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.

Incorporating Christianity with North Korea.


You can be an atheist and wish there was a God. Many atheists I know do wish it was true. Why do I not?

Because I don’t want to live in a celestial North Korea.

When I was young, I was told what it feels to be in Paradise. You get to praise God all the time. Forever… And continually thanking him for everything he is doing for you, sometimes with the aid of musical instruments.

But that’s the thing. That’s what Paradise is all about. Sounds like Hell to me.

I also wondered, what would it be like?  I could not quite picture it. An attempt has been made on Bedazzled, the first version. Trying to convey how ghastly it would be. Well, now I know. I’ve seen and watched enough about states where there is worship from dawn until dusk, and thanking for everything you got, every tiny crumb… And that’s what you’ll get too. A tiny crumb. Nothing but thanks, nothing but praise.

Not everybody knows this but the late Kim Jong-il is not the absolute dictator of North Korea. He’s only the head of the party and of the North Korean army.

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The head of the state, the president is his (also late) father who has been dead for almost 2 decades. Kim Il-sung. He’s still the president. For life. You could call it necrocracy or thanatocracy.

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If you noticed, it’s one short of a trinity. Well, not now. We have Kim Jong-un.

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That’s what it would be like if this horrible, Bronze Age, Palestinian myth was true. Unending, eternal, unchallengeable, unchangeable slavery.

Who wants it to be true?

That’s my first question to myself. I’ll answer it later. LOL. Here’s my question to you:

Why would anyone want it to be true?

Elementary Politics III: Political Language


Politicians deal with language all the time. They speak with caution because they must take care not to say anything.

Proof of this, according to their own words, is that they do not actually say things but they indicate them.

“As I indicated yesterday…”, “As the president indicated to me…”.

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Sometimes they don’t indicate. They suggest.

“Let me suggest that as I indicated yesterday…”

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Politicians do not decide. They determine. If it’s a really serious matter, they make a judgment. They don’t tell. They advise.

“I haven’t made a judgment on that yet. When the hearing has been concluded I will make a judgment or I might make an assessment, I’m not sure because I haven’t determined that yet. But when I do I will advice you!”

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They don’t answer. They respond.

“I advised him that I have made a judgment. Thus far, he hasn’t responded.”

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An initiative is an idea that is not going anywhere.

“He hasn’t responded to my initiative!”

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They don’t read. They review. They won’t have opinions because they take positions and sometimes they don’t give advises because they give/make/offer recommendations.

“When he responds to my initiative I will review his response, take a position and make a recommendation!”

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So at long last after each has responded to the other’s initiatives and each has reviewed the other’s responses and everyone has taken a position, made a judgment and offered a recommendation, now they have to do something. But that would be much too direct. So instead, they address the problem. Plus, they’re always proceeding or moving forward. A lot of that goes on.

“We’re addressing the problem and we’ll soon be proceeding…”, “Well we’re moving forward on that…”.

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When they’re not moving forward, they’re moving something else forward such as the process. No one has problems anymore, they have challenges. That’s why we need people who can make the tough decisions.  Tough decisions like

“How much soft money can I expect to collect in exchange for my core values so that I can continue my work in the government?”.

Of course no politician would admit to such lowly position such as working in the government. Instead they admit that they are serving the nation. Another distortion is public service.

“We have to move the process forward so we can implement the provisions of the initiative in order to meet these challenges.”, “I like the Philippines. The food is great but the public service is terrible!”.

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Normally during peace time the politicians will refer to the people in the military as our young men and women stationed around the world. In war-time they quickly become our brave young fighting men and women stationed halfway around the world in places whose name they can’t pronounce wondering if they’ll ever see their loved ones again. For added emotional impact, sons and daughters will always be substituted for men and women.

I think we can sum this up by saying that when the military is concerned, the extent of a politician’s insincerity can be measured by how far around the world our soldiers are stationed and whether or not any of them can pronounce it.

Incidentally, another way of expressing this sentiment is to say that we’re sending our young men and women to places that the average Filipino can’t find on a map. I’ve always thought that it was kind of funny and somewhat out of character for a politician to go out his way and point out the low-level of Filipino intelligence when, indeed, his very job depends upon it.

It would seem to fly on the face of that rhetorical stand-by of theirs that the Filipino people are way more intelligent than they’re given credit for. This is said with a straight face although it is obvious, of course, that the proposition is being stated precisely backwards.

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But the politicians, God bless them or something like that (LOL), they are at their most entertaining when they are in trouble. When they’re in trouble their explanations usually begin simply with words like miscommunication

“Well it was a miscommunication.” or as quoted  out of context, and better yet, “They twisted my words!“.

Such a nice touch. A person who routinely spends his days torturing the language complains that his words were twisted by someone.

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As they controversy continues, he moves up to his next level of complaint, which is

“The whole thing has been blown out of proportions!”.

It’s always the whole thing! Apparently, no one has ever claimed that it was only a small portion of something that was blown out of proportions. It has to be always the whole thing. That’s because, now, the politician is feeling the heat.

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As time passes and more evidence comes in he suddenly changes directions and tells us that

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of this…“.

Now he’s on the side of law and order.

“We’re trying to get to get to the bottom of this so we can get the facts out to the Filipino people!”

That’s always a nice touch. The Filipino people/The Filipinos. In fact at this point he might even say

“I’m willing to trust in the fairness of the Filipinos!”

Clearly he’s trying to tell us something.

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So when, finally, all the facts came out and our subject seems quite guilty, he employs that sublime use of the passive voice mistakes were made.

“Mistakes were made! Don’t look at me! It’s probably someone from my office!”

Things are moving faster now and mistakes were made were replaced by there is no evidence, no one has proven anything, eventually I will be exonerated, I have faith in the Filipino judicial system,  and at certain sign that things are closing in, whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Well he’s about to find out.

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We know this must be true because the next we hear from him is

“I just want to put this thing behind me and get on with my life!”

We hear the phrase “I just want to put this thing behind me” a lot these days in all walks of life. Usually the person in question has committed some unspeakable act.

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That’s the problem in this country. Too many people are getting on with their lives. I think what we really need more is ritual suicide. Never mind the press conference, pull out the drawer in the kitchen and get the big knife. Kidding.

Personally, what I want to do is to put this “I want to put this thing behind me and get on with my life” thing behind me and get on with my life.

Just to conclude this, let’s just hope that there is a torture chamber for people who recently decided to take responsibility for their actions. That’s the big thing now. Taking responsibility for your actions like it’s a recent discovery.

He’s taking responsibility for his actions. Well isn’t that wonderful?! Ask him if he’s willing to take responsibility for my actions! Along with my bills, car payments and my gambling debts (I have no gambling debts in real life).

“Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think” -Emma Goldman

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?

Similitude


Let’s talk about some things that could bring us together… Or could tear us apart. LOL.

Things that point out our similarities instead of our differences. That’s all you’ve been hearing about nowadays. Our differences. That’s all the media & the politicians are ever about. The things that separate us. Things that make us different from one another.

That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society. They try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower & the middle class fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money!

Fairly simple thing & it happens to work.

Anything different, that’s what they’re going to talk about. Race, Religion, Ethnic & National Background, Jobs, Income, Education, Social Status, Sexuality, anything you can do to keep us fighting with each other so that they could keep going to the bank.

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The economic & social class in this country are:

1.) The Upper Class – Earns the most money, pays the least taxes.

2.) The Middle Class – Pays all of the taxes, does all of the work.

3.) The Poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class.

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Glad to know that I could come back to the little things that we have in common. Little universal moments that we share separately. Things that make us the same. They’re so small we hardly ever talk about them!

Do you ever look at your watch & you don’t know what time it is? You look at it again & you still don’t know the time. You look at it for the 3rd time then somebody asks you “What time is it?”, you say “I don’t know!”.

Do you ever notice sometimes on a Wednesday you keep thinking it’s Thursday? It happens over and over all day long. Then the next day you’re all right again.

Do you ever find standing in one of the rooms in your house & you can’t remember why you went in there? Then two words keep floating in your mind. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.

Talking to yourself then somebody comes in the room & you have to make believe you were singing? Little experiences we all had!

Sitting on a railroad train, an MRT or an LRT & there’s another train sitting right next to you & one of them starts to move but you can’t tell which one it is?

Did you ever try to pick up a suitcase or bag that you thought was full but it wasn’t? Your arm will shoot up to the sky & for just a split second you feel really strong.

How about when you’re looking through a chain link fence? Do you ever notice if you’re just at the right distance from a chain link fence it zooms in & out? What the fuck is that?

Do you ever try to tell somebody they have a little dirt on their face? You can never get them to rub the right spot! You’ll say “You gotta little bit of dirt right here.” and they always go “Where? Here?” and you just want to slap that cretin!

Do you ever notice how awful your face looks in a mirror in a restroom that has fluorescent lights? Every cut, scrape, scratch, scar, scab, bruise, boil, bump, pimple, zit, wart, & whatnot all seem to come back at the same and all you can think of is “I got to get the fuck out of here!”.

Do you ever notice sometimes when you’re walking with arm around your date, one of you has to change the way you’re walking? Men & women don’t walk the same. One of them has to change. Either the man has to squat while walking or the woman to walk like a punk.

How about when you’re going up the stairs & you think there’s one more step. Your legs will spread forward like shit & when you did that in public you have to keep doing that so people will think it’s something you do all the time. “I do this all the time. It’s the third stage of Syphilis!”. LOL.

Same thing happens when you’re going down the stairs. You could swear there was one more step.

Ice Cream Throat. When you’ve been eating ice cream too fast & you get that frozen spot on the back of your throat but you can’t do anything about it because you can’t reach it to rub it. You have to wait for it to go away & it does. Then what do you do? EAT MORE ICE CREAM! What are you, fucking stupid?

Do you ever fall asleep in the afternoon & wake up after dark & you don’t know what fucking day it is?

Do you ever have to sneeze the fuck out while you’re taking a piss? It’s frightening isn’t it? It’s frightening  because you can’t do it! It’s physically impossible to sneeze while pissing! Your brain won’t let it happen. Your brain says “STOP PISSING! WE’RE GOING TO SNEEZE NOW!” because your brain knows that YOU MIGHT BLOW YOUR ASSHOLE OUT!

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 SIMILARITY

Ain’t that a bitch?