Quote – Emerson – The Path

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“Do not go where the path may lead,

Go instead

Where there is no path,

And

Leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Here is a photo of Middle Walk from the private gardens of

Gardens at Waters East

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Happiness Quote #2 – – Leo Tolstoy

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Your thoughts are always welcome.

What makes you truly happy?


Quote – Aristotle

“There is only one way to avoid criticism:

Do nothing,

Say nothing,

&

Be nothings.”

Aristotle

The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the milky way and magellanic clouds. Deadveli means "dead marsh." The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old, but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.


Religion IS the problem

Becoming Obvious – Religion IS the Problem

One could go on and on about the state of the world regarding the “dark-side” of human behavior. Books could be written and have been written on why people do bad things to other people. It has happened since the dawn of humankind. And, it continues up to the present day. Page through history – annihilation of other tribes, conquest of nation states, executions for belief or non-belief, bigotry even to the point of murder, killing because “god said to do it”, revenge in war – on and on!

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Religion – especially literal interpretation of religious texts has caused and is causing so many of the world’s present instabilities. We as a species are creating our own demise. We are making the sixth extinction happen in many ways – this being one of them!

“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”

John Adams

Remember back a few weeks ago when a mother on the East coast said she killed her child because god told her to. You will recall that is not the first time god was used as a reason to kill one’s children.

“Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”

Thomas Paine

Remember back to when the abortion provider in Florida was killed because – as the killer said – Jesus would not approve of abortions. Remember also the recent Planned Parenthood killings in Colorado. (Implication here is that Jesus must approve of other kinds of killing)

“Surely the ass who invented the first religion ought to be the first ass damned.”

Mark Twain

Remember back to the Oklahoma bombing – another Christian who did mass killing.

“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.”

Benjamin Franklin — in Poor Richard’s Almanac

Remember back to the hay-day of the KKK – those Christians in hoods – torturing and killing – then attending their church of choice on the weekend.

“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.”

Thomas Jefferson

Today look across the pond to ISIS –“god is great” – kill the infidels!

“Faith: not wanting to know what is true.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Beheadings, stoning, bombings, burnings, (Oh yes reminds me of a part of our sad history in the good old USA – the Salem Witch Hunts, Indian massacres, Mormon War in Utah, Mai Lai, etc. etc. and these are not even the Big Ones!) All this and so much more – often done in the name and encouragement of religion. Do you think there might be a problem here?

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“One person’s theology is another’s belly laugh.”

For the literalists – the sacred texts they read can, and often are, the justification for anything including the most hedonistic treatment of others. It is a combination of the approach to thinking (of the lack thereof) that such people have, and their lack of knowledge to any real interpretation of the texts that drives them to such an absurd perversion of acting out! Religion is not meant for everyone – – probably not mean for anyone. It is a cancer on society and has been that for generations.

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“All thinking men are atheists.”

Ernest Hemmingway

 

Most people are dumb, simply ignorant, lets call them what they really are – stupid – when it comes to the profound questions such as: what is the meaning of life? What is it all about? is this all there is? after death then what? Religion was created to help people cope with the whole array of the existential anxiety that is deep in the core of many people. People find it almost impossible to live with the unknown – so they create religion to lift themselves beyond the present reality – to a mysterious life beyond. That makes them feel good – that helps them to cope. A life that has all the answers codified into religious tests to be learned and taken as fact – and never to be questioned. If you dare question – the true believers can in “good faith” kill you. Talk about absurdity!

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“In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Who are these stupid people? They are the literalists, fundamentalist, lowlife unintelligent ones who use the naïve, the unsophisticated, and gullible people for their own gains. In the world of religious pronouncements and terminology, it is fair to call them what they are – the Devil among us. Think about that.

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“Faith is believing in that which I know ain’t so.”

Mark Twain

They are not only the terrorist from far or near, the KKK, the Christian or Islamic Jihadist, they are elected officials who operate within politics – using the guise of religion to gain votes and persuade the gullible – praying in chambers of politicians, asking god to bless us in the good times and to protect us in war – all to gain their warped sense of what they think, and want us to think, is for the good of the common people – you and me! Reflect on the recent comments in the press of Ted Cruz published on Nov. 25, 2015 where he said that – – he was so thrilled that someone who wants abortion providers killed is supporting him that he actually sent out a press release to celebrate the endorsement.

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“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

Richard Dawkins

The system is sick because its premise – religion is good for society – is sick. The world would be better off if religion would be removed and replaced with a deep respect for and understanding of the many branches of philosophy that celebrated the AWE of life, the awesomeness of the moment – always open to learning more about “being and the characteristics of reality” – metaphysics, about “end-time” – eschatology, about the “nature and limits of knowledge” – epistemology, about “beauty” – aesthetics, about “correct thinking” – logic, and so much more – plus gaining a realistic understanding of theism and how it was created – by humans! There is something that can be said about having a sense of wonder and “spirituality” (meaning – affecting the human spirit), a sense of appreciation and respect for the universe and all it contains. But we have replaced this – with institution – that is the problem!

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“Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned ”

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Sticking with philosophy for our world-view and understanding of life – it can be easily established that the world would be a better place and humans would have a better relationship with all of Earth and all the people who dwell there. Religion is an outgrowth of philosophy. It built itself on philosophy then distorted philosophy and now gives us the mess we have. Religion puts a god concept into the mix of life. It takes good philosophical insight and pollutes it with a master being who is owed homage and obedience – so say the religious followers. Religion as such has lost its usefulness (remember it never had any in the first place) and even worst, it has screwed up good, sound, and enlightened thinking.

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“The family that prays together… is brainwashing their children. ”

Albert Einstein

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Sunrise under Mesa Arch

Sunrise under Mesa Arch