Sunday, August 6, 2017

Worldviews

You hold on to your worldview, like a little kid to a security blanket. 

Don’t be ashamed of your attachment. Have a tolerant approach.

Abrupt removal of the blanket is likely to backfire and make the 
transition process take much longer. 

It’s important to remember that your attachment to your 
transitional object is valid and beneficial.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Identities

It's difficult for Jews and Palestinians to get along.
The same goes for sunni muslims and shia muslims,
right-wingers and left-wingers, born again christians and atheists,
religious fundamentalists and pluralists, bigots and liberals,
spiritualists and materialists, rich and poor, extroverts and introverts, 
educated and uneducated...

Our identities divide us.

But, what is an identity, really? What is it made of?
Ideas? Thoughts? Vivid imagination?

Identities seem so extremely solid and unshakable even though they're not.
Left-wingers can change and become right-wingers,
religious people can become atheists and an atheists can become religious

Nothing is written in stone.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Illusions


If you are sitting on a beach, watching the sunset,
you can clearly see how the sun is sinking down under the horizon, 
how it is moving.

But it's not the sun that is sinking, it's the earth that is turning.
The movement of the sun is an illusion.

You can be fully convinced about something that is completely wrong.  
You can't always trust your senses. You can't always trust your self.

However, sunsets are wonderful even if it's not the sun that is sinking. 
What difference does it make, if the earth revolves around the sun, 
or if the sun revolves around the earth?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

It's all in the mind

What you can see, with your own eyes, is not the reality
but an mental 3D-film created in your brain.

The world doesn't work the way you think it works.
You are not the one you think you are.
You are someone else.

You are holding on to your erroneous worldview, 
like the japanese soldiers who refused to surrender, 
unaware of the fact that it was 50 years since the war was over. 

Your assumptions, convictions and ideas about yourself and the world 
are made of mind stuff, electrochemical activity in your neurons,
which is affected by preconceptions, misconceptions and social conditioning. 

God is a mental construct.
Angels and spirits are fantasy figures.

Electrons quarks and strings are concepts, theoretical models.
They have no substance outside modern physics laboratories.
The reality is an illusion. You are living in a dream world.

We are lost, as if we were lost in a big forest, out in the backwoods.
No one knows where we are so we just keep on walking,
quarreling about which direction we should choose. 
After hours of trudging we end up in the same glade.
We have been walking in circles for thousands of years.

All political systems, religions and philosophies have proved to be useless.

What shall we do?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Good advice

Be positive
Be happy
Be strong
Be healthy
Be fit
Be good looking
Be fortunate
Be competitive
Be smart
Be capable
Be outgoing
Be goal oriented
Be focused
Be successful
Be creative
Be mindful
Don't be fat
Don't be sad
Don't be sick
Don't be old
Don't be frail
Don't be stupid
Don't be clumsy
Don't be awkward
Don't be poor
Don't be ugly
Don't be jealous
Don't be resentful
Don't be miserable
Don't be forlorn
Don't be demoralized
Don't be depressed
Don't be broken-hearted
Don't be lonesome


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dream

Someone is trying to figure out how to open a door but gets frustrated. He is locked out. He is banging and shaking the handle. Has he lost the key or has he never had any?

I want to tell him that he should try a loving approach but realize that that wouldn't work either. The door is locked. Rational thinking, love, or brute force make no difference. I don't know either how to open the door.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fake

Fake news
Fake religion
Fake humanism
Fake art
Fake love
Fake orgasm
Fake sincerity
Fake friendship
Fake care
Fake designer clothing
Fake money
Fake tan
Fake fur

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

God

God is a word that can mean almost anyting.
There are thousands and thousands of different ideas about God,
christian ideas, muslim ideas, hindu ideas...
There are gods for the rich and gods for the poor
gods for hypocrites, for crackpots and for those in despair.

All these different ideas about God can of course not be right.
It's quite possible that all of them are misconceptions.
Maybe God is something entirely different or someone else.

There are also many different atheistic ideas about the world,
how it originated, if it has an origin, how it works.
Are there multitudes of universes out there? What is dark matter?
What is consciousness? What will happen to us when we die?
The scientists speculate, debate and put forward hypotheses
but there is no unanimity among them.

We are all kept in the dark.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The thinking mind

A dream is a dream, a surrealistic night show.
The interpretation of the dream is an interpretation
made of words by the daytime thinking mind.

A work of art is a work of art.
The analysis of the artwork is also created by the thinking mind.

A strange experience, a synchronicity for example,
or some other paranormal experience, is a strange experience.
The explanation for the strange experience is an explanation.

The rational thinking part of the brain is just a small part of the brain
.
This know-it-all part of the brain can find smart explanations for everything.

These words are of course also a fruit of the thinking mind.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Self deception

Dishonesty and self deception are helpful tools. 
They help us to survive.
However, too much of them create serious problems.
You will find yourself in hot water 
if your life is filled to the brim with dishonesty, 
bullshit and self deception.
It's important to, now and then, question oneself.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thoughts

Religion, spirituality and philosophy are made of thoughts.
Without thoughts there would be no religion, spirituality 
or philosophy of life. But what are they made of?
What is a thought, really?A fluctuation in an electromagnetic field? 
Chemical reactions?

What do you experience in the gap between two thoughts?
Well, you can see something, hear something or feel something.

Not having thoughts for a moment 
is not necessarily a mystical experience.

Religious and spiritual people's main interest 
is the world behind the world we live in, the metaphysical realm.
Philosophically minded people are more interested in this world.

This is the reason why we don't get along.
Our thoughts separate us.
Thinking is a mysterious phenomenon.
Nobody knows what thoughts are made of.
They can be silly, stupid, funny, clever, dark, elevated, delusional...
Therefore they must always be examined and questioned.
Is this just stupid stuff or is this thought helpful in some way?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Descent

You will not find anything of value
if you make a visit to the underworld, just junk
like in a damp basement of an abandoned house
moldy clothes and old newspapers
broken shoes, rats nests and spiders.
There is no river down there
and no ferryman.

Nevertheless, some people settle there.
How is that possible?

They've not climbed down there out of curiosity
they've ended up there
and then they've somehow got the idea 
that it is there where they belong.
Isn't it strange?

(There is something within some people
that lure them down into darkness and misery
and there is something that lure them back to everyday life.)

You can´t recommend anyone to go down there
to see for themselves
because there is nothing there to see, or find
even though those who have never been there
clearly lack something
like chattering celebrities in TV shows.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Christian right

George W Bush was born again in 1985.  God told him to go to war against Iraq when he became president. More than 600 000 people died in this war.

The Christian right gave its full support to the American terror bombings in Vietnam. More than 2 million people died.

A priest blessed the crew who dropped the atom bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He later woke up and said: “I never preached a single sermon against killing civilians to the men who were doing it. I was brainwashed! It never entered my mind to protest publicly the consequences of these massive air raids. I was told it was necessary—told openly by the military and told implicitly by my church’s leadership. (To the best of my knowledge no American cardinals or bishops were opposing these mass air raids. Silence in such matters is a stamp of approval.)”

The Christian right in the United States supports Donald Trump. They want to invest even more money on rearmament and more efficient nuclear arms. They want to prepare for the final battle at Armageddon.

They are also opposed to contraception and abortion; they say yes to life. They are filled with eagerness and disseminate the message of love across the world.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Illusions

More than 99.9% of the world is simply empty space, emptiness between the electrons and the nucleus of the atom. Most modern people know this, it's basic. Behind the veil of Maya there is nothing.

The world is an illusion. Without brains there wouldn't be any reality, practically.

There wouldn't be any bad weather or lovely weather, no funny cloud formations, no chirping sparrows, no noisy neighbors with power tools, no nothing.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Well

Some people call themselves Christians, they even go to church on sundays, but they don't turn the other cheek and they lay up treasures for themselves in tax havens.

Others pretend that they are optimistic about the future of mankind.

Dishonest people can denounce dishonesty and hypocrites can critizise hypocrisy.

I lie everyday. However, sometimes I don't. I believe that all people are tricksters that occasionally tell the truth.

How do you find out if someone is sincere? What method do you use? And how do you find out if you're lying to yourself?


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Religious fanatics have taken over the world

Christian fanatics are politically very influential in the US. 

Islamic fanatics in Saudi Arabia and Iran have turned the Middle East and parts of Africa to an inferno. (Syria, Irak, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, northern Nigeria, Somalia...)

Jewish fanatics are occupying parts of the West Bank. Their plan is to create 'Greater Israel', their promised land, which extends all the way to Iraq.

Christian fanatics in the US support the Jewish fanatics because they believe that Jesus will return when the temple in Jerusalem is rebuilt.

George W Bush is a christian fanatic. It was God who told him to violate international law and start the Iraq War. Also many high ranking officers in the US Army are christian, right-wing fanatics.

The christian fanatics voted for Trump. His vice president Mike Pence is a christian right-wing fanatic.

Religious extremist wackos have taken the whole world hostage.

Mainstream folks are holding their breath.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The future

There is one future scenario that is overlooked by social scientists and political philosophers: that humanity will perish.

Sooner or later will some power crazy wacko "press the button". If we don't drown in our own waste first. We struggle frantically to destroy this planet.

All previous civilizations have disappeared and I believe that this global civilization will be the last. Humanity will disappear. All species are dying out in the evolution. Some other lifeform will take over, flies, perhaps, or cockroaches. They have high resistance to radioactive radiation.

This is indeed a dark view of the future but it's not an unlikely view, not at all.

Can you see any light from anywhere? Yes, small groups of people are protesting here and there but they have no political power. Those who have the power are not interested in solving social or environmental problems. They don't want to end the wars. They thrive from war and arms sales.

But they give beautiful speeches and the masses admire them.There is no hope for humankind. The only way to cope is to seek refuge in La La Land.


Monday, January 16, 2017

You blockhead

Stop whining!
Life sucks and then we die.
Yes, this is how it works.
Oh, poor, poor me.
Jesus Christ! Will you never wake up?