Thursday, March 27, 2008

Absurdity of Prayer

The concept of prayer is absurd whether you believe in God, or not.

Prayer is asking God for something you want. Sure, it could be thanking Him, or praising Him, or talking to Him in general, but the basic premise of prayer is to gain something you want.

There are many beliefs about how prayer works. Claiming that you need to have enough faith is a convenient back-door rationalization to explain away why you didn't get what you ask for.

Here is why this one is B.S.: Imagine the "Creator" of all things sitting on His throne in heaven. He hears a request from a mother to save her child from a life-threatening disease. God considers the faith of the requestor....oh...too mustard seed short of enough faith. Sorry, the child has to die.

Scenario 2: An 8 year old girl asks for a pony. It's hardly possible to have more faith than a child. They haven't lived long enough to know any better. So God sees the request come through, and sees it needs to be approved due to the pure faith of the requester.

Does that seem reasonable? I don't think so either. So let's just rule out the whole faith-based argument.

Another rationalizations for prayer failing: It's not God's will.

So if it IS God's will, it will be done and there is no need to ask. If it's NOT, then asking does no good.

Maybe if enough people with strong enough faith all ask for one thing, God will "change His plans" and grant it. I guess we can rule this out, since millions have been praying for world peace since day 1, and it's never been granted.

Prayer: "God, please watch over me on my trip, and see that I arrive safely."
God: "hmm....well....I WAS planning on you dying in a horrible crash, but since you asked nicely, I guess we can avoid that. Good thing you asked! ;)"


Prayer: "God, please let me win the lottery."
God: "The Faith is strong with you! Curse you! Must....grant.....wish....."


Prayer:"God! WHY? Why did you let my dog get hit by a car?"
God: "Cut me some slack, how did I know you didn't want that to happen? You never asked Me to protect your dog. Besides, I can't be bothered with such trivial matters unless your faith is at level 27, minimum."

I hope the above scenarios highlight the ridiculousness of prayer.

If you claim that prayer is simply good for mental meditation...I'll buy that, but that's all it could be good for, unless you believe in the type of God I portrayed in the above scenarios.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Eternal Life? Maybe :)

You may be surprised to see that I consider the possibility after previous posts, but read on, as there is a logical basis for this thought.

The very fact we are here now....that there IS something at all in this universe is proof that there always has been and always will be something.

The laws of the universe have brought about the world and life as we know it today.

Since we are dealing with eternity, or infinity... all that is possible WILL occur, no matter how improbable. Infinity trumps all improbable odds.

So, in theory, all that has happened will happen again. If there is a truly random element to existence, then all possible deviations of what has happened will happen again as well....and not only happen again, but happen again an infinite number of times!

This should go without saying, but since you cease to exist after you die, there is no perception of time. You never notice the billions of years between existences. Not that there is a "you" to "notice" time passage, but you catch my drift.

What's the Point?

After reading the preceding entries, one may wonder, "What is the point of it all? Why bother? Meaninglessness is so depressing."

To them I would say:

1) Ultimately, you do what you want despite knowing it is all meaningless. Knowing something does not necessarily cause you to act differently. The perfect example of this is diet and exercise. We all KNOW it's good for us, but all to often we don't exercise or eat right.

2) If you know a movie will end, and has a predetermined ending, does that stop you from going to see it? No. You go to the movie to enjoy the experience as it unfolds.

3) Should death with no afterlife be depressing? No. Are you depressed when you think about your non-existence back before you were born? Did it make you sad to not be with loved-ones before you were born? Was that a cold, dark, lonely time? No. It was nothing.

In my next post I will actually explore the possibility of eternal life :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Life Is An Illusion

Since everything is simply a result of nature's laws at work, things that we call "alive" are just results of chemical/physical reactions of matter. We have come to use "life" as a term that does nothing more than categorize such things so we can quickly grasp what someone is referring to when speaking of "life".

Proof of the illusion can be found by examining things that tend to fall within the definitions of life (by the way there IS NO universal definition of life) yet are clearly things we don't consider alive. Take fire for example. It grows, consumes oxygen, reproduces, responds to stimuli etc. Yet we don't think of it as alive.

A computer program can be made to grow, reproduce, respond to stimuli, etc. Yet that's not considered alive either.

Since there are such wide varieties of physical and chemical reactions in the universe, we can't make one concept applicable to only some and not others.

"Life" is just a term that early man used to describe himself and other things that showed similar characteristics (eating, sleeping, breathing, etc.) As more things were considered, the definition became harder to pin down. Because nature doesn't care how we categorize it or define it. It just is.

So when these reactions stop taking place, "life" as we know it is over. "Life" after death thus becomes a ridiculous concept. If everything I say, do, and think, requires these physical reactions to be taking place, what is it that could possibly go on "being" once these reactions stop? It would be like saying once a fire is put out, it moves on to a higher plane of existence where it continues to burn. Or, once a tuning fork stops vibrating, it continues vibrating somewhere else.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Love Does Not Exist

Well, it's a catchy title, but needs qualification.

"Love" as a defined word, exists. But "love" as some sort of power unto itself does not exist.

It's hard to define love. Every person, in fact, makes their own decisions on what they believe love is based on how they have heard the word used throughout their lives. We are brainwashed by books and movies our entire lives to believe that love is something bigger than ourselves.

Here is how it is an illusion: in truth, you don't "love" another person, you "love" how they make you feel. Those chemical reactions are capable of taking place inside your body without that other person. That's why it is absolutely possible to love many people. You don't run out of it or spread it too thin, it's simply the way others make you feel inside.

Another proof of this is: "love" is memory dependent. If you suddenly lost your memory, you would not love anyone you heretofore loved. This is because you would not remember how they had made you feel inside. Memory is nothing more than chemical/biological processes taking place in your brain.

This is why wedding vows are ridiculous. You are promising to always love someone as if it's a choice. You can't choose to love something. It has to make you feel good inside. If you got hit on the head and forgot everything about your spouse, but saw a video of the wedding where you made your vows, could you then immediately choose to have all the feelings of love for that person? No.

Wedding vows, under the law of reason, should therefore be modified to something like: "I promise I will TRY to love so and so....", or "I sure HOPE I will love this person forever.", etc.

If at some point in the future, you find out that everything the person said and did was a lie, would you still love them? If, in truth, they had been acting all along in order to "win" your love so they could inherit your money, for example, could you choose to love someone who was not who you thought they were? Course not.

People can be so charming and act so deceptive in order to win a spouse, that they completely mask their true selves. This is why divorce is so common. Sometimes, people just stop liking each other.

It's not until you've been with your spouse a few years that you begin to know who they truly are. Even then, people can go through dramatic changes in their lives. Just look at how different you are now from when you were a kid, a teen, etc.

I used to LOVE Sesame Street. Now? Not so much. What happened?? I CHANGED!

So love is just a word made up to describe feelings....aka chemical reactions in your brain.

Now TRUE LOVE is something different. It is a power unto itself and is a bond that no man can set asunder. It is often found by SOUL MATES. SOUL MATES are souls that are constantly being reincarnated, and seek each other out in each physical incarnation. EVIL is a force that seeks to keep SOUL MATES separate....just because EVIL likes to make people sad.

The above paragraph was written in a sarcastic manner in order to highlight the absurdity of the existence of such capitalized forces. It was not intended to be taken literally or to reflect the true thoughts of this blogger. This blogger takes no responsibility for you reading and then believing such nonsense, and hopes that you will use logic and reason to notice the non-existence of such things.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Proof That You Are Brainwashed

Newborns are the only ones capable of viewing the world as it truly is. Pure sight, sound, and feelings without judgment.

We, on the other hand, are so programmed by our surroundings that it is nearly impossible to see without bias.

Who among you can look at these words and see just shapes without meaning? If they were written in Chinese, they would be meaningless to most of us who are unfamiliar with that language. But once you learn something, you can't simply unlearn it. Which is why we should be careful about what we teach or children. It is so easy to shape the human mind. Religions are adept at molding minds. Society in general molds minds.

See this thing: :) ?

20 years ago it would have been nothing more than a colon and a parentheses. Now, it can only be seen as a smiley face. You've been programmed. You can never see that as anything but a smiley face ever again.

The best you can do is be aware of the programming and learn to see programming attempts.

News is a perfect example. Persons delivering the news talk in a way that is different than ordinary conversational speech. They inflect in ways that are designed to make themselves sound more believable and authoritative. If not careful, we can easily fall into the trap of automatically believing what they say just because of the way they said it. They could read ingredients for chicken soup in such a way as to make it sound important and menacing. Be aware.

Remember the New Jersey Governor announcing that he was a "Gay American"? He did it with such authority and voice inflection that it barely raised an eyebrow. He could have said that he liked to do the Chicken Dance naked while watching Teletubbies and it would have been just as well-recieved.

And notice he include "American". He didn't say "I'm gay." That would have been laughable. But simply saying "Gay American" gave the revelation an air of superiority and pride, making the admission more acceptable even though the message was the same. See how you were manipulated?

So think for yourself. Question everything.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reasoning With Lesser Humans

Are you an idiot?

Nobody will ever honestly answer "yes" to that question.

Yet, clearly we all know that the human race is filled with idiots. Idiots who don't know they are idiots. And you can't convince them that they are idiots either. No matter how powerful your case against them, they cannot be convinced that they are idiots. They see the world through their own boundaries of perception.

That's why message boards can be so annoying. You start to try to reason with one idiot, then several more eventually chime in, and the whole undertaking becomes a pointless waste of time.

That's the beauty of blogs. You have the power to turn responses to your posts on and off.

I'll leave mine on for now, until the idiots start to chime in.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

It All Boils Down To This

Ready for the ultimate truth of humanity?

Here it is: we are nothing more than biological robots.

Everything we are and do is a result of chemical/biological reactions. Everything that makes you think otherwise is an illusion. You are a slave to your own wants, and you can never be free from them. They are your "programs" that you must follow.

When you have followed the path of reason long enough, you eventually come to this truth. When you have swum the sea of humanity and slowly risen above the societal mind and societal beliefs, you will breech the surface and see everything quite clearly. You will see a few others swimming with you at the surface, but the majority of society is below you, unaware that there even is a surface, let alone how to get there.

It is then that you start to see the lies and deceptions all around you.

It is then that you can free yourself from them.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Nature Is Cruel

And people are ignorant.

At this very moment, countless millions of creatures are dying on the planet. From the deepest depths of the oceans, to the far reaches of endless deserts, and everything in between, organisms are completing their cycle of life.

Nature is never merciful when it deals its final blow. Animals in the wild do not die peacefully or pain free. They are victims of starvation, disease, or predation. The most merciful of these is predation because it is the quickest. Of all predators, Man is the most merciful.

Hunters grant their prey the quickest most pain free method of death.

Animal rights activists such as the folks at PETA are extremely narrow minded and naive when they criticize hunting. If they really care about animals, they should be grateful for the hunting community. There is not a more merciful way for an animal to die in nature.

So the next time you step on a bug, pause to consider that you just blessed a creature with an instant, painless death, nod your head knowingly, and whisper, "You're welcome."

Saturday, March 8, 2008


My gift of superhuman insight and my B.S. detector allowed me to rise above years of religious brainwashing. It is now quite obvious that most religions are nothing more than superstitions contrived by man. We should all know you can't put blind faith in the teachings of men.

Religion is not necessarily a bad thing. If it brings you happiness, embrace it. If it brings you misery, reject it. Sort of like a movie. You go to enjoy the show, and leave the theater feeling good. But if you then devote your life to becoming a Jedi Master, then you'll just waste your life trying to force-pull the remote off the coffee table..

Why Reason?

I read a post once that asked the question: "Why put so much value on reason, as opposed to, say, feelings?"

The first response was perfect: "Would you like a reasonable answer?"

Jesus Loves You

But don't feel special--he loves everybody...kind of like a puppy.