the genius has appeared

In Alan Watts’ 1966 book The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, he details the world-wide disruptive force of organized religions on humans and religion’s use of our fear of the unknown to trap gullible children and adults with with the promise of a joyous eternal life after death and by using the same beliefs be able to escape a life of eternal torture. And then almost all religions say, you must choose our beliefs to make it happen. In this way religion divides humanity.

After covering the above, he states:

“It might seem, then, that our need is for some genius to invent a new religion, a philosophy of life, and a view of the world that is plausible and generally acceptable for the late twentieth century, and through which every individual can feel that the world as a whole and his life in particular have meaning.”

“our need is for some genius” The genius has appeared!

His name is Sam Harris. He’s already known world-wide via his many books, essays and articles in which he uses reason to assist others and uses it too to work against folks who divide up humanity by spouting magical stories and promising “happiness ever after.”

Now comes his tour de force:

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

If interested, the above link will take you to the book on amazon.com so you can get a taste for yourself.

In a century or two the book could have billions and billions sold and may have the title The Message because that’s what it is.

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god’s promises

Many preachers say every thought and action of every human is being recorded and will be displayed at the final judgment. Yet how could this happen?

I was told god is all powerful and all knowing. Now, there’s an easy answer. To go along with it, all we have to do is believe in a type of magic that’s real…which is a job for faith.

Faith is firmly believing certain events happened in the past and certain promises will become real as events and take place sometime and in an actual place in the future. And if an all-powerful and all-knowing being actually exists, we should be able to safely believe and trust in what it promises.

Is it that god’s existence has to be believed in, which requires faith. And when a person believes in a god but the god’s promises are delivered by humans, are the odds extremely high we are believing in one of the thousands of gods and religions created by humans?

Where did the all of the gods we hear and read about come from?

All of the gods can’t be telling the truth because almost all of us are claiming ours is the only true God (only the real god is worthy of the capital G) and having faith in its message and promises is the only way into its favor. 

How do we know which humans are telling the right story? Is it that claims and faith are not proofs or evidence? Can believing sincerely create something physical out of nothing? No, but it can create attitude which can create!

Is knowing you can’t be sure of god’s existence or nonexistence comforting? Do we need a real mystery?

It is that the existence of real magic is just wishful thinking and so is a very very long shot. Literally pie in the sky. If we are naturally gullible and brought up and taught by gullible folks, what can we expect? Wars and rumors of wars?

Science brought us out from under the autocratic rule of religion, and science has sincerely listened to and explored the so-called proofs for the existence of a god, all of which have come up short for a lack of evidence, yet science is still open to the possibility; otherwise science wouldn’t be science any longer.

Science states the odds are very very small for the existence of such a magical being as a God. In other words, the actual existence of a judgmental and all-powerful god is not something we should be betting on, but it can be fun and/or terrifying if we go along with all the rules of the fantom god we choose to follow.

the moment

Is life universal and the
moment always
existing?

Why
does soil exist?
To leave tracks in?

Why does water exist?
To sail
on?

And do whatever with,
in or on? What if there’s no
official purpose for water or soil?

Does that go for the whole universe
too? Yes, because everything
is nothing but
isness.

Do
we ride
the isness
and make purpose our own?

Our
reason
for being?
Even language
came out of nothing.
Is everything a creation?

Is it that even gravity pulls and
pushes only in the
moment?

The past and
the future are locked
away and shouldn’t we be glad?

“Love the one you’re with”
as the tune advises
so, take care of
your body?

Find if you can
the moment and exist
there and experience your being.

Is this the ultimate game
and so became part
of religion.

Yet
the game
can be played
by a single player.

And a person never has
to join anything
to play.

If you want to play, I can recommend the book  Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. He encourages one to advance to the traditional sitting posture with crossed legs as soon as one can. I found (out of necessity) a straight-backed chair or even a car seat can be used to advance in my practice. Advance to the traditional posture when desired.

The important thing is meditation.

Also, excellent meditation instruction can be found in Dr. Herbert Benson’s 1970‘s book The Relaxation Response. (A scientist checks out the claims of Transcendental Meditation.) Used copies of both books can be purchased on Amazon.com.

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.

betting

Since our universe exists and is so large and so complicated, why would anyone claim, “There is no God”?

Could the reason be because there’s an explanation and evidence for the history of the universe, but we don’t know what happened before the Big Bang and probably will never know. So is God hiding behind the BB?

Could there could be thousands of gods looking on and betting against each other as to who will get the most adherents? Yet…

There are a lot of things we can be very confident about, but not be 100% sure of…like There’s no such thing as real magic or fairies in the forrest, and the odds of such statements being true are a very long way from 50/50.

The odds for the statement “real magic does not exist” being true over the statement “real magic does exist” would in my estimation be close to infinite.

And so would it also be close to infinite for the existence of an entity with a human personality who’s keeping detailed records and is all-powerful and all-knowing. What are the chances that the God of all of the stars and galaxies would reveal itself to a wandering tribe in the desert in need of help? It doesn’t sound natural to have your son die eight billion times on the cross to offer salvation to all of the worlds where civilizations have arisen.

Are folks buying insurance they don’t need with their money, time, and obedience by betting they will not really wink out of existence when they finally stop breathing and will be rewarded for their faith by getting to live forever while being loved and giving love in grandeur and glory?

What do these folks have? A traditional lifestyle that can be very satisfying which can come with a smugness and/or thanksgiving for thinking they are a special group of humans chosen by the only true god, before time existed and will exist forever with this god in heaven. For them, their eternal life as already begun.

Are minds kept corralled by a desire to live forever, happily believing magical ideas are real? It has worked for many many generations. Is this the norm for religious promises?

Why is faith so important? Is it because what they are wanting and believing is magical because there is no proof for their supreme being’s existence, and a strong faith helps to keep doubt from constantly barking, and if they don’t keep the faith, they with all other non-believers will be tortured forever.

The basic question religious folks face is…Is there such a thing as real magic? Was there a real burning bush? If so, did lightening strike it or did a god magically make the bush burn and cause Moses to hear actual words which could be heard by another person if they had been present?

Is the desire to be safe the reason we’re so gullible? Is organized religion just one of the big rackets trying to do good, unlike dictatorships, organized crime, etc? Betting wise, is it better to bet with reason rather than promise?

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?