reality

when belief becomes delusion

Some startling events have transpired during my lifetime that had a profound effect on my beliefs (principally my lack of beliefs). I’ve always preferred the truth to beliefs and realized early in life that beliefs, particularly those that are commonly accepted, are often not the truth. In many cases they’re the product of childhood programming by the public school system combined with adopted familial, societal and cultural beliefs.

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Darn those immigrants

I’ve participated in a “spiritually oriented” blog for years, containing a wide range of beliefs and perspectives. The following was in response to a poster’s comments that are summed up in the opening question.

espinja asks, “Do you think it’s fair that our American children have to lose more and more programs, like sports, band, and other community services to free up money for the ever-increasing cost of the services immigrants require?”

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Dialog with a born again Christian

For over a year I’ve been involved in an on-going discussion about Christianity with a born again Christian believer, which I’ve found both interesting and disturbing. Realizing there are hundreds of millions of fundamentalist believers in supernatural “gods”, all based on belief without evidence is, to me, very curious. As these beliefs have real life consequences, I find them to be very worthy of exploration. These are excerpts from our discussions. Keep in mind, this is an educated man with a degree who was not raised a Christian, but developed his “born again” beliefs as an adult. In many cases, we’d been adding comments to the original and re-sending our replies back and forth. His words are in black and mine in red. (more…)

When is Enough Enough?

My core settings are not entirely human. My genetics are different than 99% of my fellow humans. I’ve lived most of my life, from early childhood, disengaged from the three-dimensional Human Experience. Not connected to life by strong beliefs, desires, and attachments. Watching my Mind create my life as a Producer might, with minimal direction. I’ve kept a loose grip on my rudder and have passed though with as little wake in my path as possible. I’m certainly not proud of my species. Mankind’s hubris has taken us down some very deep and disturbing rabbit holes.

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The Fourth Dimension and Beyond

saganCarl Sagan was an extraordinary man. He was an astronomer, cosmologist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator. Smithsonian magazine said this about him… “We live in Carl Sagan’s universe–awesomely vast, deeply humbling. It’s a universe that, as Sagan reminded us again and again, isn’t about us. We’re a granular element. Our presence may even be ephemeral—a flash of luminescence in a great dark ocean. Or perhaps we are here to stay, somehow finding a way to transcend our worst instincts and ancient hatreds, and eventually become a galactic species. We could even find others out there, the inhabitants of distant, highly advanced civilizations—the Old Ones, as Sagan might put it.” (more…)

The Highway to Happiness

comfort zoneWe humans seek comfort, love and happiness by nature.  In order to maximize the positives, we avoid the negatives.  Pretty simple, but there are ramifications.  The mainstream media is controlled by a handful of corporations.  Their main purpose is to make money through advertising.  The advertisers want viewers/readers to be in a receptive mood and do their best to encourage and fulfill viewer’s desires.  If the message is accepted, we’re encouraged to believe that we need the advertisers products/services to feel happy, comfortable and loved. (more…)

The illusion of Time

It’s been said that Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once.  The Future hasn’t happened yet.  The Past is already gone.  It seems that the only thing that is real is the Present.  Because of the illusion of time, our present is greatly affected Imageboth by our past experience and our hopes and plans for the future.  We’re able to put off doing things into the future because we believe it will be there for us.  We make decisions based on our faded memories of the past.  We live our lives as if we have the time for it all to unfold as we’ve planned.  We often sacrifice our present by doing what we believe is necessary to achieve what we’ve planned for the future.  This may mean using our precious present to gain the knowledge, experience and capital we need for the future we imagine. (more…)