truth

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…)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

christian soldiers 2I’ve recently decided to quit participating on what’s supposed to be a “spiritually oriented forum” that’s frequented by fundamentalist/evangelical Christians. As an atheist, I find their comments range from amusing to despicable, the later simply confirming my lack of belief in their chosen god and religion.

There are, however, some enlightened truth seekers posting there (and elsewhere). For anyone choosing to enter into the fray with religious fundamentalists of any stripe, here are links to information that may be helpful. These sites would also be useful to Christians who feel compelled to spread the Word. Be advised that there are many “non-believers” who know more about your religion and the Bible than you may think you know.

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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.

She asked, “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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The True Cost of War

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. There are a millions of arm chair warriors who whole heartedly support the current wars in the Middle East. Many of them openly call for the slaughter of Muslims, no matter where they live, without any true understanding of the realities of the “War on Terror”. I encourage them to spend some time viewing the graphic photos included here, along with the text. Here is the source of the information and photos. I can think of no better way to absorb the reality of war, with the exception of actively participating, than this site provides. Please provide a link to everyone you know who supports this mindless slaughter. (more…)

do you believe in magic?

Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a conjecture or premise to be true and confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.

In Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen says, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” This is often quoted in mockery of the common ability of people to entertain and maintain beliefs contrary to facts, evidenced in a myriad of ways today, some of which we’ll be exploring.

We exist in a three dimensional reality in which all matter is contained in the confines of width, depth and height. Many great minds (including the late, great Carl Sagan) believe(d) there is a forth dimension and probably an endless number of dimensions. We are unable to picture them because we are trapped in a 3-D reality and even the forth dimension remains an abstract concept. But it’s not just a matter of space. There’s also the matter of time. (more…)

The Universal Golden Rule

The Ten Commandments (the commonly quoted ones, not the real commandments in Exodus 18-28) are the cornerstone for the conduct of Christians. You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in the single commandment known commonly as the Golden Rule: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (more…)

The power of belief

The power of belief has been embraced by millions of people, some of whom may have seen whatever it was they believed coming to fruition.  Here’s a great example of how belief without question can be destructive.  This was sent to me by a woman I know well, along with 20+ people on her “forward” list.  I thought of her as kind, caring and intelligent.  She professes to be a practicing Christian, a Catholic.  This is a direct result of the Islamaphobia that was generated by 9/11 and the “War on Terror”.  It’s a chilling demonstration of how easy it is to have millions of people believe something that’s not true.  It is followed by my reply to her, and then, after no response, to her mailing list. (more…)

What is Truth and why should we care?

Much of what seems real only exists because enough people believe it. Our culture is based on a number of core beliefs. I am a hard core skeptic and a seeker of the truth. I continue to avoid joining groups as it inevitably means accepting their beliefs, which is what they hold in common and make them a group. I choose knowing over believing and am not afraid to say “I don’t know”. (more…)

What we Believe is our Reality

Belief is a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true. Many of our beliefs were taught to us in school and through family and friends and influences like television. Most were simply accepted without question and continue to shape our individual realities.belief

We exist in a three dimensional reality in which all matter appears to be confined in width, depth and height. Many great minds (including the late Carl Sagan) believe(d) there is a forth dimension and probably an endless number of dimensions. We are unable to picture them because we are trapped in a 3-D reality and even the forth dimension remains an abstract concept. (more…)