Tuesday, June 26, 2007

For Gods We Lust

Last time I wrote about a strange topic, now it’s time for a touchy subject.

Is there a god?

This could get very long. I’m not specifically referring to the most famous god, known only as God, but all of the other gods as well.

“Other gods? BLASPHEMER!

It’s true, there are many gods that have followers, all over the world. Some of them aren’t even referred to as ‘gods’ but actually called deities or saints or holy icons. But, if these gods do exist, where are they? Where is the proof they exist in the first place? Then again, where is the proof that they don’t? Since it would take to long to talk about them all, let’s deal with the biggest fish in the proverbial see, God, Himself.

Let’s start with the basics of the first, the proof that gods exist. This is very hard to find, considering we might not even be liked by the gods we worship. Let’s say that God is just like the Christianity buffs say He is, all powerful, all knowing. If He did have all the power in the universe and beyond, and He knew everything, then why did He make us? Why are we so important? These are a few of the questions asked to try to disprove God. There is a simple answer, assuming God exists. We aren’t important at all. At least, not yet. If God is the only god in existence, like the Christians think, don’t you think he might get bored? Just sitting up there on his ‘cloud’ waiting for something new, which he knew about already? The bible says we were given souls and freewill. I find no reason to give humans such dangerous tools, unless there were very specific reasons, and I think I know what those are. Freewill is purely for the purpose of God’s entertainment, and the soul is there just in case we screw up. It’s not exactly proof, but I think it’s the closest we can get, rationalizing things to the best of our ability. The only way we would become important is if we found a way to become gods, ourselves, which would give Him people to talk to, to pass the time, as it were.

Okay, now that we are half-way through this post, let’s start in on the other side, proof that gods don’t exist. Again, to save space, I must refrain from discussing all the gods and default to the most famous one. I’m wasting enough of your time as it is.

Let’s try to find those two basic elements that ‘proved’ God exists. We’ll start with the soul. Where is it located? Where does it go when someone dies? According to religion, the soul is all over and goes to heaven when you die or, in some spin-offs, it floats into a new body. Well, if we are being recycled, that’s one thing, but if it just gets stored into a high up place for all eternity, then Someone didn’t plan things out too well. That’s not that great, but let’s move on anyway. Let’s go with the big one, freewill. What is freewill? Last I knew, it was the freedom to make choices. Well, the brain is what allows you to make those ‘choices’ that you love so much. But, the brain is simply a series of electrical pulses reacting to information given. There’s no 50-50 about it or any other variable. Just a series of If ‘this’ Then ‘this’ statements. That doesn’t sound like freewill to me. That sounds like programming. So, either God programmed us to do something specific, which he could have done all by himself, or we are simply flesh machines that are just running programs. Even myself, as I type this, am responding simply to information that is being transported into my head through nerves connected to my hands and eyes. Again, not good proof, but it might be the best we can ‘come up’ with.

Well, this has certainly been very long. But look at what we’ve accomplished! Whole nations have gone to war over something so vague that might not even exist. I bet the religious people will have a field day with this one.

Bah, let ‘em eat.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Remember, Baby Steps...

There has been a debate for a long time now. This debate has been centered around our very existence, and the dimensions themselves. Whether or not man could ever travel through time. In a situation like this, one must examine everything that could be.

First of all, everyone that speaks of time travel has concluded that it is, in fact, the fourth dimension. This is simple to understand, since we think of events as being in a specific location (X, Y, Z) and a specific time (T). So if you were to jump to a specific point in history (past or future) you would need all four coordinates x, y, z, t. Upon thinking about this, there is only one conclusion. Since we had to be at all four of those coordinates to make the event in the first place, we must have existed in the fourth dimension to do it, the fourth dimension being time. Scientists have constantly referred to us as 3-dimensional beings, only needing to worry about x, y, and z. Either we have been lied to, or they aren't as smart as they want you to think. So, assuming we are 4-dimensional beings, the 4th dimension being time, then we are already traveling through time, forward. We just haven't figured out how to control the speed yet.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to travel backwards in time as easily as we walk backward or drive backward? To revisit a moment in history as often as we want, preferably without altering the events. Or to be able to speed up time, causing us to see our own future, and know if we survive a modern day crisis. Or, better yet, to be able to freeze a moment in time, and hold on to it indefinitely. All we need to do is learn how.

But, what if the scientists are right, and we are 3-dimensional beings? Well, if the 4th dimension is time, and we exist in only three dimensions, then why are we bothering to figure out how to travel through time? It's obvious that we can't. And if we can't travel through time, then we are not moving forward through time either. All of our clocks are simply measuring how our planet moves, anyway. That means our concept of time is based souly on the three dimensions we live in. So, if our clocks are measuring "time" as we know it, and we only live in three dimensions, then that fourth dimension we are trying so hard to control is in fact all three dimensions we currently control already. Using this logic, one can only assume the obvious. Time does not exist.

So, what do you think?

Are we Four-Dimensional beings that are still learning how to "walk" the fourth dimension?

Or are we simple Three-Dimensional beings that are clinging to a false dimension that we actually created, just to give us something to grasp?

Honestly, whichever lets me sleep in later is fine by me.

Monday, June 11, 2007

My kingdom for a donkey!

There comes a time in every man's life when he must look adversity in the eye. A time when he needs to stand up for himself and make things how he wishes them to be. He must realize that nothing is going to change unless he does it himself. A declaration must be made.

No longer shall he be a slave to the people around him! No longer will he rest while the world passes him by! He shall stand tall, press on and make the world see things his way! There is only one way he can do this, and it is the noblest way possible. He must go on a journey. The man must search high and low for what he desires. He must turn over every leaf he finds, round every corner. He shall not rest until his journey is through.

He must reclaim his kingdom, for it has grown restless and has strayed through the years he has sat still. They must all join him in his quest, discovering themselves along the way. There will be hardships and mourning, but this journey will come to an end. It must. If it continues for too long, their world shall never change.

Unfortunately, this path never ends well. Hunger lingers. Thirst envelopes. The supplies run low. Nothing is meant to last. Eventually, the man gives up hope and begins to go mad. He nearly destroys his kingdom, searching one final time. His followers leave him be, returning to the life they knew not long ago. When the man tires, he runs to the outside world and screams at the top of his lungs!


Thursday, June 7, 2007

Inconvenient Conveniences

You notice how much easier life has gotten lately? We have cell phones that we keep with us at all times incase we need to call someone. We have laptops with wireless internet so we can go virtually anywhere to check our e-mail. Almost all gaming companies are trying to make portable games so we don't need to be confined to our living room or bedroom to play our favorite games.

We've got MP3 Players, CD players, Portable Radios, Microwaves, GPS, Drive-Thrus, Palm Computers, Dish Washers, and many more conveniences that help us get through everyday life a little easier and a little faster. Everyone's all for moving through life faster, easier and sooner. As a result, we are making better cars, better homes, better computers, stronger medicine so we can live longer and healthier. But for what? People zoom through everyday as fast and as efficient as possible, but they never take a break. When they get a free spot in their schedule they just fill it with more schedule.

You wake up. Turn off the alarm. Head to the bathroom. Take a shower, making sure to use the high pressure nozzle to blast those little buggers off. Get out. Dry yourself with a blow dryer while brushing your teeth with an auto-brush. Put on the clothes you picked out last night. Head into the kitchen. Grab a cup of coffee as a quick 'wake up' call. Grab your breakfast, the same hot pocket as the last six months. Put 'breakfast' in the microwave. Take your vitamin pills to replace what you don't have time to eat. Grab breakfast. Head out the door. Hop in the car. Take the interstate to work, while eating said breakfast. Stay there only as long as you have to, God forbid the boss 'grants' you overtime. Take the same interstate home. Call your father along the way to wish him a happy birthday, making sure to use the hands free head set. Grab dinner on the way, thank God for inventing fast food, since you skipped lunch. Come home. Hop online to complain to your Net-Friends about how much your day sucked. Grab another cup of coffee. Finish the project you were working on all day. Stick your cups in the dishwasher. Set up your clothes for the next day. And go to bed, setting the alarm for five hours from now.

This is the weekday of someone living in the city. This an extreme case of No Free Time. Most people think it is confined to city life, that if you move out to the lesser known towns, the suburbs, or even buy your own farm, that you'll get away from all of this. But that's not true. A lot of people living outside of the cities experience the same day to day lives, but in a different way. They use laptops to do their work so they don't have to be at home. They take the bus so they can run the laptop without needing to see the road in front of them. They listen to their MP3 Players, CD Players or Radios so they can get in some entertainment to neutralize the boredom of their work. They usually don't have the time to eat breakfast, take a vitamin pill, or even take a shower most of the time.

People around the world are moving so fast, trying to do so much, that humanity as a whole is slowly choking itself with its own progress. We're trying to cram so much into a day, so much into our minds that we don't know how to do anything else. Children are soon going to be taught two languages from the moment they enter school, just to keep up. What we need to learn how to do, more than anything else, is to slow down.

People need to learn how to take time off to enjoy life. Take a vacation and just go somewhere. Don't plan it out around what needs to be done, just go. Drive. Ride. Run. It doesn't matter how it happens, just go. Forget about everything that must be done and concentrate on doing nothing. Relax a little and let everything go. If you're worried about progress, think about this, the best way to gain a clear perspective is to back away and let everything focus. People are supposed to smell the flowers that they plant. Just take some time to enjoy what mankind has done, rather than waste your time coming up with the next best thing that no one will take the time to enjoy. If you have children, take a vacation with them. You'll grow as a family, you'll start to enjoy life and you'll all be healthier and live a lot longer, while being happy.

This has been a very long post, but this needed to be said. All the 'conveniences' that we use and abuse only serve to get you to the next minute faster. Every inch of the way is packed with time savers that allow you to use more time savers. Just slow down, take a breath, get to know people, go to new places, and enjoy life before it passes you by, just to get to the next generation.