There are beliefs that people take for granted as true without ever questioning them. In this series those questions will be asked in order to see if they can hold up to what we perceive them to be. It is not about discovering whether their main concept is true or not, but rather to find out if what we believe about them can stand up under the scrutiny of logic and reason. Let’s find out.
Ask a million different people what god’s physical appearance is and you’ll get a million different answers, ranging from fairly similar to different as day and night. This article will deal with the question of what his physical (or non-physical) attributes are.
What does God look like?
Many believe that their god looks like a man, similar to the one in the image above. But, there’s a real problem with that image. Why would a god need a nose, for example? Does he need to breathe? If he needs to breathe, doesn’t it go without saying that he could suffocate and die? The same goes for him having a mouth. If he needs a mouth, it would imply that he also needs a throat and a stomach… So, he either needs to eat or starve to death. Or, he could choke on something and die. This calls into question the idea that god made man in his image and likeness.
A Being Of Light
There is an idea that god is a being made of pure light – energy. It doesn’t take a physicist to know that energy must have a continuous supply from a source, or else it will just burn itself out. Turn off a light switch, and the light goes out. Does this sound like a god to you?
God is Nothing
Another belief if that god is nothing. He is a non-physical being that lives outside of space and time. The problem with this is that his knowledge has to be stored somewhere. Just as information has to be stored on the hard drive of your computer, so too must a god have a storage space, or a physical brain with synapses and neurons. A state of nothing cannot hold information such as thoughts and memories.
Again, this is not about deciding on whether a god exists or not, but logic and reason dictates that he is not any of the things mentioned. We have to try to redefine what a god is.
Five thousand years ago there was government corruption, war, rape, child abuse, disease, addiction, insanity, poverty, racism… The rich got richer. People worked to survive. They believed in gods, and that the gods gave them a purpose.
Now you can repeat the above line for four thousand years ago, two thousand years ago, one thousand, and even today.
In at least five thousand years not a damn thing has changed. We are merely actors playing the same roles as those in the last generation. Each generation is a repeat of the previous one; the only difference being that each generation is given more sophisticated toys to play with. We traded in our spears for arrows, then muskets, which turned into high-powered rifles, canons, and nuclear missiles. And yet, we humans haven’t changed one bit. We are still causing war, terrorism, crime, hatred, and greed. When you exit this stage someone else will take over your role. You and I (along with the seven billion other performers) aren’t doing anything special or unique.
And if humans exist five thousand years from now there will be government corruption, war, rape, child abuse, disease, addiction, insanity, poverty, racism… The rich will get richer. People will work to survive. They will believe in gods, and that the gods will give them a purpose.
The one thing people really don’t understand is evolution. Evolution doesn’t have a direction, and it doesn’t stop. It’s like a random wave that continuously rolls through each species, changing them according to their need and their environment. Our presence as homo sapiens on this planet is due to random mutations and changes in habitat. We weren’t planned, and that random wave is always with us. We are still changing. Have a look at the images of the people below. If they look different now, just imagine how different their descendants might look from each other a few million years from now (if we survive that long). There are no guarantees that we will even remain human, or intelligent, for that matter. Whatever you are right now, however important you think you are, is irrelevant. We are just creatures of this Earth and we will always be subject to the whims of its ever-changing climate and ecological system. So, whether we blow ourselves up, go extinct, or evolve into some other kind of animal, we’re just passing through, folks.
3. Wasting Our Brains
Of a pot shop, a book store, and a liquor store, which one do you think has the best chance of going out of business? Of course, the book store. Why are we so determined to mentally shut down and focus on those things that do nothing to improve our intellectual state of being? How can life be that boring when there’s a whole universe of knowledge and mysteries to explore? What is the point of living if not to expand our minds? Drugs, booze, playing mindless video games, and covering ourselves in ugly green ink is a total waste of our brains and our lives.
4. Holiday Madness
Maybe the holidays made sense when they first came into being, but they’ve definitely gone off the rails since then. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s for cultural, or religious reasons (or whatever), the one thing we never question is the phrase that goes with these holidays: “It’s the season for giving.”
Giving? When you sit around the table with family while enjoying your feast fit for a king (a feast you could enjoy almost every day of the year), did you remember to donate anything to the local food pantry to help the poor? Oh yes, why just last year we donated a can of carrots. Well, how wonderful of you (yes, that’s sarcasm)!
When doing your Christmas shopping if you buy gifts for YOUR wife, YOUR children, YOUR family, YOUR friends, YOUR dog…this isn’t giving. And though it’s good for the economy, it’s definitely not the intent behind “It’s the season for giving.” Especially when you come out of a store after spending a thousand dollars on gifts for your loved ones, and you are so overwhelmed with the Christmas spirit that you drop all of your loose change into the Bell Ringer’s little red kettle. How generous of you! Maybe the phrase should be changed to “It’s the season for sheer and utter selfishness.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2021 WOOHOO! The Earth went around the sun for 365 days! Um, as was pointed out earlier, not a thing has changed in 2,000 years. So, what’s so great about New Year’s? Also, you do realize that the Earth has orbited the sun approximately 4.5 billion times, right? Nothing about this holiday makes sense.
And how about Halloween? You know, the one day we give out candy to the kids because it’s just so darn hard for them to make it to the local convenience store on the other 364 days of the year. It’s pure foolishness.
5. SPOILER ALERT! Everybody dies
It is estimated that a hundred billion people have come and gone before us. And of those, only a handful have made it into the history books. So, think about it, if you gave birth to children then, yes, your bloodline will move forward. Unfortunately, you will not. There are seven billion people on the planet right now. In less than 150 years after the day you die, all seven billion will be gone. And that includes the babies being born on the day you kick the bucket, as well as your own kids. There will literally be no one alive at that time that have ever met you. All of your struggles and joys and adventures will be completely forgotten. It will be as if you never even existed. Knowing this, think about all the arguments and moments of sadness you will experience for nothing. Hopefully, knowing that your name won’t even come up in a dinner conversation will make your big problems seem a lot smaller from now on, and your small problems won’t be worth the shed of even a single tear. Don’t take this life too seriously, because we all end up in a place like the picture below – dead, gone, and forgotten.
Now, everything written in that article is probably true, but it’s time to accept that as human animals (because that’s all that we are — animals) we can be conditioned from a young age to accept the most horrid actions and beliefs as perfectly natural. Think of the children of Germany that were taught to hate the Jews and turn in their own parents for protecting them. Think of the Muslims being taught that it’s okay to cut off someone’s head, to rape women and children, and marry girls that are closer to being babies than they are to being adults (and that is still going on in today’s world).
Unfortunately, we are not born with a sense of right and wrong. Nor are we intrinsically blessed with the gifts of reason and rationality. So, for the sake of this argument please do not think of our founding fathers as white people doing white people things. I ask this because it would be such an ignorant mistake to think that all other races are innocent of such atrocities. Owning slaves and raping women and children is not exclusive to the white folk. Blacks have owned slaves. Blacks have raped. And if given the opportunity, there are a lot of blacks that would enslave whites. So, please, let’s put the color of our skin away and really look at what went on when humans first brought slavery into North America.
The first slave ship arrived in North America in 1619. That was 157 years before The United States of America was formed. People married young back then, so before the U.S. was founded at least 7 generations had already been raised and conditioned to accept slavery as the norm. So, come 1776 and the formation of our country, slavery wasn’t considered right or wrong. Except for a handful of abolitionists, people put no more shame into owning a black man than to owning a cow. It’s just the way things were. And, if people living today were brought up in that environment they would have been conditioned to think no more of it either.
Did you ever stop to consider that if we hadn’t become a country of our own, if we had stayed with Britain, there would probably still be slavery on the North American continent? It is the formation of the United States that led to the end of slavery. For without the United States there would have been no civil war. With no civil war there would have been no freeing of the slaves.
Fast forward to 1865, the 13th amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the United States. But this only took place because 360,000 (mostly white) northern soldiers gave their lives so that all American slaves would be free.
So, from 1776 to 1865 there were slaves in the United States. That’s just 89 years, where slavery in other parts of the world lasted for thousands of years, and in one form or another still exists today.
Why isn’t this something to be proud of? In just 250 years our country has gone from brutal savagery and ignorance to giving each individual more freedoms than is bestowed upon citizens by any other country in the world.
So, yes, slavery in the United States was definitely a bad bad thing that was given to us before we even became a country. But, shouldn’t we hold ourselves in the highest of regards for ending it? I don’t know about you, but I’m very proud of that fact.
Regardless of our founding father’s own ignorant beliefs they still somehow managed to get it right on the most important document that our way of life is now based on — the Constitution.
Where is the profit in teaching our children to hate our country? We rose from the depths of depravity to become one of the greatest nations ever to exist — teach them that!
There are beliefs that people take for granted as true without questioning them. In this series those questions will be asked in order to see if they can hold up to what we perceive them to be. It is not about discovering whether their main concept is true or not, but rather to find out if what we believe about them can stand up under the scrutiny of logic and reason. Let’s find out.
Things to do (or not do) in heaven
Do People Eat?
What is paradise without the finest cuisine? I couldn’t imagine going through all of eternity without a good pizza, or a juicy steak, or a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning. If people eat, where does the food come from? Are some people forced to work farms? Do people have to go food shopping? Do they have to pay for the food? Do they have to cook it? Or, does it just magically appear? Some might say that people absorb the energy (ingest the good vibes) straight from god. To be honest, if those good vibes don’t come with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy then I want no part of it.
2. After they eat…
Okay, they’ve had a good meal. Does the food get digested? Do people have to pee and take a dump? Do they ever get diarrhea, or get constipation? Do people ever cut a raunchy fart in heaven? Are there bathrooms? If yes on the bathrooms, where does the waste go? Is there a massive septic system capable of handling a daily poop and pee from everyone throughout all of eternity?
Another opinion is that people are not made of flesh and bone in heaven. They’re just energy connected to god. What, no bacon and eggs? No Sunday morning on the throne with a good book or a newspaper? And you call that heaven?
What about showering? Do people get dirty in heaven? Do they get oily hair and pimples? Do they need to put on deodorant? Who washes the towels and dirty clothes?
3. What are they wearing?
Speaking of clothing in heaven, who makes them? How much do they get paid? Do they sell the fabric by the yard? Do they sew them by hand or do they have sewing machines run by electricity in heaven?
4. Is there sadness in heaven (feelings, whoa whoa whoa)?
Pretty much everyone in their lifetime will have heard the question of, If someone makes it into heaven, but their son or daughter is roasting in hell, how can this parent experience the joys of living in paradise? Some believe that people in heaven are stripped of the ability to feel anything except joy. If this were true, then we would no longer be who we were on Earth. We’d be completely different people. So, what’s the point of struggling on Earth, only to be stripped of emotional pain, greed, and ambition in heaven?
It pretty much goes without saying that we need to do some serious work on forming a rational, unified concept of that place we’re supposed to spend an eternity in. If we make it there.
There is a planet with oceans and land and air. Only, on this planet there are living marbles (yes, marbles — Oh, just go with it). At one point in time the marbles were living in just the oceans. They could communicate with one another, and one of their conversations went something like this:
A red marble complained, “This is boring! All I can do is roll around and create more marbles.”
“Agreed,” said a blue one. “We are single marbles, so lets join together to create complex combinations of marbles.”
All the marbles agreed, with one combination looking like the image below.
Now, you might be thinking, “Oh, he’s making a fish.” NO! It is not a fish. It is merely a combination of marbles using a particular design that helps them swim. But, that is not the only arrangement of marbles. They had a brilliant idea to make as many different designs as they could think of; the idea being that if one or more combinations were to go extinct, there would always be other designs, thereby ensuring the survival of marbles until their planet could no longer sustain life.
After the passing of some time one of the collections of marbles noticed that there was a place where the water ended and the dry land began. And, on that dry land were more collections of marbles. Some of them were stacked, one on top of the other to make fields of green. Others were piled into great marble trunks with branches and green marble leaves that seemed to touch the sky. There were crawling marbles, scurrying marbles, and even flying marbles.
At some point, millions of years into their future, some of the marbles said, “Let us make a collection of marbles that can walk on two legs. We will also join together as arms and use these forms to build houses that will keep us safe from the elements. We will build vehicles that will make it easier and quicker to reach our food supplies.”
Now, all we have to do is switch marbles for living cells and this story becomes about our own planet, and our place in it.
It would be incorrect to say that we are made of cells. The right way to say it is that we ARE cells, and that we are the design (the vehicles) they use to serve their own purpose. Think of it this way, if two friends grabbed onto each other’s ankles to tumble, would you call them a ball? No, they are two individuals that joined together to act as a ball, just as our cells grab onto each other to act as humans.
So, you see, a bear is not a bear, but a collection of cells. A flower is not a flower, but a collection of cells. And, you are not a human, but rather (yep) a collection of cells. We exist in this human form only to serve the cells.
In the above image a cell is dividing. Again, cells like this is not what you are made of, but rather, cells like this is what you ARE.
The following 6 minute clip is a time lapse of a single cell replicating until all of the cells take on the form of a salamander. Again, it’s not a salamander, but a collection of cells that took on that form.
The above image is a picture of you, me, and everyone else on the planet. The human body is just an attachment we use to take our minds from one experience to the next. You are not black or white, male or female, tall or short, or even fat or skinny. That gray matter is all that we are. It’s where all of our hopes and dreams and thoughts (be they wise or ignorant) are stored. It’s where (as Martin Luther King, Jr. suggested) the content of our character resides.
Here in the 21st century too many people focus on the body, with an utter disregard for the mind. It is the last place they look to for self improvement. They attempt to make themselves more interesting by getting tattoos, body piercings, dye their hair, pump up their muscles or get breast implants and Botox injections. And yet, when all of the physical alterations are done they are still the same person. When they open their mouths to speak they reveal that they haven’t changed at all.
No matter how trivial or complicated, if you want to impress people then you really really need to learn something new every day. It would be like tattooing information on your brain, and THAT’S COOL!
We humans have built a wall of lies so high that we can’t even see over the top. We live each day with our heads filled with falsehoods and misconceptions. Don’t worry, though. Living in a non-reality is not really a bad thing, considering that I’m about to tell you the truth about how useless and irrelevant you are. So, if you really are useless and irrelevant (which you are), then living in a fairy tale isn’t much of a crime, now is it?
Let’s get to it. Here are all of the things that you are NOT.
You are not unique.
How in the world did we ever get the idea that, as individuals, we are truly one of a kind? With seven billion people on the planet, if you (and I) were gems our value would be around a penny a piece. Are you going to school? Then count yourself as one of a billion-or-so students. Do you have a penis, or breasts and a vagina, well that would only make you one in about 3.5 billion. Are you pregnant? Did you know that about 385,000 babies are born each day? Nothing unique about that. So, while people are telling you that you are unique, there are billions of people thinking, feeling, loving, hating, struggling…just like you. Me telling you that you are not unique is not an insult — it just is what it is. Nobody is unique.
You are not special.
Okay, there are some special people in the world. The guy that came up with E=MC². The woman that discovered radium. Even Samuel J. Porcello is special; without him we wouldn’t have Oreo cookies.
So, what have you invented? Discovered? Achieved? Don’t sweat it if you haven’t accomplished anything. I haven’t either. And, neither have most of the hundred-billion people that have come and gone before us.
Your body is not your temple.
Okay, starting from the top down, our hair gets oily. We get huge pimples on our scalp, as well as the ones on our face, back, butt, and other parts of the body. We grow ear wax, collect gunk in our eyes, snot in our nose, and cough up thick phlegm. We sneeze, burp and have rotten breath. Our arm pits sweat and stink. We fart, shit, and piss, with the women bleeding and the men oozing fluids from their nether regions. Our feet can also stink.
Temple? Our bodies are disgusting!
You do not have a higher purpose.
What purpose would that be? If we are supposed to be caretakers of the Earth, um, when will we start because what we’re doing resembles more of a deadly virus than caretakers. We pollute the land, air, and water. We’re cutting down whole forests to make more room for us. We’re driving other species into extinction. Does this sound like a higher purpose to you? If we have a purpose, the evidence shows that that purpose is to destroy everything we touch.
We are not beings of spiritual light made into flesh.
What does that mean, exactly? If we are made of spiritual light then why can’t we remember any part of that existence before we took on these bacteria and disease ridden bodies? If that higher state of being is so great then why did we leave it? We are stuck in a world of natural violence (everything killing and eating everything else), in a world where the soil is made of 3.5 billion years of dead vegetation, blood, rotting animals, and animal poop. If we were once beings of light then we had to have escaped that state out of desperation; so that realm had to have been even worse this one. For no being of light, in his right mind, would want to live on this disgusting planet, in these pathetic bodies.
What you ARE.
Rub your stocking feet on a carpet, then touch some metal. Did you see that spark? That’s you. You are a speck of energy that will quickly blink out and be completely forgotten. It will be like you never even existed. So, while you’re here you might as well enjoy this moment in existence before you go back into non-existence again. Don’t even think about suicide because you’re going to die anyway; living 80 to 100 years is nothing. Just do your time as best you can.
Two thousand years ago there was religion, government, war, crime, disease, hate, racism, greed, suffering, and a lot of ignorant people. Today there is religion, government, war, crime, disease, hate, racism, greed, suffering, and a lot of ignorant people. Nothing has changed. You won’t change anything. The best we can do is pretend that we are worthwhile (which we aren’t), and that everything will eventually get better (which it won’t). But, at least know the truth, that you, and everyone else on the planet, is utterly useless.
Laugh. Love. Try to get along with those going through this meaningless existence at the same time as you, but do so with the understanding that it is all for nothing.
Imagine if humans started out in a real paradise. No sickness. No hunger. No boredom. Just a perfect world. Tell me, what would give them any reason or inspiration to achieve? To invent? They already have everything they need, so what would compel them to learn anything? To strive for something better? They wouldn’t. The following is not a matter of assigning right or wrong or good or bad to our own world; it’s just a matter of ‘it is what it is’. For, like it or not, paradise is not the world we live in. Far from it. So, what are the virtues that rule this world?
Greed is what drives our economy. It’s what generates jobs that pay for your homes and cars and cell phones. Greed puts food on your table and shoes on your feet. Without greed we would have none of the luxuries we enjoy today. Isn’t it funny how greed is so maligned, yet without it we would have nothing.
Brutal ambition and competition
Companies look to destroy each other as they compete for a bigger share of the profits. This drives companies to make their products better, faster, and cheaper. Better for us, the consumer.
Crime is ugly. And yet, it is probably the biggest contributor to every economy in the world. Just imagine what would happen if everyone on planet suddenly became law-abiding citizens? Perhaps billions of people would be out of a job. There’s law-enforcement, the legal system, prison system, counseling for rehabilitation and for the victims. Again, it’s ugly, but it is what it is.
Another big economic contributor is disease. From throat lozenges to cough medicines, the common cold alone is a multi-million dollar a year industry. Add that to cancer research and treatments, doctor visits, hospitals, pharmaceuticals… What a huge job loss it would be if suddenly everyone stopped getting sick.
I know that your initial response to this article is one of utter disgust, but subconsciously you agree with it. You want proof? When is the last time you watched a movie of a perfect family doing perfect things with no strife or struggles to overcome? Talk about boring! You actually WANT to see pain. You WANT to be frightened. You WANT the good guy to kick some ass and win the girl back (and for the good guy to win, there has to be bad guys). Why do you want to see these things? Because without grief and trials and tribulations to overcome, this life would be an intolerable paradise.
Talk about Alice in Wonderland — in our world, sometimes good is bad and bad is really REALLY good.
In this sometimes crazy, chaotic life I have felt compelled to search for the answer to this question: What are we really doing?
Are we here to worship one of the 4,000 ridiculous gods that we have created throughout time (Not your god, of course, yours is the real one!). Are we here to buy that house and car and have cookouts on the weekends? Are we here to work, work, work? War, war, war? Well, I’ve found the answer. I will explain it, but you’re probably going to hate it. Have a look at this picture:
What many people don’t take into consideration is that the first one on the left had babies that grew up to have babies of their own. The descendants of these babies slowly evolved into the next species, that also had babies. If we repeat this idea right up to the image all the way to the right, then we understand that there weren’t just two homo sapiens (modern man) in the beginning. There had to be hundreds, if not thousands of them. This is where our story begins.
The First Spear
One of the first humans picked up a long stick, somehow put a point on it, and threw it. The information about the spear was passed onto the next generation, and the next, and so on. Let me rephrase that: The information about a pointy stick has survived for, roughly, three-hundred-thousand years, and is still going strong. Even five million years from now the people will know of the spear. But, of the personalities and inner struggles of the first humans, none of that information was passed on. All those thousands of lives forgotten, deleted.
The First Farm
At some point in time humans got tired of walking from one food source to the next. They decided to plant the seeds of fruits and vegetables, and they captured young animals from the wild to domesticate for a steady supply of meat. Hence, the first farm was created. The information about farming was passed on from generation to generation. But, of the thousands (maybe even millions by this time) of individuals alive at the time of the first farm, pick one and tell me what his/her favorite fruit was? Were they happy or utterly miserable? What songs did the little girls sing? We know nothing of them. Apparently, that information wasn’t important enough to pass on.
We can repeat these same steps through the invention of the wheel, through the Bronze Age, Middle Ages… The only thing that gets passed on from generation to generation is useful information — knowledge. Point being, we humans aren’t the star of this show, folks. Information is.
Some might suggest that the reason the hundred billion humans that have gone before us have been lost to time is because they didn’t have the tools to write down their stories back then. This is untrue because even today successful biographies are only written about those that have either achieved something, discovered something, or invented something. It’s all about retaining the knowledge. You would be hard pressed to go into a book store and find a biography of a man that just worked forty years in a factory, raised a couple of kids, and then died of old age.
So, just as bees collect honey, and then die, the human animal collects information and then dies. Just who, or what, gets this information in the end, I couldn’t tell you, but it is quite clear that our little daily struggles and overwhelming joys are irrelevant because this life is not about us. We, too, shall be completely forgotten in just about a hundred years from the day we die. At that point our names won’t even come up in a dinner conversation.
Many may find this idea horrifying, that they will be forgotten. But, when we consider how imperfect we are, isn’t it rather comforting to know that our embarrassments and mistakes will not survive the test of time?
Every time I get curious about how CO2 is impacting the Earth’s climate, it seems I always find articles that agree upon one thing: The amount of carbon dioxide in the air is 0.04%. Now, you have to understand just what that number means. If we were to add 0.96 percent to the 0.04 it would total just one percent of a hundred percent. The graph below represents the atmosphere. There are one-hundred squares, so each square represents 1% of the whole. That little black line in the bottom right square is the amount of CO2 in the air. And, that teeny-tiny amount of carbon dioxide is keeping the Earth’s excess heat from seeping out into space? Hey, I’m no climatologist, but this surely offends my common sense.
If we were to turn this graph into a grate that covers a heating duct, and then have experts claim that the little black line is causing your house to heat up more than usual (into dangerous levels), you’d call him crazy (wouldn’t you?).
What I find most odd is the fact that it is well known that plant life NEEDS carbon dioxide in the air — it’s the stuff that forests grow on. So, the question that we and our scientists should be asking is, What would happen to all of Earth’s vegetation if we accidentally decreased the CO2 levels to zero, or close to zero? Would plant life diminish? Completely die off? Now, THAT’S a scary thought.
What’s missing in this whole climate change debate is the answer to how massive amounts of ice has been melting for the last 2.6 million years without any human interference, and how that particular process is separate from what we’re seeing now? How does a few hundred years of human industrialization get blamed for a process that started even before homo erectus evolved into homo sapiens?
What would it take to convince me?
Build two rooms of the same size right next to each other. Clean the air of one room, and make sure the other room has 0.04% CO2. Place highly sensitive temperature monitors in both rooms. If the one with the CO2 heats up more than the clean room, I will be convinced that such a minuscule amount of CO2 can make a difference.
I know I’m wrong, but after hearing the numbers involved, what I would expect the scientific community to be shouting is: