Your life? It’s just a ride.


Is a there a point to all of this?

The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it is real, because that is how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, round and round, it has thrills and chills and it is very brightly colored and loud.

And it is fun! For a while.

Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question,

“Is this real or is this just a ride?”

And other people have remembered and they come back to us and say,

“Hey! Don’t worry, don’t be afraid. Ever. Because this is just a ride”

And we, sadly, kill those people.

“Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride! Shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry! Look at my big bank account! And my family! This just has to be real.”

It’s just a ride.

But we always kill those good guys who try to tell us that. You ever notice that? And we let the motherfuckers run amok. But it doesn’t matter because, yes,

It’s just a ride.

And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put big locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.

Here’s what we can do to change the world right now to a better ride:

Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world (teach them to question everything), which it would many times over, not one human being excluded and we can explore the universe together, both inner and outer, forever.

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Misconceptions about us atheists.


It is commonly imagined that atheists think there is nothing beyond human life and human understanding. The truth is that atheists are free to admit that there is much about the Universe that we do not understand.

It is obvious that we don’t understand the Universe but it is even more obvious that neither The Bible nor The Qur’ an reflects our best understanding of it.

There could be life on other planets. Complex life. Technically accomplished civilization. Imagine a civilization that’s a million years old, as supposed to a thousand. Atheists are free to imagine this possibility! They are also free to admit that if such brilliant extraterrestrials exist, The Bible and The Qur’an are going to be less impressive to them than they are to human atheists.

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It is also often imagined that atheists are, in principle, closed to spiritual experience. But the truth is that nothing prevents an atheist from experiencing self-transcending love, or ecstasy, or rapture or. in its simplest form, awe. In fact, nothing is preventing an atheist from going to a cave for a year or a decade and practice meditation like a proper mystic.

What atheists don’t tend to do is make unjustified and unjustifiable claims about the cosmos on the basis of those experiences. There’s no question that disciplines like meditation or prayer have a profound effect on the human mind. But do the positive experiences of, let’s say, Christian mystics, over the ages, suggest that Jesus is the sole savior of humanity?

Not even remotely! Because Christians have been having these experiences, but so do Buddhists, and Muslims, and even atheists! So there’s a deeper reality here and it makes a mockery of religious denominations.

The fact is that whenever human beings make an honest effort to get at a certain truth, they reliably transcend the accidents of their birth and upbringing. It would be absurd to speak about Christian physics, although Christians invented physics and to speak about Muslim algebra, although Muslims have invented algebra. It will one day be absurd to speak about Christian or Muslims ethics or spirituality.

Whatever is true about our circumstance, in ethical and spiritual terms, is discoverable now! And can be articulated without offending or making device of claims about the unique sanctity of any book or dedicating our lives to rumors of ancient miracles.

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Finally, there is this notion that atheism is responsible for the greatest crimes in the 20th century. Now this is actually amazing because this is the most frequent objection that I have come across but I’ll deal with it briefly.

It’s amazing how many people think that the crimes of Adolf Hitler and Pol Pot and Mao Zedong were the result of atheism. The truth is this is a total misconstrue of what went on with those societies and these psychological and  social forces that allow people to follow their dear leader over the brink.

The problem with fascism and communism was not that they were too critical of religion, but the problem is that they are actually LIKE religion. These are utterly dogmatic systems of thought. More than half a decade ago, Rick Warren suggested that North Korea was a ‘model atheist society’ and that any atheist, with the courage of his conviction, should want to move there.

The truth is North Korea is organized exactly like a faith-based cult, centered on the worship of Kim Jong-un. The North Koreans apparently believe that the American shipments of food aid that they receive from them to keep them from starving from death are actually devotional offerings to Kim Jong-un.

Is too little faith really the problem with North Korea? Is too much skeptical inquiry is what is wrong here? Auschwitz, the gulags, and the killing fields are not the product of atheism. They are the product of other dogmas such as nationalism and other political dogmas.

Hitler did not engineer genocide in Europe because of atheism. Hitler does not even appear to be an atheist because he always involved Jesus in his speeches, but that is beside the point. He did it on the basis of other beliefs and dogmas and the purity of German blood.

The history of Muslim Jihad does have something to do with Islam. The atrocities of September 11th did have something to do with what 19 men believed about martyrdom and paradise! The fact that we’re not funding stem cell research at the federal level does have something to do with what Christians believe about conception and human soul.

It’s important to focus on the specific consequences of specific ideas.

I want to make it clear that I am not holding religion responsible for every bad thing that a religious person has done in human history or to be balanced against all the bad things that the atheists have done. I’m only holding religion responsible for what people do and will continue to do, explicitly for religious reasons.

The local water


“Is the local water good?”

I haven’t got a positive answer to that yet. Not one. From last year to this day I went to a fucking lot of cities across Luzon and not one of the local people ever said that their local water is good.

Nobody trusts the local water supply anymore.

That means the system is beginning to collapse and everything is slowly breaking down.

Elementary Politics II: Every child is special.


The Self-Esteem Movement.

The Self-Esteem Movement began 40 years ago and I’m happy to say that it has been a complete failure. Why?

Studies have repeatedly shown that having high self-esteem does not improve grades, does not improve career achievement, it does not even lower the use of alcohol and it certainly does not reduce the incidence of violence of any sort. As it turns out, extremely aggressive, violent people think very highly of themselves!

Imagine that. Sociopaths have high self-esteem. Who would have thought, huh?

I love it when this kind of thing happens. I love it when politically incorrect ideas crash and burn and wind up in the shithouse.

The practice of playing Mozart or any classical music during pregnancy so the fetus can hear it. Now here’s another one that bit the dust. It was supposed to increase intelligence. Didn’t work! All it did was sell a lot of CDs and piss off a whole lot of fetuses.

The Self-Esteem Movement revolved around a single notion, the single idea that every child is special. They’ve said it over and over and over. They kept saying every child is special while I kept saying

Fuuuuuck You!

Every child is clearly not special. Do you ever take a close look at one of these fucking kids? They’re goofy! They’re too small and they’re disproportional! Their heads don’t fit, their arms are too weird and they can’t walk across the room in a straight line. When they talk, they talk like their mouths are full of shit!

You might think that everyone of them is special. Not for me, I have standards.

Let’s say it’s true that every child is special. What about every adult? Isn’t every adult special too? If not, what age do you go from special to being not so special? If every adult is special then that means we’re all special.

Here’s another platitude that they’ve jammed down your throat: The children are our future. Children are not our future. Children can’t be our future because by the time the future arrives there won’t be any children anymore SO BLOW ME!

“Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.” -Emma Goldman

Elementary Politics: Who to blame and why I do not vote.


Where do politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. Where?

They come from Filipino parents, from Filipino families, from Filipino homes, Filipino schools, Filipino churches, Filipino businesses, Filipino universities, they’re elected by Filipino citizens.

This is the best we can do. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces. Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits aren’t going to do you any good. You’re just going to wind up at the brand bunch of new selfish, ignorant Filipinos.

Maybe it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here, like

The Public.

Yeah. The public sucks. Fuck hope. If it’s really just the fault of these politicians then where are all the other bright people of conscience? When are all the bright, honest, intelligent Filipinos ready to step in and save the nation and lead the way? Wait…

We don’t have people like that! Everybody’s at the mall scratching their asses, picking their noses, taking their credit cards out of his wallets and buying lots food and junk.

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I have solved this political dilemma for myself in a very simple way:

On election day, I stay home.

I don’t vote. Fuck them. Two reasons:

1.) It’s meaningless. This country was sold and bought and paid for a long time ago. The shit they shuffle around every six years doesn’t mean anything.

2.) If you vote you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around, I know. They say “If you don’t vote you have no rights”, where’s the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest and incompetent people and they get to the office and screw things up, you are responsible for what they have done! You caused the problem, you voted them in, you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote and did not even leave the house during the elections, am nowhere responsible for what these people have done and I have every right to complain as loud as I want about the mess you created that I have nothing to do with.

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Here’s the mentality of Filipinos: After every election and after all the winners have sworn their oaths, the country will improve immediately. As for me, I’ll be home during the elections drinking alcohol or probably trying to get high.

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” -Emma Goldman

Question what you read!


When kids want to read, they’re going to read and, of course before that, they have to learn to read. What’s more important is

CHILDREN SHOULD QUESTION WHAT THEY READ.

Children should be taught to question everything they read and everything they hear. Children should be taught to question authority. Parents never teach children to question authority because parents are authority figures themselves and they don’t want to undermine their own bullshit inside their household.

So they stroke the kids and the kids stroke them and they all stroke each other and they all grow fucked up.

Kids have to be warned that there is bullshit coming down the road. Tell them what life in this country is all about. It’s about a whole fucking lot of bullshit that needs to be detected and avoided. That’s the best thing you can do. No one told me about anything of this. I was never warned about any of this. I have to find all of it out myself and there are still, as with you probably, a lot of things that you’re expected to believe and accept in The Philippines that I, personally, have a problem with. I question a lot of these things.

For example, what the fuck does “Proud to be Pinoy!” mean?

I’ve never understood national pride and ethnic pride because my roots are all fucked up. LOL. Pride should be something you achieve or obtain on your own, not something that happens by accident at birth. I wouldn’t say I am proud to be 5’10” or I’m proud to be disease ridden.

If you’re happy with it, that’s fine. Do that. Spread the word that you’re happy to be Filipino. Be happy. Don’t be proud. It’s going to be your downfall.

“God bless us all”. What the fuck does that mean? Is that a request? Is that a demand? Is that a suggestion? Politicians say that at the end of every speech as if it’s some sort of verbal that they can’t get rid of. “God bless you and God bless us all”, “God bless our country”. I guess they’ve figured that if they leave that out someones going to think they’re bad politicians.

God does not give a fuck with flying colors. Okay? He doesn’t care. He never has, he never will, he doesn’t care about this country anymore than he cares about USA, Syria, Afghanistan, India, Egypt, Libya, Great Britain or Saudi Arabia.

There are more than 200 countries in the world now. Do these people honestly think that God is sitting around picking out his favorites? Why would he do that? Why would God have a favorite country? Why would it be our country? Because we have Manny Pacquiao? Because he likes our national anthem? Or is it because one of our noontime shows now has an Indonesian version? Delusional thinking, that’s what it is.

Somebody’s wasting their fucking time. Could it be… Everyone?

Rights


Everybody in this country’s running around yapping about their rights.

“I have a right!”

“You have a right!”

“We have a right!”

“They don’t have a right!”

There’s no such thing as rights.

They’re imaginary. We made them up! Rights are an idea, a cute idea. Let me ask you this:

Where do rights come from?

People say “Well they come from God. There are God-given rights.”. O fuck here we go again! The God Excuse. The last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument. It came from God. Anything we can’t describe must have come from God.

Personally, if you think that your rights came from God he would’ve given you the right to some food everyday, the right to have a roof over your head & God would’ve been looking out for you.

Let’s say it’s true. Let’s say God has given us these rights. Why would he give us a certain number of rights? The Americans have 10 stipulations, The British have 13, The Germans have 29, The Belgians have 25, The Swedish have only 6 and some people in the world have no rights at all. What kind of a fucking God-given deal is that?

Why would God give different people in different countries different numbers of different rights?

Boredom? Amusement? Bad Arithmetic? Do we find out at long last after all this time that God has bad Math skills? Doesn’t sound like a part of the Divine Plan to me. Sounds more like Human Planning. Sounds like one group trying to control another group. In other words,

Business As Usual.

Now if you think you do have rights, go to this site

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Americans_1942

And you’ll find out all about your precious fucking rights. Okay?

In 1942, there were 110,000 Japanese American citizens, who were in good standing and law-abiding people, were thrown out to internment camps simply because their parents were born in the wrong country. That’s all they did wrong. They have:

No right to a lawyer
No right to a fair trial
No right to a jury of their peers
No right to do process of any kind

The only right they had?

RIGHT THIS WAY!

Into the internment camps. Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government took ’em away. And rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re just privileges.

The Bill of Rights shouldn’t even be called “The Bill of Rights”. It should be called The Bill of Temporary Privileges and if you read the news, even badly, you that every year the list keeps getting shorter.

Sooner or later the people in this country will realize that the government does not give a fuck about them. The government doesn’t care about you, your rights, your welfare or your safety. It simply doesn’t give a fuck about you. It’s interested in its own power, and that’s the only thing, keeping it and expanding it whenever possible.

Personally when it comes to rights, I think either you have unlimited rights or we have no rights at all & I lean towards unlimited rights. I feel, for instance, I have the right to do anything I please but if I do something you don’t like I think you have the right to kill me. So where are you going to find a fairer fucking deal than that?

The next time an asshole says to you “I have a right to my opinion.”, you say “Yeah well I have the right to my opinion & my opinion is you have no right to your opinion.”.

Then kill the bastard & walk away.