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Who Hijacked Reality / #140 Diversity it is very important.

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

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Journal Entry # 140

July 24th, 2010

Can you imagine if everyone on this planet believed in the same thing? Imagine if we were all Mormons, everyone on the planet walking around in the same white shirt and black tie, with the same haircut saying the same thing. Whose door would they knock on then?

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Why is diversity important? What is funny is that most of us including myself are actually trying to get people to think the way we do. We all think that we have the answers and that we are right and everyone else is wrong. I am glad it is this way I would not want a world where everyone thought the way I do. How boring would it be to argue with myself daily?

Diversity is not the problem the problem is when we try to impose that diversity on others through force from violence to mind control. I firmly believe in free speech and free thought as long as it does not impose on the established rights of others. Why do certain people feel they have the right to dictate what others will do even thought those people are not interested in what they are imposing. These are all excellent ethics questions which I will and have discussed over the life of this blog.

We have diversity in culture, religious believes, ethical beliefs, and in appearance. IO am sure I am not covering everything but I think most things will fit into these categories of art.

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The Moonies choose who you marry  in a massive ceremony.

Diversity helps create struggle and leads to accomplishment. It fulfills our desires and shows us our hopes. What great things would we have lost if it were not for diversity? Would Beethoven or Mozart have been able to create their great works? Would I even have anything to talk about in this blog? Would you have anything to talk about?

Diversity lends to change and change is inevitable. So let’s celebrate diversity as long as it does not involve the things that as a society we believe are harmful that are based in truth. As a species we love our celebration that is part of our diversity.

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The diversity of religion.

We also have a hard time accepting the differences of others as individuals, families, communities and global . This is important to overcome for us appreciate those differences. These are part of the things that make us human. These are the things that believing in a god stops from flourishing.

“I celebrate diversity but not at the expense of my humanity.”

Gary David Currie

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #139 Inside the Box / Outside the Box.

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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Journal Entry # 139

July 23rd, 2010

A Muslim, a Jew, a Christian, a Buddhist, an Atheist and a Hindu are sitting at a table. They have come together to solve the problems of he world each thinking they have the answer. Each one discovers after days and days of talking that they are not willing to step out of their box while feeling that the others are not willing to step into their box. They each feel that the others see it the same way. If no one is willing to be wrong then who will be right? If they each are the measuring stick of each other and those measuring sticks will not bend then how can anything be tested? This is the dilemma.

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If I am a Christian and I see all things from that perspective, that god’s word is the final authority and that all answers can and do come from god will I be able to see  another’s perspective. This is the same for all points. As an Atheist will I be able to step outside of my box and step into another’s. During a lengthy discussion last night on the internet I realized that we had come to an impasse. Reason vs. Faith…. Now my usual position was to say that this person was unwilling to see my position but for the first time I also realized I was unwilling to see theirs. In order for me to truly understand their position It would appear I would have to jump into their delusion and if I did this would it be a delusion anymore. I could not fake it because then I could never truly understand their position. The same would apply for them to understand mine.

So how do we solve this problem? How do we solve this when some people will not bend or compromise?

We have to find a common measuring stick in other words we have to find the truth and we have to acknowledge it. If I could go back in time and see the story of Jesus unfold and we found out the truth about it would each person acknowledge it? I know I would if it was true but I believe that all other religions would not and would try and find some way to fit it into their view even though it would not be true.

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Here is my question; if there was no reward or punishment for believing in your god would you still believe. If you take out the idea of a heaven and eternal life or a punishment what now is the incentive to follow. What is in it for you?

 “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” Stephen Roberts.

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If this statement if not ignored it is probably the best demonstration of deduction and reasoning against what a believer does not believe. Unfortunately they will just say all other religions are wrong because my god speaks the truth as he told me. I guess the only way to solve this dilemma is to have god show him/herself and take all the doubt out of the picture but there is only doubt for the unbeliever. As long as reason and faith are mortal enemies this will never be solved. As Mulder said “The truth is out there” and I for one will never stop looking and in the meantime I will question everything. It is not really about belief at this stage it is about how we impose those beliefs on others.  

“I encourage diversity but discourage ignorance”   Gary David Currie

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #138 Reason is the enemy of faith.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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Journal Entry # 138

July 22nd, 2010

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.

Martin Luther

Reason is the enemy of faith.
Martin Luther

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While involved in a discussion on the internet over a quote from this 15th century German priest and theologian I did some research to understand who he was and ran across these other quotes by him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

These quotes are basically the same and perfectly describe the essential barriers that have been erected between religious and non religious views/debate/discussion. The 2 are diametrically opposed, if either one concedes any ground then it will have to surrender to the other. So which one is right? Better yet how do we get past this dilemma?

The real question is which one will lead to the truth? Can there be a meeting of these concepts? I will first give you my response to these quotes.        

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.
Martin Luther

Reason is the enemy of faith.
Martin Luther 

 Does this mean that faith is the enemy of reason as well? If reason is a whore then who is its’ master? If all things are created by god then god is its’ master, then god is his own worst enemy.
Gary David Currie

It seems that reason and faith will always be at war. Why is it the enemy of faith? Is it because with reason comes knowledge? Does religion loose it grasp and hold on individuals when they question it. Is all faith blind to reason? To have faith is not to question but to submit and be obedient. Would you not want your children to learn to think for themselves? Do you want a wife/husband that can only obey? What kind of conversations would you have? Is not faith the destruction of free thinking and free speech? If you never question how we ever learn?

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Is this how you get blind followers?

Here is another quote by Martin Luther.

Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.
Martin Luther

Can we see reason? Is this contradictory to what he said earlier? Since we do not see reason should we allow ourselves to be seized by it? Now how do we deal with the contradiction of Faith and reason seizing us at the same time?

Faith is necessary in life. It is believing in things without evidence. Belief leads to a quest for understanding. This is how we learn. The problem is that you must never stop at faith because then it becomes control and control is the ultimate illusion. Faith must lead to reason where evidence will show if the faith is justified or not not.

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Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #137 Just Human / Bigfoot the Atheist

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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Journal Entry # 137

July 22nd, 2010

There were those who said the music we created was dark in nature. I say they just don’t understand. I am promoting 2 songs from the CD. The first is bigfoot the Atheist which is actually an instrumental highlighting the talented guitar skills of ZACK CURRIE. This song is the prelude for JUST HUMAN which is all about living together on this planet in peace and harmony. The opening line sung by my youngest sums it all up.

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Bigfoot  The Atheist

Just Human

Were black, were yellow, were brown, red and white

Let’s get together, let’s not fight.

I’m not perfect, I’m not ugly, I am beautiful, I am intelligent

I am strong and I am weak

I love the world I see the places that I want to be I’m human, human

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I am just human, I am just like you

I am just human trying to find my way too,

I am just human, I am just human,  I’m human

We all live here trying to get along, but we fight, what are we fighting for

Time is short and inescapable

I love the world I see the places that I want to be, I’m human, human

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Were black, were yellow, were brown, red and white

Let’s get together, let’s not fight.( repeat)

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You can go to the songs and lyrics page to listen to these great songs.

Living in harmony and peace is a choice like everything else. Why don’t we just stop making the ones that harm us? It really is that simple. We all know what is right and what is wrong so just stop.

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #136 Iran’s Heroin problem, worst in the world.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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Journal Entry # 136

July 21st, 2010

Iran has the worst Heroin addiction rate in the world. Why is this shocking? This is a country gripped under Sharia law. An Islamic state that forbids the use of drugs and alcohol should not have even the lowest rate of heroin addiction. This just proves once again that religion cannot stop what humans do to escape their problems in fact it just makes that escape all the more attractive.  Iran is also a major hub in the Heroin trade with the drug coming in from Afghanistan.

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Drug Use in Iran (IranVNC.com)

People are in the grip of poverty and unemployment. With such strict religious standards ther is little room for growth which provides employment. When you are forbidden to do so much and you have no self esteem drugs can be a sweet release at first but of course that is the illusion.

With so much hate towards the Western world from Islam preaching about their decadent ways and Islam being the answer of purity the drug problem in Iran is an indication of what religion any religion eventually does to a society. The shame of this is also that the drug money made from the heroin trade is used to support terrorist activities thus continuing the cycle of lies which for most always ends in tragedy.

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A report on Afghan Heroin Addicts

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http://in.reuters.com/article/idINISL2762520071015   Afghan Junkies

I am sure the drug addicts did not start off saying I am going to be a drug addict. They probably like all of us wanted a good life, to raise a family and be happy so where did all this go so very wrong?

The main point here is that this is not just a problem in the west. It is not a religious problem. It is not a political problem. It is a human problem shared by all across this planet. The solution needs to be shared by all across this planet.

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie