New Thoughts on Free Will

Neuroscience would say that it is strictly biological. Instinct, something a large enough computer would be able to compute the actions of every individual past and future.

Philosophy has tangled with this subject for thousands of years neuroscience has recently entered the picture.  However I feel that neuroscience while having valid input into the subject neglects the spiritual.  Then, we run into the problem of measuring a spiritual phenomenon such as free will.  Neuroscience would say that it is strictly biological.  Instinct, something a large enough computer would be able to compute the actions of every individual past and future.  I see this as coming down to having a belief in a God or gods or a source which has consciousness that either created humanity through spiritual means or created humanity through breeding.  Neuroscience would be the avenue of approach if humanity was created through genetic breeding leaving the human without any objective spiritual lives other than imagined religious experiences.

I propose a thought experiment in which we are all living in a static world.  There is no past, there is no future; we are just here.  Present is you, the present is just a name we use for our living experience.  However, within the present is the infinite past and future.  Before the big bang and after the universe is wrapped up and fades away; you will be here.  How does this tie into free will?  Free will exists on the macro level or spiritual level but is limited in the micro level in our human experience.  Limited but not completely taken.  However, a large enough computer would be able to predict with great accuracy your future and tell you your past based on your present.

Imagine Infinite Source

Now imagine the infinite source.  This source set everything in motion and may or may not be interacting with humanity on a spiritual level.  I would suggest that this source does interact with us on a spiritual level through the subconscious.  This then limits free will even more than natural animal instinctual behavior as now the subconscious is being influenced by a creator source.  One may ask does the creator source have free will.  I think that we can ask the same of our spiritual selves as we are a part of the creator source.  All is one.  In conclusion free will and lack thereof are non-existent.  The question is moot as it is our human existence which asked the question in the first place.  The lower cannot know more than the higher.  If the creator source possesses free will than so do we.  If not we are ok as there is nothing we can do about it. 

Moral of this little thought experiment is that you have nothing to worry about in life as all life is probably planned out for you in advance.         

Just enjoy the ride!     

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Accepting Change

We know then life is not forever, watching parents become older, not their young selves remembered from the eyes of a child.

Change is the constant.  What you can always count on is change.  Change is the moving force of humanity.  Without change we would not have moved from hunter gatherer tribal nomads to living in cities having everything we need to survive minutes away.  From newborn to old age, change in the constant motion driving us from cradle to grave. 

Humans resist change understandably, becoming accustomed with lifestyles, occupations and even our human body.  We dread reaching the age 40, 50 and 60.  Those years come with the body starting to break down.  We know then life is not forever, watching parents become older, not their young selves remembered from the eyes of a child.  Children no more we are not, death is knocking knowing as they are so we shall be. 

Acceptance to Change

Acceptance to change is a desired response in order to lubricate the emotions which long to resist.  We can bring peace to our minds, learn, grow and become teachers to the youth.  Changes in all its forms are not bad.  In fact, change is a necessary component to our spiritual growth.  Without change we will stay infants well into our old age.  Or simply without change we would not exist in the first place.  Stop resisting change and allow your stress to be eliminated.  It is the unknowns of change that leave us paralyzed with fear.  Instead of moving forward into the great unknown we stay in a desperate mode of survival in which we can never win.   

Ride the wave of change.  Stop regretting and stressing, instead move with the universe follow the path of the fool into the unknown.  There is only reason to fear if you are resisting what must be.  Allow change to be your friend working together towards a better future for yourself and others.  Accept your life for what it is; embrace the change you make in yourself as well as the change that you face.  You have made it this far, you will always make it.               

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God Is Not The Cause of Suffering Pt. 2

In short, evil does not exist. It is our human condition to suffer which we perceive as evil.

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”


― Epicurus

I want to focus on this quote by Epicurus in part 2 of “God Is Not the Cause of Suffering.” 

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?  Then he in not omnipotent.”

I think we can base most of this argument from the ancient book of Job.  We understand that only good things come from God however, God does allow evil to work in the world.  God then is still omnipotent just a participant by association in the evil as we perceive it.  I think it is important to remember God’s ways are not our way.

“Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent.”

Yes, from our perception he is malevolent.  There is no doubt about it. God is absolutely allowing evil in the world.  I would ask is evil necessary?  Or, does evil exist at all?  Do we just call what makes us suffer evil because we do not like it?

“Is he both able and willing?  Then whence cometh evil?”

In short, evil does not exist.  It is our human condition to suffer which we perceive as evil.

“Is he neither able nor willing?  Then why call him God?

That would be a personal choice.  Don’t call him God.  Call him what you want.  Why do I call him God?  I call him God because his ways our higher than mine.  “Reality” Is much more than I could ever understand.  I call him God because I do not believe in evil. I believe in suffering and suffering can bring about some of the best attributes in mankind.  This however is my personal choice. God then is not the cause of suffering; suffering is the cause of mankind. To suffer is to live.  Do what you will.        

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God Is Not the Cause of Suffering

Do you wonder why people leave God? We teach them he is this creator who brings vengeance upon his people and all suffering, illness and disasters are from his hand.

God is not the cause of suffering.  Many within the Evangelical church believe that pain and suffering are from God.  Some radicals feel that hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters are God’s vengeance.  These types seem to live in a real life Dungeons and Dragons game rather than being followers of Christ.  Imagination is a good, but we must not get carried away.  If you think God causes suffering he/she is not the God I serve.  Here is the deal humanity in itself is the cause of suffering.  We start suffering before birth and continue to suffer until our death.  Suffering is human nature.  It is not of God, it is of humanity. 

Countless times I have talked with those who were once Christians or grew up in a Christian home who reject Christianity due to a misunderstanding of suffering.  Often Christians will quote Sodom and Gomorrah as an example without consulting Jesus and his interpretation.  Jesus was asked whose sin caused this man to suffer; his parents or his own?  Jesus said neither.  The suffering was for the glory of God.  Life is suffering, all suffering can bring us closer to God or drive us away. That is the human condition.

Do You Wonder Why People Leave God?

Imagine yourself flying from Hawaii to Los Angeles.  Throughout the flight you are looking down on the beautiful ocean. Then you start to see land and the smog below.  Humans are destructive.  We destroy as we self-destruct.  Like mold on a piece of white bread, the mold will spread and destroy the whole piece.  We need to be honest with ourselves.  Teaching our children or a new believers that God is behind our suffering is an imaginary way of trying to make peace with our condition.  We blame it on God and teach our children to blame it on God.  Do you wonder why people leave God?  We teach them he is this creator who brings vengeance, suffering, illness and disasters on humanity.

Let’s not forget we also teach our children and new believers that if we do not get it right we are thrown into a lake of fire.  This teaching must stop.  We must rid ourselves of what we have been taught and think rationally.  No good God is going to cause suffering.  No good God will banish people to eternal torment.  Finally we must ask ourselves why a good God would make humanity to be creatures of suffering.        

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Is Religion Worth It?

With such atrocity and division caused by religion we must ask; is religion worth it?

Is religion worth it?  There is nothing on earth that is used more to manipulate the populace than religion.  Religion inspires people to commit the best and worst of actions.  Religion has spearheaded some of the bloodiest wars and terrorist attacks.  The labels in which we put on people in differing countries are often based on the majority religion.  It is a Christian, Muslim or Buddhist country.  Within the differing religions is even greater division especially within the Christian faith.  With such atrocity and division caused by religion we must ask; is religion worth it? 

Religion Defines Our Purpose.

People throughout history have also used religions to define their purpose.  Trapped on this planet in the middle of space, early man developed religion as a panacea of sorts to explain why we are here.  If God or Gods have contacted humanity it was still mankind who developed the system of worship around the Gods.  Within Christianity, the Biblical text spells out how the religion was formed.  Jesus did not form the church.  Jesus did tell his followers to go about and spread the good news.  However, this good news of love and peace has become a heavy burden to the majority of Christianity. 

Religion is not Complex Enough for Humanity.

Is religion worth it?  No, I would say it is not.  It is within human nature to seek for the divine, but to formulate religions on dogmas and doctrines in which we think we know the will of God has caused nothing but harm.  To have faith in God and a spiritual practice is not the same as an organized religion. Spirituality is following ones will.  Ones will is their purpose and we are all spiritual.  One’s path is not the same as another as each path is as unique as a fingerprint.  To develop a system focusing on the human and his or her purpose in life is leaving humans wanting as no system is great enough to handle the unique nature of man. 

Do Not Give Up on Your Faith.

If you agree but still love your faith good.  I would never want someone to disown their faith, rather I would say let us build upon our spiritual nature within the framework of our faith, adding modifications when needed.  Live by love, do no harm, seek peace and care for one another.  Know that everyone is different and that is ok, that is how God made them.  Understand that variety is the spice of life and you do not know the answers.  Love, and be love, that is the only way. 

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Where Am I? How Did I Get Here?

Where am I? How did I get here?  I am approaching 40 years on this earth and I am trying to figure out what the hell is going on.  I am sure many people feel the same.  Over the years I have observed many strange behaviors on this planet; wondering why people do what they do.  Whatever the purpose was for my existence I find myself more eager for the mother ship.  Now I know that this sounds like talk from someone mentally ill or disturbed.  Is it?  Have you looked around and contemplated this perceived reality and just said; what the fuck? 

Everything Humans teach is a Lie

Everything humans teach is a lie.  Their history, religions, monetary systems, politics, their beliefs on food, drugs and spirituality, all of it seems to be self-serving.  Humans are born with an ego in which drives their sufferings; with meat sack bodies that decay over time.  They do this thing called work which is centered on competition tearing each other apart.  They are trapped on a rock flying around a fiery inferno at thousands of miles per hour.  I would think they would work to make their lives better.  Instead they behave in a manner of less intelligent animals which they coexist with.  I should not be so surprised man seems to function little better than ravenous wolves.      

Humanity lives in a dog eat dog world.  They trick themselves to believe they must work 40 hours or more every week keep subservient to employers who don’t give a flying fuck. They replace each other with someone more productive when one falls short.  God forbid a person is depressed, going through a family crisis or just having some bad days.  It is no wonder half of them are on Prozac, alcohol and other pain reliving drugs.  I do not blame them for their self-destructive attitudes.  Since I have been here I have been forced into their regiment often relying on their methods of coping.   

I do not understand why they do not move at a slower pace?  Why don’t they spend the first half hour of their work day in meditation?  Most of them only receive a half hour unpaid lunch in which they scarf down food; it is no wonder they have intestinal problems.  They are also not compensated when their bodies start to fail.  This is what they call retirement.  They spend their days when their bodies are healthy doing stupid shit they do not want to do, then spend their final years with broken bodies trying to do what they always wanted.

Humans Find A Strange Peace In Religion.

Humans find a strange peace in religion.  They have hundreds of them.  These philosophies of peace however are the cause of most of their wars.  Again, I ask, where the fuck am I and how can I get home?  None of this seems to make sense.  This is not the way I want to live; I do not want to spend my days doing dumb shit, being subjected to stress, the pain of this body and a society which is animalistic in their self-seeking.  Who want to get up day after fucking day to do it again and again until you die or retire?  If I am lucky I will receive 10 years on a fixed budget before this body fails.

I know I have been negative.  Why shouldn’t I?  Life is suffering they say.  It is bad enough they are born grow to about 30 or less then start falling apart.  If the biology is not suffering enough, they pour suffering upon one another.  Ok, ok, enough of the negativity.  I do not have all the answers; I am new to this world.   

Maybe They Should Seek Within Themselves.

Maybe they should seek within themselves?  Develop a path in which they convert ego into Spirit.  They have had many great sages which transcended the traditional human.  One of these was Jesus.  Jesus had many great examples found in the gospel text.  This, before so called doctors of the church interpreted the teachings to be more in line with the wicked world.  Jesus said the kingdom is within.   Jesus and other great teachers taught to live a life of meditation, prayer, giving and receiving with gratefulness.  They taught love, to seek the interest of others not themselves.  These teachings from great spiritual leaders are opposite to this current world. 

The human should live to serve one another instead of stealing from each other.  In their Christian tradition they are taught to love one another.  Loving one another would mean developing constructive work that is meaningful.  If they would stop competing for money; rather compete for the greater good of all people.  Accepting each other for who we they are, regardless of their views; all humanity working together for each other.  It is time they get the priorities of the human race straight; returning to the spirituality in which they come.  If this is done, I would not mind living on this rock for a little while longer.           

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