that he will save us from it, and bring all those who cry to him enough about it (in the form of prayers and supplications) to heaven. It is to "look at things at second or third hand and look through the eyes of the dead" as Walt Whitman put it, because we are looking at the world through the eyes of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, rather than our own. 

It is for threads in a loom to argue which of them is made of the finest silk, even though genetically we are all cut from the same cloth, and knitted together into a single human fabric by the hand of time.

Love is a Reason to Hate

In a world where fear trumps love, every reason for love becomes an even stronger reason to hate.

And the opposite would be just as true.

We often love the thing we hate just as much as we hate the thing we love. 





We Worship What Kills Us

The fact that Jesus was a carpenter who was crucified on a cross, which was something that had to be designed and built by a carpenter like himself, reflects not only how much the suffering in our lives is largely the result of our own labors, but also how much all the problems in a society at large are the result of what that society strives only ever harder to create.

It is America, as Eisenhower put it, "hanging from a cross of iron." 

Or to put it another way, we worship the things that kill us, because the things that kill us are the things we alone create.



the face of truth

It is said that the writer writes what other people are thinking but have failed to articulate. 

I would say the writer writes what people are taught everywhere to deny, or try their earnest not to think about let alone consider, and that which they know in their heart and soul is undoubtedly true. For what is undoubtedly true is that all we would ever want for ourselves, is no less than what we should ever want for all.

But even our language works to knit us into the cocoon of a false perspective, one that can only imagine things in the shape of how we are so often taught to articulate them, which works to sew us up in a story that seduces us like the Siren's song.

Like a child lulled to sleep at their mother's breast by her rhythmic breath and beating heart, so the repetition of sacred rituals lulls us to sleep like Rip Van Winkle, with the cadence of the lies we tell ourselves because we want them so much to be true.   

All forms of slavery begin with acceptance of the underlying "beliefs" that support that slavery, as being necessarily "true," and a willingness to crucify all those who challenge such sacred "beliefs," as heretics.  As accents lead to new languages over time, so biases lead to "beliefs" that we then conflate with "truths."  And with our religions, we indoctrinate people into accepting that the former is derived from the latter, rather than the other way around. 

Or to put it another way, the face of truth is often a mask made of the finest lies.




addiction

Curing addiction by locking a person in prison is like trying to fix your car by locking it in a garage.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Baptismal Castration

Catholics believe that everyone is born with the stain of original sin. They also claim that all life is a gift from god. Hence, life is like a fruit basket from god, but with a rotten apple at the bottom of the basket. And the only way to make sure that rotten apple won’t spoil the rest of the fruit is to water board the entire basket.

This water boarding comes in the form of baptism. Baptism is a “sacrament” that Christians believe washes away the stain of original sin, which is said to afflict every human soul since Adam & Eve allowed their curiosity to kill not just the cat, but humanity overall.

Catholics use the water boarding of baptism on infants to wash away that pesky stain, while other Christian denominations require that a person make a conscious choice to be baptized first (however uninformed or misinformed about the religion they are being baptized into they may be). The reason Catholics do this is because, since the child knows nothing of the sin that God allowed that child to be born with - which can only mean that  God necessarily wanted that child to be born that way - nor does it need to know that it is being forgiven for that sin (or again, even very much about the religion they are being baptized into).

Simply put, baptism is performed to return the child to as near a level of innocence as God will permit, which is great if the world was like the Garden of Eden, but it's a jungle out there! 

So aside from the fact that baptism is a "sacrament" that simply  fails to deliver on its promise to make everyone as innocent as Adam & Eve (before their curiosity got the better of them, that is) - and is "intelligently designed" by God to fail to do so in order to foster a lifelong spiritual dependency upon one religion or another - it is also performed on infants without giving those children the right to decide for themselves if they really want that "stain" removed in the first place.

In a world run by greed and "survival of the fittest," in other words, baptism may only end up removing from us the sole asset - our "killer" instinct  - most needed to survive. It's like being declawed and defanged before being released into the wild, with the purpose of hoping to make everyone more peaceful. In fact, it's exactly like gun owners arguing vehemently that "big government" (i.e. God) should confiscate all of their guns!

 Baptism, in this sense, is like a form of spiritual castration, and may only end up turning the "king of the jungle" into a house cat.



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Facing the past on a runaway train to the future

People in the rear view mirror of history always look different than they did when they were standing in the headlights of their own time.

And because they do, it is always the very same people who are always looking back and applauding the one, who are also driving the train that is always running over the other.

That’s why the Christians are always the ones who crucify every other Christ God sends them, because they are convinced that there can be only one, and all the rest are simply heretics.

How ironic.

Why God Wrote a Book

The Bible explains that God created the world in six days, and on the seventh day he rested (although it never explained why an all powerful being would need to "rest" ).

On the eighth day, God decided to write a book about it all. 

And on the ninth, he decided to create 6000 vastly different languages,  of which only 200 are actually written languages, the many of which have wildly varied grammatical structures and words that are without synonymous equal,  and vested his sacred church - a church that has just as hard a time ferreting out child molesters among its ranks as the public school system -  with being able to make sure everyone gets it right, forever!

And on the tenth day, God said, " There! Now they shouldn't have any problem understanding that."

Then Jesus asked, "But what if they do?"

To which God replied, "Then I suppose I will cast them into a lake of fire for all eternity for being so stupid, unless they grovel and thank me so much for not doing so before hand, that I decide to bring them to heaven, where they can continue to do the same thing for all eternity." 

And then God grinned as He leaned over toward Jesus - who was just a boy at the time and sitting on the floor at the left hand of his father - and said:

"That is, unless you want to take their place."




For Scripture to be Inerrant

For the Bible to have been inerrantly transcribed and translated, we must assume both that every person who ever made a copy was an expert in linguistics, and that everyone of those experts in linguists unanimously agreed on the very same interpretation over the last 2000 years, even if they had used any number of different methods to do so.

In fact, even the original authors of the books of the New Testament would have had to have been experts in both Aramaic, which was the only language the Apostles spoke, and in that dialect of Aramaic that was particular to the poor and the illiterate, since that was what the Apostles were. They would also have had to have been experts in Greek as well, since that is the language in which the books of the New Testament were originally written. 

Worse still, those learned Greek authors would have had to capture in those stories the aching sense of injustice that is felt so acutely by only the poorest of the poor, in all of its unlettered nuances, as it echoed through the a cavern of empty stomachs.   

And they most certainly did use different methods for doing all of this, of course, because the only the wealthier classes in Rome would've known how to write in Greek, and the study of linguistics only started about 200 years ago.

And like a religion, a lot of them disagree about a lot of things, even though all of them are "experts."
The rich, on the other hand, always agree unanimously about their money.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

clever manipulation

Both economics and religion claim we are all born naturally selfish and greedy.

The difference is that one says we can only save our souls from eternal damnation by overcoming these vices, and the other says we can only save our economy by doing everything we can to encourage them.  

Thus, selfishness and greed are the sole "belief" that our entire economy is built and runs on, which is a belief held religiously by economists, who are the priests of any given economic religion. 

But when such a "belief" is the very soul of an economy, everything in that economy will necessarily be "intelligently designed" to maximize profits accordingly. 

And that means that the only way to maximize profits is to find ever more clever ways of manufacturing feelings of selfishness and greed through consumption, and then using the results that such 'clever  manipulations' are alone responsible for manufacturing, as proof of how right you were to begin with.

 

Contraception & Abortion

To oppose both abortion and contraception, as too may Christians do, is like opposing both guns and bullet proof vests.

It is this kind of thinking that leads people like Mother Theresa to refuse to allow the distribution of condoms even in places where the AIDS virus is spreading like a religion.

Monday, May 21, 2018

When You Cut Down a Tree

When you cut down a tree and fashion it into a cross you murder something that was given life by God to worship an instrument of torture that was ultimately used to murder that same God. 

And the the people who have done this around the world for the last 2000 years, are convinced that they need to do this to show that God just how much they love him, for having the decency to come down to earth as simply a man, so we could save our own sorry asses from hell by murdering him with it.

Yeah, that makes sense.

Worshiping Our Gods

The fact that the Supreme Court recently ruled that employees will have to agree to arbitration agreements with their employers, and that South Carolina just recently passed a law that said that any criticism of Israel is now outlawed as "anti-Semitic," makes it all the easier to see how our institutions - which are legal "persons" that may never die - see all of humanity the same way Christopher Columbus saw the Native Americans.

Our institutions, in other words, have become our only Gods, and they treat the vast majority of humanity as their food and their slaves, while convincing us that they are really giving us freedom and salvation.  And they do all of that, by promising us heaven while they turn most of the planet into hell, and convincing us we are saints when most we play the devil.




Climbing Golgotha

Hell is to be cursed with a linear mind while being trapped in a non-linear world, and surrounded by people who are all convinced that despite this difference, they have used the one to successfully decipher the meaning of the other.

It is precisely this difference, however, that serves as the fatal flaw to all true understanding.

For the bedrock of all opinion and "belief," all religions and ideas, is an infinite amount of ignorance that we are forced of necessity to always minimize or simply deny, so that we may focus instead on the few ambiguous pieces of information that we are as confident as the pope, will grant us a near infallible understanding of all we survey, and especially the divine mind of God.

And any attempt to point this out to all those who depend on their ideas to define their identity is to be as cursed as Sisyphus climbing Golgotha.  





How Religions Work

Religions all work the same way, regardless of whether those religions are political, economic, theistic, financial, or pseudo scientific.

They offer a solution, and then work like hell to create the problem. 

Why the Mule Hates the Savage

Every Sunday, people around the world migrate reflexively to churches, temples, and mosques, as much to celebrate their own enlightened ideas as to bemoan the habitual ignorance of the human herd.  

And in the slavish routines, rituals, and habits that our various religions of god, money, and power have only designed and addicted us too, we applaud how much our lives resemble that of the pack mule, while we criticize all those who embrace the improvisation of life as a bunch of lazy savages.
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For only when we are surrounded by the security of those who are most likely to think like ourselves, do we feel comfortable enough to point out the idiocy of other people's ideas, and confident enough that no one will point out the idiocy of our own.   

Such people are often far more interested in proving they are right, then they are in caring if they are correct.

For them, courage is best demonstrated by their willingness to die for their sacred gods, beliefs, and religions, not by their willingness to challenge those gods, beliefs, and religions for the sake of all those who disagree with them.

Or as Nicholas Taleb put it, there are only two types of people in the world: those who try to win, and those who try to win arguments. And they are never the same. 




Loving God is Hating Others

All theistic religions use God to sell us rules, even though they have never bothered to show that there is any actual relation between the two.

But by seducing people with the "belief" that the two are inseparable if not simply the same,  the love of the former is used to manufacture hatred of all those who refuse to follow the latter.
Society is to human freedom what the zoo and the farm are to animal rights.

the difference

The difference between the theist and the atheist is that the former seeks to honor the dead by repeating their mistakes, while the latter seeks to do the same thing by daring to make their own.

Why the Resurrection is Ridicules

Perhaps the most salient part of the New Testament for Christians is the fact that Jesus rose from the dead after being brutally murdered for daring to challenge the "holy" power and authority of the Sanhedrin. 

But there is absolutely nothing "amazing" about the resurrection, if Jesus was in fact an eternal God. 

Think of it this way: to say that Jesus was just as much God as he was human, is like saying I am just as much a human being as I am a car owner. For God, in other words, the physical human body of Jesus was simply the vehicle he was driving around while on earth.  

To God, then, destroying the physical human "vehicle" that was the earthly body of Jesus would be like someone destroying my car. And while the destruction of my car impairs my ability to drive around town, it has no effect on me as a person. So to, then, would the destruction of the physical body of Jesus have absolutely no effect on an eternal, infinite, immaterial God. 

What's more, Christians often find themselves wrapped in awe every Easter at the power of God to raise Jesus from the dead. 

Besides the fact that Jesus was not the only person who was said to have 'risen from the dead' (so to apparently did Apollonius of Tyana, for example, among others), one is left to wonder why Christians are so impressed with the ability of a God - a God they claim created the entire universe from nothing! - to fix the human vehicle he'd been driving around on earth for a few decades. 

Jesus's body being laid in the grave for three days, in this sense, would be no different to God than me leaving my car at my auto-mechanic's garage over the weekend, because it failed to start. And Christians worshiping an immaterial God for "raising" the physical body of Jesus on Monday is like me worshiping my auto-mechanic for telling me I need a new car battery. 



 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

When the Antidote is the Poison

All religions are intrinsically evil and immoral, whether they are theistic, financial, economic, political, pseudo-scientific, and so on.

And they are intrinsically evil and immoral because they knowingly and intentionally conflate their "beliefs" with the "truth," even though even a ten year old knows the difference between the two.

In fact, the reason religions require that people come to church every week and read their Bibles every day, or sing national anthems every morning, is simply to keep them hypnotized by the illusion that the two are the same thing.

Because only after you convince people that "beliefs" and "truth" are really the same thing, can religions then be used to convince them to engage in all the most immoral acts for all of the most moral reasons.

And in this way, all religions masquerade as the antidote to themselves, and each other.  


  


Hiding from God

We lock ourselves inside of office buildings and churches, in the worship of god and money, and hide from the Sun that seeks only to share its warmth and the breeze that wishes only to share its gentle caresses, like Adam & Eve hid from God after they had sinned against him.

We hang on our walls motivational quotes that inspire us to work only all the harder, over a picture of a landscape that looks like the heaven we believe we are working so hard to reach, even though it is right outside our window.     

During the middle paleolithic era,  we used to draw animals on the walls of caves.
 
Now we paint images of a "God" - who always only ever looks exactly like ourselves - on the walls of churches; hang pictures of our idols in our offices, our malls, and our homes; and plaster digital images of ourselves like a stark raving Narcissus, all over the walls of our cyber caves.

 We hide from God by joining religions that convince us they alone can help us find god, just as much as we hide from ourselves by only staring at our digital reflection.





Miracle of 1917

In 1917, 50,000 people were said to have seen the "miracle of the dancing Sun," in Fatima, Portugal.

Catholics not only accept that this "miracle" must be true, but that it proves their claims about God as much as the legitimacy of their Catholicism.

But the miracle of the dancing sun is not the fact that 50,000 people, "who claimed to have witnessed extraordinary solar activity, such as the sun appearing to "dance" or zig-zag in the sky, careen towards the earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colors. According to these reports, the event lasted approximately ten minutes."

Instead, the real "miracle" is that no one else on earth apparently noticed it.

This, then, illustrates how lopsided God is, since he shows such a "miracle" to such a select few people in Fatima, while hiding it from being seen by the billions of other people around the world.



Hate Feels Like Love

The hardest thing to do is listen to our self rather than listening to our fears, especially when we are taught our whole lives to listen first, and mostly, to our fears.

Our fears are  not us, however, they are only implanted in us by others who consume them, and in whom they grow like cancer.

And those fears are consumed and grow in us like a cancer, because by the miraculous power of religion, hate becomes indistinguishable from love.

Love, in other words, is simply the inversion of hate. 

eat it up

Our religions and our culture tell us only that we are never good enough, and keep us in a perennial state of insecurity, in both our quest for heaven and a good paying job that won’t be exported to China next year, in order to turn lower wages and longer hours into bigger profits.

And both sell us the same solution to the perennial feelings of inadequacy that they alone are responsible for creating. That solution is to consume, the lord their god on Sunday, and everything else the rest of the week.

The only solutions both really offer, however, is to convince people the they alone are the real problem.  And as you can see from the throngs of people who rush off to church and shopping malls every weekend, we not only believe it, we can’t help but eat it up!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mud Spelled Backwards

If man is made in the image and likeness of God, than God is mud.

And mud spelled backwards is dumb.

is fear the only disase?

What if all disease - both mental and physical - is caused by fear?

 And what if all fear masquerades as love?

And what if all love is simply the result of what we choose to see, in either a person or an idea; who or what we choose to let in; and with whom we can stand with a stark naked soul and be unafraid?



How Jesus Became a God

Just like Jesus, Julius Caesar was seen by many people as being a god when he was alive, and by even more people after he died.
 
After he dies in 44 BC, Julius Caesar is also deified as a God by the Roman Senate. And the people had heavenly proof  of the validity of this, which combined the 8 days of light celebrated in Hanukkah  with the star of Bethlehem that hung in the sky like the crown jewel of Christmas. 

At the the first games - which were given on the anniversary of the deification of Julius by his heir Augustus - a comet shown, appearing around the 11th hour for 7 days in succession, and it was believed that this comet was the soul of Caesar which had ascended into heaven. 

Such a "divine" heavenly sign proved that if there is only "one God," then what the vast majority of Romans referred to as Julius Caesar, a heretical sect of Judaism referred to as "Jesus Christ," with the latter having ascended into the heavenly realm less than a generation after the former was widely accepted to have done so.

When Julius's son Octavian becomes Caesar Augustus, he actually encourages this belief, because it means that he - Augustus - is therefore the "son of god."

Hence, with Caesar Augustus, we have the beginning of an "emperor cult," and the practice of worshiping emperors, both dead and living, as gods. 

Thus, Jesus is being called "god" by his followers a single generation after Julius Caesar and his son Augustus are being worshiped as god and the "son of God," by Romans overall.

The New Testament is then written portraying Jesus in this very same light, only 126 years later, around the time of the destruction  of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD. Scholars believe that the gospels of the New Testament were written between 65 and 95 AD.  So what was going on in Rome during this time?

Well, by 79 AD, Vespasian is being worshiped as a god, and by 81 AD, Vespasian's son -  who became the first Roman emperor to come to the throne after his own biological father -  is also being worshiped as a god. 

The Roman Senate would vote to deify these men as gods, in the very same way the Catholic Church relies on commissions and congregations to canonize its own heroes as its saints.

And in the same way the Hebrew God - which the Hebrews had always understood to be only one of countless other gods - would become first a "more powerful god" than all the others, and then "the only god," so Jesus would be seen as a "god" in a culture that deified all of its heroes and rulers as gods, and eventually become "the only god."

Friday, May 18, 2018

a wake for dreams

The slave is a coffin unto himself. And we are all slaves.

And when you are a slave, you are only awake when you are asleep.

Because every day we wake up, we hold a wake for our dreams.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Philosophy vs. Religion

The difference between philosophy and religion is the difference between Marcus Aurelius and Joseph Stalin.

And as the former seeks to blaze a path to enlightenment through skepticism and doubt - which philosophy applauded as much in Renee Descartes as religion had condemned in the French theologian Peter Abelard -    the other paves the road to hell with the bones of all those who refuse to believe. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

over a volcano

Teaching people they need to pray to God for things is to teach people that a God who could create the entire universe from nothing, by simply giving it a thought, is powerless to do anything in the world unless enough people pray for him to do it.

This is like Superman deciding he will only save Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen from some life threatening peril they managed to get themselves into, if enough people talk about what a "super" guy he really is, and specifically on behalf of Lois and Jimmy - since that is what it basically means to "pray" for someone.

And since people are all praying to God for different and often opposite things, religion sells humanity the idea that it is forever locked in am epic tug-of-war between good and evil, and God is the rope.

The only problem with this kind of thinking, however, is that the rope is suspended over a volcano. And with our denials and accusations, we only work to pull each other in.

As the saying goes, give people enough rope, and they'll eventually hang themselves with it.  



if only ...

if only we could forgive those who trespass against us as easily as we forget our trespasses against others;

if only we could defend our enemies with even half the passion with which we deny our own guilt

if only salvation rested in each other, instead of profit margins and other religions that force us to war evermore with ourselves

if only we believed in each other half as much as we believe in our religions, our gods, our leaders and even in money itself, 

if only... 



five decades in a blind alley

 A year ago I woke up to find myself staring down the barrel of a gun that was half a century long and growing, and wondering when time was going to tell fate to finally pull the trigger, or if life was trying to bully me into one day having to do it myself. Each of us is born with a contract on our head, after all, but most of us never know when and where the hit-man cometh, or what his weapon of choice will be. 

And then you get to work and discover that sitting in a cube staring at a computer feels a lot like being locked inside the trunk of a car and watching life go by through the hole of a punched out tail light, for everything that comes across that screen is a figment of the past. 

Then you choke down your lunch as the fingers of time tighten around your neck like a noose, and each tick of the clock echoes in your ear like a deadbolt lock through an empty prison. And while you're trying to figure it all out, five decades step out of a blind alley and clobber you over the head with a crowbar, and take everything you thought you were ever gonna be when you grew up, and everything you hoped you were ever gonna have.

It's only then that the cold hard concrete of a reality that's been right under your nose the whole time, comes up and slaps you in the face, and you realize that the alchemy of indecision has turned your tomorrows into yesterdays, and the future you'd been waiting for with such anticipation, was the station you pulled out of when you got on this train in the first place.

And there you are, suspended like the sword of Damocles by the thin thread of time, over the gaping maw of eternity that swallows everything. 

Then you look down and see that night has already begun reaching toward you with thick fingers of fog. And as the wind swoops down with the last howl of a dying sun, those fingers curl and motion you to come on down. And into that 'boundless depth of midnight cavern where no ray of light from the fading sky can penetrate, we tremble of what sightless Stygian worlds may lay beyond.'  

In the distance a lone wolf serenades the moon, and reminds us that whatever end may come,

  always comes too soon



 




how infallible is god?

What the serpent does to Adam is the same thing God does to Jesus.

All human sin, in other words, was inflicted upon humanity by the devil’s deception of Adam  and Eve. God then showed us how much he allegedly “loves” us, by inflicting those sins onto Jesus (i. e., himself) in order to forgive us for being deceived by those rebel angels who ultimately rejected god as a tyrannical perfectionist.

But the fact that god felt the need to kill himself, as a sacrifice to himself,  for how easily the fallible humans he created could be manipulated by the fallen angels he had created, should tell us everything we need to know about just how “infallible” god really is.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Hubris of Faith

The Christian believes that the natural, material, clock-like universe, is proof of the existence of a supernatural, immaterial, watchmaker.

And the only thing that stops that watchmaker from simply throwing the universes he "intelligently designs" into the furnace (for being as defective as only such a divine "intelligence" could possibly "design"), are the prayers and supplications of Christians, who all reside on a remote planet in an infinite universe, and whose entire species has existed for but a single moment of eternity.






Saturday, May 12, 2018

all religions

When I think about Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernake, who's religious devotion to "no regulation" allowed the financial institutions to swindle the country out of hundreds of billions of dollars,  I can't determine if they are both simply "true believers" in the religion of "no regulation," or if they are simply pretending to be, in order to fool enough of the audience to let them stay in power.

But I guess that's true of all religions.

Friday, May 11, 2018

pass the collection plate

We think of time in circles, we think of space in squares.

And we are forever trying to force the one into the other.

We count our hours and years by our journey around the sun, which even though it feels  perfectly stable and fixed in our sky, is actually hurling through space like a runaway horse, and wholly ignorant of the fact that it is dragging us along with it.

We build boxes with our ideas, just as much as with our homes, our cubicles, our prison cells, our yards, our world, our coffins.  

But we pray to our Gods, convinced that our outpouring of love for them on a weekly basis is what surely keeps everything from falling to pieces (regardless of how we might behave during the rest of the week).

And by this thinking, all those who refuse to do the same thing are basically threatening the delicate cosmological balance of our very galaxy!

"Pass the collection plate, please!"





all in the family

Religion teaches us that we can only ever learn to love each other like a family of god, by first accepting that we are all complicit in murdering god.

It just so happens that the god we murdered was the one who was trying to teach us how to love each other like his family, which also just happens to be the very reason we are said to have crucified Him in the first place.

And when you consider that said "god" is alleged to have sent his only son to earth to be slaughtered by humans in an act of sacrificial crucifixion, humanity has proven to be remarkably dependable when it comes to committing murder when god most wants us to.

For the Christian, only by first accepting that we have God's blood on our collective hands (which is simply the inevitable result of having to kill a god to be forgiven for an act of disobedience, in some ancient Amazonian Eden somewhere, by Adam & Eve), can we ever hope to love each other like a family of said "God."

And people wonder why humanity has so often only acted like “the family” that belonged to Charles Manson?

Religion is to God what cancer is to man, for each devours its host to survive, in a struggle to the death of which is mightier, the Sanhedrins of the world, or the Christs.

And who gets to define who is what, and the things that are a "what" as a "who."

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Square Peg, Round Hole

Modern society is a prison of the mind, segregated by walls of time and bars of beliefs, graffitied over with false symbols, which we are taught to love and worship like gods. 

It is a man made square, a crowning achievement of our intelligence and proof that we alone must be made "in the image and likeness of God;" a square, that we struggle with only ever more to fit inside the circle of life. 

And we are all forced to wear this collective madness we hail everywhere as "progress," like a crown of thorns, which is why we crucify everything else, and even ourselves for it. 

And everywhere we encounter another problem in this Sisyphean task, rather than understand the message the world is beating us over the head with like a bible of biological truths, we defend the prison we have complicity built for ourselves instead, while only ever blaming the circle of life for failing to be a square. 






If aliens from another planet ever showed up, we would have to explain why we put crazy people in asylums, while celebrating crazier people ...