Mankind owns a long and thoroughly reprehensible history which clearly demonstrates that following various Deities’ mandates has been little more than an excuse to commit atrocities and render ignorant, mean, narrow-minded judgments almost beyond our comprehension–ones that continue to this very day.
(If you really have to bolster your own value and worthiness by condemning others, distorting the truths, or just making things up, exactly how noble a person are you? And why would any thinking person want to follow the dictates you espouse or believe about your Supreme Being—One which so obviously approves or expects or demands that you connive so It gets Its way?)
The supposed judgments this Source renders daily, or demands from us in Its stead, make It appear by any rational or intelligent measure an extremely petty Entity … one that’s almost, dare I say, human.
CONDEMNATIONS & HYPOCRISY
This condemning Source Who in turn wants us to condemn gays and non-believers and liberals and an assortment of others deemed different and/or otherwise unacceptable seems surprisingly like the fearful, narrow-minded, and ignorant creations of the fearful, narrow-minded, and ignorant! This is the best a Deity can do and be? These behaviors represent our highest purpose? Wow!
Why would a presumably all-powerful, loving Source desire us to remain so ill-bred, mean, exclusionary, viciously judgmental, and unenlightened? Why give us this magnificent gift of Life so that we can condemn, judge, disavow, ostracize, and kill others who don’t share specific ideas or beliefs? (“Specific” of course depends on which Deity one might be listening to….)
Choosing what to think is a right that dominant men prefer to keep to themselves….
What religious despots and secular dictators have in common is the understanding that knowledge leads to a sense of empowerment….
To abide by doctrines that cannot be questioned, against which opposing evidence cannot be posed, is to make oneself exquisitely vulnerable to despotic behavior….
[S]cience is by design open to incoming information. Infallible gods, men, religions, and scriptures, on the other hand, explicitly and intentionally disallow corrective information.
By what right do some among us—not-so-coincidentally the most narrow-minded—get to decide who is “acceptable” and who is not? Why is it that this Supreme Being’s most ardent followers are so routinely mean-spirited, astonishingly narrow-minded, and in some cases just ignorant—if not evil? These are the “leaders” and representatives?
What is it about these most narrow-minded of people that causes them to thrive on the fear and discord they foment, rather than sharing truths and appreciating the beliefs and values of others? Why is that viewed as a legitimate or acceptable purpose under any rationale of tolerable human conduct or behavior?
Facts are now conveniences. If they support a proposition in some manner; if they can be contorted to serve one’s purposes, then they are useful. When facts and realities collide with foundation-less assertions, they are ignored.
Even a moment’s pause to consider any of these issues would suggest we have a broad range of better choices available to us. We’re of course free to stay where we are and continue wandering down the same paths. We get to choose, and Life Will Answer.
I’m merely suggesting it wouldn’t hurt any—all—of us if we paused for one more moment to consider how much longer we should continue to walk down these same paths, and where we’re likely to wind up—individually and collectively—if we stay the course.
~ My Photo: sunrise at Long Beach, Rockport, MA – 08.22.05 ©
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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.