my best guess

Is it that life doesn’t worry whether or not it will ever be fully understood? What is life’s greatest concern? Is it the desire to survive long enough to create? What do we humans desire most? Isn’t there more than the above concern?

Most of us desire to keep breathing, drinking, eating, sleeping, dreaming, working, loving, creating, exploring, playing, doing good, doing bad, being lazy, drawing pictures, punishing, being punished, rewarding, being rewarded, collecting, communicating, inventing, as well as storing up stuff in order to survive harder times and as well as dying, etc.

It might but shouldn’t come as a surprise that these above actions are the same actions our cave-dwelling and tribe-member ancestors spent their time doing. Did they also daydream? My best guess is yes. Perhaps even before inventing language with its subjects, verbs, objects, etc.

wrong about God

This was a response to an email a friend sent to me which had only a poster presenting this slogan:

“If I am wrong about God,
I’ve wasted my life,
but
if you are wrong about God
you have wasted your eternity.”

This was my reply to my friend:

“ If you are wrong about God,” you haven’t wasted your life. Being a Christian is a legitimate and positive (for the most part) way to live. That Christians desire to do good and participate in making this a better world is proof of their good intentions, and so should be respected.”
(End of response.)

Choosing to not fear what may come after death is not a 50/50 choice as the poster would have us believe.

The magical god of the old testament has left a terrible trail through history. So it’s hard for me to believe in it. But who knows, there may be something or a situation which created our universe by accident, and it’s very doubtful we will ever know what was happening before its creation.

Maybe some type if entity created our universe on purpose and enjoys checking up on what has occurred since the last time it took a look-see. So I’m an agnostic technically because there’s no convincing evidence for or against a creator. But there is evidence that an all powerful god is not necessary to explain our situation in the universe. So I feel like an atheist.

Maybe the universe created itself or just happened as a natural occurrence or by accident. Not knowing for sure is not comforting but learning to live not knowing for sure is an interesting situation.

Reason leads me to think the god of the Bible was probably invented in the same way the other thousand or so gods were created, and it needs to be mentioned that the followers of all those other gods believe as just as sincerely as the followers of the god of the Bible believe that they are believing in the only true god, having the only true scriptures, and the only true faith.

So who’s right? Could it be none of them? Can sincerity of belief create a real all-powerful and all-knowing god? If a person believes with the highest possible sincerity he or she is headed south but is actually headed north, do the thoughts in everyone’s mind automatically change to accommodate this mistake? Do all maps also magically change to accommodate this sincere belief?

If one religion could actually prove its god is the one true god by having their god show up and — instantly and at the same time — create a county-sized governing palace in every country on the earth and be a visible presence in all of the palaces at the same time and making speeches based on “love your neighbor as yourself” and taking away the freedom of all criminals until they have sincerely promised to change their ways, etc. etc.

So, how long would it take for there to be only one religion in the world instead of thousands when each new member gets perfect health and plenty of energy and a sound mind as side effects? What good news! No promises only a wonderful present.

Leaving fantasy land behind, what are the odds of my going anywhere when I die? Is godly magic going to keep me alive so I can be rewarded or punished forever? I no longer believe in real magic, but I know how it feels to believe in real magic, and it’s not a bad feeling knowing you are right and knowing for sure you will exist in bliss forever. This is a very compelling dream from which I have awakened.

I’ve given my trust to science because it deals with evidence, and tries to disprove its own latest findings. Science uses facts and gives really good odds for my future non-existence after death because the “I” in me was created by and is supported by my human animal which has all the goodies: senses, intuition, memory, creativity, etc.

The idea of an eternal human soul is a very clever invention and is used as leverage to control folks and to get some of their money, but the soul does not exist: it’s an idea, a magical idea.

If you can produce convincing evidence there’s a soul dwelling in every human and it will exist forever, write a book and set science straight. You would make a fortune and be famous. People have tried to convince science the soul is real but have come up short when trying to produce convincing evidence. So the preachers say “You will be rewarded for your faith.”

Every group of religious fundamentalists believes their own set of facts because they believe they have the truth and no one else has it.

I have only opinions based on educated guesses. Here’s one. The odds of us identities not making it past the death of our human animals are as close as one can get to a sure thing.

doing is everything

Can we do nothing but do? Doing is everything? Think about it. And then we die and we keep doing?

Our bodies continue to disintegrate until they merge with the earth. Then while our remains are on the earth, we travel around the sun until the sun engulfs the earth in the far future, and all of our atoms which have spread around by then are burned to smithereens but survive as they are atoms. What are they doing? Existing.

Wait a minute! What happens to me the ego, my identity, when I die? Well, when my body dies, I will evaporate into nothingness leaving no trace on the nerve network in the dying brain which created me. I will disappear out out of existence as I’m an imaginary creation whose support has been taken away. There’s no more film in the camera. 

When our brains can no longer support our existence, we will exist no more. This is what science supports until a more rational idea is found. So, is the idea of “souls” invented and are souls nonexistent but used to capture and control us and to get a portion of our money?

Really? What about all the folks who got away with murder or worse? My thinking would say perhaps it’s the concern of the mature ones living while whatever is happening is happening. We could not and did not orchestrate the period before we matured.

So, most of us feel better about things because most believe a god exists who will punish the evil doers when they die, even the present evil doers. Belief can make us feel better.

We have plenty to feel responsible for and lots to do in the present. Why should we feel guilty for what happened in history? History is the teacher. Let’s apply the lessons and go forward.

Is it that if you don’t vote, you are a big reason why progress doesn’t advance as quickly as it could? We owe our ancestors for the innovations and lessons learned and our DNA. The present gives us parents, family, friends, opportunity, and more.

We always know here is where we are, yet it’s uncommon for us to feel the nowness of it. Why?

We are constantly occupied by language. Language is the beginning of the story. The question is will our language habit dominate until the end? Will we ever get to know our being? 

Does language keep us from experiencing the nowness of the present.

Is it that nowness engulfs the universe and does not move; we and everything else move through it and age as we do?