I’m going to put this in the simplest terms possible. The Christian god is a reflection of what man truly wants to be, the all-power, omnipotent ruler of all things, not because man/god is a worthy ruler, but because it is man’s/god’s right as the most intelligent thing in the world/universe. Just as man has his seven deadly sins, so the Christian god has his seven deadly traits. Continue reading
This is a long one, guys. But I’ve been having a lot of fun doing free-hand, slam poetry style stuff lately, to try to get myself to write a little something in the middle of all this wedding madness. I’ll try to type up an update to all that planning and nonsense later.
The poem is inspired by yet another Yahoo thread reply I made today. I’ve really been, for lack of a better word, exhausted lately by the supposed ‘reasoning’ that the universe’s existence is proof of an intelligent creator. It’s just about the most pompous self-justification of one’s beliefs I can think of. It’s pompous in that it suggests that the intelligence of man at a higher level is enough to create a universe. It’s a self-justification with no merit in that it breaks the rule it’s trying to prove. The universe can’t exist on its own, so a creator must have made it. But that creator doesn’t need a creator of its own. The creator is allowed to break the rule, but the universe itself cannot. Ugh. See the poem for the rest. Enjoy all. Cheers.
Round and round you spin.
Where you stop?
it’s where you think you’ll win. Continue reading
This is an installment of my series My Life’s Playlist.
Today’s feature is the most truthful song ever written: From God’s Perspective by Bo Burnham.
I have nothing more to say besides what I’ve already said. This is the most truthful song ever written. Bo Burnham is George Carlin’s replacement in the world, and although I appreciate Carlin’s genius, I’m extremely happy that I am living the time of Burnham.
I was lying awake the other night, listening to myself breathing and waiting for the weight of my eyelids to send me off into the black abyss of sleep. I started to observe the nature of what constitutes breathing, the constant of in-and-out, the expansion and contraction of the lungs to circulate oxygen to the body. This little observation of myself led to my brain having a spark that bolted me back up and awake. The below is my attempt to get this spark into words.
As always, I was drawn into some comment threads today. On a particularly non-religious thread – specifically, a thread discussing Uruguay’s legalization of marijuana markets – somehow a man brought up going to heaven, making some obscure and ridiculous connection between the smoking of pot and going to hell. (…Don’t ask, I still don’t know how that happened…) His comment about heaven somehow evolved into whether people in heaven can ‘look down upon us’ here on Earth. Here is his full comment on the subject:
The Bible does not specifically say whether or not people in heaven can look down on us who are still on the earth. It is highly unlikely that they can. Why? First, they would sometimes see things that would cause them grief or pain, namely, acts of sin and evil. Since there is no grief, tears, or unhappiness in heaven (Revelation 21:4), it does not seem that observing earthly events would be possible. Second, people in heaven are so preoccupied with worshipping God and enjoying the glories of heaven that it does not seem they would have significant interest in what is happening here on earth. The very fact that they are free from sin and experiencing God’s presence in heaven surely is more than enough to captivate their attention. While it is possible that God allows people in heaven to look down upon their loved ones, the Bible gives us no reason to believe this actually occurs.
It occurred to me that this specific situation is one of the things which drew me away from the Christian concept of God, and specifically the Christian concept of the afterlife. Continue reading
So I’m sure most of you have seen the story about the homosexual couple who were denied their wedding cake by a baker who claimed it was against his beliefs to support their marriage by making them a cake. The baker was then sued by the couple, who won the case in court, and now the baker doesn’t have a choice but to make the couple a cake.
Well, according to Fox News, the result of this lawsuit is “The Death of Free Enterprise.”
Now let me start this by being devil’s advocate, shall I? Because in my view, everyone involved in this situation is a jerk. A massive jerk. Continue reading
I’m finding I’m very agnostic.
Some people would tell me it’s caustic.
They tell me I’ll burn,
if only I’d learn.
But for me, I think it’s fantasic.
Yeah, yeah, I know; limericks are supposed to be humorous. Oh well, it just came to me, and I liked it, so too bad. XD
PREFACE: (Damn, I’ve been having to do a lot of these lately, huh?) I want to make it clear that I have been intending on writing this post for about a week now. There was a comment made in a thread on another one of my posts a couple days ago addressing this exact question, which is absurd and driving me crazy. I simply wanted to put it out there that my posting this has no relation to the commenter who asked this same question a couple days ago. It’s coincidence, that’s all.
OKAY! Time for the obnoxious question of the day!
Why does life matter to someone who does not believe there is an afterlife?
“In truth, the matter is altogether different: while you pretend rapturously to read the canon of your law in nature, you want something opposite, you strange actors and self-deceivers! Your pride wants to impose your morality, your ideal, on nature – even on nature – and incorporate them in her; you demand that she be nature “according to the Stoa,” and you would like all existence to exist only after your own image – as an immense eternal glorification and generalization of Stoicism. For all your love of truth, you have forced yourselves so long, so persistently, so rigidly-hypnotically to see nature the wrong way, namely Stoically, that you are no longer able to see her differently. And some abysmal arrogance finally still inspires you with the insane hope that because you know how to tyrannize yourselves – Stoicism is self tyranny – nature, too, lets herself be tyrannized: is not the Stoic – a piece of nature?
But this is an ancient, eternal story: what formerly happened with the Stoics still happens today, too, as soon as any philosophy begins to believe in itself. It always creates the world in its own image; it cannot do otherwise. Philosophy is this tyrannical drive itself, the most spiritual will to power, to the “creation of the world,” to the causa prima.”