a house built on sand 2

Think of the parable of the person who built his house on sand and another who built his house on rock. Floods came and the house built on sand was washed away and the house built on rock was not.

In this telling the sand represents magical thinking and the rock represents reason and science. The question is which to attach to, or can one use both?

So, what are the odds of an afterlife? It would be scary if the odds were 50/50. Some aggressive sand dwellers say “I’m either right or wrong, so the odds are at least 50% you are going to suffer in hell eternally if you don’t repent and trust God and keep the faith.” Are the odds so high for science and reason having substance and God not having substance it’s not even a contest? A million to one?

Are we naive when we believe any religious claims which include stories of magical acts or places? How does one choose between the tens of thousands of magical religious stories? Religions are claiming “we are the only true religion and the only way into a pleasant life everlasting.

And they are all so sincere! I know, I was a sand dweller. There’re lots and lots of happy folks in organized religion, and there’s also the very attractive built-in social network. It’s a good racket but can be easily abused.

How does one end up believing in magic? As children we usually think to ourselves at one time or another “That doesn’t seem possible, but all these adults think it really happened, and they are right about everything else, so they’re probably right about the miracles too.”

And later, when doubts come, we say to ourselves I’d be crazy to take the chance of being tortured forever.

We need to feel safe because we believe in an afterlife. Thinking…“I have this clear shot at eternal happiness, how could I ever give it up?”

The belief there’s an afterlife produces a powerful vision. How has it been used? Does the bad out weigh the good?

How does one give up the dream of an afterlife? Imagine a person born into a Hindu family in India. And he or she grew up Hindu. Wouldn’t that person sincerely feel only his or her religious ideas are correct and all other scriptures cannot measure up to Hindu scriptures.

As a Hindu, wouldn’t you feel your beliefs are true just as sincerely as a non-Hindu might feel about his or her different religious beliefs?

When one is wrong, isn’t that person sincerely wrong unless he or she is acting? Does this mean billions are sincerely believing in the wrong magical stories. Or, are all stories based on magic being real, false?

the secret sauce

What is the secret of success? Observation, forethought, preparation? If so, then being able to push the button is the final step. Lights, camera, action! And then more observation, forethought, and preparation to perfect the job or product.

In other words, work-work-work while paying attention.

It is said the real reason for success is that successful folks get in their own way less than others do. Are they paying better attention? This would obviously include getting out of the way of one’s natural talents. Plus, in critical situations, the successful are better than most at keeping their feet out of their mouths and are better at not getting caught if need be and are better at avoiding trouble by using OFP (Observation, Forethought, Preparation).

How does one become better at these successful strategies? By pushing the “action” button more when there has been observation, forethought, preparation?

Is it that most of us know what we should do but we don’t push the button as often as we should. And when we do, many times we push it at the wrong time.

So is the secret sauce timing? And is it that the sauce (knowing when to push the button) is expensive?

a house built on sand

This is about the parable of the person who built his house on sand and another who built his house on rock. Floods came and the house built on sand was washed away and the house built on rock was not.

In this telling the house built on sand represents magical thinking and the house built on rock represents reason and science.

The question is which to attach to. So, what are the odds?

It would be scary if the odds were 50/50. Some religious folks say “I’m either right or wrong, so the odds are at least 50% you are going to hell if you don’t convert.”

Are we naive when we believe any religious claims which include stories of magical acts or places? How does one choose between the thousands of magical religions with each one claiming to have the only true path into God’s favor?

As children we usually think to ourselves at one time or another “That (a miracle in sacred scriptures) doesn’t seem possible but all these adults think all of this is real, and they are right about everything else, so they are probably right about this too, plus who wants to take the chance of being tortured forever and ever, so we go “all in” because we want to be safe and secure forever and ever.

a nook

Do we have what might be called a nook here in our universe? And is our nook’s best feature its isolation?

Is the universe unbelievably vast and cold with hot spots and we are one of the many side shows having bloomed? Is it that the universe doesn’t care about us or any of the other possible sideshows? Why should it?

Isn’t caring the sideshow’s job?

Is it that the universe doesn’t care but supplies what is necessary for adventures to happen?

Is it have, do, be or be, do, have or etc.? Whatever the case, activity happens. Do. Doing. Done. Even when we do nothing, aren’t there billions of chemical and electrical processes going on in our bodies each second we live?

Their purpose is to keep us alive and healthy.

And to pay nature back for life and everything else, we’re the busy little bees knowingly defiling its nook.

Why? The Big Three. A lust for money (used for control), a lust for belief control, and a lust for selling the power to control. Generally speaking, you can reduce them to Money Religion and Politics.

All necessary things but being abused. The three things we’re “not supposed to talk about in polite conversation.” Why is this? Are there better examples out there most of us don’t know about?

 

meaning and purpose

Why do we exist?
Are we here for a special reason?

These two questions are answered by these simple statements: We are here for no particular reason. Nature designed us as it has everything else. And then pushed us out of the nest, and then we were still supported by nature (parents, relatives, jobs, careers, oxygen, etc.)

Are we here only because we were born? Our parents had sex. Their four parents had sex, their eight parents had sex, and so forth.

So, if this is the case, we know we exist and we know it was not our fault. So, we can blame the universe if we want to, but what difference will it make? Will it change a thing? Our birth was a natural happening whether driven by life or reason.

Can having a special interest give direction, and if acted upon, add meaning and purpose to a life? Is the individual the only one who can produce meaning and purpose in his or her life?

Are our actions the only way to produce meaning and purpose in our lives? Are meaning and purpose created by us and not things existing somewhere outside of us? Is it magical thinking to think otherwise?

Is it that we have suggestions and ideas but nothing meaningful will happen until we act? Is intent good but action fills the void?

 

each new brain

Is nothing as wonderful as something able to assist our ability to adapt and to understand?

As each new brain adopts the name it’s given and learns to deal with society, the brain adapts well or not too well using experience and understanding.

What are the best assists for successfully dealing with society? The best of parental attention combined with a child with a curious mind?

If so, what are the best types of parental attention? What about unconditional love with the proper amounts of salt and pepper (guidance and discipline)? Ho-Hum?

When we take away all of what doesn’t work, what’s left? Sure, but isn’t there a way that’s quicker? Does it depend on what we have to give up? Like what?

The sureness of getting what we want or the sureness of getting what we have. Why do we seek entertainment? Is one reason because we haven’t throughly investigated ourselves?