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Who Hijacked Reality / #172 The journey continues

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

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Journal Entry # 172

August 26th, 2010

As I continue on my quest to promote our music and engage people in meaningful conversation about pertinent issues of the day I have interesting experiences. While on “The Bible “ page on face book which I visit once in awhile to see what some of the faithful are saying I get this feeling of self fulfilling prophecy from many of them. While there today I noticed a posting  to stop another page that was alleged to be run by Atheists as a fake bible page but it was the wording that stooped me in my tracks.

It was called “ Shut down the Gold Bible page”.

Underneath it stated “Stop the atheist enemy from spreading lies” I am paraphrasing  as I was banned and cannot go back and get the exact comment. I did not realize that there was a war brewing and that I being an Atheist was the enemy. I was under the impression that we were all in this together. I wrote in the comments and was immediately bombarded. I will reprint the 2 posts I put but cannot put the responses. Most were nasty.

Gary David CurrieThe Bible: I am still mystified as to why you are all so concerned with blocking atheists. Do you consider us the enemy? The sidebar invites nonbelievers and I am sorry sometimes you have to take the good with bad. We are not the enemy we just don’t believe in your god until you give us god reason to. I saw a post here attacking Atheists and trying to stop free speech. You should be defending these rights it allows you to talk here. This is a chance for you to truly practice what you preach not practice hate. Don’t be so hypocritical.

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Gary David CurrieThe Bible: I thank all who talked with me. I urge you all to dig deep into your scripture and practice what you preach. I ask that you stay away from harsh judgment that I so frequently see when I visit here. To those that continually ask what I am doing here please read the side bar, I am invited. I seek to build bridges and find common ground but I so often hear that there is no common ground and I feel the absolute righteousness spew forth that makes this world so dangerous to live in. Be the solution not the problem. Thanks for listening.

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I just don’t get it. They preach love and understanding and then they get all righteous. How do you reconcile the two? Many times I feel they are planning for the demise of anyone that is not like them. Is this dangerous? I do believe so.

So how do you find common ground with people who are not willing to even talk? I keep hearing that the vast majority of the faithful are moderate. I have no idea how you can be moderate when the books you follow actually teach what the fundamentalists are doing.  So why don’t the moderates speak out against the craziness in all religions. Why because they know that the ones who seem crazy are actually the ones that are being true to the cause and when push comes to shove they will have to support them if they are believers.

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This is another reason why religions need to be challenged. Call me what you want I am just a person who has had enough of the bullshit and sees the harmful affects that lying produces in all areas in life. I am just willing to do something about it. So sit back and ignore things until they are at your doorstep and that is when it is always too late. If we have trouble talking now what do you think will happen when that is no longer possible?

We talk to avoid violence. When those that support violence to reach their agendas are no longer willing to talk what do you think the logical outcome will be? You can see it in small doses around the world imagine when the wave comes. I remember hearing that WW2 was to be the war to end all wars but there are those who are willing to continue the wars. I am not that is why I speak out.

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #171 What is the value of life?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

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Journal Entry # 171

August 25th, 2010

What is life? Is it all things that are living on this planet? Are we all earthlings? Is there a monetary value or just a moral value? How do we decide what is valuable and what is not? Is a human life more valuable than all other life forms? Are there certain humans whose life is more valuable than others?

Each individual will assign value according to their own system of beliefs but how does this fit into the world? Is an animal’s life more valuable than humans. How do we as a species look at the value of all life on this planet?

All I am trying to do is ask questions I don’t have the answers just an opinion but it is how we determine the value of life that will determine how we treat life. For example we have depleted the shark population down to 10% in our quest for shark fins and our fear of this amazing creature. How will that affect us in the short term and the long term? Will it be worth it? You can see this in the documentary Shark water.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggtxA4wuXzY

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Don’t go getting all up in arms here from my question I will pose here. I love animals. Was it worth it to save this cats life? Could the money that was spent be put to better use?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CSoroo-bkg

The World’s First Bionic Cat 

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/bodies-found-mexico-ranch-72-found-dead-after-gunfights-2654799.html

Bodies Found on Mexico Ranch: 72 Found Dead After Gunfights

Apparently these humans were not valued. You can scan the news any day and find how we devalue humanity.

If you place a high value on human life and others don’t how can we rectify this as a species?

I personally value all life to the point of the value it shows me. Nature is just nature and it will do what it does. We are the ones who screw it up by being greedy. I would love to hear your opinion on this subject as it is crucial in our journey to become a better species.

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #170 Sharing Kissing Hanks’ ASS.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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Journal Entry # 170

August 24th, 2010

I just had to share this video that has already made the rounds. It puts religion into perspective. Sometimes you cannot really see things because you are caught up in the emotion. This in my opinion clarifies things. Enjoy.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDp7pkEcJVQ

Kissing Hank’s Ass

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #169 The religious dilemma

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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Journal Entry # 169

August 24th, 2010

My goal is to build bridges between diversity. Unfortunately so many want to build walls. How does this help us? I realize that I cannot or will not change anyone they can only do that themselves. What I am trying to do is talk and question and get humanity to a point where we can focus on the best of what we have to offer not the worst.

My dilemma is this I see many good meaning people who believe in their god who are bound by the rules of their religion. While it is also my goal  to have humanity live by reason and science as well as dreaming and faith but not things that are harmful. When you are bound by the rules of your god you must follow the holy book and the holy books don’t always do the nice things you want them to. Ok let me be blunt there are very nasty ideals and laws in most holy books. So how do we reconcile this? If you are about love and caring then why do you need god to show this?

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Neighbourhood comes together and kicks out religious haters.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/residents-confront-church-group-praying-outside-gay-couples-home/article1683855/ 

In my opinion religion will cause good people to do things they would otherwise never consider. You can see this in the example of the above video. This is however tame to what can really happen. All you have to do is read the news any time and you will see the results of this concept.

It will justify people saying silly things like this;  WHOA!! God IS a true living God and the bible is the truth!! Enough said.

I was having a great conversation on religious ideals when this person jumped in with this comment.

When you deal with verses that promote terrible things like slavery, bigotry and war to say the least how can you reconcile this with the love that you feel your god represents?

2 Kings 2:23-24

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.

Exodus 2:11-12

 11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

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2:190-193 Fight in the cause of God, those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out: For tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; But fight them not at the sacred Mosque unless they first fight you there; But if they fight you, Slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.”

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Ok I have just put in a couple of versus but there are more than you want to know that deal with terrible things that most people in their right mind would not consider doing.

Here is what I don’t understand. If you are not going to follow the Holy book literally that means you are disobeying your god and rightly so. If you are willing to make your own moral decisions by doing this then why not take that leap and realize that your god is not a god and is not necessary. Which means he is probably not real? I get it then you will have no wonderful place to go when you die but that is probably the truth whether you like it or not.

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie

Who Hijacked Reality / #168 Does a belief in a god bring comfort?

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

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Journal Entry # 168

August 23rd, 2010

Why do people believe in a god? Is it the rewards or is it the fear of punishment? I imagine for each person the reason will be different and personal but there is an overall theme. It provides something they desire that they do not have at the moment. Is it a realistic desire? I would say overall no but in the case where it provides momentary comfort I will say yes.

We only have this moment there is no future no past only this moment. If in this moment you feel the need to provide yourself with comfort and what is probably an illusion provides this for you then who am I to say that it is wrong. Of course each moment brings a new desire or need and this is only temporary.

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Comfort in illusion.

If you are part of a group let’s say a church and being with others having their support is reassuring to you then great. There is comfort and strength in that feeling. But the one thing I will point out is that you can have the same comfort in believing in anything else that you feel brings you these desires.

Remember it is a belief in god that brings you this comfort not a god so really you are bringing this comfort to yourself. There are many other ways that you can do this.  So if you are dealing with truth you can also find the same comfort. We all need that feeling of safety once in awhile as well as all other emotions. This is what makes us human.

It is not god that brings this to you although you may think it does. It is exactly the fact that you are the one doing the thinking that verifies that it is you not god. If this is the case then what do we need god for? We don’t.

Is it comforting to think you loved ones when they die will go to heaven, maybe so but it is very unrealistic? If you believe that you will see them again and that your time on this earth is but a drop in the bucket will you make it count here. If you knew that there was nothing else would you change anything you have done or will do from this point on? I would but I don’t believe in god so I value the time I have here.

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This is comfort in REALITY.

I guess the real question is what is the harm in believing in god if it brings you comfort? Well I have just given you one reason and this is a topic for another post. Really, does believing in a lie result in positive or negative results?The problem is all the other things that go along with that belief.

Seek the truth always

Gary David Currie