A Part or Apart?

March 15, 2009

Why is it that some people think that they are somehow above the earth, or even the physical universe, as if they aren’t really part of it?

And why do some others think that they are only a part of what they see around them, and nothing more?

Is it natural for humans to feel we are in some way superior to the rest of nature? Many religions seem to be rooted in this kind of idea. It seems kind-of anti-intellectual to me.


Who I want to be

November 19, 2008

I want to be able to be who I want to be.  I kind-of think that’s what it is to be free.  You might think “Doesn’t everybody?”  Apparently not.  Some people want to be what some deity (or someone else) wants them  to be.  How can that be right?

Maybe religious people think we’re incable of surviving a world where we all get what we want. I think such a place would teach us a few things about what we shouldn’t wish for, and what, exactly, is wrong with the way people think.

People would probably getting killed left and right in a place like that. We would need to learn to get along or we would be killed. We would need to learn how to deal with those causing random chaos, and then we could all be reasonably content.

Raisins of Revenge: Tom Joad Goes Ape Shit

August 10, 2008

Time and understanding progressed, and soon the day came when we achieved he ability – each citizen who possessed the meager funds to aquire the technology — to generate simple machines and tangible goods from raw materials.  Virtual models could be customized from templates in a computer, and the computer would then execute the construction of the device for us.

After the One World Nation achieved recognition and legitimacy within the United States, our way of life would never feel the same to me again. There had been so much talk of conspiracy and of the evils we would endure as a result of this change, but none of that ever happened.

Things did feel different to me. Maybe my feelings were a result of my exposure to all the rhetoric — of the relief I hesitantly allowed myself at times. Things really seemed to be getting better all the time.  It was an incredible time, but it was a fairy tale.  As I look back now, it was a sad time for We, The People.  For all of you, and for the rest of us.

They did eventually replace our Constitution and The Bill of Rights, but the People’s Rights and Principles were based on our original documents, so most of us finally settled into it.

I don’t remember exactly what year it was, but years, perhaps a decade after we had the first constructors, we started seeing more advanced designs; systems capable of constructing devices of much greater complexity, and with this advance came greater potential for misuse. Construction of any non-sanctioned or unlicensed device had been relegated to Class 8 Minor Crime, but I have no idea what that actually means because most of the details surrounding the new legal system were Privelege of Chancellor and were thus never made available to the public.

More incredible advances came, and with them, mass corruption. Our Leaders all had the most peculiar way about them. There is no accounting for the way these abominable creatures would behave in front of the people, and what they got up to behind closed doors is anybody’s ill-advised guess.

And then one day, as many (of the conspiracy theorists) had often speculated, we finally gained the capability to manipulate matter itself with great precision.

Fuck you, Yahoo! D.I.A.F.

August 2, 2008

I fucking hate Yahoo!

Seriously, Yahoo!

Die in a fire.

“King of the Jews”

August 2, 2008
I drew the fucking thing in Photoshop

I drew the fucking thing in Photoshop

God Is Not the Good Guy

July 9, 2008

Right off the bat, the story of creation in Genesis describes how God unjustly punishes the serpent for its part in deceiving Eve. The problem with this — clearly — is that the serpent (according to their story) was just an unfortunate host to the Devil (it was possessed, if you like). Therefore, it wasn’t really to blame for its actions.

So since we see that God is not at all what we would call “fair”, does this make the Devil the good guy? No, probably not. The Bible is where our reference comes from, and it doesn’t give Satan much more credit than it does God (yeah, you read that right). I mean, yeah, it paints a horrible picture of God, but the one it paints of Satan is only slightly less malevolent. So, maybe the Bible is really evidence that semi-ancient peoples believed that there is no “good guy”.

You’ve got God wreaking havoc on everything in his path, and using various people and groups of people to bring about his “justice” against others. Then you’ve got this “Devil” who pretty much starts off by saying “Look, God isn’t really being up front with you.” And it turns out he’s right. God was only half telling the truth about the eating/dying thing. So basically, the Devil is this guy who pops up now and then to remind us that God isn’t so “great” as he might have led us to believe. Not that he really gives a damn about us, but he doesn’t want God to get his way (having all these “believers” and what not) simply because the people are ignorant of God’s shady past.

Now supposedly, the Devil has put up with a lot of God’s shit over the millennia, and I guess it’s turned him into a bit of a bastard. So just because he’s telling Eve the truth doesn’t mean he’s her friend. He’s just God’s enemy, and remember: Your enemy’s enemy is NOT necessarily your friend.

So, here’s some truth from the Bible: It is a reminder that wherever there is authority, there is not necessarily justice. Even being the Master of the Universe doesn’t necessarily make you right.

Something that is too often left out of religious/rationalist debates is the question of why people should even want to worship the Christian God. He’s vile beyond belief! Even if the shit about creation and Jesus is true, by offering eternal life, Jesus is only offering a conduit to a fate controlled by the most violent and ruthless dictator imaginable. Jesus did not deny his association with the evil Hebrew deity, Yahweh. In fact, he claimed to be possessed by Yahweh’s Spirit.

Why would anyone who has read any significant portion of the Bible without throwing it away in disgust actually choose to worship (!?) the beast called “God” presented therein? It’s unreasonable to even expect that from anyone. No wonder the Catholics hid the truth from people for so long! They probably had no idea just how gullible (and well-trained) the populace was — to still believe any of it after they could read it for themselves.

So that’s it. Even if there is a God, he is imperfect (as evidenced by his countless errors e.g., creation and its many flaws), and Satan is just the rebel spirit telling you all to get bent, and encouraging you to be on the lookout for any authoritarian bullshit (in case you erroneously seek to find solace in the perilous hands of God).

You’re on your own. Try not to fuck up.

Thank God There Isn’t One

June 12, 2008

The problem with circumcision

June 5, 2008

Mmkay… so God created us with parts that need cutting off?  Yeah, sure.

I Think I Have the Mark of the Beast

May 29, 2008

There’s this little scab on my wrist.  It just sort-of appeared there the other day.  Not sure where it came from, but maybe it’s the work of the Devil.

Does God Sleep on Saturday?

May 16, 2008

Maybe God wants everyone to sleep with him. Maybe that’s what the Sabbath is all about. Seriously, for all anybody knows, the Bible could be saying exactly that. Maybe he wants everyone to be asleep at the same time; in particular, when he is asleep himself. Maybe that’s how he works his magic… Ya know, like Freddy Krueger.

I think people don’t want to give up their religion because of its threats and promises. They WANT to believe it because without it, they lose the hope it gave them as children when they were afraid of its threats. Later, they may be afraid of those same threats.

I can only hope these people find it in themselves to refuse to be threatened by unprovable hearsay and that they will choose to reject those beliefs that don’t make sense — beliefs they were told to have on pain of death and worse.