God

So I believe in God. God is all around us, he is in each of us. God is the ultimate creator of life, the universe and everything. God does not speak to me directly, but rather he gives me what I need to survive day in and day out. I respect God, but I do not worship God; God does not need to be worshipped; God does not need anything as he is already everything.

When you disrespect another human being, you are disrespecting God. When you pump poison into the air, water or even the minds of those around you, you are poisoning God. When you support pain and hatred, you feed the devil and when you dismiss the beliefs of others, you are just as well dismissing God.

We cannot hope to comprehend the immense nature of existence, but nor should we stop trying. God does not give us what we need, he gives us the tools to earn it for ourselves. He could not blame us for using the tools of his creation, our intelligence and our bodies.

To think though that almost every self described religious person believes that “God” can be summed up by a book written by man, by dogma created and propagated by man, is astounding. We do not and can not have all of the answers, only God does, and anyone who claims otherwise is an insult to God.

natural selectionScience and technology have progressed immensely of the course of the last few hundred years. Medical science alone has saved millions through prevention by means of vaccines and hygiene. It is getting to a point where common diseases, viruses and bacteria, are no match for our modern medicines. From those efforts nature has isolated super viruses and super bacteria that are resistant to our drugs and methods. Whereas we once thought we might live in an era without sickness and disease, we are now realizing that the cat and mouse game of life and death is far from over.

Natural selection, as probable as it is misunderstood, doesn’t seem to be a major factor in life anymore. People with bad genes still mate, and people who get sick now get better; even people who can’t walk, talk or even function in society are still afforded a place among us, and why wouldn’t they if we are able to sustain them?

The idea is that the weak and the unworthy of each species would fail to find a mate and thus their genes would no longer be part of the gene pool, while beneficial mutations would win out and make the species stronger, and better seems a far and distant ideal. Give it some thought and it may even be one of those awkward aspects of life that sounds good until you realize the propensity for disaster.

If a genetic mutation caused a single mother to give birth to countless children, all with the same ability, then that gene would usually win out, but overpopulation would quickly exhaust the resources necessary to sustain said population and thus would die out. It is clear then that while “survival of the fittest” alludes to individuals who are more capable of adapting to their surroundings, this is not always the case, and history makes quick work of such natural selection problems, as nature always retakes it’s place as giver of life, as well as that which takes life away.

In the long run natural selection can not result in altogether stronger, smarter or better forms of life, but instead a balance thereof, because any dominating species will almost assuredly bring about it’s own demise.

Humans, we think, could be an exception to that natural rule. We have the intellect and planning capabilities to overcome the limitations that other dominant species have encountered. Sadly it appears that the sheer number of humans on this earth is going to make any real common effort towards sustaining ourselves very difficult.

For the time, war, disease, poverty and crime end most of our lives and still more attention is paid on short sighted selfish goals, most of which indirectly enable war, poverty, disease and crime to overcome us.

It is often mistated that many men and women are trying to save the earth. This is inaccurate though, the earth will live on regardless of the impact humans have on it. Saving the earth, as we proclaim it, is really only saving ourselves.

 

 

Kindness

Act of kindness

 

The world is full of beauty and wonder, but it is also a harsh place. Life is a struggle from beginning to end and things get very hard when we forget that we only grow through pain and only learn from challenges.

If something is hard, but you know the outcome will be positive, that is an indication that it is well worth the sweat and blood. Taking the easy road almost always leads to more hardship; we grow weak and tired when we avoid earning our spoils. When things are too good to be true, they generally are.

We live in a world where half the population is more concerned about “Freedom”, a term so often misunderstood and twisted to mean exactly the opposite of what it really means: responsibility, rather than respect and the life giving ecosystems we depend on. Freedom is not doing whatever you want whenever you want, that is anarchy. Freedom is respecting the world around you enough so that everyone has personal freedom to live how they see fit, so long as they do not encroach on the freedom of others of course.

Kindness is easy, it is free and wonderful, but it’s not “cool”. What is “cool” these days is more closely related to “not giving a fuck”, to excess and intolerance of change. To be open to new ideas often comes across as not having a mind of your own, while resistance to the very real and ever changing world only makes things hard, but without the positive outcome.

Then there’s this constant demand from the feeble minded that those around them change to be more like them. Even intelligent people with proper morals and life styles seem to think they can change others and that they have the right to do so in the first place. Fact is rights are an illusion, we are thrust into this unforgiving world and physically anything can happen. The law doesn’t prevent, it only punishes.

The real solution is kindness, respect and tolerance. Too many short sighted individuals escalate situations instead of de-escalating them. You cannot solve a situation by applying more of the same problem to it, and that’s what violence is, a problem. Love is violence’s only enemy, whereas more violence almost always makes the problem worse.

Some people would call me a hippie, and that’s okay, but really I am not all peace and love, I just think ahead; I see the future I want and I act in the present to give myself the opportunity to achieve it. I don’t see a bright future where between now and then is violence, intolerance, hatred and fear. We need to communicate, agree to disagree; we need to let research, history and science guide our paths, not men and their flawed ideals and biases. But I won’t pretend to want to force this on anyone else, all I can do is live it, and be kind.

Inputting the future

One of man kind’s great advantages in the circle of life is our ability to craft tools. Using tools is easy enough, but the ability to imagine new ones, create them and in some cases use those tools to make even better tools [toolception] is huge.

Fast forward to the computer age. First there was the punch card, then the keyboard and mouse, each with their advantages and disadvantages but all created to facilitate input and produce more tools.

It seems that our primary input methods have plateau’d, is this the best way to interact with complex systems? Are motion detectors, eye tracking cameras and mind readers the next wave?

One thing is clear, whoever comes out with the true successor to the keyboard and mouse is going to revolutionize technology. We’re not talking about replacing the mouse with something else to move the cursor, but the end of the cursor, of typing and of all input bottlenecks, at least, until the next best method is invented…Human Brain as computer pathways

Uncertainty principle

Any sufficiently intelligent species capable of space travel would never interfere with a planet like ours, just making contact would rob us of our destiny, of our chance to build our own society in this universe.
Unless the uncertainty principle is a fallacy, we’ll never meet any of the alien races out there; they will make sure to avoid detection, because they are no longer arrogant like we are.

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Even observation changes the outcome of an event… therefor observation = interference.

The prime directive is necessary for a healthy universe; species must earn their place among the stars on their own.