Friday, October 19, 2012

dies Veneris


Greta Christina, a fine, fine writer has just announced that she has been diagnosed with cancer and needs some help.

Read all the details HERE


Below is an excerpt from a letter sent by Albert Einstein to Eric Gutkind, the author of Choose Life The Biblical Call To Revolt.

"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them."

You might ask why I posted the above excerpt. After all, who cares what Einstein thought about the religion of the Hebrews or about theism in general? Why should one conclude that just because Einstein is gifted in an a phenomenal understanding of higher mathematics he would necessarily also excel in deeper knowledge of other matters?

Why indeed?

It seems to be an enigma, does it not?


As I see it, 'organized' religions such as Christianity, Mormonism, Scientology, Islam, and all the others are nothing more than preconceived and brilliantly executed methods of psychologically controlling groups of gullible people, cleverly put into play by unscrupulous individuals banded together to extract wealth and power from those being unknowingly manipulated.

This, to me, is so clearly obvious that I am amazed that so many people are unable to grasp it.

But as I have so often declared, I am not an Atheist. Nor am I a Theist.

It seems I am an enigma, does it not?

I would like to propose an analogy:

In your imagination try to picture a small ant colony existing mostly underground in the middle of a vast remote jungle in Africa. Within this colony (which represents the human race on planet Earth) dwells a group of typical ants whose reason for being is simply to work. This, unknown and unknowable to them, is, of course, only in order to perpetuate their species.

Could one of those ants possibly understand or even conceive of an astronaut aboard the orbiting International Space station?

How then, can a mere man {or woman} being biological animals possibly understand the make-up and workings of an almighty GOD powerful enough to have created the entire universe?

Ah yes . . .
An enigma, for sure.

Comments are most welcomed.



enigma [uh-nig-muh]
-  a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation.
-  a person of puzzling or contradictory character.
-  a saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle.


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There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
--Dalai Lama

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