Some things that appear to be self-evident

If you’re of a reasoning mind, test this for yourself.

On Life Being What It Is.
Life is what it is, we all have an equal chance of experiencing “good” and “bad” at any time, and this is totally a matter of perspective or which side of circumstance we find ourselves on. It has absolutely nothing to do with “righteousness” and “sinfulness,” or “karma” and “past lives,” or “thinking” and meditating on correct worded “intents,” or any other brand of religious idealism. The universe allows for competing “intents,” whether they be between humans or between all species. It will not dsicriminately save or favor one and not save or favor another. It is in our best interest as a species to realize this, see the patterns clearly, and address our social woes in a more rational and constructive way. What favors one, another will find disadvantageously unfair. In the end, all living things ultimately go to the same eventual place, regardless what we believe. What the bleep do we know? We are but a bleep, ever so briefly experiencing, in a cosmic soup of competing bleeps. This is the simple self-evident reality of things, regardless how emotionally and intellectually unsettling the acceptance of this is for us, as humans.

On Our Actual Place In This Universe.
We are not the center of the universe, nor was the universe created for our benefit. We are but one of billions of life forms, both on this planet and elsewhere, all in competition with each other over who will survive and who will not. Just because we have the creative intelligence to fantasize and elevate our status through anthropomorphizing, does not mean that what imagine and heart-felt believe to be the reality is, indeed, the reality. It is simply how we choose to view the reality, as it naturally orderly-in-chaos is. There is an innate intelligence that seems to be at work indiscriminately throughout this universe, but it is “we” creatively intelligent organisms that give life meaning, morality, and purpose. Even more so, we are one of the youngest experiments in evolving life upon this planet, one planet among 100 billion planets within the universe. I wonder what the four-eyed three-legged six-armed creative intelligent non-humanoid lifeform across the galaxy traveling around in rudimentary spaceships thinks about this reality – if it was made exclusive for them and the realization of their views about it?

On Ancient Animism And The Nature Of Consciousness.
On the reality of nefesh – the living breathing creature, a creature with soul (all living breathing creatures are this, says Torah!).
The ancient animism of our ancient ancestors, prior to modern C.E. development of monotheistic religions, had it half right. We have no immaterial separate-from-this-physical-reality soul. Rather, body and mind are intimately intertwined. We are a body-mind, a collective cellular being with a self-generated collective cellular consciousness. An emotion feeling rationalizing self-aware conscious. This starts from conception, but does not take root until well after we’ve had some time outside of the womb. It is historically the nature of humans, that where we don’t understand our reality, we make understanding in the form of theory and theology. Because, understandably, not understanding is just too uncomforting and unsettling for us. So, hence, it used to be believed that the world is flat with a bubble of air and water around it, and that all living things were both physical and spirit at the same time. Hence, the need to send dead loves ones to the ancestral underworld with food and weapons and various types of money, to ensure their undead survival in the ground below the living. We now know, that the world is round and it is but one speck in a vast universe of various galaxies of worlds. But, in our continued primal nature, we still cling to and think like our ancients, unwilling to be just a momentary speck in a brief portion of the expansive timeline of the universe.

On The Nature Of “I” As The Expression Of We.
It is a bunch of brains throughout the body that are working together to create the illusion of singular “I” within us, for while we are alive as an organism upon this planet, all for an evolutionary advantage for the sake of survival. Our “I” is not our body, but the focused energetic awareness, a construct, generated by our body. Where our body has limitations based on the inherent nature of the universe, our “I” can be anything imaginable. It is anything we want it to be. It is our unique energetic construct, the way we perceive this world we are body-mind experiencing. Our “I” is a survival mechanism of the cellular collective that is who we truly are in substance. Hence, it is easy to mistake our “I” as separate from the body, while equally making the mistake of thinking our “I” is the body. The angst of duality we struggle with, that is, ultimately, a constructed illusion. … How peaceful it is to know that all is as it is, and that it’s okay just as it is. Even when it is pleasurable for us, even when it is unfair and unfavorable to us.

On Love, Marriage, And Bisexuality.
It is we humans that experience the emotion of love, for we are the ones who create it. But, we are not the only living creature that experiences it. The same is true for hate, and feelings of indifference. Some idolize that love is best confined to between two individuals and between parents and offspring. Those who do this define relationship and family as ideal when comprised of two who are married to each other. This is not a universal self-evidence, though. For many of us, as not understood as we are in our inherent nature, know that it is three or more that is ideal for a supportive and loving relationship, marriage, and family structure. We know this to be empirically true as equally deeply as though who idolize a pairing of only two. The universe might also agree with our view. For an example, look closely at an atom. An atom is comprised of three – a nucleus, a proton, and an electron. If we were to put this into human relationship terms – the nucleus would be the bisexual marriage partner, the proton would be the heterosexual marriage partner, and the electron would be the homosexual marriage partner in a three-people marriage. This for me is the only way I have conceived of a balanced, fulfilling, prospering marriage relationship, and all my life it is the only marriage type I naturally lean towards imagining and feeling inclined to encourage and support.
Now, life itself – meaning, what society you were born in and at what time in human history – presents you with what you’re able to engage in, and in this it is what it is. For those of us who are naturally different and in need of what is not available socially (whether easily or with great difficulties), we do and must be thankful for our real and present blessings. To be successfully married, regardless its type and whether it suits us fully, is to be utterly and humbly lucky in life! At least we have the opportunity to experience something, something similar, even if it is not ideal for us and our natural leaning. And, we who are married and are different in natural inherent leaning do cherish what life has given us. It is truly a blessing, and a reasoning mind clearly sees this! But, a reasoning mind understands that two is not necessarily best. In some cases, three is even better, more loving, more secure, more fulfilling, and will lead to a family life of raising children that also choose relationships that are truly best for them. It’s about forming successful relationships where love and intimate emotional love flourishes, not not-universally-agreed-upon “ideal” relationships. This is what makes families strong, and this is what makes societies strong.

On The Dangers Of Indoctrination.
Indoctrination is a wary thing to be avoided, especially in the raising of children. A stable well-developed mind is one that understands the difference between self-evident reality and how we choose to view this reality. Some believe that it is necessary to pass down historical ways of believing, in the form of cultural traditions, religions, and mythological history. Some even believe that it needs to be accepted as truth without question by those being taught. We are fortunate for all those who disagree with this, and have allowed us to evolve out of our sticks and stones and wool mammoth garments way of life into the world of modern science, engineering, and ethical humanism. It is questionable to ever take a young new growing mind in this world and not teach him or her to question everything, and see for him or her -self what proves evidently true and what is not to him or her. Stifling inherent human curiosity, especially when it produces results that bring into question age-old past down beliefs – regardless what beliefs they are! – is a criminal, immoral, and unethical thing to do. It stands in the face of love and reason.
We are not here to indoctrinate our kids, or to choose the paths of belief and of life for them to follow. This is not our role as loving parents. Our role is to provide them with all we can for them to make their conclusions about life, based on a balance between realism and intuition. Our role is to guide them with the same example of belief balanced by curiosity, and a willingness to learn ourselves. Our role is to show them that we need not enforce our views upon another, but provide them the challenges to their views they need to be better informed. Then, revel in their ultimate ever-evolving conclusions, as they learn to take their place in the social structure of human societies and history. We each find what is right for us to believe. We each play our part in advancing humanistic awareness and values in society. We each, from our unique personally resolved perspectives, are an encouraged participant in the act of social responsibility that our personal individual-ness finds its balanced expression in. For the sake of our children and for the sake of humanity’s evolution, we must be cautious of indoctrination. For this is how lives get wasted.
Far too many of us spend most of our lives resolving the devastating inner conflicts resulting from parental and social indoctrination, before ever getting started on being truly socially responsible in our clearly defined individual-ness. (I know, for my near life-long history of challenging issues is self-evidence of this! I am only just getting started, in baby steps, half way through now.) Many, maybe most in our societies, reach the grave before even making it past the inner conflicts caused by indoctrination. “Train lad according to his natural bend” – is what that ancient proverb is actually saying. Mis-translating it, as we do, is an exampled reason for why what we all know is “right” is still not the social norms of behavior. Until we understand this, we will keep needing laws to bring social balance to a world of humans bent on ideological and theological indoctrination, to a world bent on imposing competing intents upon one another. A very slow crawl this is to grow up as a human race from out of childlike beliefs, through our present questioning adolescence, into the adulthood of non-indoctrinating reason and curiosity that is naturally ours to pursue.

On Addictions, Of All Kinds (and the Single Reason for Addiction).
Whether it is an addiction to a substance, a drug, or an addiction to sex or porn or gambling or money, or an addiction to some religious ideology or doctrine, it all stems from the same one unfulfilled need – the need for a genuine sense of connecting. What drives people to these vices is the feeling of being disconnected or not quite fully connected. It is a kind of emptiness that has one feeling like a rat helplessly caught in an empty barren cage. Doesn’t matter how much stuff we have with us or who is around us or how often we engage in our substitutes for the loneliness of disconnection, we are a creature biologically driven towards needing the connection we seem to not be able to fill. Thus, we seek temporary relief and release in substance abuse, sex or money obsessions, or religions that teach us to edify our shame and our need for ideological redemption. But, these are just substitutes for what is really needed. They are momentary and, thus, unfulfilling again and again over a lifetime. The realization of this further compounds the sense of isolation in the midst of company. Chastisements and punishments only serve to ingrain these inner disconnects further, and there is really only one solution to them. The solution for addictions is not physical and mental sobriety. Nor, is it substitutes in a blind attempt to redirect. You’re still addicted, so they don’t really help. The solution for addictions, and we all have our individual addictions – and no one is alone or entirely unique in theirs – the solution for addictions is a deep sense of being connected. Connected with life and with others around us, so deeply that we just don’t have time for addictions in our lives. It’s this connection, that each and every one of us is really looking for in the first place. People who are genuinely happy are the ones who are fully connected. They don’t need religion, they don’t need money, they don’t need sex, and they don’t need substances. They enjoy all these things when they experience them, but they don’t need them. And this is the critical difference. All addictions stem from a sense of disconnect within us. So, how do we re-connect? And, socially, what do we do to encourage this connection?

Shut up! Listen! Learn!

On Life’s Most Important Lesson.
Stop! Just stop, and pay close attention! We place too much value in our thoughts. Too much credit in our unrelenting urges. It is an illusion, our patterned condition. Don’t think, feel it! Feel it, and don’t act on it! Just be quiet, and observe! There is nothing more we need to do in this moment. Disconnect, and actually connect! Give no credit to the thought, to the image of this thought. See things as they really actually are, now, in this moment ever-changing. We are victims of a self-created illusion, a patterned habitualized perception, a survival mechanism of our species that has us living in self-generated illusions. It is not real. Listen to the yelling in your mind. Listen to the yelling of everything you have on to distract yourself from this. We think too much, and it is THE source of our miseries.

On The Realities of Life and Inevitability of Death (Beyond sex and death, the only other real purpose for our existence revealed!)
I am a facade. A character actor. I am not all that important. I live for the sake of my family. I do for the sake of my family. Those immediate closest in relationship to me. I do for them in preparation for my eventual death. Statistics reveal that chances are, out of all of them, I’ll be the first to go. So, I am very realistic now about life. I live to prepare them for this eventual day. I do to prepare them. And whatever fleeting moments of joy I personally experience while preparing them I consider myself briefly blessed with. This is all this life is really all about, anyways. We are born, we live and experience. The sum total of our experiences both good and bad are what they are. Then we die, never to experience again. Like we were before we were born for this brief life of experiences, some of which we control or fail to control and some of which we don’t control, so we return to – non-existence. Where there is no experiencing, no hoping or suffering, no nothing but non-existence. I accept the reality of my life, the apparent constants that make up this life at its fundamental level, that my wants and dreams and desires and needs are really not all that important. Only the living the facade of expectation for the sake of preparing family for the inevitable end. I am uncomfortable and hate living in clothes, but I wear them regardless – so I can present the life that sets them up prepared for my eventual death. I care not for money and societal life, but I buy a home for them and give time to participating in community activity – so they have reason to have fond memory of me. It’s not me I am concerned about now, but the character image of me that they will remember that is important. This is all I live for now, preparing them for what will eventually come to each and every one of us. We hope to live, for another day, but there are no guarantees granted in life. This is life, and I must accept it.

On Seeing Life As It Actually Is.
Enjoy life while you got it. Pay more attention to everything in this moment, than to your ever churning thoughts. Because, someday you’ll just fade out, into an endless non-existent sleep. Don’t worry yourself about this, for it happens to all of us. For the length of the universe, prior to your conception in the womb, you did not exist. This is the same non-existence to which we all return. And there’s nothing wrong with this, it simply is what it is. So, relax and enjoy life. Stop fretting over what you do not and cannot control. Instead, focus on expressing what you’ve learned and on influencing others to grow and do better deeds than you yourself did. For there to be life, there must be death. For there to be existence, there must be non-existence. They are intimately connected, two sides to the same coin. This has been the natural way for ages, and will be the natural way for as long as this universe exists. There is nothing to fear. No theology, no belief, no ideology changes this. So, use such for betterment of future humanity. Look around, at the other creatures inhabiting earth. This is why other creatures sleep so well at night. They do not over-complicate the obvious, the stunning, demonstrable, and beautiful self-evident.

On more contentious/controversial subjects

(modern guru theologies, paranormal activities, etc) ….

“For some of us, the ultimate goal of mindfulness meditation is to see reality as it objectively is, without feeling the need to subjectively explain afterwards what it is we are clearly seeing. We leave that to the realm of those given to the unprovable cognitive world of theology.”

On Being Courageous and Understanding Mindfulness.
It takes great courage to not label. To not stand before the incomprehensible fullness of reality and put a theistic spin on things. To see the reality as fully and as best as we can as it really is in all its observable, demonstrable, self-evident-ness. To not feel the need to explain it beyond what is factually observable or create philosophy to explain away what is not comfortable for us admit but is real, never the less. It takes a courage that most will not act upon, for we are raised in human cultural collectives that teach us that we need to place experience under a perspective veil of religious belief and thought. But, how many of us take the time to ask if we really need to do this?
If it is real, it’ll be self-evident. Seeing reality as it is, it is obviously apparent that we don’t actually need theology, we as a majority just choose to view life through such. It’s easier to rectify the discomfort of things not being orderly or moral or with meaningful purpose this way, than to simply unabashedly accept it – this reality as it really demonstrably is. A reality that plays no favorites, that responds with indifference to our thoughts and views about it, that does what it does because probability and circumstance allows for it and it does. A reality that gets meaning and morality only out of our giving it this, through deeply believed judgmental human thoughts.
When we look closely at this world and see our natural place in it, then look even closer at all living creatures and their place in it, it becomes real clear real quick that we are all part of a whole. A world of life all in competition for survival, where some must face the agony of death for the sake of life for another, where all life is struggling to survive in a universe given to indifferent execution of its mathematically orderly chaos. It is we who give rise to an idea of a creator god that has given rise to this, that allows us to wash from our minds the obviousness of the reality before us in favor of beliefs in thoughts about it. But, this doesn’t change the reality to do so, rather only our personal and collective feelings about it. What is self-evident is what is real, and thoughts about it is human commentary. Test this for yourself, and see if this is honestly not true. Are you really willing? It’s okay if you choose not, for most won’t. It’s scary to stand in the face of the not fully comprehensible and not label for the sake of self-preserving sanity.
What is demonstrable about this reality is this: We are a human primate, born into this world as offspring to human primates, and are very close cousins to Bonobos and Chimpanzees – just with an evolutionary advantage brain-wise that has allowed us to become what we humanly are. Because we were born into this reality of competing species upon a planet, we are governed by its natural laws, which mean we won’t last – no matter how many theologies we construct to defy this simple reality truth. We have a place on the cosmological time-line, it is a short one in comparison to life as a whole on this planet, as it is with all life. If we really want a self-preserving theology about life, the most we can honestly intellectually say is that we will always be somehow in someway alive within this brief moment of this time-line, even though for all it becomes a time long past.
We have a body-mind, a collective cellular form with built-in innate intelligence to take the form that it does. This form has multiple brains throughout the body that together help to form a collective consciousness. This collective consciousness then does something truly miraculous, turns its collective “we” awareness into a singular “I” personality construct. Yes, our individual “I” awareness that we treat as a disconnected soul in thought is a generated energetic construct of our collective body-mind. This is not theory, but demonstrable with every scientific tool we presently possess. But, this makes us uncomfortable to know this, because it means that when our body-mind dies, then we die, too. It won’t be long for the coherent energy construct that is “I” and unique from the body-mind to dissolve in incoherency – like the body will eventually do in the ground.
No, we are not our body, but a singular consciousness construct generated by our body. Those of us who meditate regularly and experience the silent awareness between and during the thoughts are aware of this. It is the body-mind waking up to its generated construct of “I,” seeing through its own delusion. Once the world of thoughts interrupt, the need for explaining this experiencing through an “I” preserving the(ory)ology is the route most take to explain it. We do this because we are taught to explain the not fully comprehensible in the modality of theology and religion. We don’t realize that it is just as possible and more rational to express it as it really is – as best as we can observe it and explain it self-evidently. This takes courage to not cloud the objective vision with perspective, to face reality just as it is without I-ism reaction that denies it. It takes great courage to face reality as it is, and accept it.

On A Philanthropist Atheist’s Dare To Paranormal Believers
Many years back, I read about a financially prosperous atheist who put up a million dollars into a trust, available for the taking by anyone who could prove that paranormal activity is actually real. To my knowledge, to this date, this trust is still there with million intact. If I had a million dollars to spare, I would do the same thing – just so someone smarter and more knowledgeable than I can prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that these things are indeed a reality. Because, despite my “I”‘s desire for it to be so, everything self-evident in this reality shows that we are engaging in a near psychosis of collective hallucinating and wishful believing. If it is self-evidently real, it will be acknowledgeable by all, regardless how you culturally choose to explain it. Like gravity or electromagnetism. I no longer wish to believe in fantasy, as appealing as it psychologically so very much is! I can’t, honestly. For, I’ve grown beyond needing religion for meaning and purpose in life, for facing the inevitable end to each of our lives, and for explaining what I still yet struggle deeply with. We never needed to merge religious inclinations, born out of earliest societies merging of ancestral national gods and goddesses traditions/rituals with societal ethics (morality) and ethnic nationalism, and combine them with how we live our daily lives. By consequence of where religion gained its prominence, it simply worked out this way. Yet, even though we’ve outgrown as a human species the need to do this, we still carry over the tradition of this to this day. It is my belief we do it more to satisfy the need for collective shared thinking and social companionship, than for any real belief in the theological premise for it. Why else would we keep trying to alter it and fit it into our modern level of awareness of how the world really works? We can thank the secularists and doubters of religious views for this advance of human awareness about our world, which has literally given us the scientifically enlightened and infused captitalistic democratic world we live in.

On Things Paranormal and The Need For Real Evidence
“Tell me which is more rational: Believing in ghosts and other paranormal activity with demonstrable evidence for their existence? Or, realizing and exploring how such claimed experiences actually occur within the normal? Paranormal means just this, folks, outside the normal. Therefore, its proof can only come subjectively, from within the believer, and discounts the just-as-valid disbelief of others.” … This is what I believe:
I believe that we do possess a, as yet unexplained, form of ancestral genetic memory. I believe that each species of life upon this planet, to include the human primate, possess some form of collective consciousness by which we unconsciously interact with each other, though this is still being research and is by far “proven.” I believe that we are capable of more than we realize, if only we could get our numerous brains (throughout the body, not just the most known ones in the head) into a truly coherent state more often, to include more experiences and cases of individual miracles for those who can do just this. But, these are my personal beliefs, based on personal experiential experience, and in no way would I ever suggest that somehow these beliefs are universal truths – if only you would believe to see them. Self-evident reality does not need, nor care to want, your belief in it for it to just simply be, doing what it does. We are not that important to the formation of reality, nor are we the center of it. Except, within our own mind and beliefs, that is. A lot of people believe in paranormal events and activities and, without anything but personal affirmation, they do just this.
I hope in my explanation here of what I believe to be reality it is seen that I am refuting what is called “confirmation bias” and “authority heuristic” in my responses to this. It was recently said to me by a scientist caught up in the modern guru-ism movement that a “real scientist does not look at evidence or information with bias.” This was the most correct statement he made during our dialogue. For it is true, science does not “prove” anything, ever. Rather, science seeks to observe objectively, without adding personal beliefs or attitudes to the results of experiments, and attempts to better “explain” what is going on. This is done by amassing evidence for a theory, or modifying/rejecting a theory based on the evidence generated through testing and observation. A white light is simply this, a white light, a spectrum of energy within our visual range that is either perceived objectively or subjectively. It is not proof or demonstrable evidence of reincarnation, as some misusing scientific results these days and pocketing money on books and classes would have us believe. Reincarnation is a religious theology (an ideology) designed to take the sting out of the self-evident, that we are born and live for a moment and then die. It is this need for rational focus to our experiments, born out of intuition and curiosity over what will result, that I repeatedly attempt to express in my posts. Wanting to believe that there is life after death as an immaterial spirit, does not make it a reality no matter how much you emotionally invest in and profess it to be. If it is self-evident, if it is real, everyone will recognize it in someway and in their way. And this is simply not true when it comes to religion born ideologies about death and how it is not actually real and final.
On miracle healing, if you can get enough energy focused in a specific place, amazing things can happen. All is ultimately energy, physics teaches, and topping energy thresholds is what brings about change. So, nothing about cases of miraculous healing suggests that a force beyond what is possible within the normal laws of the universe is at work. It only shows the degree of our intellectual ignorance to not yet understand scientifically how it happens, and how to deliberately encourage its likelihood of occurring when most needed. It’s a mystery, hence why in our humanity’s childlike ways we run to religion first for explanations, then only to science when it has explained enough to the point we can’t deny the redundant obviousness. We need to rationally explore this, using proven scientific methods, so we can better the human primates’ survival condition.
I am not interested, personally, in dogma, no matter where it comes from. But, I do note some patterns. There is the objective world that any living being, regardless of species and place within this universe, can attest to, in whatever ways of attesting each prefers. This is the demonstrable self-evident universe that we all share. This is also the universe, that to our chagrin, does not play favorites with any life or any part of it. It simply is in all its ordered chaos, and each lifeform makes its decision whether this is good or bad for them, or in need of redefining. There is the subjective world that is demonstrable and believable only to those who experience this world. This world is often expressed in the form philosophical, religious, or mystic theology and beliefs. Science attempts to study both, but the results of scientific experimentation is never a proof of anything, but rather an explanation offered based on (hopefully, sufficient) evidence.
In the realm of humans and, specifically, in regards to this experiment being conducted (I was refering to an investigative journalist’s attempt at scientific experimentation to validate her new age religious beliefs), objective awareness of the universe clearly shows that there are many competing intents at work in the universe, each trying to get its way. This is at every scale of the universe, from microscopic to our human social level and, larger, to the competitions of the macroscopic. A realistic expectation to the efforts of this Intention Experiment would be that we will gather evidence on whether we socially can influence each other to “whatever” some degree. Maybe out of this, we will be able to discern the probability of such things as a human consciousness field. Then, again, maybe we will ultimately disprove it. Especially, if we are regularly weighting the evidence with personal/social bias of beliefs and expectations, which distorts the view of objectivity.
Some things are simply self-evident, and we use science to explain better the inmate workings of this self-evidence, to the best that we can discern. To apply anything more to it in meaning is to cloud this aware observation with biased beliefs and judgments. Use of intuition and intent and, of course, a belief that is ever evolving with the self-evidence can and is a useful tool in this process. But, it is not the self-evidence itself, just an applied aspect of our human approach to discerning and coming to terms with what is self-
This brings me to the question I had posted in my post on their site that led to our discussion (this scientist and I) – What would happen if we all together, for just a brief moment, suspended our thoughts and just observed? Is it possible for us humans to collectively do so? I ask this, because I am very curious as to what would indeed happen if we all – together as a human race – for just a brief moment managed to be silent and simply observe our world. What change, if any, would this produce? – in us? – in our world?

On The New Guru-ism That Justifies By Misuse Of Scientific Research Data
Defining the difference between actual scientific research and new age pseudoscience: The former observes and experiments, repetitiously for years on end seeking demonstrable evidence for and against a theory, and makes no claims that the data does not sufficiently support. The latter makes directly personable claims that are often emotional based, and uses out of context research data to substantiate, validate, and support its pre-determined conclusions (just like salvation religions do).
“To an actual scientist, this kind of book (books like The Field and The Intention Experiment, and any other guru’s book that misuses scientific data to bolster theological belief) is more than just innocent fun and games — it’s actually insulting; it’s a slap in the face to anyone with the slightest scientific background. Some say that religion is the enemy of science — well I think this (new age-ism’s takes on science) is way more dangerous than religion. At least religion doesn’t claim to be scientific in nature. But these “theories” go out of their way to show how they’re “backed up” by science! … So then, what should we tell the thousands of children in the war-torn countries of Africa who are dying of starvation and disease? Surely they “wish” for food and medicine every minute of their miserable day; surely they “intend” for a world of love, joy, and prosperity for themselves, so… where is it? Are they not intending hard enough? How can we, in good conscience, even entertain such a despicable idea?” – Dmitry Brant (parens are mine for clarification of context)
Only in religious theory-ology can we entertain such ideas, and not feel morally corrupted for doing so. ‘Cause, somehow, despite the self-evident reality staring us in the face daily and nightly, its all for the good somehow and on purpose, right? Don’t worry, just blame it on “god”, rather than rationally working together to better our situation in a world that is naturally designed to be out to get us. When does reason slip into the confused world of irrationality? When the human emotional heart can’t face up to the obvious reality, and has to seek refuge in the realms of our ideologies, it would appear. I believe we can grow up as a species and do better than this! But, by the daily influx of new, it appears that religions will have to die out first.

On Sub-Atomic Particles and Thought (Neutrinos and What Not) – Mistaking the Content as Substance
Recently, two scientists working in different parts of the world, each doing research independently of the other, made a significant scientific finding. They showed how neutrinos shift in their physical identities in space, much like a chameleon shifts colors in an outdoor environment. The two scientists are Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald. What makes this discovery so significant is that it shows neutrinos, which are subatomic particles and are more numerous than any other subatomic particle in the universe, outside of particles of light, can undergo physical transformations and do, in fact, have mass. I’ll say it again, neutrinos, sub-atomic particles that rarely interact with matter and once thought to have no mass, turns out that they do have mass.
That means they are physical, folks. All that exists within the universe, to include the thoughts we create about it, are physical. It all has a physical manifested foundation. Awareness exists even at the sub-atomic level, it is inherent within the universe itself. This leads to the infinite mutations of ever happening evolution. It is physical creation and change, and responds to physical forces containing mass. Even our thoughts have mass. But, by their nature, they only manifest within the physical life that thought them. This physical life then acts upon them, shares them, and forms more thoughts upon them.
Thoughts have a limited power to create change, because the physical universe is compromised of a lot of mass. In its very nature, it has more mass and many competing forces looking for balance than we have believed collectively in thoughts in our short time as a physical species. It doesn’t matter the content of your thoughts, the imagery you conjure up, it is the placement of mass in balance through direct limited action that determines its effect within the whole. What has mass is real. If it is indeed real, then it has mass. It is physically manifested and self-evident to all who look at it. If it is not self-evident to all, is within the realm of subjective imagery and beliefs, then perhaps we are mistaking the content, the imagery, of our thoughts for the affecting mass it is comprised of. Something to think about today. All that actually exists has mass and is self-evident. If it doesn’t and isn’t, then it is a personalized image, a perspective, physically generated by what does possess mass.

On Religious Cults And Occults, Its All About Money
In reference to any cult of ideology, from the traditional theocratic religion to the pseudoscience of new-age mysticism:
It’s easy to get caught up in religious cults, both traditional religions (aka, religions that are “thought” to date back to BCE times) and modern religions (spin offs from or in rejection to traditional religions). The obvious self-evident reason for this is due to the cultural idea that “thought” and, especially, “thought in of itself” is some how as real or more real than reality itself and can directly affect or create reality. This is a blatant misconception, but these days it is widely believed in regardless, in the same manner that most people once thought the world was flat not too long ago. So, it is no wonder that where one is found engaged in one cult of ideology, one is also found partnered up within another. Especially, when money is involved, which is another great human mental fiction. People wrapped up in cults of ideology are one of two kinds – they are either the leaders/teachers seeking to be paid in some way (the takers), or they are the followers needing to be led and taught and believe or are coerced into giving payment (the takens).
Cults have been around for ages in the form of theistic religions, as far back as the ancient temple times and all the way to the present. With the creation of capitalism and the idea of making a quick buck, a whole plethora of new cults have taken hold, all espousing the concepts of “righteness of thought” and of “behavior” to align yourself to a higher self or a more prosperous lifestyle. In today’s Western world, cults now abound everywhere, and many of them you may have personally participated in at one time or another, or bought one of their books or self-enlightenment programs. How did it work out for you? Besides lessening your bank account balance? Do you want to understand why they don’t seem to work, strangly, for you? Why they seem to work only for those who make money or acquire others forms of wealth leading such cults of thought?
For the last hundred or so years, a trend towards viewing our thoughts as the foundation to which all physical reality emerges has taken root – think “in the beginning is the word.” Today, it is the law of modern guru based new age thinking. Descartes is a well known quote on this, “I think, therefore I am.” But, this is actually backwards from reality. The self-evidence around and within us shows that it is actually, “I am, therefore I think.” Without body-mind, there can be no words to think. To be a personality or presence with thought, an “I,” requires that we be a body originating this thought. The modern masses believe that thought proceeds and, thus, if one only thinks “right” and “intent”fully well enough …. while, as well, disregarding or justifying away all the “unrealized” thoughts, in this process. Instead, those devoted to making a name and lifestyle for themselves utilize this present human phenomena to their financial advantage. They may even truly believe in what they teach, as well. In the end, though, thoughts are thoughts, and it is flesh and blood doing creative action. Nothing gets born without a physical act, regardless how much its thought of.
A friend made an astute observation recently about modern “thought” cults. He mentioned that many of the originators of modern religious and self-help cults mention “a particular understanding that they had about society” and they wanted others to share in this understanding. He went on to say, “That’s the reason why are there so many different Christian Protestant denominations is because different groups said they had new understanding on something. And that new understanding, that thought, becomes more important than the things that don’t change meaning. For example, how you are supposed to treat people. And it then becomes all about the rightness of your thought, as if it is more important to be right in thought then to do good by people. As if the good that I do can only be good as it related to how right I am.” He is exactly correct on this!
The modern gurus of thought cults are more animated, interested, attracted, and fervently demanding about the “rightness” of their thoughts and the “rightness” of one’s behaviors, than about fervency in demanding and establishing basic human recognized ethics, regardless how the thoughts of this take form. And these thoughts, whether traditional religious cult or untraditional social/new-age cult, often take some rather interesting turns from the observable every day reality. It is as if they really believe and want you to believe that if you say its so, they way they say, then somehow magically reality will prove to be what they say is so. And, because people in general would like to believe that this is so, they buy into it whole-heartedly and with their monetary donations and purchases. But, the only thing important, really, is not the “thought” expression, but the actions that either follows or preceeds it. Rightness of thought is often tied to monetary venture, have we not noticed? Those that do for the sake of what’s best for us, often only considers money when it becomes too much for one alone to do. Keep this in mind before making that next purchase into someone claiming to hold the answers for your life. He/She is probably just making money, offering you thoughts that ultimately do not change or improve the lives of most.

And, now let’s be really intellectually honest here

– by embracing the factually real history of the three Western world religions …

On how modern religious indoctrination arose out of Jewish mythologized history and Christian/Islamic historized mythology.
The purpose of this post is to correct the widely common misperceptions about the history of religions, their developments, and the time frames of their developments. I am sharing this here, mostly, because it is not our fault that we are not aware of the historically verifiable history of humankind upon this planet and, thus, have believed all of our lives in a “revisionist” version of ancient history, taught to us by those brought up in the dominating religions of our society. The versions of history that teaches us to believe events and time periods that favor the assumed historicity of the religion around us, thus, justifying this religion’s existence. To give you a short and obvious example that is most common, most people believe the historically inaccurate belief that monotheism was started by Jews in the ancient Before Common Era (B.C.) period of human history, and some even believe that King Tut, an Egyptian Pharaoh, was the first monotheist in human history. Both of these beliefs are simply not factual and simply untrue! For no kingdom of ancient times denied the existence of the neighbor nation’s gods, not a single one of them. They just simply said theirs is the superior god and, thus, always the victor (aka, the true god/goddess/plural-of-these for their nation and national rites).
Since the researchable and verifiable “real” history of this post affects more than just Jewish people, this rise of monotheistic salvation religions in the beginning years of the modern Common Era (C.E./A.D.) time period and their indoctrinations of religious “faith”, here are some enlightening facts on our modern religions to put real history into perspective for Jews who are religious, for all Christians, and for all Muslims. The first of these three began with the Rabbis, during national temple times 200 years prior to the turn from B.C.E. history to C.E. history and finding its ideological formation during the first two hundred years of the C.E. in post-temple Talmud times. This was the time of nationalistic Rabbinical Judaism of Third Kingdom time (Hasmonean Dynasty), which had replaced the henotheistic nationalistic theocracy of the Priestly Judaism of Second Kingdom time, which had replaced the polytheistic nationalistic monarchies of the Kingly Judaism of First Kingdom time.
With Rabbinic Judaism, a nationalistic salvation religion, came the first fully compiled and redacted TaNaKh (the Jewish/Hebrew Bible). With Rabbinic Judaism, a nationalistic salvation religion amongst Jews that literally saved the Jewish people as an ethnicity from disappearing into the extinct populations of human past history (by keeping the Jewish civil population together through the unified laws and rituals of Talmudic Judaism), came the offshoot rise of (first) the theological non-nationalistic non-ethnic Christian religion amongst Romans and Greeks (that emphasized personal salvation, the salvation of individuals, in place of national salvation, the salvation of the people together as a whole), and the offshoot rise of (second) the theological nationalistic ethnic Islamic religion amongst the Arabs (that emphasized both personal and nationalistic salvation, the two tied very intimately together).
This is how what we know today as the modern religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam came about, from this turbulent historical time in which the Jewish people were a displaced ethnicity no longer having national borders and where most were living in Diasporas – either Greek/Roman controlled or Arab Persian controlled. For Jews, it wouldn’t be until the recent European “Enlightenment” period and, especially, the Jewish Emancipation period of modern history that the Jewish people would give up their ethnic/nationalistic view of modern Judaism in favor of a more purely “religious” only form. This occurred through the great change in the European world, where European peoples made their first attempts to allow Jewish people the legal right of citizenship within their countries. But, still yet, in “as a religion” form, Judaism today (in this secular Israel as a recognized U.N. State present time) still retains its nationalistic messianism of ancient Jewish times, and Jewishness in religious form is still focused in on this kind of salvation. Though it, too, (like Islam) now contains elements of both personal and nationalistic (the time of the world-to-come, symbolized by peaceful sovereignty within the ancestral homeland) dual-focus salvations in its modern theology.
The religious teachings and legends of modern Judaism (what is found in TaNaKh, Talmud, Mishnah, and in the Rebbe’s pulpit/classroom) are fully and only (and historically factually so) mythologized history, a mythologizing practice that began as far back as the monarchy ruled first kingdom time period three thousand years back. In contrast, with Christianity the reverse has been consistently happening, a historizing of mythology that was born out of and then evolved from Jewish messianic religious lore being written just prior to C.E. time period. And, Islam took an even more radical approach, which their extremist offsprings of today are still exercising, that of simply eradicating any prior history – viewing it as a distraction from non-questioning adherence to religious faith and obedience. This latter part – non-questioning adherence to religious faith and obedience – is what all three “world” religions share in common. For this kind of indoctrination is necessary for the survival of said religions.
Real world reality has a way about it, in how it interferes and challenges religious indoctrination, with real world facts and intellectually honest critical questions. Questions brought on by secularists, people who embrace rational thinking and critical analysis/study in place of religious theology, which has led to the modern world of capitalism, science, and a democratic way of life. Questions brought on, not just by Jewish secularists who have been present in Jewish civilization throughout Jewish history, but brought on by secularists of near all ethnic persuasions that have given rise to a modernized way of human life (both extinct civilizations and still existing ones, like ours). Much of what we have today, we as Western people owe to the two great secularist empires of the ancient B.C.E world of history – the secular focused Greeks and Romans (Western) and the period of secular dominance within the Persian world (Eastern).
So, if you are of a questioning mind, you are in good company (and good real world historical company, not just present) and you have nothing to be ashamed about. Your questions are valid and deserve real factual answers. Ancient Semitic Judaism, the precursor to modern Christianity and Islam (and Judaism), began as a nationalistic-based rites of cult with a national god and goddess who were reverenced to ensure good fortune for the nation of people. These national god and goddess were symbolized in the ancient monarchy period by an unmarked stone in the center of the temple and a tree trunk pillar in and around outside, respectively, before the fall of the first kingdom. With the replacement of the monarchs with the subsequent theocratic rule of the temple priests in the second kingdom came the singular national god of the Jewish temple (male, who now encompassed both male and female) that was viewed supreme amongst all other surrounding nation’s national gods and goddesses.
With the fall of the second and third kingdoms of Israel, came the rise of monotheism’s god of the entire world. It is through modern Judaism that we come to learn that the world god (the universe creator) is all powerful and all knowing and expects religion of us – and expects us to believe the mythologized history of the Jewish people at face value. The mythologized history from which the historized mythology of Christianity arose from. Never mind that academic and scientific studies of ancient civilizations by way of both archaeological artifacts and passed down written literary works show us a very different picture of history. Never mind that science has revealed that the universe works not by divine command but, rather, by discernible natural laws not of specifically anyone’s making (god or not). Never mind that our secularist explorations have uncovered a whole time period of pre-civilization and pre-human history that is not found in the written works of any nation’s bible. And it’s okay, if you are doubting your place in religion. It really is, and secular humanism is waiting to embrace you – when you are ready for a new inner path.

On The Most Important Religious Act I Wish To Impart In The Minds Of My Children
“Authenticity requires vulnerability, transparency, and integrity.” “Never look down on anybody, unless you’re helping them up.”
These days, I look forward to those moments when I am not plugged in and online! What a break from the b.s. of “I.” Everyone’s, and mine included.
The simplest sanest joy is in taking a break from yourself, from your world of “I” and “others.” How do we do this? By deliberately stepping back from our “self,” our ever rambling world of thoughts, and just observing them silently for a good long moment.
A silent mindfulness exercise, a detailed home project that requires full attention to accomplish, a walk in the park with your child and deliberately listen to her or him. All these and many more quiet mind activities … do so much more for you, than any social group activity, psychological therapy, or acts of religious/ideological belief!
There is being in the real world, and observing non-judgementally all of it that you can perceive, including the thoughts you’re having about it. There is being caught up in a perceived world, the real world as colored and tainted according to your mood and thought -filled outlook upon it.
The former brings genuine peace and contentment in life, here and right now. The latter brings the highs and lows, the pleasures and sufferings, of needy excitement and depressive disappointments that plague our lives with unaddressed discontentment.
I have experienced both firsthand and, knowing all humans share a common condition – whether we believe we are unique from others or not, I can confidently say that you have, too. Unless, you haven’t yet stepped back from your wordy “I”-isms about the world yet, haven’t stepped back from your perceptions and beliefs.
I have experienced the darkest, the heaviest, of mental perspectives about life, and I have experienced intense and briefly liberating mystified joy. What has saved me from both of these extremes, extremes we humans are so easily caught up into and addicted to, has been the ability, at times, to sit quietly, and patiently insist upon seeing the real world simply as it is, as it just is in this moment, my thoughts included.
This is the foundation to resilience, clear-headed sanity, personal salvation and redemption, peace, and constructive pro-active behavior. This is where one learns to ask the questions that actually do change lives, where one develops lasting self-esteem, where one see another and sees him or her -self, … where one learns forgiveness and develops empathy through connection.
We are humans, an intelligent primate species of this planet. We are, by this default, given to a self-limiting and unavoidable nature and chacteristics of behavior. The best thing we can learn to do with ourselves is not berate and fight over this, like still socially developing children. But, rather, step back from ourselves and give ourself a moment to see clearly and be able to choose our perspective and our action.
It’s the hardest act for thinking humans to do, but it is the most productive and rewarding one. I can assure you this, but it is up to you to choose to experience for yourself. Fair warning, it’s a lifetime act of experiencing, but more rewarding an experience than what most are used to.
More than any philosophy of mind or religion, the best thing one can teach his or her children is how to step back, here in this now, and just genuinely observe and listen. Notice everything, one’s thoughts and feelings included! This, too, this state of quiet awareness, is our natural state. It is the fundamental state of being, from which our ever thought filled mind arises from.

On whether a Jew can be non-religious or not. The answer is so demonstrably obvious!
There is a modern phenomena occurring amongst we Jewish people. It is the phenomena of “religious only” identity. The idea that you can only be a Jew so long as you are a religious Jew. We hear it in the denouncements of highly religious Jewish folk and Rabbinic leaders, most often with the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews who insist upon giving their short-sighted and often highly indignant opinions on this matter. In there mind-sets, a Jew can only be a Jew religiously, as defined by their particular ideology and theology on what religion is for a Jew. It is time to take a close look at this, and see if their position stands on valid ground, or more simply resembles the theocratic ideology of other religions and, most specifically, that of Islamic ideology.
I have heard many religious Jewish rabbis give their response to a question raised about whether Jews can be secular Humanistic and not religious, or be outright atheists and yet still recognizable as Jews. The religious responses to these questions are typically and expectedly ideologically-limited, judgmentally quick, and without interest in knowing enough about Jews who are not-religious to be able to make an informed decision about their Jewishness. Basically, the highly religious Jew’s response falls to, “if you don’t believe in the supernatural and don’t embrace Torah and Talmud, then you’re not Jewish.” But, is this actually true? If it weren’t so laughable, this insisted upon belief by religious Jewry, it would be extremely sad. But, such can be expected by this extremely vocal religious minority in our Jewish midst. For, they operate from a limited and distorted mindset.
First, they believe in the supernatural, a human created and defined perception, as if it is demonstrably real. You all know my opinions on this from much of the writings above. Specifically, my insisting that as adults we develop the ability to differentiate between what are the fantasies of our head and what is the reality of our lives and universe. These same religious Jews also make the assumption that secular Jews reject Torah completely. This is far from the truth, rather we appreciate our ancestor’s written works for what they actually are – ancient Jewish written literature that has value to engage in and learn from. But, they are hardly divine in their authorships, as historical and archaeological reality demonstrates this clearly as so. Religious Jews also make the assumption that without Torah and Torah’s inaccurate version of actual Jewish history, then there would be no Jews. This, too, is far from the truth, seeing how it was a real Jewish people in ancient history (B.C. Era) that wrote what would become in modern history (C.E./A.D. Era) the redacted Torah and TaNaKh and, additional, Talmud/Mishnah. Meaning, in plain and simple words, the Jewish people preceded the Jewish national religion we created for ourselves. But, all this (demonstrable historical facts!) falls on deaf ears when speaking to the religious. Why?
The answer is obvious. For the highly religious Jew, Judaism is nothing but a religion. Being Jewish only fits, in their mindset, within the boundaries of their religious theology. This is, despite their inaccurately taught history, a rather modern development for the Jewish people. And, despite general modern misconception, the highly religious Jewish movements are not actually representative of ancient Jewish lifestyle and beliefs. This is just the simple historical truth on this matter.
We have always been a people before being a religion, and this is easy to historically verify by anyone willing to look. (Hint, you have to look outside the Torah.) In essence, what the highly religious do is limit the rich fullness of what it means to be a Jew down to a ritualized-determined stereotype. Then, they go and denounce anyone who doesn’t fit this as not Jewish, all to justify their limited view of reality. The only thing this serves is to strengthen their self righteousness. It sure doesn’t make the rest of us Jews and our secular Humanistic movements with our secular Rabbis go away. But, it is sad to see the disdain snickers and comments of religious Rabbis bent on denouncing the existence of fellow Jews who are not Jewish-theistically religious, all for not being their definition of what a Jew is.
We will always be an ethno-culture with a national religion, that some will follow and some will not. As it has always been with us Jews throughout history. At first, historically, we were polytheistic with a monarchy for government. Then, with the loss of the monarchies, we became henotheistic, having formed a newly developed religion-based theocracy for a government. Then, in the modern era of history, we became monotheistic, with a rabbinical leadership and Talmud for a government. Then, the first “as a religion only” movements began from European Emancipation – like Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox and Conservative and Reform – and, so too, the non-religious movements – like Yiddishists and Zionists and Secular Humanistic. Our history as a Jewish people, an ethno-culture, is very deep and very diversified. It is a magical wonder of our ability to adapt and survive as a Jewish people!
What these religous Rabbis fail to understand is that they only have a say on who is a “religious” Jew, and not on who is a Jew. So long as one has Jewish ancestry and so long as one is accepted as a Jew in an established Jewish community*, whether religious or whether secular, one is a recognized Jew and their children are born Jewish. And there is no avoiding this reality! It would be incredibly foolish for the Jewish people as a whole to see it otherwise. It would be akin to ethno-cultural suicide, threatening the very continuity of Jewish tradition and survival. The very definition of who is a Jew and who is not is clearly and self-evidently obvious! Let us all together as a Jewish people recognize our diversity, and the importance of maintaining this ethno-cultural diversity. It is important to embrace all of the different ways we express our Jewish heritage as a family nation.
*- What is an established Jewish community? Ethnic/Familial examples are: Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Mizrachi, Ethiopian Jewish, and so forth. Ethno-Religious examples are: Utra-Orthodox, Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Renewal, Universalist, Secular Humanistic, and Yiddishist/Zionist. Examples of what is not a Jewish community – Jews for Jesus, pop-culture Kabbalah groups, Hebrew Israelites, and so forth.

Oh, why not? More random collected thoughts of mine

– as they occur over time … now, in no particular order …

On Death and Dying (and our greatest fears about it)
What is your greatest fear about dying? For most, it would seem, the greatest fear about dying is the fear of being alone when dying. It amazes me the depth of emotion others express over this contemplated thought. But, personally, I must stretch myself to understand it, for I do not share that fear that seems to be so common amongst humans. When I was young and just learning about death, my greatest fear was that of dying, itself. This fear was further compounded by the fear of not being remembered by others long after I’ve died. But, as I experienced more deaths of those I know or know of over the years, my acceptance of the naturalness and inevitability of death has grown. Likewise, I have slowly grown out of that childlike fear of not being remembered. I evolved through constant introspection in my thinking and awareness.
It doesn’t scare me anymore, the thought of me one day dying. I’ve come fully to the acceptance that I’ll just be returning to the state I was before my conception and subsequent birth – that of non-existence, that of not existing. It’ll simply be the end of suffering for me, like it is for everyone else who dies. That fate that awaits all of us, eventually, one day. No, what scares me way more than the realization that I am destined from birth to one day die, is the thought that someone will suffer from my death, that someone will remember me and mourn for me. Being so clearly aware of this stirs, now, a different reaction in me, a reaction that is clearly the opposite of the reaction I had in youth. That this is untenable to me and that I really don’t want to be remembered, if this implies pain in remembrance, because I don’t want to be mourned. This stresses me greatly this thought, more so than any thought of death itself. I just want to pass into non-existence, from whence I originated and let that be that, as if I never had existed to begin with.
Then, no one would need feel sadness over my death, and further compound the suffering that inherently comes with living life itself. That natural unavoidable suffering that comes with the highs and pleasures of joy, the pains and joys of life that comes both together with the experience itself of being alive. Who am I, really, in the first place? Who am I that anyone should feel suffering for my unexpectedly sudden or slow drawn-out return back to non-existence? No, this is what stresses me most about living. It is the awareness that my death or the death of another will bring pain to someone or some others, and that the memory of having once lived will be a reminder of this pain. I’d rather, if I had any measure of control over the reality of this life that, if I must die, that I be forgotten just before it even happens and that no one mourn and suffer on my account. That I be as forgotten as non-existence is near rarely even recognized, just an occasional after-thought that brings a momentary periodic smile.
But, the reality is that this is not possible in this universe I experience. So, others will suffer when I die, due to my engaging in relationship with others, and this is an unavoidable fact of life. So, I often imagine myself insisting in life, in my fantasies of the inevitable end, to the near point of demanding, that no one cry for me. Instead, only continue on living life and be in joy amongst each other. That no one make or attend a burial for me – don’t really need that personally now that I’m dead – just toss me in the ground, for all I care, and throw some dirt over me. Instead, I would rather all who would miss me in my death, in my removal from the presence of those who are still breathing and living, I would rather you just sit together for a moment, in whatever version of a wake you care to assemble, and come to a relatively quick closure, by fully accepting my non-existent state now and then figure out how to go on living without my presence. I know, some would say that this doesn’t allow for an appropriate depth to the grieving process, that grieving is a necessary and healthy part of living. But, I find it debatable to what degree one should experiencing suffering, just to let go of the connection to another and continue on living. I feel it doesn’t have to be so painful with an emotionally realistic understanding and acceptance of death.
It’s not death that scares me. Even less so, is it the fear of dying alone. I would feel more inclined towards this, now, just so others are spared the pain of witnessing my last breath by their connection. It’s being remembered and that memory invoking pain and sadness that scares me most. I didn’t ask to be born into this world of existence from out of the non-existence that preceded me, and I unfortunately do not have the personal power to change the rules of life. I am only a lucky happen-chance, a possibility that luckily become probability, and then against sheer odds actually got born and survived awhile. A lucky and gifted human primate that actually got the chance to experience life, to know a moment of living. So, I can only ask that, when I die, you remember what scares me most here and keep your suffering to the minimalist least. Apply emotional reason to this situation. It won’t matter then, anyhow, for me. But, it would lessen, hopefully, any unnecessary added suffering within you. It’s okay, really, what has happened. It’s the natural order of things, accept it and let me go.
In death, there is no suffering, no pain, and no loss, for these are things experienced only by the living that know their corresponding opposites. In death, there is only endless non-existent not-alive peace. A cessation of the energy you and I once called I. Thankfully, I know this, so my suffering over the thought of others suffering over me is, at least, not compounded with added suffering over the inevitable fate that faces us all. I don’t get to make the rules, so I can live with the self-evident around me, just as it actually is. If I feel compelled, I can take on life in an eventually-futile grab for whatever added length of life I can muster. Or, I can just accept the obvious, live, and let life take its natural course. I just don’t want others to suffer, on my account, in this process. There is enough suffering just in trying to live in some decent, respectable, and purposeful way. If there is a message to be shared in this reflection on death, it is this:
To live is to die. Life and death are two sides of the same coin, unavoidably interconnected and inseparable. So, death teaches us something while we are alive. It teaches us to appreciate life while we have it. Everything else that makes up our impression and experience of life is by our design. It is solely based in how we choose to view and experience this life we experience. Now, on this note, if you can face my demise, my inevitable returning into non-existence, with rational acceptance that brings peace within you while being present as I take my last breath then, by all means, I wouldn’t mind you being present as I slip into lifeless nothingness. As I fade away completely, knowing that it is as painless for you as it is for me. What I fear is that this won’t happen, that there will be pain at my demise, and I die knowing and knowing that I don’t want there to be. This is just where I’m at these days on the subject of death, the often misunderstood and not appreciated other half of life.

On Rightness of Thought, and How Such Thinking Deeply Misleads Us (Mistaking Our Images for Actual Substance)
Realistically, it does not matter what you believe in, what could be described as “rightness” of thought or of intent, or rightness of behavior and thought. The promised hope behind such thinking generally stems from either of two modes of thinking within an individual or collective group. One is the idea that if you think and behave in undesirable ways, then there will be negative consequences for this. The other is the idea that what you envision within your life or envision for your like-minded group can be anything that you wish it to be and, in response, the universe will either manifest it or bless you in certain ways for it. The reality, though, is rather non-partisan, as it is always giving out responses completely without favoring bias or interest in the human concept of “fairness.” The universe responds the same way for everyone, without regard for the specific subjective imagery formed within the minds of humans and expressed with their lips and hands. We see this all the time, yet against reason we vainly hope that somehow this will prove differently for us, to the point of seeing evidence of proof where it is actually not there to be demonstrably seen. Not without a leap of belief, that is, an act of faith.
What is demonstrable about our thoughts is the following: Thought has mass. Hence, certain expressions that demonstrate our awareness of this. “This thought weighs me down,” usually said when feeling depressed or heavy-hearted. “That lightened me up,” often said with happiness or joy or contentment over something discussed or remembering from a certain perspective. It’s not the imagery itself, per se, that has weight. But, thought has energy, and energy of various kinds have various masses. And, if you’ll consider this a moment, this thinking, which is the production and transformation of energy, puts into motion a cascading series of other physical energy events that affect a person and his or her overall physical and mental condition. Whatever it is that makes us joyful and alive – whether it be envisioning a banana sundae or envisioning the working of a god or goddess, or believing with all your heart that the banana sundae is god the creator of the universe, the universe in grand responds impartially to such images. But, on an individual and collective social level, the universe can and does seem at times to respond very noticeably, but with limits. The natural physical laws that organize the balance of matter and energy in this universe, energy in non-physical and physical ways, respond consistently for everyone and without bias on “rightness” of thought. Such rightness is subjective, not objective. They are the patterned images we perceive and place value upon. What the universe responds to through our thinking, whether within us or within our social world, is the mass of the thought energy occurring and to the additional physical energy response within a body from it.
It’s not the thought image itself, whether formed visually or through human created words that symbolize and evoke specific imagery, that we who reside within the universe respond to. Rather, it is the mass of this thought energy being generated, which in turn evokes the generating of our physical-emotional responses to it. Our emotions and our very physical body are themselves energy in different states, but it is important to understand that both thought and emotion within an individual originates in the physicalness of his/her bodily existence within this universe. “Rightness” of thought is a subjective perspective of an individual or a collective group of individuals. It is a mistake to assume it is the “correct” image that in some divinely ordained way causes direct effect within the universe. For a case in point, consider how for many hundreds to thousands of years, most humans believed the earth was flat. But, the studies of science show that the world has always been rather round in shape, regardless how much we believed this assumption based in imagery to be true.
To take this one step further, consider a child who imagines and talks about wanting a new toy. This child invests so much energy into the mental imagined manifestation of this toy in his or her life. But, the reality is this toy does not manifest into the child’s hands, until someone capable of it – a living physical body – is willing to get it or make it and, then, give it to this child. Now, at most – realistically – the universe responded to this believed in intention, of “rightness” of thought, only in the fact that this mass exists and, through existing, has managed to cause a response. How this response occurs, though – if it even does – in the balance of mass within the universe is a matter of probability and chance, and can be rather unpredictable at times in what becomes the resulted form when there is a physical response. So many people give needless money and devoted time to the believed in image themselves, like children do, not realizing that, as adults, they have within them the ability to work with that image in mind and with what they’ve got available to them to attempt manifesting it themselves. In other words, doing what they want into existence, rather than doing nothing while thinking, believing, and praying that the image alone is enough, that belief alone is where it all comes from.
No, any imagery that someone or some group has managed to manifest, in some manner within life, comes from physical action, as the universe itself clearly demonstrates. It comes as a motivated reaction to the mass of energetic thought that we perceive as being “this set of words” or “this way of behaving or believing.” For example, a social movement or ideology or, even, a religion is born from an imagined thought, and it is the energy of this thought that spurs the energetic need for changes in mass and forms of things. I recently saw a post about the Church of Bacon. Yes, it is a real church, wherein bacon, a physical object of mass, is their declared god – because, as they say it, “it’s not an imaginary god in one’s head, bacon is real!” Now, for many, they would seem a joke. But, they do good social work and contribute positively to society in response to their “imagery.” More specifically, to the mass of their thought energy that needs responding to. This is a physical universe, requiring physical involvement. We are limited on how much we can actually affect with our imagined thoughts. Thoughts that must find balance, if they are to be realized as manifestations within this world, with the entirety of physical bodies competing for mass balance within the universe. Rightness of thought is a subjective concept only, and it can be anything that achieves the desired mass response, if the mass of the universe will allow for it, or under what conditions or in what manner the universe allows. Unrealistic expectations are often obsessed over and often disappointed. Realistic expectations get rewarded by personal and collective social action. It’s just the way things work, folks.

On it’s really okay to know know these things about life.
Some obvious observable self-evident facts about life that I’ve noticed:
Before our conception, which led to our particular birth as an individual human – a human primate, to be exact – before this conception, we did not exist. At best, given the possibilities of all predictable outcomes in a universe ever seeking balance between energy and objects, we existed only as a “potential” for one day existing. That is, given the right history of events taking place for our possibility to become probability and, then, ultimately a reality.
Now, what we define as a developed human life doesn’t actually begin at conception, no matter how much some who are presently living try to make believe that it is so. In their stances of ideology, of course. Many sperm-and-egg joining conceptions occur in women’s bodies with each experience of unprotected sex during ovulation. But, only one or two or three usually find their way attached to her womb, if lucky enough for this, and the rest are womb-rejected and discarded. Fertility clinics regularly fertilize multiple eggs from women with sperm, which is human science assisted conception, but only one is implanted in a woman’s ready to gestate womb. Again, if lucky, it attaches successfully and begins to grow, and the rest conceived by these medical science technicians are rejected and destroyed. The point being made here is that human life does not begin at conception. But, rather, the sperm-fertilized egg must “develop” into a human, while doing its replicating and specializing of cells in the future mother’s womb. Human life actually begins at successful birth, like ancient sacred writ describes, with a newborn baby breathing on its own – animated by the breath of life – and clinging to its mother.
We are not born with a “soul,” any more than we had some kind of existence before sperm met egg to form our conception. The “before-life” experience and “after-life” experience is an imaginative creative fiction of living breathing and believing humans, and no observable or demonstrable self-evidence of its reality exists. Beyond the evidence found in human written lore, sacred writ with a theological-sociological agenda and purpose. We are not born with a “soul.” Rather, with the development of our individual consciousness, we develop an individual “soul” for while we are alive. It is an energetic virtual representation of our physical body-mind generated in our body-mind, and by our body-mind for while we are alive to create it. A mental conception derived from self-awareness. It is real, but is not entirely immaterial and definitely not anywhere abstractly eternal. There is nothing in the universe that is eternal!
Now, I mentioned about the rise of consciousness, which is part of what uniquely makes us who we each individually are. It isn’t until about twenty-six weeks into to our growing into a human, within the womb of a human woman, that our brains develop sufficiently for human consciousness to begin to occur. Until then, only the basic primal cellular-collective consciousness of the body-mind itself exists. This primal consciousness is a natural result of being alive itself as a organic body-mind form, the collective awareness of the cells that comprise a living body, and exists at all times throughout all moments of life as a living breathing human, for while we have the breath of life within us.
We develop a more complex state of consciousness by about two years into life as a human being, now individually separate from his/her mother’s womb, that of self-consciousness. Our consciousness states are transitory, ever coming and going. Its existence throughout our life depends fully upon whether we are brain awake or brain asleep at any given time during our life. Our consciousness is the founding source for our ability to generate and perceive a material but not physical “soul” that we view is us, and our soul is intimately tied to the awake-asleep cycles of the mind. It is an energy-based virtual re-creation of our physical-energy based body-mind, which we generate through our state of self-consciousness and, as is so human to do, we adoringly call our human spirit.
Just about everything we are, each individually and together collectively as an animal species on this planet, is a result of the way our genetic determinants combine. We are organic physical beings! We are who we are in body, mind, and personality – because of our gene combinations! This results in an each individually unique but entirely predictable human outcome. It is only in our virtual world of imagined “soul,” our virtual re-representation of ourself, that we are capable of seeing, testing, and briefly stepping beyond this basic genetic foundational “me” and, as a result, have some limited measure of influence and control over our body-mind. And, as well, to a superficial limited degree, our surrounding environment, too, that we find ourself immersed in.
No matter how much we insist upon and “believe in” that we have some measure of life that extends beyond this physical manifested reality of body-mind, the reality itself speaks for itself and without concern for our human created and cherished beliefs. The succumbing to death is as real as the birthing of life. This universe, to stay in balance, cannot have one without the other. They are, to use a phrase, “two sides to the same coin” and, thus, inseparable from each other and equal to each other. In order to be so lucky to experience life, as we experience it, we must also embrace our inevitable demise into death. It’s nothing to be afraid of, either the living of life or the experiencing of death, but both scare us deeply as self-conscious humans, regardless. We don’t like not being asked whether we will accept it this way and, thus, we speak about it, write about it and, ultimately, create deeply believed-in fictions about it.
Both life and death are natural normal processes of a universe that is in the act of surviving, of ensuring its own survival. This includes the presence of our existence, but no object within the universe, whether coporeal or non-coporeal, is specifically favored over another by the universe. The universe favors the natural balance that probability of physical and energy chance results in – whatever keeps it in balance. And there are a lot of competing forces seeking that lively balance. The only affect our wordy and well thought out beliefs have on this is in how it affects what we do as humans within this world of a universe governed by probability of events. The universe offers no guarantees based upon beliefs, such are for our own comfort facing a world where “we” are the creators of order, purpose, and morality. Through, our deeply held and emotionally invested in cognitive fictions, of course.
One more self-evident thought, now, if we’re willing to embrace this observable self-evidence. Once you’re dead, you’re dead. It doesn’t matter what you believed to be true while alive, once dead, all of who you were as a living experiencing human ceases to be. Given enough time and history of events, completely. That applies to everyone of us, equally. The only temporary extension we have beyond our death is the legacy of our memory by others, as it evolves in time, and the passed genetic material and experience markers – aka, ancestral memory – in this shared genetic material. It doesn’t matter what we believe about death, in the end we all go to the same place. The body-mind decomposes and recycles within the universe, and we as a “soul” cease to be – becoming as non-existent for the remaining life of the universe as we we’re all those billions of years before we were ever conceived and, then subsequently, birthed as a human.
Allow me to rest this note on this final thought. Our birth was a great and joyous moment, and we are so lucky by this occurence! Our death need not be any bit as less! The reality of life and death does not need to be scary, for it is not one good and one bad. But, rather, it is all peacefully good. We are assured of very little while alive, and must struggle to come to terms with life, as it naturally is. As it proves to be, despite our beliefs. We are assured genuine peace in death, for only the living experience suffering. When non-existent once more, it won’t matter anymore. Life continues on in our absence, in new forms and new ways, with – eventually – new thoughts, new twists on beliefs, feelings, and ways of doing things. It is a peaceful blessing to see this, and to recognize it clearly. It’s just the reality of things, as they really observably are.

On the nature of reality and our understanding of mass.
Recently a team of theoretical physicists has managed to make a sort of “molecule” out of photons, and another team of researchers has managed to demonstrate that on a matter level (macro) the peculiar dual-state rules of Quantum Mechanics (micro level) is in effect. Recently, as well, several established scientific research groups have managed to produce positive thrust results in a vacuum from a reaction-less (fuel-less) electromagnetic propulsion drive. The implications of these achievements (and many, many more recent scientific discoveries) for our future is astounding. What is most notable about them is that they are signalling to us that many of our believed in foundational laws of physics need to be revisited. For our understanding of them is limited and not quite complete. Especially the notion that something can exist but, as well, have no mass to it. Many of these experiments, which are challenging the ideas of conservation of force and what can or is in a state of mass, are now putting in question several of our fundamental laws of physics as our scientific skills and technologies improve to allow us better ways of testing them. I am not totally surprised by this, having said for many years, now, that some of our fundamental laws need to be tweaked a bit. Especially when it comes to things we thought have no mass. If it exists, it has a physical basis. Which means, it has mass. We just need to expand our understanding of what mass really is and, both, how to better define it and understand how it affects the more easily and readily observable forms of mass that comprises our physical reality.

On How Our Mind Actually Works – Actual role of consciousness, not perceived role.
In a nutshell, this is How Our Mind Actually Works, as revealed by the in-depth on-going research of modern Neuroscience and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
The Unconscious Mind — It is fully functioning at birth, and develops itself in stages of brain wave activity over the years. It interprets all inputs to our senses and makes all our decisions based on them and, then, – after the fact – we only “perceive” them to have been consciously made. The unconscious mind determines our beliefs and our behaviors based upon the interpreted model of reality it has devised from years of input, real-time sensory data coming in and, once developed, reflective perceptions of the conscious mind on this. The unconscious has “free will” limitedly, to the degree that one’s genetics and inner model of reality allow for. The unconscious has the power to change, if the inner model is sufficiently challenged to warrant these changes in belief and in behavior.
The Conscious Mind — Occurs around the age of two years from birth, and is a functional development of the unconscious mind. Consciousness develops in stages, beyond basic conscious awareness of environment into more intricately detailed states of “self”-conscious awareness over the years. Contrary to popular belief, consciousness is a small and limited function of the unconscious mind. It is a reflective function meant to help the unconscious mind understand itself and its environment better. Consciousness has “no free will” of its own, it perceives and believes and does what the unconscious perceives and believes does, and “thinks” that such are a conscious choice.
Consciousness serves the unconscious mind as a testing ground, an executive playground so to speak, testing the validity of perspectives against the unconscious’s generated model of reality and real-time sensory data flowing in. The conscious function of our mind has no real power to change, it only “perceives” the changes that are made by the unconscious mind, when they occur, as having been made consciously. The conscious is a reflection of the unconscious mind, its beliefs and behaviors. It is the place where the unconscious mind tests the validity of its ruling perceptions of life.
The importance of actually understanding this cannot be understated. We do not change in beliefs and behaviors, until the unconscious mind is sufficiently convinced that a change needs to be made and, then, decides to do so. These changes are not in our conscious realm to make. Hence, why changes do not occur just from repetitive thinking on it, no matter how emotionally involved we are consciously engaged in it. To the unconsciousness mind, this is fantasy play, to test the inner model with – a place of meaningful words and creative visions, but not necessarily to make any changes on this, yet.
Real change, in both perception and behavior, only occurs when the unconscious mind adopts a change to the inner model it functions by. We, then, perceive this as a conscious choice or revelation when the unconscious does so. With the unconscious re-modeling of reality comes a change in beliefs and in behaviors. We do not affect or control the world within us or around us with our conscious thoughts. The reality does not work this way. But, it has been to our evolutionary advantage and survival as a human primate species to “think” that this is so, to fall for the illusion of conscious control presented in our heads.
This reality of our mind and how are minds actually work does not give support for our fantasies of an immaterial soul, that somehow arrives or arises within us to operate a organic-based mechanical body, for this is predicated fully on the illusion of conscious control. It is a false assumption that the conscious mind is immaterial and somehow separate of body and able to exist independently, when it is in fact energy in its material make-up and occurs as a direct result of a need to survive. It is, equally false to assume the conscious mind having free will and on consciousness being ultimately in control of the unconscious, when the opposite of this is actually the scientifically demonstrable reality. But, this is okay, because the illusional appearance of conscious control serves a critical evolutionary purpose for our species. It is a reflective creative look at one’s actual self, constantly happenning while physically awake, daring us to adapt as human primates in ways that are eventually discovered as actually possible.
Hence, why we are always emotionally and ideologically playing, and ever so caught up in our seemingly conscious-derived human games, individually and socially. Fascinating! As well, hence why, conscious self-talk seldom, if ever, actually works. The reason for this is that a new behavior or new way of thinking must be “physically” taught into the unconscious mind. This is the way we learned to be who we are today, during those formative early years as children on a quest to develop a self-conscious state. Our desired “intents” as adults must be realized in repetitive actions for them to take real effect within us. This, then, leads to our taking effect in the greater world around us, according to what is trained into us.
This is simply how reality actually works. It is never enough to simply imagine it, or imagine it enough times, or invest deep emotions into the imagining. The corresponding physical actions must match the desired intent for the reality of the intent to come about. We need to pay less attention to the intent itself, and more attention to the physical acts connected to it. I am, therefore I think. I do, therefore I become. What I become effects me and the environment around me through my actions, therefore I think.

On Staying Sane and being Fully Present in this World

Two books that will change your life for the better and the good! If you want to understand yourself, you will read these two books … carefully. If you’ve already been on a path of self-discovery, much of what is here will affirm and clarify what you’ve already been personally learning. If you’re just starting to know the need for this learning, they will guide you into an educated and incredibly more enlightened state of awareness. Knowing the reality as it really is, without mis-perceptions derived from our creative fictions about it, is near miraculous in itself. It changes us, improves us, and blesses us to do so. Give it a try, if you’re ready! Your eyes will be opened to what you have not been seeing.

Staying Sane In A Crazy World – author Sherwin T Wine

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness – authors Susan Smalley and Diana Winston

If you’re struggling presently to work yourself free from the holds of religious indoctrination, then allow me to recommend that you read the following book first. Then, engage in the books shown above. When the mind is ready, … and we must walk the steps in their order.

Who Wrote The Bible? – author Richard Elliot Freedman