Dots and Turtles

It’s dots all the way up, and turtles all the way down.

It's Turtles All The Way Down

It’s turtles all the way down by RasTajedi – Courtesy of digitalart.com
He tells a great story too.. Click it! ūüôā

Three (Original?) Thoughts

The Golden Spiral

The Golden Spiral
(Source – Wikipedia)

Inner space is as infinite as outer space.

Where there is life there is hope.

Religion is a box; spirituality is a golden spiral.

What is Love?

What is love?

It isn’t something that has limits,

Distance doesn’t affect love,

Time doesn’t affect love,

It is patient,

It is persistent,

It isn’t control,

It is freedom with security,

It can’t be destroyed,

But it can be created,

It is just a connection,

It may have already existed,

It may be a new connection,

It doesn’t cost anything,

It isn’t heavy,

It lifts you up,

It doesn’t take,

It just gives,

It doesn’t take up space,

It just fills space,

With music,

Resonance,

Vibrations,

Like the ones in your heart,

It is the music of the universe,

That’s all the universe is,

That is why I have enough love for everyone,

Love is free,

And I make it out of nothing.

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P.S. Thanks to Arbor T Elf for his additions/help/guidance.

Why Did Jesus Say This?

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

If God is all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, and omnipotent, why do you think Jesus told his father while he was on the cross: FORGIVE THEM FATHER, THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO?

Alex Grey, Joe Rogan, DMT and Tool (NSFW)

This is an ancient rant by Joe Rogan on some radio show. Back in the days of The Man Show I thought Joe Rogan was just another comic, and of less than average intelligence. I was wrong.

Beliefs, religions, worldviews, politics, and cults

Think like sheep peopleIt feels good to believe things. It is nice to not have doubts. The world is so full of doubt. Belief systems take care of so many doubts. They make us feel secure. That said, I’m fairly certain that any type of true security is an illusion. Worldviews are quite close to beliefs in that they are like filters that we see our world through, but unlike beliefs they are theoretically¬†changeable¬†through rational discourse or¬†scientific evidence.

I find it unfortunate that many people make their worldviews into beliefs. The best example is the worldview of an extreme political partisan such as a Democrat, Republican, socialist, or communist. Other examples of worldviews that often turn into beliefs include realism, idealism, conservatism, liberalism, and even atheism.

Even if people reject beliefs we still seem to have a pervasive need to attach some sort of spiritual significance to our lives. Perhaps this need exists in the human psyche because we still have more questions than answers and it makes us feel insecure. I am no exception, which is why I try to keep myself from being a believer by reserving 1% doubt about any idea.¬†A lack of belief in ideas is what I think I need to keep from getting pulled into a cult. This is because I’m rather gullible at times, and I have been in two “cults” before. Specifically, I was a Lutheran and a Democrat. I know calling Lutherans cult members is an¬†extremely¬†unpopular thing to do in a Christian nation, but bear in mind that most Christian denominations consider any¬†sufficiently¬†different variation from their religious beliefs in another Christian group to be enough to make it a cult. For example, the church I was a part of until I was¬†eighteen¬†taught that the Mormon church is a cult. The idea that a political party is a cult is pushing the boundary of the word a bit, but partisanship in America has become so extreme in recent years that it is an accurate description of adherents.

I have also noticed that spirituality, beliefs, and religion have been¬†subtlety¬†inserted into our self-help groups and legal processes. All the chemical dependency and mental illness¬†facilities/groups I have ever heard about encourage, if not require, people to find a religion, spiritual path, or at least a “higher power.” Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are largely voluntary and free examples of such groups. There are other programs and facilities that people are forced to pay for under the law, after getting a drunk driving ticket for example, that require such thinking too. As you might guess, it deeply disturbs me that the state in any way requires or endorses spirituality or religion.

I support¬†everyone’s right to think whatever they want to; yet I encourage people to not¬†believe each other, but rather believe in each other (a subtle difference). Let’s retain the wall of separation between church and state. Let’s erect a new wall between spirituality and the state.¬†Let’s remember what the nature of a cult is. They pull people in with comforting dogma that answers unanswerable questions. They fill people’s heads with silly beliefs like the holy trinity, totally equal distribution of wealth, or trickle down economics. While believers may feel safer, get to drink some tasty Kool Aid, and wear some nice Nike shoes; in the end people¬†usually¬†die because of a lack of rational thought. Political believers are not an exception.

Sometimes the Most Important Thing to Remember

Politics is the illusion.¬† Don’t get completely caught in the web.¬† It is a starting point that will lead you down many rabbit holes.¬† Use your best judgement.¬† Republican or DemocratMore perspectives lead towards the truth, but ultimately it is inside all of us.¬† Every hole is another reality tunnel.¬† Every filter in your brain will determine your reality tunnel.¬† Don’t let your right or left brain win.¬† You are one.¬† We are one.¬† Politics is the art of divide and conquer.¬† Never forget.¬† Always forgive, learn, and then teach.

Belief

Video

While I do find wisdom in much of Deepak Chopra’s philosophy I cannot resist posting this link.¬† I find this clip highly entertaining as my general position on beliefs in the strictest sense of the word is that they discourage the consideration of contrary evidence or any evidence at all for that matter.