A message of purpose

I find it absolutely fascinating that most of the wold’s population has been indoctrinated by some sort of religion.  It is a telling sign that culture is a great predictor of religion.  Anglo Saxon culture the past 1500 years, has been dominantly Christian, after eroding away Paganism and Greek Mythology among others. In other cultures, there is the spiritual Taosim and Jainism of the far East, the Hindu and Buddhism of Asia and the Islamic religion of the Middle East.  On and on we can go, with different cultures and different eras, we have different faiths.   Mankind began as a nomadic wanderer, completely ignorant of the universe, and produced a lot of fables, legends, myths and tales and continue to do so including today.  It is typical of human nature to make up such stories and dare I say, lies, for entertainment, a grasping to explain how we exist, or even more sinister reasons, perhaps. One way or another, people end up believing them, fully.  It becomes an escape from reality, at for many, it is a very harsh reality. The product of the mind, and its distinctly human capacity for fantastical imagination can provide a way to cope with our ignorance and inability to grasp how we exist, or why we have to die. These existential questions are dealt with through beliefs. Human ingenuity is able to thrive off of this and it provides hope and a sense of purpose.  Yet this hope is all belief based. What reason, must people believe, in so many different things all throughout time and culture? Haven’t we had enough bogus religions to finally say, when is this madness going to stop? People are devoting their entire lives to bogus religions and we go about thinking its okay, or that, maybe they are right. Odds are, really, that they’re not. They are all spread the same way, through the writings of men. I hardly suspect a loving God would reveal himself in the same way as every other false religion, and sentence you to eternal hell, for not choosing the right one, or perhaps, reincarnating you as a slug, for being willfully ignorant of Hinduism, perhaps.

We have come a long ways in knowledge and understanding since our nomadic roots. It was only a few centuries ago in which philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, who produced his ground breaking work, a Critique of Pure Reason, or Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature.  Certainly other cultures have their validity in philosophy, yet none as so distinct, thorough, and clear, than these two works just mentioned.  There of course is the progression of modern science, born of the philosophy of the scientific method.  After millions of years of evolution, we are finally grasping at actual knowledge and eliminating the need for guessing, the need for myths, and beliefs.  Knowing and achieving a good understanding of human nature is still in the process of becoming, primarily with cognitive science.

Certainly there are benefits to believing in religion, fables and legends, myths and fairly tales.  They provide humanity with a purpose. A purpose that they may think they are incapable or unwilling to assign for themselves as a whole. With fervor and belief comes purposeful intent, however good or bad.  When the majority population of a culture believes in it, it multiplies through reproduction and indoctrination.  Through religion, people of a culture believe they have obtained all the answers needed for life.  We were created and Zeus, God, Buddha, Allah, wants us to do this, and this we shall.  Regardless of the multiple interpretations that exist, all the various sects, they are all one in the same… The populace finds solace in believing they know about existence and the majority goes on in not seeking further answers, or truth.  Yet there is a minority lineage, even in believers, in which curiosity is never satisfied.  These thinkers and truth seekers transcend beyond what the mainstream believers are satisfied with and end up with successful revelations, adding to the totality of human knowledge.  For them all, I am truly thankful and in debt to.  The majority has progressed on the minds and backs of an unwavering, critically thinking minority.  The majority, has an entirely different story to them, and they are subject at times to my pity and scorn, for good reason. From the brutal dictators, the liars, mystics and deceivers, the conformists, those who believed in gods or god have certainly done some atrocious things, in the name if their deity. The unthinking majority, who think they think as well as anyone, is certainly a product of the success of their constant propagation of the planet.  Of course, can I really blame them? People are obviously suspect to this time of believing, it is rampant. It’s human nature, to go with the flow, believe what your parents tell you. It’s an easy out, to believe in god, God or gods. Understanding science, not so much. Its complicated and hard to grasp at times. Knowledge isn’t the easiest thing to obtain at times.

Due to the rampant nature of beliefs, the majority of human nature can be deemed slavish, subject to rule and whim by a minority, fooled, duped.  It’s always been that way, yet it was obviously not a necessity for humanity to know of knowledge.  After all, animals do just fine, populating the earth with not even a thought of god, or conformity.  Perhaps I misjudge some of the more intelligent animals, to that I am open to criticism. But insects and plants for example are surely are lacking in mental faculties that are capable of producing such abstract thoughts, yet there are more numerous than our own kind.  The subjugation of humanity to a belief-based ideology of reality can be seen as problematic and inept to the most enlightened minds of our current society.  Knowing that we do not know, and could not know, whether God exists, is half the battle to defeat such a tyrannical liar that religion is. Perhaps it was derived to control out of fear. Fear of eternal damnation or unimaginable suffering by powerful god’s, that are simply figments of imagination.  And no matter what faith you are, or aren’t, people surely have fallen victim to this. Lightning, being sent down by Zeus, surely was a punishment to those evil doers.  Yet people did believe in Zeus, just as people believe in Buddha or Allah today. Whether the myth believers knew of the evil of those struck down by Zeus is irrelevant, because if they were struck down, the god’s certainly knew why.  It’s easy to demonize then after that, with faith on your side. Peace by fear may have some benefit in order and control over the slavish unthinking majority of populace.  Yet not all can be blamed as unthinking.  The problem of religion and human nature isn’t that thinking is foreign to believers of myths and fairy tales, it’s indoctrination from birth, years upon years of being told how it is, at a naive and very young age. This is very damaging to any intelligent mind to have to endure. There was opportunity to fully understand reality as it could have been, had indoctrination not taken place.  Knowing that beliefs are simply, just beliefs, not a means to burn at the stake, or launch a holy war. Certainly something so severe requires the believer to think they know, which this is how bigotry of non believers sets in. They think we are fools, for simply not believing… That we are evil… That we are going to hell. Simply because we don’t believe the an ancient text, written by misogynistic, slave condoning people. Surely we have reason on our side, yet let’s understand that escaping indoctrination, is extremely hard. It takes time.

To anyone who has broken free from these chains of indoctrination, I am honored to have you read the words I write. As you walk into the world among the people that believe everything you were told, hold your head up high, surely you are a rare breed, with a powerful independent mind.

While the slavish sheep like mentality of humanity walks around spouting prejudices and bigotry, I urge the rest of us to not engage in the same.  It is imperative to not treat those the same way they may have treated us, the ones who didn’t believe.  It is simply counter effective to the progress of all of humanity to engage in such ignorant, slander.  Human psychology tells us that the mind is not capable of changing its entire frame of reference when presented with logic and counter evidence to a comprehensive belief system that religion is.  Yet don’t worry, perhaps a seed may be planted, that one day will blossom into understanding that their entire perspective of reality is belief based, not knowledge based.  Fear based, not education based.  We as a species aren’t capable of such drastic change, it is damaging to our purpose, and purpose is what brought us so far, yet I can see that this future may be brighter than ever, if we proceed carefully and thoughtfully about how the education and knowledge sharing, of the totality of human knowledge can be spread, much of which is right at our fingertips. Peace by fear is ultimately an inept strategy.  Happiness through fantasy is just the same.  Education can provide knowledge based peace and knowledge based happiness.  Yes it is possible to teach values to our young, to tell them the moral ways of how to act based on key values of the progression and betterment of humanity.  The core value, is the value of life, not the eager yearning for death and the apocalypse, or the second coming, and heaven, but the preciousness of the one life we all have on this earth together.  Through education we can achieve peace through knowledge…a greater peace than the deceptive lies of religion has ever brought, with no need for the wars that religion brings with it as well.  With knowledge, even therapy, psychology and philosophy, one can achieve happiness, knowledge based happiness.  Happiness of course comes from within, but with a knowledge based contentment, instead of fantasy based happiness, we can truly achieve great things as a society.  The totality of human knowledge truly eliminates the need for believing, as our archaic ancestors once had. I ask that you all join me in learning about all things, as much as possible, so that you too may enjoy the understanding and peace that I have.  Hopefully you have already achieved it, many of us have.

The Sanctity of Belief

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Somewhere along  the lines in these United States, people got in their heads that beliefs are sacred.  “We shouldn’t make fun of other people’s beliefs”.  Yet, sure enough, if you get an unpopular belief in there, these same people will be making fun of it.  People who believe in aliens, who believe 9/11 was an inside job, who believe in all sorts of conspiracy theories, or that aliens exist, get ridiculed incessantly, or that there are multiple gods.  The problem is, when it comes to a belief in a widely accepted God, it’s sacred.  No you can’t make fun of that.  This is when the rules apply.  I contest, criticism of beliefs is exactly what is needed.

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When a believer is confronted with criticism, they might begin to shift their belief as knowledge.  Suddenly, as a defense mechanism, they “know” that god exists.  It’s no longer a claim that it is believed.  Well that’s when things get hairy and cognitive dissonance kicks in.  They begin willfully thinking that they believe God exists and know God exists at the same time.  This causes them great discomfort and while engaging in a discussion about this, you will see their emotional pain rise out of this, they will get upset, they begin to feel attacked.  These are all defense mechanisms for an ultimately inept way of thinking, conflating beliefs as knowledge.

1. Knowledge is not a belief

2. Beliefs are not knowledge

3. Religion, faith, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Greek Mythology, Jainism, Taosim, are beliefs, not knowledge.

4. I can believe anything I want, just because massive quantities of people believe the same thing, doesn’t give it anymore credibility, logically.  Yet people, not consciously, think it’s ok, I suspect.  I did.  This essentially, is a myopic thought process, which reeks of a logical fallacy, dubbed “Argumentum ad Populum”:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_populum

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Beliefs are in many ways not a good thing to have.  Faith on the other hand, is a lot like hope, we have faith that we will do good on a test, etc.  Faith, I would say, is a good thing to have, but lets not conflate it with a belief as well.  Belief’s in the context I am referring to, are thinking that something(s) are true, without knowing that they are true.  I content that there is nothing good that can come of this.  If you are right about your belief, you are lucky.  But why act before knowing?  Why believe you know, before you actually know? Take into account all things before hand.  Yes, probability is a factor, but know that you do not know and proceed accordingly.  Knowing that you do not know is half the battle many times.  It will not cause a need for defense mechanisms, or coping with what you thought was true, turns out to be wrong.

This is how belief’s ought to be criticized, to either solidify them, or knock them down.  If a belief can withstand criticism, then perhaps we will find merit in it.  If not, we will find nonsense, pain, and anguish, that come about as a result of defense mechanisms.  Beliefs are not sacred, anyone who things that is an enemy of rational thinking. an enemy of truth.  People believe all sorts of crazy things, yet we should  question them, criticize them, in a way that doesn’t hurt their ego, necessarily, however difficult that may be.  But in a way that helps people think, to help them understand.  When it comes to anything, don’t believe, just know that you do not know.

Basic reasons not to believe.

One of the reasons I don’t believe in god, gods or “God”, is due to the massive quantity of other religions. I am curious as to why you may think you have you been the lucky one to be successfully indoctrinated with the right religion by our culture out of all other cultures? Most religious people don’t even bother to read the scriptures or texts of other faiths. If they did, they would find some striking similarities in methods, as well as directly incompatible claims. For most Christians, apparently “God” chose to reveal itself to an illiterate civilization at the time, compared to say, China who was far more advanced and literate, to deliver his message. And his message is, you must believe everything I say, written down by this misogynistic, slave condoning, archaic backwards society, or you will suffer eternal punishment. This is exactly what to say if the backwards society was trying to produce fear to pawn off their own morality as god’s, as evidenced by the wildly immoral “words of god” in the Old Testament.

I would not think god, gods or God would be so fickle to reveal himself in the same manner as every other false religion, through writings of men. Then having the millions of people choose and believe in the right one,with massive stakes on the line, infinitely rewarding or punishable fines. The punishment, for not believing in this religion of Christianity for example, out of all the others, is exponentially disproportionate to the crime considering its presentation to us. This is persuasion via fear of threat of something that can’t disproved and it seems the authors of religion know this and use this recipe in every religion.

Hinduism: Believe or suffer, Buddhism: Believe or suffer. Islam: Believe or Suffer. Christianity: believe or suffer, and yes, Zeus may strike you down with a lightning bolt if you don’t do what he wants just the same. This is exactly how to propagate a false religion, the methods are identical to the perceived false religions of Christianity. This is indicative of a myopic, selfish world view. Most Christians don’t even consider another religion. If they did, they may find the similarities of the methods of their religion to all the others.

It’s a wild claim, to write about god as if you have knowledge and present it to your tribe, to get them to do what you want. Long ago, people out of ignorance thought that comets were omens, of imminent doom, because they didn’t understand reality. They had no concept that there were unfathomable quantities of asteroids shuttling through space at unbelievable speeds, in a vast, possibly, infinitely large universe. The fact that there are so many different religions is not evidence of the divine, it is evidence only that people make up things about divinity. Legends, myth, folklore, all due to ignorance of where we come from and how we are here. The reason you are Christian today, is due to when and where you were born. If you grew up in India, you may be Hindu. Saudi Arabia, Muslim. Greece 3,000 years ago, you’d believe in Zeus, probably. Considering the reward and punishment, and the plethora of false religions, no matter what your religion is, it is utterly ridiculous to condemn people to hell for not believing in these specific words. It is exactly, what to say, to scare people into believing. It is how all false religions work and is a common theme.

Reading the bible you can see how it is exactly man made, full of contradictions, (which supposed “apologists” will just say, its a metaphor and wash their hands), . It also shows typical reflective misogyny and the atrocious morality of sheep herding men with no knowledge of science or any advanced maths, chemistry, philosophy, biology, physiology and sexuality as well, among many other areas of ignorance. Bashing homosexuality out of ignorance, or fear, of these people. Typical of an archaic mind, which lingers throughout society today.

Believing in a god, or a miracle out of ignorance is a way to stunt further exploration of similar occurrences or explore for an answer for the one that occurred. Most personal miracles are trivial in nature and are able to be disproven with effort. If not, there is no reason to “believe” a miracle occurred, out of ignorance. Simply because the origin of existence is unknown, simply because we don’t have an explanation, doesn’t mean it is a miracle, or done by god. It is unknown instead. Choosing to believe in an answer, isn’t a wise decision, with all things considered, and the tendency of humans to propagate lies of god, in order to control their people. By considering unknowns as miracles or god, we essentially lose the desire to explore and learn. This has been detrimental to society, causing denial of scientific understanding, all for the sake of apparently keeping people in control. However, there is no further evil, than spreading a lie, to make people devote themselves to a lie their entire life. It’s happened, for millions of people, no matter what your faith, for all those who believe in a religion not of your own and it is likely happening to you just the same.