Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rationalizations

Some people are very intelligent. They get good grades in school.
Eventually they become phDs and start to write books.
Their way of thinking is based on logic and reason
and they come up with very intelligent explanations and worldviews.

The problem is that they also explain things that they don't have a clue about.
They find rational and intelligent explanations also to incomprehensible events.
They should limit their explanations to what they have evidence for, I think.

Why do you feel that you have to, at any price,
come up with rational and intelligent explanations to everything,
also to phenomenons that you have no experience of?
Are you afraid that your rational world would fall apart if you can't find
a logical explanation to the inexplicable?

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Other people are not as clever. They did not get good grades in school
and their explanations and worldviews are usually unintelligent and irrational.
They have to invent gods or spirits to explain what they can't understand.
(Ganesha, Allah, a guardian angel or Jesus Christ intervened in the events, they say.)

So, what would happen if you didn't tried to explain everything?
Would your carefully constructed world begin to crumble?
Why do you feel that you have to explain synchronicities?
Why do you feel that you have to explain consciousness?
Is the brain a receiver of cosmic consciousness or is it a computer
that manufactures thoughts, ideas and beliefs?
Are synchronicities delusions or are they messages from somewhere?

Why is it so hard for you to say 'I don't know' or ' life is really a mystery?

Friday, August 19, 2016

How are we to live?


Many physicists, just  to mention a few of them: Stephen Hawking,
Brian Greene, Leonard Susskind and Neil deGrasse Tyson,
believe that this universe is not the only one.

The question is, what difference does it make to you, in your life,
if there are innumerable universes out there, or if this is the only one?

What difference does it make to you if there is a God somewhere
or if God is just a fantasy figure?

What difference does it make to you, in your everyday life
if one part of you lives on after death or if no part of you is eternal?

Would these different beliefs change anything in your way of life?

Things that are important in our daily lives, are what is important, I think,
not what is going on in other universes or what is happening to us after death.

How are we to live?

Are greed, vengefulness, self deception and lies useful strategies?

Is it important to get rich, no matter how?

Is 'survival of the richest' a fundamental natural law?

It seems to me that physicists, religious and spiritual people
as well as militant atheists
care too much about matters that are not of vital importance.

Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett never confront
the irrational ideas and beliefs behind Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism.
They devote their lives to debunk religious nutcases.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The search for serenity


Accept the things you can't change,
change the faults and failings that is possible to change
and try to find out, seriously, what is changeable and what is not.

It's possible to stop smoking.
It's not easy but it is possible.
Many nicotine addicts have managed to give up smoking.

Even many heroin addicts have been able to stop taking drugs.

It's possible to stop lying to oneself.
It's possible to stop making a pig of oneself.
It's possible to get off the bandwagon and ignore the rat race.

It's possible to leave a religious faith, a religious sect,
a confession, a worldview or a political platform,
without adopting another belief system or mind set.

But it is not possible to change the past.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thin places

I heard about the "thin places" on the radio and then I read about such places on the Internet.

“There is a Celtic saying that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places that distance is even smaller. A thin place is where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted.”

Interesting! However, I don't think that a thin place is a geographical place. I think it is a short sequence of your life. You get a glimpse of something. You can not spend the rest of your life there. You have to continue your journey. You have to live your life here, on this side.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tribalism

Humans are pack animals.
We feel lost and bewildered without a group and a leader.
We've been put together in this way by the biological and social evolution.

Someone has to tell us how to think and what to do.
Someone has to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

A strong political leader can lead his troop straight to hell if he feels like it
and the troop is so grateful that someone shows them the way.
Soldiers follow orders.
Spiritual seekers love to sit at the feet of a guru and listen devoutly at drivel.
The great majority, those with a more formal religious orientation,
goes to a Church, a mosque or a synagogue to listen to their particular truths.
A famous pop star can make a large audience hysterical.
A skilful hypnotist can make you think you are Napoleon.

We need good role models, they say.
But who is a good role model?
Bill Cosby? Mother Teresa?
How can we know beforehand that we're not hoodwinked?

However, free will, pioneering, wakefulness and questioning
are also in our being
but these traits are heavily suppressed by the majority rule.

It is possible to break the spell of biological and social conditioning
if you put your back into it
but you will not gain anything from this effort.
On the contrary, you will become outcast and despised.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Stop bothering about the climate change


Why did the Roman empire fall?
Was it because of the moral and cultural decay, the corrupt emperors, 
the plague, the civil wars, the rise of Christianity, 
the division of the empire
or was it because of the increasing attacks by barbarians?

Why did the Mayan civilization collapse?
and The Harappan, The Minoan, The Mycenaean,
The Ancient Egyptian, The  Babylonian...

Why do civilizations collapse?
Is every civilization destined to fall?

Maybe it is inevitable that also this our global civilization will crumble.
Maybe this is a natural process.
If this is so, maybe we should stop bothering about the climate change.

Do what you want.
Skip all your environmental concerns.
You can continue to drive your petrol consuming car without bad concience.

If you feel like it, if it makes you feel better,
you can of course adopt a more environmental friendly life style.
but it will not make any difference for our planet
because only a very small minority will follow your example.

Exploit poor people and nature in order to become rich.
Hide your selfishness behind charity.
Do whatever you can to get more money.
Or, if it makes you feel better,
repent, sell what you have and give to the poor.

Do what you want.
Embrace whatever  belief system that makes you happy.
Don't question yourself. Or, if you feel like it,
start questioning your self.

Do what you want.
'Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.'

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Stop picking on Trump

There are millions and millions of assholes here on this planet.
Donald Trump is not the only one.

It's not only politicians who are dishonest
and it's not only on Wall Street where you can find crooks.
There are wolves in sheep's clothing everywhere.

Decent people are not always decent
and benevolent people are not always benevolent.

I'm not always truthful and kind.
How about you?

If you start to examine your mind you would probably become horrified.