Here and now, I must insist that you summon the full extent and force of your self-control. Because yes, I have much to say on the subject. This is a fair warning and call to action to all critical thinkers.
Given that you have not thrown whatever device you read this on across your study, living room or jail cell, whichever more accurately describes your current accommodations, please follow along with a little bit of unsolicited advice.
Assume, if you will, my little blossoming sceptical ape that there is no such thing as an all-powerful deity who created our past and current experience. Nor anything that controls the ambiguous movements of our timeline.
Let’s imagine, or apprehend if we must, that we are correct and that there is no psychic energy flowing from the hands of self-proclaimed faith and energy healers. Or that crystals are only suitable for decoration and some deviant masturbatory practices.
Can you safely and happily preach and share your philosophy or lack thereof to and with those you wish to enlighten?
Well, not all the time. And in the cases when you can or should, you need to do it cautiously.
You must always respect the importance of such balancing devices like religion and belief systems because of their emotional and psychological implications. And the role they play in your development as human beings and the species’ survival.
It is clear to me now that reality, when defined as objective, is something humans are meant to live in, not something you can recognise or accept.
One of the significant yet straightforward reasons for this is that it takes a very stable and secure mind to accept the possible finality of human existence. The thought that there might be “nothing” after this life experience is, at times, terrifying to many. When this argument is convincingly presented to the wrong mind(s) or a mind in the wrong state, the results can be catastrophic at more than individual levels.
It is also true that the existence of “God” and a possible after-life cannot be proven false beyond a reasonable doubt, mainly because negatives can’t be proven. Though I am a strong defendant of the current scientific method, I understand how in the minds that can’t grasp it.
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Science, like all phenomena, seems to dissolve at a far enough point in the beginning, the start of it all. The realisation that something cannot possibly come from nothing. But, as you expected, I will have more to say about this observation later.
Now, this begs the introduction of one of the most popular “logical fallacies” or the act of confusing the currently unexplained with the unexplainable. The idea is that because we do not now have an adequate explanation for a phenomenon, it does not mean that it is forever unexplainable. Or that it, therefore, defies the laws of nature or requires a paranormal explanation.
An example of this is the “God of the Gaps” strategy of creationists which asserts that whatever we cannot currently explain is unexplainable and was, therefore, an “Act of God”.
It is evident to anyone of adequate education and historical knowledge that many currently accepted scientific principles were once unexplained.
Again, forgive me if I have given you the slightest feeling of believing in such concepts like the Judeo-Christian ideology because I do not. However, I have personal respect for doctrines that are separate from any particular dogma and encourage critical thinking. I am always happy to express my contempt for any system that steals the choice and responsibility from the human being.
Furthermore, I despise the so-called new age community’s ways, which preys on the faith of the ignorant and the human need for order.
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You may not trust the ideas I have put into this piece. But trust me when I say that I know I need to learn to communicate better and start offering these sphincter-loosening nuggets of information more professionally so that you, my reader, can actually respect what I have to say.
And with respect in mind, I offer you the idea that you can teach people to be powerful without the need for external brain-mashing bullshit like that provided by most facets of the new-age movement.
You can inculcate, and running the risk of sounding like a hypocritical jerk, indoctrinate in our fellow humans that we are naturally incredible beings with fantastic potential and the choice to become what we wish, before and after modern mythology.
How? I’m not entirely sure. So I trust all of you critical thinkers to keep ecology in mind when educating the world and teaching them to accept reality.
Because you can learn and teach humanity that what reality offers us is enough, in fact, more than enough.
This fantastic, unique, almost unfathomable universe of ours should not be diminished and offended by man-made madness and monsters that only prevent us from achieving true enlightenment.
— The Devil Unbound, from the Peyton Dracco archives