magical being

Can or should the term “magical being” be used instead of the word God? Of course this swap will not fit in every instance but will be expressive in the places where it fits.

One might reply, “Are you telling me, you believe in magical beings?”

But what’s the matter with a magical god? The matter is people are the promoters of magical happenings right out of thin air. Magical things are in story after story and used in the creation of religions. Think of the ten commandments with no burning and talking bush involved. Impossible, it sells the story.

The term magical thinking describes more graphically what folks are believing than their favored term the supernatural does. It’s favored because the term supernatural makes their magical beliefs seem as though they might have a scientific basis of being natural but something beyond science that science cannot understand or control.

Terms aside. Is belief only belief or is it real? A belief is called belief because you can’t always count on a belief matching what’s real. When new supported information comes forth, the what turned out to be beliefs have to be dropped and replaced with ideas (beliefs) fitting the new circumstance. It’s the way science works.

On the other hand, religion is fueled by faith in beliefs which not supposed to change.

Some of the faithful may say “We can’t know for sure, but we aren’t taking any chances. What about you?” Then agnostics and atheists might ask “What are the chances you are believing in the correct god out of the thousands which exist?” 

Yet believing in magic is a way of living a satisfying life for many. The term supernatural being in their minds describes their god best and separates it from the magical existence of creatures like elves and goblins. The faithful feel all of the other so-called gods were invented by humans, and say we are so fortunate to have the real God’s favor.

It’s impossible
for me to imagine an
actual being greater than nature.

Nature actually creates itself. I can imagine
all of the safe-for-life pockets
out there.

Don’t
most stars
have a sweet spot?

Is having to put up with organized
religion
a

phase
most planets with
civilizations have to go through?

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religion and science

Magical thinking is a term best used to describe people who try and sometimes succeed in passing laws which make all non-magical thinkers live according the rules of their magical beliefs or become lawbreakers.

Laws were made in the past when the magical thinkers had the power to do so and would put a person in the stocks (“an historical instrument of punishment consisting of an adjustable wooden structure with holes for securing a person’s feet and hands, in which criminals were locked and exposed to public ridicule or assault”) for cussing or for working on a Sunday, etc. These laws have disappeared over time or are not being enforced.

But this failure in the past doesn’t deter them from trying to pass laws today based on magical thinking. A big attempt was working for years in an attempt to legally force teachers to teach “evolution is not a fact”. The attempt did not succeed because evolution was and is the only factual and rational explanation for the development of life on our earth.

Magical thinking is a sharp-but-fair term to use when it comes to describing the religion of those who threaten others with eternal punishment in hell (a magical place) which is a much sharper claim than the term magical thinking suggests. 

Agnostics and atheists generally prefer to leave others alone about their religious leanings or doctrines. This is why these thoughts are expressed in a blog and are not sent out as an email.

When a person’s ideas about religion and science are considered as art, it turns out one is composed of thousands of forms frozen in place and cannot be changed in any way. The other has one form and is constantly changing and the form includes everything, and it’s interesting because its history and future are full of actual discoveries.

The religious forms are single pictures; science is a movie.

God’s will

Do religions hang on to their magical traditions because for the members the magic is truth to its deepest level, even in the remotest of possibilities? How? Everything that happens can be explained as God’s will.

And do magical ideas like this also serve as a way to avoid the actual truth by rarely thinking of the billions of others in the world believing sincerely many very different versions of religious truth? Most folks sincerely believe in the realness and trueness of their own beliefs and are just as sincere as others who worship a different god and have different beliefs. Can they all be right? Hardly, and no one can win the sincereness competition because sincereness is total or it totally disappears. Is it you’re sincere or you’re not?

Our history shows us as curious creatures and easily controlled by magical spells, and we are still susceptible to magic’s ancient pull. Are we born believers? Is it that we had to be believers to survive? 

So how can one survive death? Religion? It’s one of the best rackets. First, invent the human soul which will have the characteristic of existing forever. Now it’s open season on humans everyday of the year because you don’t have to be in a king’s family to have power. All you need is a good story with a place where the soul can live on after death. And if your story isn’t all that good, you can swallow the best religious stories around and make them part of yours.

Believing we have an eternal soul and the existence of an afterlife, we would strain to hitch our imaginary soul to some type of heavenly place and live happily ever after. This would involve magical thinking. Does real magic exist or is there a real explanation (known or unknown) that is not magical. An example: We normally think it’s impossible for a single object to be in two separate places at the same time, but this happens as a normal occurrence in the quantum expression of the universe.

A promised happy afterlife for the soul is the big draw and the biggest muscle of the classical religions (except Buddhism).

If a person believes there’s no afterlife, would he or she be more likely to stop and smell the roses? It’s true, atheism is a belief criminals and good folks both share.

And traditional religious folks don’t like atheistic or agnostic ideas because these two bring attention to the magical nature of religious beliefs and can and do cause doubting which is part of waking up.

Is it that we all snore and that snoring is our wonderful language. Is it that it’s not religion but the habit of language which keeps us in the corral, unable to merge with the all.

go poof

Is it rational to think I have a soul inside of me that existed before I was born, and when I die, it will exist on forever?

Are our souls the souls of angles who were sent to get some R&R and we don’t know it but god doesn’t know everything and this is god’s way of sorting out the good and faithful apples and banishing the rest?

How likely is it each of us has an eternal soul? If so, how did it get inside of us? Would believing in eternal souls be like believing elves actually live in the deep woods? Are eternal souls and elves the same type of magical thinking?

And no one can prove eternal souls and elves are not true. However logic can show it’s very unlikely and a very long shot simply by pointing out religious versions of the truth are in the thousands, all claiming their version is the real and only truth.

There’s only one kind of scientific version, the one that explains and works.

It’s rational to think my brain is the only thing around that has the power to create such a thing as me and did so, so I could fit in with with my fellow humans. My identity or ego makes it easier for me to fit in, I was given a name for my powerful brain to latch on to and identify with.

So, at the end my life when my support system and creator (the human animal) dies, can I do nothing but go poof? Why? The circuits in my brain which supported me no longer can send messages.

Wouldn’t any other reality be a magical one, like believing Santa is really real? Until one day one thinks “How does Santa get those presents down through the chimney without getting them dirty? Well, no matter because I love those presents!”

Believing doesn’t make something so, but why gamble? the religious folks ask and are answered back The odds of your being right are not 100% or even 50/50 as you may think. The odds are so long, knowing them might make you dizzy. Plus, there’s a rational explanation for the identity’s birth and death.

If one’s logic returns the idea there’s no afterlife, wouldn’t one be more liable to stop and smell the roses? Is the human animal every identity’s soul?

the number-one trait hobbling humankind

What is the number-one trait hobbling humankind?

Could it be the propensity to believe in the magical and miraculous? (Richard Dawkins is the first person I heard use the term “magical thinking”) Do religions grow by promising eternal life and by telling stories of miracles and eternal punishment which are truly believed by those who are spreading the stories and promises?

There is real comfort received from sincerely believing one will have a wonderful life after death, a life which goes on forever and ever where it will be impossible to become bored. The promise of living joyously throughout eternity is claimed to be the case because it comes from a source that cannot lie but the promise comes with conditions.

A new believer in Christianity is assured he or she is one of the chosen who were predestined before the foundation of the world to live in glory with God and His angles forever and ever as stated in the Bible.

It is also promised that after judgment, all the rest will be spending eternity receiving continuous torture in a place filled with fire and brimstone. A fear tactic if I’ve ever seen one. Why will we suffer? Because we never heard “the Gospel” or we said “no thanks” to “the good news” when we had the chance or chances to accept it.

Can this source be trusted? Probably not with 36,000 other groups claiming that they have sacred scriptures which can be trusted? Is the “Gospel” just a miraculous story passed down to us which has a wondrous dramatic ending and delivers huge magical promises which give hope, longing, and comfort to those who truly believe in magic? Why do we believe? Is it usually because of how we were brought up or were we having a terrible life and the hope of heaven seemed so comforting or were we scared straight not wanting to be tortured forever?

Which of the two statements below has a far better chance of being true?

Every human will be aware forever…is a true statement.
Every human will be aware forever…is a false statement.

(A hint is below.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

One is magical thinking and the other is based on reason.

 

santa versus religious beliefs

Are almost all religions of the world today
in the same category as Santa Claus
because they are based
on beliefs?

Is a good answer
Yes, but Santa has the disadvantage
of eventually being found out, but
with religions the catch is that
you have to die to find out.

Santa says I’ll tell you a secret:
Nobody finds out if there is
or isn’t an afterlife because
there’ll be nothing left of life support
for thoughts or anything else
so there will be no regrets of a missed heaven
or celebrations of not having to go to a hell.

At death will the knowable cease to exist?

We are dubious and ask Santa
How do you know? and Santa says
I know because I die and am
brought to life again and again.

And Santa says, So it’s a tie between an afterlife
and me when it comes to all of the magical
thinking which surrounds us both.

So, the real difference is nobody
has to die to find out the truth about Santa.
Does Santa lose because no one can find out about
religious truth without dying? And Santa says,
Even then, they don’t find out because they are dead
and can’t perceive anything.

So is it a fair fight? How does Santa respond?
He’s so honest about it. He admits he’s lost.
Santa says, For it to be a fair fight the
religions have to prove their beliefs are true
because believing in Santa is fun
but not true.

So Santa says, They can’t prove
their beliefs are true, so it’s a tie.

Santa thinks religious folks dare not
think about magical thinking because it would
aid in destroying their hope and faith.
Santa whispers back, But not their ability to love,
specially the love for children.

Santa admits that believing in him
is truly a belief. What else could he say?

Santa says proving beliefs are facts is
an extremely hard job because
beliefs by definition are
not sureties.

Behind all the fun and commerce,
could this weakness of beliefs be another reason
and lesson for Santa’s, the Easter Bunny’s,
and the Tooth Fairy’s continued existence?

 

magical thinking 2

Does magical thinking (faith in fantasies) help keep the poor from rising up to claim the justice they deserve in this life by their thinking day after day and week after week that their time will surely come in an afterlife if not this life because of their faith that their beliefs are the only true set of beliefs out of all of the other religious sets of beliefs on earth?

What are the odds of having the only set of true beliefs if there could be such a thing and added to that what are the odds of surviving death? Are the odds so long that they equal the numerical length of pi?