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Almost all of my findings (almost being a safety word here in case I’ve missed something) so far speak against religion. It is a simple fact which this blog here expresses. If you do not agree with my arguments in this matter, than I challenge you to A.) READ THEM and follow it up with B.) Counter argue, if you dare.
The concept I’m going to be talking about this post is logic.
There are two sides to the religion argument that I’ll also be discussing. Atheism, as it states that there is NO deity in power, or any higher power at all, and those who believe the opposite (monotheists etc…).
The first group, the atheists, practice, mostly, holistic logic. They look to use logic in all things, or as much as they can.
Now let’s address that second group.
I will say that I know a great deal of religious folks who practice logic in their everyday lives. Hell, there are people I know who I consider to be completely logical, their only downside being that they hold creationist beliefs, or something similar. The only problem with that is that religion itself is against any form of logic!
Religion itself, the fact that it is “faith based” and does not follow any stream of logic, promotes not using logic! It teaches children and people everywhere that you don’t have to try to figure things out, that it’s impossible to see a big picture in life for yourself. That it’s too complicated, you’ll never understand.
At any rate, if you want some more physical proof that you can witness for yourself, I found section of the bible that pretty much sums it up for them.
They say it in Proverbs 3:5-7.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight (I found another version that used understanding in place of insight)/ in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths./Be not wise in your own eyes…”
So it clearly states there, as well as many other places, that people should not come to understand things themselves. Not just that they don’t promote it, but that they outwardly abhor it. Now, there might be some argument as to what kind of understanding you should be searching for, but I believe in understanding everything! As much as you can! And if this prohibits understanding of any kind, get rid of it!
In taking that excerpt literally, you shouldn’t be seeking understanding, knowledge, reasoning, discovery, science, education!
But this, we know, isn’t…. (what, logical?)… doesn’t make sense. At least, there’s nobody willing to give that a try. So you have a mass number of hypocrites running around using logic for some stuff, expecting the benefits of science when their god isn’t around to stop their heart attacks or teach them how to plant better crops, and at the same time condemning it and the very people who provided it for them!
But don’t get too upset my fellow atheists, humanists, evolutionists, scientists, and any philosophers worth their salt. Because the bible itself is rooting for you.
“For the upright men will inhabit the land, and men of integrity will remain in it.”
As a word is to it’s definition, your looks are to everything else that makes you.
This is where people’s looks turn into something that endears them to us (maybe because we want to like them??? I haven’t decided on this yet, but leave your conclusions in the comments!), no matter how attractive/unattractive we would have otherwise viewed them as being.
This is why an “attractive” person, can be in a relationship with an “unattractive” person (keep in mind this is, of course, all relative, though we have all seen an example of this as we would consider it), and actually love how they look. Because subconsciously, it’s not the look they think of when they consider the person’s looks, but everything else.
Mmmmm…. I like this. Knowledge is stationary. You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you don’t do anything with it, it’s useless. But, with imagination, and passion, you can further and better things. Imagination is movement. It demands movement. Someone who can imagine very well, say, for instance, a painting, can imagine everything about that painting. And if they keep imagining, they will eventually have to create it. Imagination creates. Knowledge helps, but it’s but a tool of the mind.
This thought chain was inspired by a line in “If You Could See Me Now” by The Script (a beautiful song if ever I heard one), which reads “’cause the man wasn’t good he was great/ he’d say take that rage, put it on a page, bring the page to the stage and blow the roof off the place”. Here is someone saying to take all those real feelings (things that are backed by morality) and express it using one of the best mediums out there. Music.
I too, like to write songs portraying my philosophical ideas (don’t worry, they’re not as stuffy as that sentence) but mainly, I like to use novels and short stories and such to portray my large ideas. I guess that it’s just easier to show them using situational examples, and to portray exactly what I mean using that much text (although there are tons of ways to do it using something like lyrics and poetry). It’s just a different medium that I love.
But I wonder a lot why people would choose that.
Why is it some people take this big idea, say for example, portraying real courage, and say “I should write a books about that” or “I should write a song about that”. Is it something to do with how right or left brained we are? I believe it’s all about exposure. If you are from a family who writes songs constantly, you might be more inclined towards that. But if you’re from a family of writers, you might swing that way. I think it’s a certain type of person who really cares about correcting wrongs and showing rights and doing it SOME way, that can portray those things. What medium they use, can all really be left up to chance (including the chance that, hey, they like to play music, or write books, or blogs, or paint, or sculpt).
Sometimes people go out and search for something, or stumble upon it, so it’s not really what their upbringing decides.
So whatever hobby you like, the fact that you have a hobby or passion is just an opportunity for you to use that for good. To help better the world by portraying your beliefs.
The strongest person is the smiling one. We all live through horror, but to stop it from chipping away your innocent moments, means you have a truly indomitable mind.
«You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do»
— Eleanor Roosevelt
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It’s a popular belief that time is more like a wheel, that everything that happens will happen again in some other form.
I would actually have to agree on some level. The word “cycle” come to mind when I think of these examples:
In the beginning of human culture, we were mostly physical beings, we dealt with the physical world, and tried to survive (this is way back in nomadic times).
Then people started to think more, tell stories, learn lessons. Soon we had religion, and people focussed more on thought and mental capabilities than physical (think about when church and government were one and the same). Physical capabilities were almost meaningless, it was your knowledge and cunning that got you places.
Then we had the major wars, and although warring has been around since the beginning, the most information that is had on it is between clans of early civilizations (Sumerians, Celtic, Nomadic, Arabic, African, and even Native American). Then there’s this great jump to established civilizations having wars. From what I’ve researched, conquerers, were common from the early BC’s, up until the 200’s (AD), but there is a great leap where conquerers (whom I chose to look at as people using brute strength to make advances in their civilization) are thinly dispersed until around the 1000’s, where they become exceedingly more common.
In the beginning, the tactics of conquerers were what someone might expect. Mostly, it was a brute effort, strength against strength. But after the leap, tactic becomes a key component. It wasn’t about who’s men were bigger or who had more weapons, but who could be the smarter army as well, although being bigger and having the most weapons was definitely still an important factor.
This illustrates a huge jump. Where we are starting to lean more towards the balance of mental and physical, we still go through periods where we lean on one more heavily. This is like a cycle. At one point, in modern history, diplomatic relations were probably key in dealing with foreign policy, but now we have communications via bombs! (Think about Jordan’s recent actions against Isis).
So this is definitely a cycle on a global scale, although this example also illustrates human’s finding a mental and physical balance on all scales.
Another example (of how the world might work in cycles) is the improvement of civilizations itself. Think of America for a second. We started out as a group of people who wanted to improve on their current form of government, so they did. Then we had that wonderfully sketchy period where the president was basically the biggest fat cat around and bought his way in.
But now people are extremely unsatisfied, and I believe a panic almost has set over Americans concerning their government. People are afraid of terrorism and our national debt crisis. We have several crisis at once, and people are beginning to realize, “hey, we need a decent pres.”. This might not be the first time this has happened, but it definitely lays out a cycle. The shift of “things” in America goes from bad to good. And when it is bad, as it will always get bad again, we look to strong leaders, and try to improve our government and civilization as a whole. When it’s good though, we turn our attention away (which is probably why it keeps getting bad… anyhoo).
So here is some outlined cycles. If you want to see a situation go under the cycle test, just comment with it and I’ll put it up!
Ooh- a good quote about vision to help inspire! Thank you Don Charisma for the original post!
Nope, this isn’t a post about politics or some rant about some people who lied to me recently.
The words we send out to the world can make us feel great. Honestly, I believe it’s why we are into posting so much as s society now. People like to rant to make themselves feel better, like they spoke some truth and did some good. Even me making philosophical posts- I feel like I’m helping the world in some small way by speaking some truth.
One prevalent way that people use words to better the world is teaching. Everyone does it. It’s saying “hey small child, you should turn in wallets you find laying around, because we always do what’s right” or “you should always be nice to everyone”.
When we were small children, people liked to shove these little ditties down our throats like vitamins: “always do the right thing” and “don’t believe everything you hear”. People used their words to “teach” you because it made them feel like they were doing something good. Here’s how you can tell they did it for their own feelings: they said things, they themselves don’t even believe.
Now, telling someone they should do something, but not doing it themselves is not what we’re discussing here. I’m saying that many people who tried to instill the textbook set of values in you as a small child were outwardly lying. That you should look closer at the beliefs and “facts about life” that you were taught.
To tell if someone themselves believed something they said, you have to look at how thoroughly they carry it through their logic as it pertains to other areas of life.
Saying “littering is bad” and littering is hypocrisy, and not on the discussion board. But saying “littering is bad, it’s bad for the planet” and then agreeing with a political statement that would overall hurt the planet, means they don’t actually believe littering is bad for the reason of it being bad for the planet.
This issue of widespread misconstrued individuals might seem like a small or obscure problem, but honestly it can be tied back to the basis of “evil” in the world.
What I’m calling “evil” is really just actions (with whatever intent) which hurt the world (planet and all species). I’m not saying people who have different beliefs or who can be viewed as hurting the world are evil.
Back to the topic- having an unhelpful, harmful, or negative idea ingrained in you can cause you to do harmful things. Makes sense, right?
So, it is my belief that all harmful things which occur on the rock we call Earth are done by people who’ve had this happen. Let’s test the theory- if everyone BELIEVED that violence was bad, and that HYPOCRISY was bad and that ACTION must be taken at all times against HYPOCRISY and that they should NEVER BE VIOLENT. Nobody would be violent. And no, I’m not making that statement that all violence is bad. That’s a topic for another time.
If everyone acted to uphold all the correct values (whatever they might be- this is yet another topic and much too complicated to debate here), than nobody would have any disagreements (they’d all believe the same thing) and there would be no social problems in the world.
But, if you have someone who believes maybe that they are of a superior heritage or birth, and try to get everyone to serve them, then that would cause some problems.
The more people on the same page, the less problems.
However, the page always is turning, as we get closer to a core set of values that is correct. People make new discoveries “hey, maybe doing this thing is bad” “hey, maybe we should all be more like this” and modernize a way of thinking. Then you get the moral trail blazers (which I assume there are at least a couple of in my small readership) who change a society’s way of thinking.
They change a society’s beliefs, and actions. Instilling the belief of a more moral idea into their children, instead of force-feeding them pretty lines they don’t actually believe.
Why do people react to things in a different way?
Honestly, it all boils down to the fact that they view the situation differently, because they’re looking at it from another place. To understand this, imagine a black void, with two people standing a ways away, both facing an object of any kind, but for our purposes, we’ll use a lamp. Each one sees it from a different angle.
One might say “the lamp is ugly”, while the other says “the lamp is fine”. Person A reacted with hate, and person B might not understand, and think they are a bad person. Even if Person B, who is looking at the part of a lamp that doesn’t have a blemish, understands that Person A might have a blemish on their part, Person B still can’t see the blemish, and might still act with love towards the lamp.
But if you switch their spots, and person B was mentally in Person A’s place, having had their raising, or come to the same mental conclusions or suffered their pangs and felt their joys, and then had to stare down that blemish, would they react any differently? Essentially, I’m saying that if person B was turned into person A, having had all of their experiences and gone through what they went through, they would look at the blemish on the lamp a lot differently than they did before. Because they would then see it from a different angle.
Only from seeing something from a different angle can we experience the other side of a situation, and understand someone’s reaction to it.