“Atheism is not a philosophy;

it is not even a view of the world;

it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious.”

Sam Harris – American neuroscientist

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The Person One Loves

The person one loves never really exists,

But is a projection

          focused through the lens of the mind

Onto whatever screen it fits,

With least distortion.

A. Clarke

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Whom do you say you love?


What projections are you making onto that person?

Are you aware of those projections?

Does it make a difference?   –  –  –  –  Do you even care?

Be Still – – – and Know


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Transcend the Bonds of Belief – poem by OTL

Transcend the Bonds of Belief


What is “belief”?

What does one “believe”?

Belief:  in what, of what, for what, why?

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The reason, rationale, need for.

What is in the human character, or mind set, or fear of

          That makes humans admit to, cling to, resort to,

          Belief, any belief, in, of, for, etc.?

Is it a blind “want”

Or an infantile “need”?


Belief – a term that captures the non-provable

          Yet holds so many in a locked mindset.


A dictionary definition:

Belief – “mental acceptance of something as true, even though absolute certainty may be absent”

New World Dictionary

So intertwined with an even more frightening term:

Faith – “complete, unquestioning acceptance of something even in the absence of proof and especially of something not supported by reason”

New World Dictionary


How frightening and abusive to think that

          parents pass these patterns onto their children.

Thus, another generation has the tools to suppress and be suppressed

          and never discover – – Truth.


Belief is the base for one’s choices.

It forms the foundation of all one’s mental movements.


          Self esteem, high or low

          Religious zeal, radical, centered or other directed

          Focus to find and then hold as certain –

                    the answer to the ultimate question of:

                                   “after death” – then what?

Belief a means to assure that your goals are the only right goals,

All other goals of other people, are less in value.

Self serving, suppressive, or liberating – for whom?

Belief a concept used throughout the ages – whether for good or bad.

          It controls

          Even excuses persons

                   From responsibility – personal action.

          Often encourages action

          Even demands submission without question.

No wonder the world is so f##ked up.

Be on guard whenever the words “I believe” are uttered.

They designate:

          One who does not know – really.

          One who is less than truthful.

          One who tries to impose and control.

          One who is lost and grabbing for empty mental constructs

                   to justify meaning.

          One who will lead you astray!

The hopeful sign for humanity is that there are those who


        Transcend the Bonds of Belief.


It is they who have searched, have questioned, have found within

          The Answer

          Liberating the spirit



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A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.     Emerson

Be Still – – – and Know

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People Teach

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“People tend to teach

            What they need to learn”

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Worth a Thousand Words #6

It is often said that- – –

“a picture is worth a thousand words”.

This series will be postings of a single picture.

May you find that the following photo “speaks” volumes and makes your mind travel deep within.

See & Listen

Sunrise – a new day


This photo is a sunrise over the lake.  It is early morning.  It is a new day.

What words does this photo “speak” to you?


About you?    About how you live?    About how you spend your time?

About your past hopes & dreams?    About your plans for the future?

About the beauty you have experienced,

and the beauty you want to experience – in your life?


What are you doing to make all of that happen?


Be Still – – – and Know


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Opium of the People

Since very ancient times, before language and writing, the human being sought answers to life, it’s origins, it’s ending, it’s meaning.  Generation after generation, thoughts and ideas were passed on wrapped in wonder and fear at the same time.

Out of this soup of ideas and reflections beliefs were fashioned and formed, reformed and organized.  The process of codifying and the corresponding process of worship and response developed.  Religion had a beginning.

It is astounding how this process has gone on over the years of civilization and what humans have come up with as the facts they profess.  The myths of creation, homage, and salvation have been ingrained in the human psyche and are now thought of as fact – provable facts.  Interesting if it were not so sad.

A person’s belief system determines their vision and value structures for their lives.  That would be nice maybe, but look at all that has been done in the name of belief.  Torture, wars, beheadings, alienation in families, misuse of power, abuse in politics, and so much more – all in the name of religion – God.

Give me a break!  This is very sick stuff.  It seems to me that those who are labeled as atheist are better at understanding life and how to treat their fellow humans than those who claim a God.  Something is wrong here.  The believers are so insecure they do not want to face what they have created to compensate for their insecurity in life and questions they think must have some profound answer.  Questions like what is the meaning of life?  What is the purpose of life?  If they could only free themselves from such an insecure need for an answer, a need to have more than what is in the now, they might find life bountiful as it is, and meaning just in living.  Like children they often think there must be more.  They need a reward, a “cookie” for being good.  How very simple minded they are.  How sad.  Never growing to embrace the living of life for what it is.  Always having to create formulas and doctrines and payments to god for salvation, death and beyond, reward and punishment.  Humans can be so “dumb” if I may use the word.  They really can.

Karl Marx was right, though no one seems to want to give him credit since he carries so much other baggage.  Religion is the opium of the people.  So very often the people whether in politics or professional religious positions, so easily manipulate the masses for their personal gain.  Doesn’t take much of an historian to see how often this happens.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature,

the heart of a heartless world,

just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation.

It is the opium of the people.

“Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes”

Found on the internet, the following was posted as one of the best explanations of the meaning of the Marx quote listed above.

Religion means a “set of rules”, rules to follow in order to guarantee an afterlife. It’s used by the people in power to control the people who are not in power (the masses). It convinces them to accept and endure the suffering and injustices in this life because heaven awaits them. It prevented the masses from questioning and ultimately changing the current ways so the people who were in power could stay in power.

I think the biggest single idea to keep in mind when discussing Marx and religion (and his quote covers all religions not just Christianity), is that Marx was keen to point out all forms of alienation prevalent in the society of his time.

For Marx, religion alienated people from ownership of their life and actions because the most important position was not their own, or that of their local community, but that of the omnipotent and omniscient being worshipped each week in church.

The ‘good life’ (not your own life) is attainable by acceptance of the creed, which is to be swallowed unthinkingly like a drug.  What Marx was skeptical of was how most nation-states also had their own churches (Church of England, Protestantism, Catholicism), and that acceptance of their creed was the best way of fitting into that states social structure.  More commonly, your condition on Earth is nothing in relation to the eternal heaven promised once you’ve conveniently died and can’t get in the way of the existing powers.

Marx was a materialist and an atheist, the only thing that mattered for him was a critical reflection on, and informed action within the existing world. No metaphysics, no fantasies.  Anything that lay between a man and his really existing relations with his world, especially when peddled by those with a vested interest in distraction, needed to be exposed and fought against.

Maybe, just maybe this process of living is all that is.  And, what is wrong with that?  What kind of mind has a problem with life being just life?  Why all the insecurities about the unknown?  Maybe if that was accepted as fact, and not all the “created” facts of belief, people would use each moment as a precious gift, only here once and never to have it again.  Maybe the world would be more engaged in living for the beauty life gives and not recklessly trying to put a good resume together for a life after death.  But, lets be realistic.  Most people are just not advanced enough to be “post religion”.  Most still need their “Teddy Bear” in the sky for security and meaning.  How sad to believe in the unbelievable just to make it through life.

I recognize this is not an in-depth analysis of an eon long matter that humankind has pondered, just one person’s healthy approach to life.  It is what it is.  Nothing more.

Honestly, ponder what is it all about as fact and not fantasy?  What needs are you living with for finding meaning in life?  Why can’t you just be who you are as a gift for others and life in the now?  Why is there a need for reward, for more after death?

Be still – – – and Know

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Truth Is Not



Right  &  Wrong

RUDBECKIA redo one way

RUDBECKIA – original

RUDBECKIA – redo the other way

Be Still – – – and Know



Lots of great pictures from throughout the year of the gardens

on the shores of Lake Michigan

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