I want all the readers of this blog to understand why I have chosen to share all of these thoughts with the public. My object is clear. My father was taken from me at the age of 19 in a very unorthodox manner. While sitting at a stoplight at a busy intersection, a school bus went out of control and took his life, along with another man's. This event has propelled me into a spiritual journey that probably doesn't resemble that of most 24 year old men. My father was a VERY wise man and a spiritual man, always thinking of how he could help the less fortunate and cognizant of the amazing miracle that is life. From a very young age I was introduced to as much information as he could expose me to. He was not biased or judgmental in any of his teachings nor did he encourage that behavior. He grew up in a strict Nazarene family. Upon growing older, he had many unanswered questions. Straying from the dogma of his childhood religion, he began exploring the universe from as many angles as he could. Knowledge became his religion and drove him. He was incessantly pursuing ways to better himself and to relate to less fortunate individuals. I'm the luckiest boy in the world to have had him as a father, which is why I never want his life to have been in vain. I believe in his philosophy and I am dedicated to sharpening the essence of it so that I can one day clearly present it to the world. For now, this blog is a collection of previously written reflections, essays and sentiments of mine regarding education, philosophy, religion and the pursuit of self improvement. Please read with an open mind and feel free to post ANY comments... Thank you.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Moderate Faith

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Premise: If A and B, then C
A: If we can show with reasonable certainty that sin is equivocated with animalistic behavior almost exclusively (i.e. it is of animal nature to mate with several partners and doing so as a human is sinful) and
B: If we can show that certain practices/beliefs of Christianity are primitive/animalistic in nature and therefore "sinful" to a reasonable degree of certainty and agree to modify them, then
C: It may be possible to unite all religions.

The principle way in which I believe Christianity contradicts itself is in the area of thought.  It is its own self-defeating means.  It teaches not to sin, which in essence is to not behave like animals and to use our human brains that god has given us to overcome primitive desires and urges.  "Sin" can be looked at as actions that animals do that as humans we should be able to control, (i.e. the Ten Commandments).  Therefore sin can be described as the absence of thought, for only by conscious thought alone can we conquer our animal instincts.

My argument is that in some specific areas of Christianity, (and all religions), adherence to the traditional dogma, or doctrine if you prefer, requires less thought process  than we are currently capable of applying.  With all of the scientific findings of our physical world in the past 2,000 years, it should be easy to come up with a more realistic explanation of how humans, our planet and the universe came to be than merely saying, "God created life in 7 days".  It is reasonable to understand a society thousands of years ago believing such a statement because there was absolutely NO scientific or empirical data to lead them to believe otherwise.  The most common explanation for unknown phenomena was magic, miracles and God.  It was so far beyond any one mind's ability to conjure up the idea that we are all made of tiny particles called atoms, etc.  The Enlightenment in the 17th century was truly a turning point in humans' understanding of the physical world.  Descartes' Reductionism and  Newton's Laws of Nature laid the foundation for all physicists and scientists after them to explain how our world is put together.  From that point on, we should have been trying to tweak our religious systems to include these explanations as part of their doctrine, rather than take a defensive stance and try to counter these findings with metaphors and different interpretations of theological texts.

  If thinking is what separates us from the animal and not thinking is synonymous with sin, then might it be sinful to stick with obsolete explanations of LIFE rather than stepping outside of our comfort zones to reshape our minds and put our cognitive ability to the test by truly contemplating our universe via the modern scientific findings.  Because to me it truly is humbling and a religious experience to think about the vastness of this universe and how much had to have happened so that I could exist today to think about it.

  My hope, in the end, is to develop an argument so clear and cogent that this statement alone is unable to be disagreed with.  If that is the case,  even the most devout of religious people would see where I am coming from and be willing to listen to what I have to say, maybe even change their point of view.  If this were to occur, I predict that any long-time patrons of any religion would be less likely to change any beliefs, so my hope is to impact my generation of parents so that the next generation might be edified indefinitely.

In the end, the goal would be to start an intellectual movement, one that would carry over into the generations to come that would promote world peace and unification of spirituality, culture and the idea that we are all components of an overarching presence in this Universe that collectively is God.    

Christianity could break the mold of dogmatic religions and lead the globe by example by means of acquiescing certain beliefs so that its principles become more attractive and less repulsive to other nations around the world. This set of principles and manner of surrendering ancient traditions, (for the betterment of the whole), could apply to any and all religions, therefore rendering all religions compatible with each other. This is done by shaving off the outer layer and focusing on the nucleus, or core, set of principles within each religion, for were not  they formed out of a sincere attempt of a group of humans to develop a standard by which to live a fulfilling and prosperous life? Is this not the purest of intentions from the purest source of energy- our soul?  The intent of each religion arose from the SAME source and only after thousands of years of separate growth are the principles different enough and powerful enough to create such animosity- even hatred- between the various countries of the land.  This stubborn adherence is what I am claiming to be animalistic and therefore "sinful", which is not what the religion should be doing if the idea is to stray away from primitive behavior.

If we were to regress, in a sense, take a look at what is really important and realize what is at stake (the existence of mankind perhaps), we might all be able to find common denominators that are strikingly similar. Imagine, if there were a world religion, how much quality of life might rise globally. Prayer, when associated purely with religion, has a negative connotation to outsiders because they think, "What good is prayer? No one is listening? In fact I've prayed before and nothing has happened!" when in fact prayers is just another way detaching our minds from our physical self and relating to the underlying force, God if you will, that lies in repose at the base of our being.  Thus no effort to center the mind and realize we are all but one entity dispersed among billions of organisms is made. Prayer and the ability of the mind is powerful, however, and unless we get a majority of this planet to engage in some sort of unified "prayer" for the same cause, its likely we will either end up annihilating one another or not be able to come together efficiently enough to overcome a global threat, be it alien or viral.

For thousands of years we have built off of the work and progress of those before us. Mathematicians, physicists, astrologers, philosophers, theologians-you name it- all have relied on the work of those before them as building blocks for formulating new and better theories of the mind. Sometimes it took 2,000 years before what was generally accepted as truth was antiquated due to advancement in technology and the sciences. It follows that religion "evolves" too, and must if the population is to have any practical use for it.

It is my argument than an evolutionary step is needed now. Now is the time, but who is so bold as to suggest that Christians might have to take charge in this matter, which would mean almost inevitably the denouncement of Christ as God Incarnate and acceptance that he was a man, like us, who behaved in such a way that God-like qualities were exuded by his presence, unfounded and far above anything his era was able to conceive. In essence, he let God shine through HIM, far more than anyone of his time was able to. So yes, we was divine in that way, but we all have the possibility of letting God shine through us. We are his machines and must provide a malleable mind for Him to grab hold of and direct us in a divine manner. This is precisely what Jesus was.  The fact that our feeble minds at the time could not grasp this fact in any manner led us to form a dogmatic religion, which for sake of the matter was paramount to the continued existence of our society.  But, again, our society is much different now and as Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese warrior/philosopher teaches:

"Those who are victorious plan effectively and change decisively.  They are like a great river that maintains its course but adjusts its flow.  They have form but are formless.  They are skilled in both planning and adapting and need not fear the result of a thousand battles, for they win in advance, defeating those that have already lost."

We must do this with our religion! It has a purpose, an overall course, 
 but we must adapt its flow.  Jesus was able to put a percentage of our race 
on the right path. 
 This is the same for all the prophets of religion. They were all role models to a certain class of homo sapien, ahead of their time, and so influential that religions were formed around them. There is no doubt that if it weren't for this process that civilization would not have progressed and exist as it is today, however, they have grown too far away from each other for too long and must reunite- get back to their roots. With the way technology is today, nothing would be hearsay and events could be recorded accurately. This eliminates speculation and scrutiny of events that occurred in the past. A new religion would not be based on blind faith and would be able to direct us using empirical data, not relying on ancient, untestable and unprovable claims.

I believe it to be true that because Christians vehemently claim that Jesus was God incarnate and that salvation is attained only through HIM, that it puts us in a position where those around the world who see their religious figures as "gifted human beings" see us as, well, jerks.  And for us to say that "Everyone has a chance to seek HIM out and it's their fault if they don't," is narcissistic.  And to say that those who fail to seek him out will go to hell is only a defense mechanism designed to justify our own thoughts and secure in our minds the idea that WE are saved.  We are so afraid of the idea of eternal damnation that we will go to great lengths to dissolve it.  We must devise a Utilitarian faith- one that is good and can work for everyone, not a narcissistic faith!

We think our guy was GOD himself and chose to bless OUR people and is better than the rest? Are we really so narcissistic as a nation to continue to claim that only our religion bears truth and salvation? We are breaking one of Dale Carnegie's essential principles in "How to Win Friend and Influence People". This ingenious book gives an individual profound insight on how to get along with others and work towards a solution that is preferable to both parties. NO ONE wants to be condemned and told they are wrong and it is a careless practice if one desires to either change the behavior and/or beliefs of the other person. This fundamental principle alone yells at me and begs to be implemented into our religious practice. "If you want honey, don't kick over the beehive!"

 Do we really ever expect to reduce terrorism or animosity between the U.S. and the middle east by sending thousands of troops over to "keep them under control"? What if we were to fight a spiritual battle? For is that not the source of hatred towards Americans for people of the Islamic faith? WE claim our guy to be God- they claim Mohammed to be a prophet, a messenger of God's word. How pretentious of us- and that is one example.

People of the middle east, all over the world for that matter, have been persecuted by other nations and killed in the name of God for thousands of years. Their resentment runs DEEP into the hearts of their ancestors and they turn to what is familiar, the indigenous religion, for consolation.
What if Obama were to declare before all of the world that the U.S. no longer had a national religion and that a time has come for all people of all faiths to unite under an umbrella of spiritual principles? Although our nation was founded by Christians and Christian beliefs, I believe the time is near that we honor those forefathers by making the necessary adjustments so that our nation and all other nations may live to see the future.

What if he were to state that our education systems were to be modified so that children were taught to appreciate the conception of each religion and to view them as different formulas to the same problem: finding a better way to live...  Imagine the power each religion has for its patrons. Now imagine the power possible if the central ideas of each religion were extracted from the fluff surrounding it and verified against each other from an objective viewpoint. What set of principles might arise from this process! If the world, especially people of no faith, were given a non-dogmatic, hypocrisy free, objective, technologically and scientifically paralleled set of moral principles to follow, "religion" would be appealing to a much greater percentage of the general population. Of course the cental theme, as I believe is truly the central theme to any true religion, is to love thy neighbor and see the other people of this world as your spirit in different disguises, thus truly learning to love the unlovable as they are as much a part of this universe as you are.

Would this not have profound effects on the economy as well? Wouldn't a nation, or planet, that truly sought to teach their youth, not one, but all religions (moderate faith) as a means to implant the sentiment of global harmony/unity, find easier ways to recover from recessions or prevent them from happening all together? A bold statement, I realize, but to me anything seems possible if our race were to truly unite our souls, brain power and mission to save humanity.

 If Obama, or any president were ever to do this, I predict almost inevitable assassination and chaos throughout the county. But as 311 says, "From Chaos comes Clarity..." . Slavery created a big stink, although for just reason. So did Galileo's heliocentric model of the universe. My point is, what is right often, if not always, sends a shock of rage throughout a population of people who are accustomed to a certain comfort zone and unwilling to surrender comfort for a whimsical idea. That doesn't mean it doesn't need to be done.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


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This term is one I coined that represents the study of physics, philosophy, science and theology...

Writers such as Emerson, Marcus Aurelius, Jesus, Plato and Socrates are philosophical geniuses.  They were able to analyze the characteristics of human life and offer tremendous insight into the ultimate nature of the universe, but did so without the information that is now available in regards to our universe provided by modern day scientists.  This is remarkable, because in my experiences with astrology and modern-day physics, I have been overwhelmed and placed in awe when confronted with the testable, provable and empirical data regarding the creation of the universe.  It is a religious experience to contemplate the properties of a black hole as offered by Hawking, or the theory of relativity as offered by Einstein; it truly brings me to emotional heights to logically pontificate string theory and subatomic theory.  Although string theory is not fully testable, it is based off of the laws of nature.  That I believe it is possible to vibrate at different levels upon death rather than solely adhering to doctrine that states I must be saved by a specific one, not only frees my mind and allows for a broader scope of life to be observed, but it does not imply that anyone else's beliefs are inferior and that they will go to hell because of them.

It also parallels modern-day science and antiquates ancient theories and fables by using the most up to date information.  In what other areas in life, for any life form, do we not seek the most current information?  Animals could not have proliferated in the manner they have by means of evolution, had they trusted what USED to be accepted as common knowledge.  The animals that just "trusted" everything and had "faith" that life would work out all right didn't last very long.   Economically, animalistically, philosophically, scientifically-  in no area pertinent to life is it acceptable to just accept information as is, especially if the greatest minds on Earth have conceived or offered better solutions.  So why would we do this with our religion?  A time must come when the majority of the people realize we cannot take ancient texts as literal.  Currently, as more scientific data is discovered, followers of certain dogmas find ways to metaphorically explain scientific findings, but this will not be able to happen forever... especially if we ever come into contact with extra terrestrials.

This brings me to my most current deduction: that physics and philosophy together can provide one with an innocuous religion capable of propelling one to maximize his human potential.  Truth and knowledge is what we should seek; THAT should be our religion.  Religion exists to give us meaning to life, but what good does it do if it alienates other groups and makes no room for visitors from other perspectives of the world to join?  One would be able to enjoy the fruits of nature and experience sensual gratification without having to forbid them , (as many religions do for fear of abuse), and be able to serve our holy conscience by finding and living our true destiny.  A mind invaded by sensual stimulation is a mind unable to interpret the fabricated coincidences of the universe intended to subliminally guide us, but one that is banned from testing the fruits of nature mutates and is skewed equally the same.  God put us here so that a being existed that could contemplate the beauty of the world in which he created and that could sense the wonders of the world.  Moderation is the key, however, and teaching moderation to our youth in all areas would lead to so much societal good.  Banning religious studies in public school is an atrocity; let's ban dogmatic preaching, not objective, moderate exposure to the world's greatest minds.  Physiolosophy.      

That the great philosophers could imagine a greater power that resides in every particle in the universe without having accessible to them the knowledge I currently do regarding atoms, nuclear energy, black holes, ten-dimensional theory, etc. is testament that a mind in tune with nature is a mind connected to the whole. Please Read "The Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius. In some ways it is like my Bible.  These other modern studies simply reinforce the philosophical inquiries of our intellectual brethren.  The universal soul found a way to shine through these men, as it did Jesus and the other messiahs of religions, so that the populace could experience even a glimpse of THEMSELVES, which hardly any of us ever get.  Because what is truly our self lies at our core; what is truly our self lies at every man's core and is not divisible ; what is truly our self requires none of the senses to detect.  God created heaven when he created Earth and though we should not experience heaven in the traditional SENSE, we had better find a way to enjoy this life we have and make IT our heaven- for it is the only plane on which God can sense his wondrous creations and we are the machines of his sensation.  But as his machines, we must moderate our faith and focus it on a narrow line that allows us to enjoy sensations, without feeling guilty, while simultaneously being able to detect HIS ubiquitous presence so that he may direct us towards our truest path, without the alienation of others.
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Reflection after Reading "Self-Reliance" by RWE

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Men are forms of universal soul.  We came from the same origin.  Our senses allow us to experience the world but cause us to forget that who and what we sense are all part of the same universal soul- ONE.

We materialized out of matter so that the supreme being could have sensual experiences through us, for without physical, rational being, sensation would be mere speculations of reality as in dreams.  Very rarely do dreams accurately represent true sensations, logic, or the laws of nature.  Therefore, that the ETERNAL not exist in a constant state of lucid dreams, ceasing to exist in any corporeal sense, our sensually equipped bodies were dreamt up, creating a chain reaction amongst the omnipresent matter lingering in the universe since the time of the initial spark of creation.

Randomly for millions of years of trial and error, amino acids collided until the right combination created the basic building blocks of life as we know it, and God kept dreaming until eventually a being emerged that was able to comprehend the slightest presence of Himself.  At that moment, God's greatest achievement and most arduous task intersected.  He was now able to sense the physical world he created, but the mind of the being that harnessed that power was so complex that it had the ability to act on its own accord.  It soon forgot where it came from and that others of its species were of the same origin.

We are born with no recollection of this process of life.  We ought not forget that a supreme being lie in repose at our core, however, and is the link between our self and the rest of mankind.  This power within provides insight to the just and virtuous, that if perceived with a pure mind-one accustomed to moderation of the immense sensual possibilities in our world-may lead us to maximize our potential as human beings by serving both ourselves and others.  For it is the ultimate goal that we exist in blissful sensation, simultaneously able to moderate our desires enough so that god may shine through us and we may recognize ourselves in others.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

a legit convo on God

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I cant fathom one man being "in charge" of all of this
which leads me to think that he may very well be a fictional man created to give people faith in times of struggle
if that's true, then why do i find myself sitting on my porch praying for your mom tonight??
its not one man, he is in all of us and aggregately we are comprised of him, we are his machine to view the world, we are mutually beneficial to each other
i dont understand that
people have needed faith in times of struggle... we wouldn't be here otherwise
if he is in us and we are his machines, why do we pray?
think of the big bang as the explosion of potential energy
as the unconscious universe dreamt, all the molecules coalesced into forms that would eventually create what we are today
prayer is a funny thing, most people look at it as corny, but meditation is the exact same thing
we all must center ourselves at times, detach our physical minds from this physical world and get in touch with the force that has always been
detachment is essential to exude divine qualities... those lovers of sights and sounds that are only bound to material objects are vain, selfish, hardly useful to God becuase he can't learn anything from their experiences... I think that when this universe ends, all the humanly experiences will be gathered by the universal subconscious and be embedded into every molecule so that the next big bang will render a species more capable of creating a heaven on earth.
wow...thats a pretty neat thought if that's what really will happen
so praying is a way of centering one's self?
Hawking's shows and other physicists have proven black holes and the possibility of wormholes, that could very well lead to other universes
yeah i saw that on one of his episodes
so when YOU say you believe in God, you mean you believe that he is embedded in you?
I think prayer is exactly that, some just take it to extremes by imagining a person sitting there listening and making decisions regarding their personal life, which is somewhat narcissitic, I believe Karma is the prevailing force
"when the day is done, what you get is the sum, of what you took out, from what you put in..." 311
Yes, of course, its a duality. I have my own physical mind, and 90% of my brain I can't control where the SUBCONSCIOUS dwells, and that when we dream it is our minds exposed to that force...
So what do you believe happens when you die?
I believe that we don't die and go to Heaven; I believe that the goal for God is to create a world where all the senses operate under the universal laws without any hinderance, therefore creating a Heaven on Earth. The subconscious is eternal and when we die we will return there to ponder, but I don't believe we will have any sensual experiences... that is what this life is for. The best we might be able to do is dream...and as you know a dream is not a very accurate depiction of reality.
I believe we vibrate on a different level... all we are is a mass of vibrations, tiny masses vibrating with such force to create this little bit of mass to encapsulate a tiny piece of God so that he can perceive the world in which he dreamt up
which is why he relies on us, and we on him because without his genius we would be a blob of goo
we come from a blob of goo
without us, all he can do is dream, but through us he can SENSE
and our physical mind naturally senses too, but if we sense too much to block out our subsensual force, we become blind and deaf to the coincidences that this universe can create for us
and prayer is like submitting subconscious requests, but are only impactful if a person's mind is detached
but the universe hears subconscious requests and positive energy has a way of circulating back to the source
in one way or another
by glob of goo I simply mean the primordial balls of gas floating around the universe before gravity set upon them causing them to form, which caused heat and the production of the elements in our body
thats what you meant by karma.
yes, karma... those souls who keep everything for themselves and put nothing back into the universe might gain on the short term, but their lives are in vain for their experiences are not added to the vat of experience that is to be infused into each particle at the next beginning of the universe

how did all this come to you? I feel so ignorant and just walking around deaf and dumb when it comes to my spirituality and purpose in living
thousands of pages of reading and thousands of hours of pondering and steven hawking and Hyperspace books and trying to cope with dad's death...
and just writing my thoughts down all the time so that i knew what i thought
it never just came to me
well u have really valid and realistic thoughts
thank you very much and i'm very flattered you are showing this much interest
this stuff with your mom has me a mess
there has to be a fine line between reality, spirituality, science, and faith
i agree
you can't count any one out completely
those who don't integrate scientific findings into antiquity are doing their religion an injustice
s***** keeps checking in with me making sure we dont need anything...bc of whats going on with your mom
she said, it's in God's hands now...thats what made me start thinking
she is doing fine now, got to sleep after some pills and is sustaining good oxygen levels, she just needs to keep hold of her anxiety
people who say its in Gods hands are most of the time too quick to give that as an answer, in some ways they are right, but in some ways they are wrong. no one is cutting strings in her life, like the greek gods. its simple to me. the extreme forces and disasterous occurences that created this world in the first place and are why we are here are still at work and there is nothing we can do but enjoy the time we have
it took billions and billions of explosions between matter and antimatter in the beginning, and only a little matter was leftover in the end which is what we are made of. my mom will be fine this time, but she has to be more careful
we should talk about this stuff more often. i need put more thought into this. and i think figuring this out will help me cope with a lot of things...including death
i agree, and it has helped me indefinitely... my temperment, my ability to cope with things, i just think it has made me more easy going and less apt to get worked up over little things
"more easy going and less apt to get worked up over little things" i dont have a problem with that
cuz all things really are infintessimily small in the scope of creation
marcus aurelius has taught me a lot about the vanity of seeking fame and how all lives are but an echo in all mankind's time... let alone the petty daily occurrences

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