For those who choose to believe there is a God or Allah or ‘It’ as one may define the Intelligent Designer/Creator/Higher Mind/Spirit … Whatever, what if that Entity was … more?
And for those who choose not to believe in a God or Allah, or ‘It’ as one may define the Intelligent Designer/Creator/Higher Mind/Spirit … Whatever, what if our experiences about and in Life could be … more?
Think about this for a moment: What if God and/or Life were indeed even more than what mankind has chosen to believe and create? What if all of Life could be better? [From my book Life Will Answer.]
PARANOIA AND NONSENSE
Instead of focusing our efforts and advanced intellectual capabilities on questions whose intent is to seek more and better for more among us, we’re treated to the paranoia and nonsense of an apparently deranged Deity who has commissioned Its own army of lunatics to act on Its behalf. [Trying to decide which professional sports team It wants to bless with a win in tonight’s game is very time-consuming; and waiting for the faithful to give thanks for having been rescued from some near-tragedy—which this same Deity allowed to happen—does require some degree of mental gymnastic abilities to give cover to what is otherwise a completely inane assessment about life’s happenings.]
The Christian right has become the primary vehicle in American politics for minimizing the problems of the real world while inventing imaginary problems as distractions. Witness, for instance, the way that fundamentalist Christianity has been harnessed … to promote the notion that climate change isn’t a real problem. Average global temperatures are creeping up, but the majority of Christian conservatives are too worried about the supposed existential threats of abortion and gay rights to care.
Of all of the arguments made against the science of climate change, I find the ones based on Biblical assertion to be the most … malevolent. There are people who believe that all of climate change science is one vast conspiracy, a theory constructed around the premise that scientists or politicians have somehow plotted out a secret financial stake in making people believe the planet is getting warmer. There are those that acknowledge it is getting warmer, but refuse to agree that human activity could possibly be playing a role. Then there are those that simply state that God would not allow any of it to happen, so there. [Sen James] Inhofe himself I believe falls into all three camps. I have no idea if he honestly believes these things or just has decided, cart before horse, that his politics demand he believe them. It is the Bible-thumping that bothers me the most, though. The shallowness, the dismissive assertion of knowing God’s will, the misuse of passages to mean things very far afield indeed from the actual text.
Getting into an argument with such people is a futile effort. It is their ultimate trump card for any situation; you are wrong because God says so. Or, to put it more precisely, you are wrong because I say God says so. There’s no competing with that. If someone has a direct line from their brain to God, no matter how obviously questionable the contents of the rest of that addled mind of theirs might seemingly render their God-interpreting skills, then you might as well give up the argument, right?
Is this the kind of thought process and wisdom we’re planning to pass along to our children? “Garbage In; Garbage Out” is no different than “Nonsense In, Nonsense Out.” What can the rest of us expect to be dealing with if we continue to passively accept the often-insane rantings and beliefs of too many who’ve been granted access to microphones, TV cameras, and internet domains?
Are they completely incapable of a moment’s worth of rational introspection to follow the path from their beliefs and behaviors to the inevitable consequences?
Those of us not enraptured by the ramblings about the Rapture have already decided that each of us is free to believe and think as we wish. But when those freedoms begin producing tangible, harmful, discriminatory outcomes affecting the rest of us, we are no longer willing to—nor will we—tolerate the craziness in the public domain.
We must not allow our own misguided thinking to provide us with comfort and a suitable measure of certainty that “nothing really serious” will happen. If we continue to permit this insanity to reproduce across our cultural and political landscapes, we’ll all be dealing with ever-worse outcomes from a collective madness left unchecked.
We’re free to believe or not believe as we decide. That applies to all of us. When others have decreed on the basis of the irrational and unjustifiable that their version of the unverifiable and occasionally insane is how we’re all obliged to conduct ourselves, then it is up to the rest of us to stand up to that craziness. We’ll all pay a price if we don’t.
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~ My Photo: sunrise at Long Beach, Rockport, MA – 08.22.05
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.