The Future

One scare might be the gap between the haves and have nots would keep getting larger because of the tech revolution. Everyone should have a solid base education (through college if needed or wanted) in order to be able to determine one’s own destiny in this new age.

An education teaching life skills like Technology, Language, Finance, Reading, Creating (writing, etc.), Health, Philosophy, and Psychology. Math and Science could be electives.
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all of a sudden

What would we do if all of a sudden we had to communicate without asking questions?

Someone would have to invent the question and then give the shocking news to the world of the discovery of a new golden tool and how it works. If questions hadn’t come into existence, we might be going around giving each other commands like: Give me your opinion! And I mean it!

Were there questions before language? Perhaps using body language, a gesture, or grunts of a certain tone? I wonder about the moments when a human first asked a question as we do today and got an answer.

Do animals ask questions? Do insects? Earthlings like us couldn’t function properly without them. Are questions instinctual?

Does our type of civilization require questions? Asking for something in a courteous and polite way generally gets the information or object we want or need.

The questions of science aren’t that easy because the answers are usually unknown to everyone. Sometimes in science, it’s like asking for a sweetener, but no one knows for sure if a plant like sugarcane exists, and the search begins.

There are at least nineteen forms of the word question, five noun-definitions, two verb-definitions, and the word is used in the expression of at least nine different phrases.

hat’s next?

hat about doing ithout diphpherent letters of the alphabet?

time (by an amateur)

Does the moment include everything because everything can’t be anywhere else. Both past and future are ideas held in the moment’s grip for there is nowhere else to be.

Does the nowness allow things to exist? Is time the head of the heap? Is it the same time throughout the universe? If matter did not exist, would time exist?

What is it like to slip from one moment to the next? Is time a moving target, and if anything, instead of jumping from one second to another as some timepieces do. Is it like the electric wall-clock’s second hand which moves what seems to be continuously? Maybe not?

Could time be smooth with no wrinkles anywhere to measure? Is time actually ageless and stationary and everywhere and matter moves through this universal size matrix of time and the movement causes normal things to change and age? Do universes get sucked into being by time?

Science says the faster one travels the slower one ages.

Since the earth and its life is traveling very fast through space, does this mean that a person who is 50 years old here on earth would be ,say, 50.0001 of our years old if he or she had lived on a slower moving planet?

Is there anything stationary in the universe? Does the statement “Everything is relative.” mean everything is in motion?

I’m not a regular scientist, but I do love it. I believe science is the best hope for saving all life on earth from us. I’m talking about the essence of science, the sincere search for truth and what it means.

there is no one secret

Is there a secret to living a satisfying life? There is no one secret. There are a few simultaneous activities that can lead to having a satisfying life.

Almost all counselors are advising folks that meditation can take the edge off of things that keep us unsatisfied, and many of us continue to ignore this wise advice about this powerful one-of-a-kind tool.

Among us are folks who say “No thank you, I can make it in life without a crutch. Meditation is for wimps.” Are their minds closed or frozen? It’s their identities talking, not their beings.

The results of meditation (consciously relaxing and allowing language to peter out and then basking in the silence) are backed up by science.

Meditation is good for us. It’s high quality mental rest. And when we rest this way on a regular basis, the better this high-quality mental rest becomes and improves us as identities and relaxes us.

Why wouldn’t we take advantage of such a valuable tool that’s free? Well, there’s the time it takes, and it’s not easy to establish a daily practice. These are very good reasons but shut out the possibility of communing with your being.

Here’s
why and what
happens with meditation:

A person’s ego is threatened by meditation because it feels it may loose its captain’s chair and no longer be in charge of its being, the human animal, and it also fears it might disappear completely, so it makes excuses and can give reasons why to not meditate today which is highly tempting because the ego is the one who put forth the reason and so agrees with itself. Understanding this is the way forward.

We tend to think meditation is a medicine for what ails us, which is true in a sense, when we can just as easily think of meditation as a better way to live: ignoring the medicine mindset and replacing it with a regular ingathering of healthy mental food in which silence is the main course.

Also (I’ve found out at least for myself) the older one gets (I’m 74), the healthier it is to eat paleo foods and to keep being active.

As I mentioned above, there are a few simultaneous activities that can lead to having a satisfying life. In my opinion they are: good food, good exercise, good relaxation, good fun, good work—daily or almost daily. Everyone on earth should have the freedom to earn and to choose and establish these activities…it’s an uphill road to get there but not impossible. Throughout history, time and time again, humans have accomplished what was thought to be impossible.

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 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.

a wonderful house

Do we all live in a wonderful house made of words?

Is it that as we become hooked on the power of language, actual reality starts to become harder and harder to sense? Do we not remember much about the change possibly because we were so very young?

It’s apparent we become trapped in and addicted to language as a normal part of being modern humans.

But we don’t feel trapped in language because we can’t remember it being any other way. Language is our most powerful tool. Why would one want to cast it aside even for a little while?

Language is a deed and so what are the consequences? By constantly using language we naturally feel like separate entities, and this is reinforced by our individual names which are also a part of language. And…

We become captains of an amazing creature. And we don’t want our position as captain threatened in any way. And the thought of stopping the flow of language scares us identities because we are not comfortable with silence. What to do? The experts say, feel the fear and give it all of your attention, then meditate anyway. Learn to be patient with your own self while you’re learning how best to connect with your ride.

——Why use the term “ride”? How did we come into existence? The only non magical way is that we (the identities) were created after our birth by our own bodies interacting with family and society. Could this mean our bodies are our souls if there is such a thing as a soul?——

Moving on, the sages say the word “moon” is not the moon; it’s no more than “a finger pointing.” In other words “The word is not the thing.” So, we inhabit the very interesting and powerful world of fingers pointing.

Without words there can be no believing. Stopping the flow of language takes courage and patience. The drawback with not having a religious belief in a god or gods is there’s no one to complain to or pray to or to blame.

And for us seekers, our opportunity is a privilege which brings a constant type of pleasure by facing the world straight on with no after-death promises and living with awareness all the while not knowing for sure about a lot of things. For me, it’s the taste of freedom.

Is all we can do is to go with what seems the most reliable? So, will it be magic or science? What are the odds of magical places like heaven and hell existing? It’s hardly a fair fight.

Are there other choices? Believing in both? Science keeps changing it’s mind to match what is real, and religion’s mind is frozen in place and rarely thaws. When it does thaw, it brings about a new religion which freezes in place. We can see the results: all twenty thousand plus of them.

Is the greatest secret there’s nothing to know?
Is the greatest fact there’s nothing but being?