Following up on thoughts from last week’s post:
A POINTLESS DEBATE
Perhaps it’s time that we all recognize and simply accept that one conviction is in fact no more rational (or irrational) than another. With so many contradictory beliefs, either there is some other unifying and overarching principle, or we will continue to sabotage our individual and collective lives by fighting to assert we’re right and everyone else is wrong. We own that choice. [From my book Life Will Answer.]
So what will it be? Do we continue the too-often unthinking promotion of endless political and cultural conflicts, stuck on the It-Said-This; No-It-Said-That treadmill?
Has it ever occurred to the faithful that the only tangible result from the near-endless religious wars in which mankind has developed expertise is more of the same? If a Deity possessed of presumably Deity-Like traits actually exists, wouldn’t It be a bit smarter than what It has demonstrated to date?
We’re caught in a system with a core of devoted followers who seem incapable of doing anything more than diminishing their own potential, for starters. As if that isn’t enough, they are simultaneously giving their Chosen Supreme Being a very bad reputation as a fear-mongering, rather mean-spirited and not particularly compassionate One.
Part of Its mandate is to denounce people who love one another simply because the judgmental ones are particularly interested in the nature and expression of others’ intimacies? Worth noting that those personal and private expressions are of course absolutely no one’s business—except for the paranoids fretting about the anti-heterosexual marriage agenda of the gay community and their … what … homosexual-conversion spray cans?
A BETTER SET OF EXPECTATIONS
If It is in fact the possessor of powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men [My bad; that’s the intro’ to the 1950s TV show about Superman]; as I was saying, if the Chosen One is in fact God-like as one would normally understand an actual God to be, then why allow for the possibility of such a lifestyle to begin with? Same with Muslims, although the other Major Deity—Allah—feels exactly the opposite, apparently.
That baffling Do-This-But-Don’t Do-That list grows longer by the minute. Shouldn’t the faithful expect, after all of these generations, to have a Supreme Being a bit more enlightened than the One they believe must be obeyed at all costs? Seems to be an awful bizarre relationship: A Deity at times very insecure and needy; at other times quite merciful; and still at other times a bit suspect in the rational thinking department.
Heavy on sarcasm, of course. But are the underlying premises off base?
The following is one of countless stories one can find in reputable publications or media outlets on a daily basis. These are not isolated, random episodes from genuinely detached-from-reality individuals! Most subjects of accounts such as the one below are part of a large segment of the “mainstream” Religious Right.
Now comes a serious contender for the 15-member State Board of Education, the body that enacted curriculum guidelines requiring students to learn about Confederate heroes, and required teachers to explain the equivalency of Abraham Lincoln’s and Jefferson Davis’s inaugural addresses, as well as the ways international institutions such as the United Nations threaten U.S. sovereignty.
Republican candidate Mary Lou Bruner might fit right in—and move seamlessly from her current gig as vocal critic of the board to elected board member.
The retired teacher has written that ‘Evolution is a religious philosophy with propaganda supporting the religion of Atheism.’ She also claims that scientists have ignored and hidden evidence that humans and dinosaurs walked the planet at the same time.
Bruner, in fact, has written about the extinction of dinosaurs. ‘When the flood waters subsided and rushed into the oceans there was no vegetation on the earth because the earth had been covered with water. . . . The dinosaurs on [Noah’s ark] may have been babies and not able to reproduce. . . . After the flood, the few remaining Behemoths and Leviathans may have become extinct because there was not enough vegetation on earth for them to survive to reproductive age.’
What the hell???
NOTE: next post will be on September 16; enjoy the holiday weekend!
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They began [here] on June 15, and will conclude later next month
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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.