We have turned what were useful symbols and myths from ancient times about a Source, and held them as truth in their illusory forms, denying ourselves the privilege and gift of understanding Life in its even greater and grander forms here and now. Worse, we diminish our opportunities to use Life for the individual and collective good now by failing to expand and grow and evolve. Instead, we’re almost constantly limiting our potential by adhering to the invented and even silly decrees of some fictitious Being which is Itself apparently unwilling to be more enlightened. [From my book Life Will Answer.]
STARTING WITH THE UNTENABLE
When does the realization dawn on the most ardent of believers that what they continue attempting to accomplish is not working? At the same time, their efforts alienate more than entice. Basing actions and strategies on unverifiable concepts by those of generations past who—by and large—were rather simple-minded, is bound to be challenged at every turn. Facts matter.
All of the thousands of years later, and there has still been no irrefutable evidence or accepted appearance by the One and Only?
Far-Right religious extremists engaged in perpetual hostilities of one sort or another [among the notables in current news: the father of Sen. Ted Cruz and his Dominionist followers]; the endless conflicts in the Middle East; the vicious and asinine commentary post-Orlando from fringe extremists preaching to their faithful … all of these and so many more problems mankind has created and promoted on behalf of their Preferred Deities, yet not One of Them—presumably benevolent and a bit above our basest and worst instincts—sees fit to point out the harm and nonsense?
A PAUSE, PERHAPS?
After all these years and all manner of efforts by a wide variety of spokespeople on Its behalf, we’re not one step closer to a consensus on what Life is all about and if/Who/What we’re supposed to abide and honor. Time out?
If fear and anger and retribution are the primary Tools of the Deity Trade, might I suggest Someone better-suited to peaceful co-existence, compassion, and general kindness as a Role Model? What genetic off-switch has been activated so that the ardent believers have not yet realized they are fighting pointless battles based on meaningless commands on behalf of fictitious entities? It’s not that difficult to pause for a moment or two to pull reason and common sense down from the shelf.
If a large contingent of fellow inhabitants on this planet are content to live their lives with a modicum of peace, joy, prosperity, and the occasional extended kindness and compassion to others without being burdened by an insistence that they must first believe the not-to-be-believed, then why not let them bear the risk of being wrong? Shouldn’t the energies and efforts of these passionate followers be better utilized than by just keeping the faithful faithful [with appropriate measures of anxiety ladled out as needed]?
THE UNBELIEVABLE & THE UNWINNABLE
Why does it come as such a surprise to so many that many others are disinclined to believe the unbelievable and/or live their lives on a requirement that they must adhere to a parade of illogical, contradictory, and often mean-spirited rules? We’re willing to take our chances. Aren’t they?
If the Deity of Their Choosing continues to insist on fighting battles one assumes It knows to be unwinnable, then what’s the point? If It is in fact a Supreme Being with all that notion contemplates, isn’t It then Supreme enough to deal with the doubters as nothing more than foolish irritants and let them be? After all, Hell supposedly awaits. If that’s the choice some of us make, well, more room for the combatants to carry on!
The more strident the efforts, the more fears and anxieties provoked, and the more extreme the “reasonings” and justifications for behaviors offered to nonbelievers for their consideration—lest they make a terrible mistake—the more likely we’re going to chance a walk down any path other than the ones they are urging.
The alternative is … nuts! If a Supreme Being isn’t capable of having designed a much more peaceful and mutually beneficial path to the promised everlasting life, then why are we paying so much attention to Its rules?
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Note to readers: In addition to my other blogs and writings here [see the links above] and at Peak Oil Matters, I invite you to enjoy some brief excepts from my eBook political thriller:
The Tretiak Agenda
They began [here] on June 15, and conclude this week
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In 2014, I published an eBook entitled Life Will Answer. It’s an exploration of life, religion, and the tenuous connection one has with the other—at least as has been defined to date by the various theologies of past and present-day believers.
I don’t pretend to be a religious scholar. I am at best a casual observer of some religion-based behaviors, but given that I have also authored a book discussing those matters, perhaps that makes me more than a casual observer.
A fundamental point of the book is that Life has been established to honor and answer the choices each and all of us make—whatever they are and however they may be judged by the standards and guidelines we as a society have established. I do not accept the notion that there is a God or another Deity of choice offering wildly arbitrary thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs, or that this Deity has edicts we’re free to abide by or not (although if we don’t there will be hell to pay).
I wrote that book on the premise that there is more to this life than the narrow-minded, conflicting, and occasionally dangerous notions various religions offer. Given the large number of them each claiming passionate followers, it’s absurd for any collection of humans to insist that their Deity assures them It is the One and Only. Countless Peers and their own loyal adherents take issue with that.
Every day we are witness to the absurdities—and too often, the atrocities—committed in the name of some Deity or another by adherents convinced that they and they alone are privy to the guidance and dictates of that One and Only. There is little room, if any, for reason, logic, or rational thought. The absence of an intelligent component guiding their beliefs and conduct—replaced as it as by fears and justifications untethered from reality—carries its own set of consequences.
Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship one Supreme Being [among many]? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!
Magical thinking is not a shield to the inevitable harm which results when irrational and mindless behaviors collide with reason and fact. We have some choices to make, and a future to concern ourselves with.
Re-establishing this blog is my own contribution to wiser problem-solving than what seems to be the norm. Too many are in position where their delusions carry heavy and needless consequences to all of us.