Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Belief


Stephen Hawking, (about see HERE) says "this is it."  

Stephen and I (and we're the same age, interesting coincidence) believe the same thing about life.

From my earliest consciousness (four years old), I felt like I was "returning" to this world.  From where, I do not know.  But for the past sixty-eight years I have felt like an astute observer and, of course, a participant in this thing called LIFE.  

I've often thought "Why are we here?"  Why am I here?"  

Sometimes I think I had the answer only to be dissuaded by events and people's actions.

These days of when I see evil people cutting off other people's heads and posting this inhuman act of violence on the Internet for the world to see, I again think "Why are we here?"  "Why am I here?"

These days when I see a national institution like the National Football League look the other way when they know some of their biggest money making stars are committing horrific acts of violence against their families. When they're caught (by a videotape), they circle the wagons and defend the institution first.

Oh I know some in the religious community will knee jerk spout of the "God is a mystery" talking point and the "we should have faith."  I mean no disrespect to those who truly find solace and comfort in their religion (like I do with a good movie or a good meal), but come on.  Isn't that a cop out?  "Put your hands into God's."  

So here's the deal folks.  This life?  This is it.  Try and stay out of the way of the evil doers (to quote a former president of whose name I will not speak).

Try to find a little happiness in life.  And most of all try to find someone to love and if you're really lucky you'll find someone who loves you right back and doesn't beat or kill you.

So appreciate what you have folks and "Thank God" that you're not kneeling on some windy hot desert in an orange jump suit, reading a prepared text by a Muslim murderer who his about to saw off  your head.  Even better:

"Thank you Jesus" (it's a phrase folks). 

That's my belief folks.  And again, I reiterate, I mean no disrespect to those who find comfort in their religion and practice the good aspects of their religion which is to treat others as you want to be treated (all religions have that same basic premise).  However, all too often some extremists sometimes hijack a religion for their own personal benefit (power).  

Back to our regular programming tomorrow.




18 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:03 PM

    This is your Best Post ever - my opinion of course : )

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    1. Anonymous,
      Thank you very much! Sometimes when I dash off a post like this I think "Did I just waste my time and those of my readers?" Thus it is encouraging to receive a comment like yours. And yes, this is my belief. I think this go round is all there is, with all due respect to my friends and others who I don't know who are sincere Believers. This is my belief. Only thing that makes sense to me. Anything else is fairy tales and wishful thinking . . . . to me anyway.

      Ron

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  2. "My heart leaps up when I behold
    A rainbow in the sky:
    So was it when my life began;
    So is it now I am a man;
    So be it when I shall grow old,
    Or let me die!
    The Child is father of the Man;
    And I could wish my days to be
    Bound each to each by natural piety"

    -WIlliam Wordsworth

    See? I remembered *something* from school...lol!

    :-)

    -Andy

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    1. Andy,
      I don't usually like poetry but this is a good piece. I would like to believe there is something better awaiting us after this existence but after all these years of pondering, I've come to the conclusion that this is it. There is nothing after this trip. So make the most of it. You'll never get another chance. In this consciousness anyway.
      Ron

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  3. While I agree with you I have trouble writing of the fair-tale notion of an afterlife. There is a God somewhere he just doesn't match my childhood descriptions.

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    1. Jeff,
      After witnessing the world for 72 years sometimes I think there is a God because of the incredible highs I've experienced but then I wonder when I see and hear of the really awful things some people do to each other. The evil that is constant among us. There can't be a God. If there is, what is the purpose of the Test? The old "Freewill" question?
      Ron

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  4. I believe in me-myself-and-I. period.

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    1. Anne Marie,
      Again, you summed it up very succinctly. I believe in myself too.
      Ron

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  5. Religious sects like ISIS which is totally opposite of what the Muslim faith teaches is all about is an abomination and why I think will eventually destroy and kill many people in the Middle East. We can destroy them at a high cost of American lives but another faction will always raise in it's place. This is a never ending battle. All due to warped religious beliefs.

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    1. Stan,
      I find it interesting that the good countries in this world could defeat the evil of the Nazis but are almost impotent against ISIS. You're right, the battle is never ending. If ISIS is destroyed or disappears or fades into history, some other evil will take it's place. There is a segment of the human race that lusts after power and death. Always been that way, always will be that way. Just try to stay out of their way.
      Ron

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  6. If you think it's evil now, go read The Old Testament. Or better yet, read or listen to the audio of Killing Jesus by Bill O'reilly. He fully and explicitly describes what life on earth was like before Jesus came onto the scene. The world has always been an evil place. That is why God sent His only son, Jesus to this earth to show us the light and the way. And how horrid it is that Christians are being annihilated off the face of the earth yet once again.

    I'm certain you dislike O'Reilly but unfortunately his books are terrific. For the sake of history, just listen to the audio description of life under Herod or the Romans.

    I'm not certain of a life after this one also. But life on this earth sure became a whole lot easier when I studied the teachings of Jesus. He had a polite and gentle way of living, that if all of us would practice, life on planet earth would be more enjoyable. Oh well. Even if you don't believe Jesus was the son of God, or that there really is a God, Jesus sure made extremely logical sense. His speeches and analogies were amazing. Jesus loved EVERYBODY and not what some humans tell us today. No exceptions. NONE!

    I hope you find your peace and light.

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    1. Cindi,
      When I was a child I attended summer bible school (Baptist church). When I was a teenager I used to help (with other fellow teenagers) clean up our local Baptist Church for Sunday services and prepare for special events like an Easter egg roll. Then came the time when I realized my "man made" church condemned me because I was born gay. This church told me that the "only way to Heaven" was to be somebody I wasn't. I struggled with this for sometime until I came to realize that "man made" was wrong. The church I was attending wasn't practicing the true tenants of Christianity (and still doesn't). They hate hateful, judgmental and non inclusive. True Christianity, if practiced, is a very attractive religion but, unfortunately, it has become warped just as many in the Muslim religion has strayed away from the tenants of their religion. Did you know that more people since the birth of Christ have been killed by Christians because they wouldn't convert to Christianity (the Indians of North and South American included) than any other religion since the birth of Christ? As I said in my blog post, if you or anyone finds comfort in this religion, I"m happy for you. But to me all I see and understand is the hypocrisy of not only the Christian religion the way many practice it but other religions as well. To me the "man made" religion is just another way for one person to control another person for their own personal, selfish benefit. Oh sure, there are individual cases of men and women who practice true Christianity but they aren't the ones in power and they are few.

      And one more tip. If you're going to make a reasoned argument for anything, using Bill O'Reilly as your source, you lost me immediately. Bill O'Reilly? Mr. Money Grubber? Mr. Hate? Mr. Homophobe? Cindi, Bill O'Reilly has NO credibility. NONE. He's a Fox Clown. If he and his like had their way they would destroy me unless I converted to straight and Christian.

      I agree with you there has always been evil in this world. I don't think today is any more or less evil. It's probably about the same. Of that I have no doubt. I only hope I have is that there are enough kind and generous and NON-JUDGMENTAL people to make life worth living. You just have to seek them out and associate yourself with them and avoid the evil ones.

      Don't concern yourself with "I hope you find your peace and light." Use that concern for yourself, I'm doing fine thank you. And remember, when we die there is nothing. Al your life you've believed in a fairy tale. There is nothing after you die. Nothing.

      Ron

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  7. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Wow, you are too philosophical these days. Summer end seems to affect to all us.
    Another possibility, we may be something similar to a computer game. After all, quantum particles are like pixels and the big bang is similar to a system initialization. In this case we would be here just for fun (of other guys).
    Just kidding (or not?).
    All the best. Juan.

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    1. Juan,
      Sometimes I like to puncture the pomposity or Organized Religion whose only goal sometimes seems to be control over others. When someone says "I'll pray for you", the arrogance and patronizing tone of that remark always sets me off. I know it shouldn't but it does. Hey, I'm all fine and well with whatever anyone believes if what they believe gives them comfort. "Big whoop" I say. But don't foist YOUR beliefs on me. I am so thankful to live in this country with was founded on the fundamentals of freedom FROM religion even though the history of our country all too often has unfortunately proven otherwise. Even the Puritans, who came to this country seeking religious freedom, where themselves, very intolerant of any belief that varied from their own sincerely held beliefs even to the point of murdering those who didn't believe as they did. No, I don't believe he here "just for fun". If anything I think we're here to love and be loved and to fight evil, which seems to always be right around the corner, threatening. That's life.
      Ron

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  8. Ron, you don't have to convince me! My atheism has had the stunning effect of making me happier in life than I have ever been. I no longer have to be confused about "good" or "bad" because both are choices that we all have, and I can concentrate on mine. The god crap that was shoved down my throat as a child comforted me somewhat, but mostly it made me feel like a piece of worthless shit, especially when I realized I was gay and would then NEVER "sit at the right hand of jesus". What bullshit, and in my opinion, emotional abuse. But as an adult I got rid of all that, and am perfectly comfortable being uncomfortable at times. That just motivates me to deepen the relationships I have in this real time life, cuz baby, there ain't nothin' and nobody waiting for us when we die. Enjoy it now!

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    1. Tony,
      Boy, are you and I ever on the same page! Yes, growing up I found "some comfort" in going to church but that "comfort" was quickly dissipated when I saw the level and depth of hatred and rejection of me simply because I was born gay. For too long I struggled with reconciling the two but, like you, came to the conclusion that religion is all "man made" by some men to control other men. Sure, some may find "comfort" in their "faith", good for them but for me, like you, I have been set free from the fallacy of organized religion and all its hypocrisies.
      Ron

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  9. Anonymous10:11 AM

    Simply I Love your intelligence. you are great thinker. I salute you. Live long to bring some sense to some people who are still stupid in this advanced science world we are living. Thank you

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    1. Anonymous,
      Thank you. It is encouraging to know that some others think the same way I do. This, to me, is the only thing that makes sense. To believe in anything else is just fooling yourself. If that is what gives one comfort, fine but it sure doesn't give me comfort. I was born with the "The Emperor Has No CLothes" syndrome and that applies to religious beliefs as well. Just as I don't have a quarrel with those who believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, I have no quarrel with those who belief in God. But don't tell me what to believe. Rubs me the wrong way, free will and all that I have.
      Ron

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