There are many different systems of belief for a deity. Within each system there are separate divisions consisting of variations of that system. Furthermore, there have been and continue to be many radically different imagined gods.
While there are some individuals claiming there are many roads to god, each person claims that the god of their religion is the only god. A reasonable conclusion is that they cannot all be correct. It also can be suggested that none of them is correct. Extrapolating, it can be suggested that there is a god as yet unidentified. Also, it can be surmised that there are no gods at all.
Pascal’s Wager suggests that you should choose to believe in god. If you believe and god does not exist you lose nothing. On the other hand if god exists you gain everything. If you do not believe and god does not exist you also lose nothing. However, if you do not believe and god exists you risk eternal punishment.
Pascal’s Wager fails because it does not consider that there have been many gods, and are many gods today believed in by many peoples. Choosing the wrong god can be just as much of a mistake as choosing not to believe.
“Choosing to believe”… how can one choose to believe. Isn’t that concept in itself illogical? Either you believe or you don’t. One does not choose to believe.
The most logical course then as seen by me is to consider that if there are any entities worthy of the title god out there in the universe that such an entity would make itself known so as to eliminate deceit and confusion. Since no such entity has presented itself in such an undeniable fashion over the eons, it can be safely assumed that none exists. That is my present stance.
Admonishments are frequently voiced endorsing the avoidance of judgments. “Who are you to judge?” is a frequent question associated with this admonishment. (There are many permutations of the arrangement of this question)
Assertion: Everybody judges.
When experiencing a new situation or upon encountering someone new an involuntary process of judgment occurs within the mind. It is a primitive reflex as even animals assess. This is a protective reaction. The question asked is: “Is this situation or unknown individual a source of danger?” I conjecture that this is a product of evolution. Those that assessed more accurately survived… honing the product.
As a result humans make judgments, assumptions, about new individuals and situations they encounter… automatically, perhaps even subconsciously.
→The question: “Who are you to judge” is therefore without merit.
- Those that ask it can safely be said to possess an agenda.
- This agenda may be an attempt to modify reactions or behavior.
- The question is academic as the judgment is instantaneous and involuntary.
Every year has been the same. Improvements were desired but not accomplished, or if accomplished, then lost. Stability is desirable.
Humanity is polarized into various groups. Each group opposes all other groups in some way. If you do not adhere to all of the tenets of a specific group the members will become vicious or attempt to silence or shun you. You cannot pick the best of each group and expect any group to show you amity. A centrist becomes an outcast to all groups.
I am a centrist. Each centrist is unique in that they choose the best of groups but from different groups as judged by their own subjective morality. Centrists are lone wolves by default.
A centrist’s life can be one of continuous frustration or stoic acceptance. Being at odds with everyone else leaves no other choices.
Being indifferent is a difficult position. Indifference or stoic acceptance are my choices. They sound similar.
Resolutions can be made at any time during the year. Yet, it has been a tradition that change is desired at the beginning of the new year.
The following are my resolutions or changes, or behavior modifications….
- To be friendlier to those less mentally fortunate.
- To be less reactive to those intentionally agitating.
- To be more productive and also more responsible.
- To ignore those who desire mundane status quo.
- To speak out more against pseudo-progressives and regressives.
- To continue to support human rights and stand against race based or gender based drives for special privilege.
- To be more clear yet maintain the necessary façades.
- To care less whether someone agrees or disagrees with my stances and become more indifferent about it.
There may be more throughout the year.
Each person is an independent unit. Each individual directs or influences their own fate through conscious decision. Independent humans can be influenced by other independent humans. Independence of independent humans is diminished by this influence.
The optimum state is independence. The independent human rejects or resists control by other humans. Even if the influence is positive a human may reject the influence so as to preserve the independent state. An individual may even choose a negative corrosive course rather than accept outside control, influence.
That said, humans are disappointing as to their choices and behavior.
Judgments are made by comparing reality with optimum desired states. Naturally, each individual has their own criteria through which they visualize optimum desired states. I am no different.
Moral states and immoral states are delineated through utilization of established criteria. Through this process an individual can fabricate a conceptualization of what an ideal reality might comprise.
Sadly, humans do not reflect the ideal reality I have envisioned. As a result a condition akin to depression has resulted.
It is not control I desire. Nevertheless, the disappointment persists.
The criteria is sound, and changing it is not desired. The process of judgment by which the conclusion has been reached is as sound. The only course open to me is to become indifferent. Why is that always the conclusion: indifference? Is that not the same as “giving up”, accepting the inevitability of what is? It has been said by some that “One man with a vision can make a difference”, but that seems rather idealistic under the prevailing reality.