Why Seek Relevance?

Does a rock on Mars seek relevance? Does it care? Has it sentience? Of course not. Then is it sentience that prompts a desire for relevance? What is relevance? Is it a desire that others take notice? Is it some need to be important in the scheme of things or others’ lives?

Despite its lack of relevance the rock on Mars continues to exist. It does not poof into a fine powder and dissipate in the thin but swiftly blowing winds of Mars. It is, it remains, it doesn’t care. It can’t care.

People seek relevance. It seems some sort of need perhaps born out of human socializing habits. An emptiness seems to occur when the realization that relevance has been lost. It appears to debilitate many leaving them paralyzed. It is a human flaw. In reality the noticing or not noticing of someone should not affect them. As long as personal relevance is acknowledged functions should continue. Is personal relevance necessary? Why is any relevance necessary? Is the bestowing of relevance a tool used by society to control its members?

Amish that turn away from their faith are shunned by members that remain resolute. This is an effort to control it is plain to see. By extrapolation this can be applied to everyday behavior where people are ignored in order to change or control their behavior.

On the internet there are people seeking relevance daily by saying and suggesting the popular politically correct issues and opinions. There are many sites where the host obviously speaks the right lines and caters the content to please the audience. It is never really confirmed whether the host holds true those things that appear. The host seeks relevance through the accolades of the audience. A human flaw. Without the accolades of an agreeing audience the site eventually withers, the host becoming disinterested. His or her life has been controlled by the shunning actively or inactively applied by the audience. If personal relevance were present or if relevance became irrelevant the postings could continue. The site would continue. Control by others thwarted.

So be a rock, continue, and do not let others control you.

 

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Schadenfreude… A Christian Trait… December 4, 2017

Schadenfreude is a German term that translates “malicious joy”. The malicious joy is taken by one over the miseries suffered by another. It is another example of the human capacity to be cruel.

This past week there was a lot of Schadenfreude expressed in the Senate.McConnell The GOP was carrying out their dream of initiating the destruction of Social Security and Medicare.

A large and mostly ambiguous package of tax cuts designed to fill the pockets of the rich was passed by only Republican senators. Included in this package, in contradiction to Trump’s promise to leave it alone, were massive cuts for both Social Security and Medicare… the lifelines upon which the elderly depend.

Schadenfreude, a sick joy taken when observing or hearing of the suffering of others. This act puts a lie to the proclaimed Christian leaning of the far right, including the Republicans of the Senate. Jesus was from all reports more of a socialist demanding his followers give away all they had to the poor. schadenfreudeYet, these callous and apathetic Senate Republican adhere to capitalism. Capitalism is a system based totally on greed. That is why Capitalism does so well, it feeds the greed, a basic sin. Greed is why these Senate Republicans are puppets of the rich, having been bought by the same. They are most definitely not patriots by any stretch of the word.

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Loathing and Self-Loathing… December 3, 2017….

Yes, this post is once again about that detestable topic: Feminism.

I have been on Facebook for many years. In all that time I have found only one feminist that I respect, one feminist who most definitely does not hate men or boys. That feminist, self-proclaimed, is Christina Hoff Sommers. She alone seems able to see the inequities that feminism has produced. As she has repeatedly said, there truly is a war against boys and men.

All other feminists that I have met online and in person have revealed, sooner or later, a deep-seated hatred of anything male. Many deny this fact. Yet, all have in conversations revealed disgust and hatred toward anything male. There have been no exceptions beyond Sommers.

Many males have stepped forward in support of feminism. All have demonstrated a self-loathing, as one would expect of a feminist.

I will hear no more from feminists. I will not argue with them, I do not even want to talk to them. On Facebook, when I find them I block them, male and female alike. The book is closed on feminism. It is an immoral hate group, yes they are loosely aligned, but taken together as a group, they are nothing but hatred. I pity the man that marries such horrid shams of humanity.

 

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Humanity 101

The more I am exposed to the society of humanity, the less I like humanity and the less I enjoy life.

People speak what they are really thinking on Facebook. It is not a pretty sight. They use expletives, judge other people, condemn other people, figuratively hang other people, and otherwise demonstrate their lack of moral fiber.

Religious are no different than non-religious. Democrats are no different than Republicans. Liberals and Conservatives are two sides to the same coin.

A few people speak about the decline of civilization, in response most say ho-hum. Others make it their business to push humanity into decline.

If there were another choice I would be there in a second.

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It Will Fold Into Itself and Implode… November 26, 2013

Everyone is seeking someway to become a minority, which today receives magnified considerations in the public eye. Extra effort is given to such groups to insure that their rights are paramount… even over the rights of others.

When that group loses some of its power to garner special considerations efforts are made to point out discriminatory practices against that group… even if they have to be fabricated from whole cloth. For a time this renews the group which is favored with more privileges above and beyond other groups and non-groups.

Usually the majority suffers the greatest loss of individual rights and is occasionally openly discriminated against with the public’s blessing.

It can be predicted that eventually there will be a retaliation by the majority which will result in wide division, hatred, and violence.

Society will in effect fold in to itself and implode.

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Groupthink Eliminates Open-mindedness…

It has been said that organizing atheists is like herding cats. They are all so independent. There are no doubt many reasons for this.

Many left the church and aren’t too keen on joining another group.

No two atheists are 100% alike.

The phenomenon known as groupthink causes groups to develop or adopt ideological irrational beliefs for the purposes of getting along.

This last one, groupthink, is the culprit in my opinion. Though it may not deter the formation of atheist groups, it does lead to their demise. As the number of independent thinking atheists abandon ship, those that accept the adopted irrational ideologies become more of a majority. Then the group becomes the ideology, and what was an atheist group becomes something else entirely.

This is in process of all humanist groups. Soon, quite soon I fear, they will be ideologues for feminism. It is already a requirement for membership in that group that you support the edicts of feminism.

I remain an atheist. I am independent. I will never join another belief system… including those that are in danger of becoming one. An “army of one” has new meaning for me.

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Fifty Years? November 13, 2017

Fifty years?
I am not entirely sure that humanity will endure another fifty years.

There are too many factions pushing this way, or pulling that way… consensus that anything is wrong at all, is also not available.

One group makes strides in curbing pollution, another erases that progress by insisting that it won’t hurt to pollute a little more.

Another group negotiates away a perceived Armageddon, it is negated by a group that wants Armageddon.

The only thing at all positive is that the march to annihilation slows a step or two before a headlong rush is resumed.

Some people still retain their idealistic hopes, they recycle, reuse, or go green in some other way. Yet, all of their efforts are for naught, their neighbors throw their trash in the street, keep driving smoke belching old cars, or burn up our planet and its resources in some other way.

A helpless paralysis is observed by an indifferent spectator.

The whole of humanity is doomed… by the whole of humanity.

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Why Do Atheists Argue Against Religion… November 12, 2017

The main reason as I see it is that religion is everywhere and the religious proselytize it constantly. I have been told by Christians that their moldy tome exhorts them to spread the word of their faith. Whenever you see a public meeting starting with prayer, they are proselytizing. Whenever you see someone praying in public, in direct conflict with what their tome dictates, they are proselytizing. If you seen a nativity scene at a church, or read in the paper about prayers being requested for so and so, or a deceased person’s obituary claiming that they have gone to heaven, Christians are proselytizing. They may not see it as such, but it is on public display and promotes their belief system. 

When you accept faith in place of science all inquiry by science is stunted, sometimes halted entirely. Why search for answers to questions about origins of life and its proliferation once you’ve been told “God did it”?

There are monied special interests attacking the curricula of high schools and colleges on a daily basis attempting to insert faith into science. Agencies like the Discovery Institute and Answers in Genesis. In addition there are many fundamentalist groups working feverishly to install their particular brand of belief upon the schools.

Evolution is depicted as “just a theory” by these groups using general public understanding of the word theory and ignoring the fact that the Theory of Evolution is just as secure as the Theory of Gravity. When a scientist says “theory” it is totally different from the public understanding. To scientists a theory has to withstand intense scrutiny for long periods and is always susceptible to new information. Evolution has withstood this scrutiny for over 150 years. It stands as the best explanation for the myriad life forms that have arisen over many millions of years.

Let’s look at those millions…. a million years is one thousand thousand years, 1,000,000. A billion is a thousand million years, 1,000,000,000. The human mind finds these huge numbers impossible to imagine. There has been ample time for evolution to work but the human mind is incapable of grasping the numbers.

Atheists argue against the proliferation of ignorance. They fight to insure that the coming generations of young minds are aware of what is real and what is imagined. They argue against the continuation of ignorance spawned by a nomadic tribe in the depths of barbaric times when the most simple scientific principle was unknown. They attempted to explain phenomena without the benefit of science… they used their imagination to explain events.

Christians claim their ancient tome was inspired by god. Yet, it was written totally as one would expect a human being of the time to write it. Full of errors and contradictions and obvious insertions by the rulers of the time in order to control the people. It is a patchwork of different writings by writers whose identities cannot be verified. It has undergone many rewrites, editing, and even had books excluded because those particular books did not teach what they had decided was true.

It amazes me that this book, the bible, is still used and promoted. We know so much about our environment, our beginnings, how things work, and yet…. a very badly written book still commands many into action. How like a virus this religion is. As insidious as any computer virus it lurks in wait to oppose science and drag us back to the Dark Ages.

This adequately explains the difficulty atheists face in the struggle to dispel this grip of ancient times. Once the virus of religion is instilled, once the person has been indoctrinated, it is difficult to inject reason to eradicate it. The virus has many safeguards and provides enormous incentives to the infected to perpetuate it. How difficult would it be to explain to someone they will not be seeing Aunt Petunia again in a rosy afterlife? How do you articulate the fact that when you die you are gone, your body will rot, and your consciousness will never see the light of day again? How do you tell a dying relative who is afraid of death that there is nothing beyond this life… especially if they have already wasted this life in steady service to a bogus belief system?

Christians are not persecuted. They never have been. They have been resisted… which occasionally ended in their deaths, but that is their own doing as they had insisted that their way is the only way and that you will either believe or die a thousand deaths.

Atheists, on the other hand, have faced persecution from the religious and still do today. Very few atheists have been elected to public office because the religious have demonized them. Many non-believers have made it to public office by pretending faith, by providing lip service to religion. I contend that no religious should hold public office and they contend that no atheists should hold public office. Their numbers are greater as a result of the very successful parasitic virus of belief. Nevertheless, humanity will never become civilized until the grip of religion is broken.

As an atheist I know of human origins. Science has provided the best explanation to date. That explanation is more grand than any presented by the religious crowd. A sentient conscious being arising from much more primitive forms is a greater miracle to me than a deity snapping humanity into existence with his mighty fingers. The magnificence of the accomplishments of human beings is a sight to behold. I only weep that humans might have been much more advanced had religion not held humanity back like some nightmarish anchor.

Looking up at the sky at the stars above, reality, is much more splendid than the prospect of spending eternity worshiping and placating some vain and terrible deity. I hope for the day I can see the wonders of the Grand Canyon, created by slow erosion over many many years. I have already seen the wonder of this world’s oceans while serving upon a Naval ship. Ever walk a pine forest? There’s serenity!
Enjoy life… it’s the only one humans get.

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Science and Religion Do Not Mix… November 5, 2017

Ignorance continues to be spread here in the U.S. Various religious factions are vying to spread their particular brand of ignorance daily.

Science is constantly under attack as it rips back the veil of ignorance. The origin of humanity as well as its evolution are brazenly attacked daily by those who would substitute folklore for fact and god in place of knowledge.

Although the particulars have yet to be gleaned, abiogenesis is our origin. Whether here, or in some distant place, abiogenesis seems most logical. Instead of this growing body of knowledge, the mobs that harken back to earlier ignorance would substitute creationism for both this and evolution. It boggles the mind of any thinker… how, in light of both DNA evidence and fossil evidence, someone could still attempt to apply the imaginings written by barbarians during a barbaric period where sacrifice was present, war was constant, and ignorance treasured.

Evolution has withstood scientific scrutiny. It has prevailed against attacks by groups of religious factions using monies generously given by their promoters. Is it perfect? New things about evolution are constantly being discovered, new questions, new answers. That is the way of science. Meanwhile, despite new information, fundamentalist religions never change.

Adam and Eve, no more real than Mickey and Minnie Mouse, are still promoted among some circles of fanatics.

Children are used to transmit this mental virus to new generations. The violence, the eye for an eye philosophy, the inflexible laws of the bronze age are carried forward. Progress is not only stunted but sometimes reversed.

There is only one correct place for both the Bible and the Koran… in bonfires nationwide. In any case, if retained, only used for study of how things were, not as they should be.

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Pulling in Different Directions… or, Diversity Isn’t What it’s Cracked Up to Be… November 4, 2017

As an atheist I do not believe in any deities. I accept the results of scientific investigation. I, therefore, accept the correctness of the Theory of Evolution. For me evolution is a fact. I assert that evolution is a fact for everyone, whether they accept it or not.

Not all that evolution has imparted to humans has been positive. Reciprocity and social groupings have promoted survival, but has also promoted fierce competition between groups. This competition between groups now threatens the survival of the entire human species. Unless humans are able to overcome the restraints of evolution it is inevitable that the species will extinguish itself.

The limitation of groups is that it makes the members beholding only to other members. Caring and empathy for strangers who are parts of other groups either does not exist or is weak. Evolution has rendered altruism a fictional word. Either humans must evolve into one group caring about the whole or face extinction. Is this possible?

There are thousands of competing groups. Even among those groups there are other groupings. Consensus seems impossible considering the multitudes of conflicting viewpoints. Even if the major groups were brought into alignment there would exist a constant struggle among the smaller groups which could lead to total failure.

Evolution has made it possible for humans to survive. Now it seems bound to destroy them. Evolution promoted the very diversity which will ultimately destroy humanity.

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