Archive for October, 2016

160 – What Makes Us So Blind? …

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

What makes us so blind that we cannot see we are making the wrong decisions: supporting constant conflict, creating scapegoats to sway judgment through fear and hate, building more and more powerful weapons of mass destruction, allowing educational systems to promote aggressive and irresponsible consumerism. These decisions and others alike drive us into a world consumed by hate, destruction,  aggression, and greed.

With immense curiosity, we have been able to discern the structure of the atom, the double helix of the DNA molecule, the simple economy of the periodic table, the shape of the galaxy we are embedded in. But we remain completely ignorant about why neurons induce a mind that comprehends itself and its world; or why is music such an immanent and expressive part of us; or why love can turn into a force that can make us incredibly happy and excruciatingly desolate; or how two cells, engendered by two different people, come together with the potential to create organisms able to compose the beautiful majesty of Beethoven’s Ninth, or to discern universal laws in Einstein’s e=mc2; or see Nature’s progression toward complexity in Darwin’s Evolution.

Creativity is one of our most beautiful characteristics, but instead of making us wiser, we have turned it into a distressing tool.

We have created a world where a great part of humanity is barely surviving; where children are abandoned to the elements because parents cannot provide shelter or food; where fear is manufactured and used to induce violence and war; where deceit, corruption, and oppression are used to create the horrendous levels of poverty and ignorance that annihilate the human spirit. We have created a world where there is so much cruelty, devastation, injustice, inequality, hate that our beauty is ever more and more difficult for us to see.

Why are we doing this? Why? Can we not see it is wrong?

What makes us so blind?

 

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159 – On God & Evil …

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Whether male or female or both, since very early in our evolution, we have needed the concept of a deity to explain natural events that are unexplainable at the time (thunder, lightning, the motion of the sun and the moon across the sky, the creative and destructive power of Nature, the mystery of Life). But throughout the known portion of our history, this primal need has been used to assert the fallacy that the world was created to be good and predetermined by an omnipotent and omniscient deity.

But as we evolved, this fallacy came up against insurmountable challenges the likes of the destructiveness and cruelty of Nature as it generates life by killing other life, or the possession of Choice to make decisions, to change ourselves and our world.

To overcome the contradiction of cruelty, death, and choice in a world under the goodness and omnipotence of an all-powerful god, the devil was created: It was the devil, not god, who brought choice, cruelty, and death into the world.

It is understandable that somebody could believe this idiocy under the ignorance of medieval times, but today!!!

We are capable not only of discerning and reflecting upon the unending creativity and astonishing beauty of Nature but also of witnessing and oftentimes experiencing its horrendous destructiveness and cruelty. The duality of Nature is in plain sight: Nature is both creative and destructive – good and evil – not one or the other.

Just look at yourself: destroying other forms of life to create your own.

And so, the eternal need to know remains: What, Who creates the creative and destructive power of Nature?

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