The Blind Leading The Blind

 Posted by on April 5, 2015 at 9:41 AM
Apr 052015
 

Sam Harris Is BlindUnbelieving Materialist Poster boy,  Sam Harris

“TO THE UNBELIEVING MATERIALIST, man is simply an evolutionary accident.  His hopes of survival are strung on a figment of mortal imagination;  his fears, loves, longings, and beliefs are but the reaction of the incidental juxtaposition of certain lifeless atoms of matter.
No display of energy nor expression of trust can carry him beyond the grave.  The devotional labors and inspirational genius of the best of men are doomed to be extinguished by death;  the long and lonely night of eternal oblivion and soul extinction. 

Nameless despair is man’s only reward for living and toiling under the temporal sun of mortal existence. 

“Each day of life slowly and surely tightens the grasp of a pitiless doom which a hostile and relentless universe of matter has decreed shall be the crowning insult to everything in human desire which is beautiful, noble, lofty, and good.

“But such is not man’s end and eternal destiny;  such a vision is but the cry of despair uttered by some wandering soul who has become lost in spiritual darkness, and who bravely struggles on in the face of the mechanistic sophistries of a material philosophy, blinded by the confusion and distortion of a complex learning.  And all this doom of darkness and all this destiny of despair are forever dispelled by one brave stretch of faith on the part of the most humble and unlearned of God’s children on earth.

“This saving faith has its birth in the human heart when the moral consciousness of man realizes that human values may be translated in mortal experience from the material to the spiritual, from the human to the divine, from time to eternity.”¹

This Easter, may the unbelieving materialists raise the bar;  may they take a moment to unpack the “mechanistic sophistries of a material philosophy,” and truly reflect on just what a “destiny of despair” does to their psych.  It takes far more courage to embrace that “one brave stretch of faith” and discover eternal life, than it does to accept the hopelessness and despair of “eternal oblivion.”  Go for it.

¹  From Paper 102, THE FOUNDATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FAITH, THE URANTIA BOOK

Ultimate Beauty

 Posted by on February 10, 2015 at 11:18 PM
Feb 102015
 

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Mahh Man…  Make the 1%ers Pay Their Taxes, “Bitch”

#ClayHuntSAVAct will be signed into law Thursday, fuck you very much Tom Coburn.

David Brooks’ pity party: Why his defense of Brian Williams is really about the 1 percent salon.com/2015/02/10/dav… via @Salon

Cruz

Once shut down the government with a Dr. Seuss book. 

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“The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama’s chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny,” Brent Waller, Imperial Margarine wizard, wrote in a Stormfront post. “The fudge packers from Hollywood and all major news networks are in shock that the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their Imperialist, Communist Homosexual agenda!”

 

StewartRefuses

The discernment of supreme beauty
is the discovery and integration of reality: The discernment
of the divine goodness in the eternal truth,
that is ultimate beauty.

The discernment of the divine #Goodness

in the eternal #Truth

is ultimate #Beauty.

Jan 232015
 

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“Truly barren is a secular education. It is always in labor, but never gives birth.”
Gregory of Nyssa

Secularism had its inception as a rising protest against the almost complete domination of Western civilization by the institutionalized Christian church.  But modern secularism has been fostered by two world-wide influences:  The mother was the totalitarian medieval Christian church.  The father was the narrow-minded and godless attitude of nineteenth- and twentieth-century so-called science — atheistic science.  

For three hundred years, Western thinking has been progressively secularized.  And all that while, religion has increasingly become a nominal influence, a ritualistic exercise.  The amazing thing is, though, the majority of today’s professed Christians (in the West, anyway) are unwittingly actual secularists.

It required a great power, a mighty influence, to free the thinking and living of the Western peoples from the withering grasp of a totalitarian ecclesiastical domination.  Secularism did break the bonds of church control, and now in turn, it threatens to establish a new and godless type of mastery over the hearts and minds of modern man.  

The tyrannical and dictatorial political state is the direct offspring of scientific materialism and philosophic secularism.  Secularism no sooner frees man from the domination of the institutionalized church, than it sells him into slavish bondage to the totalitarian state.  Secularism frees us from ecclesiastical slavery only to betray us into the tyranny of political and economic slavery.

“In our secular society, school has become the replacement for church, and like church it requires that its teachings must be taken on faith.”
John Taylor Gatto

Materialism denies God, secularism simply ignores him;  at least that was the earlier attitude.  Now secularism has assumed a more militant attitude, assuming it can take the place of religion, whose totalitarian bondage it once resisted.   Today’s secularism says that man does not need God.  But such a godless philosophy will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness, war, and world-wide disaster.  During the first third of the twentieth century we humans killed more people than were killed during the whole of the Christian dispensation up to that time.  And this is only the beginning of the dire harvest of materialism and secularism.

Secularism can never bring peace to mankind.  Nothing can take the place of God in human society.  But.  Do not be quick to surrender the beneficent gains of the secular revolt from ecclesiastical totalitarianism.  Western civilization today enjoys many liberties and satisfactions as a result of the secular revolt.  The great mistake of secularism is this:  In revolting against the almost total control of life by religious authority, and after attaining the liberation from such ecclesiastical tyranny, the secularists went on to institute a revolt against God himself, sometimes tacitly, sometimes openly.

To the secularistic revolt we owe the amazing creativity of American industrialism and the unprecedented material progress of Western civilization.  And because the secularistic revolt went too far and lost sight of God and true religion, there also followed the unlooked-for harvest of world wars and international chaos.

Here’s a thing.  It’s not necessary to sacrifice faith in God in order to enjoy the blessings of the modern secularistic revolt:  tolerance, social service, democratic government, and civil liberties.  And it also wasn’t necessary for secularists to antagonize true religion in order to promote science, and to advance education.

Without God, without religion, scientific secularism can never coordinate its forces, harmonize its divergent and rivalrous interests, races, and nationalisms.  Secularistic society— notwithstanding its unparalleled materialistic achievement— is slowly disintegrating.  The chief cohesive force resisting this disintegration of antagonism is nationalism.  And nationalism is the chief barrier to world peace.

Secular social and political optimism is an illusion.  Without God, neither freedom and liberty, nor property and wealth will ever lead to peace.  Never forget that the inherent weakness of secularism is that it discards ethics and religion for politics and power.  But in the end, you simply cannot establish the brotherhood of mankind while ignoring— or denying— the fatherhood of God.

Cosmological Questions For Lunch.

 Posted by on January 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM
Jan 132015
 

Day 24,510 On This Planet

But first:


Remember:  On average, stars are no closer together than say, a dozen oranges would be at maximum equidistance from each other inside the volume of the sphere of the earth.

Please answer, if you can:

Where and or how did time and space originate?

Who (or what) created the universe(s)?

What is reality?

What is life, and how did it originate on this world?

Can you prove the spiritual world does not exist?

Do you have a cosmology that synthesizes the apparently divergent sciences of nature into a consistent and logical universe philosophy, a coordinated and unbroken explanation of both science and philosophy?

What is gravity?

How did atoms originate?

What is matter?

How can we be sure we have discovered the smallest unit of material matter?

What causes, or drives, evolution?

If what is admittedly higher— intelligence— evolved from what is admittedly lower— primordial slime— how did this potential become invested in “mud”?

What is Mind?

What is consciousness?

Why are there such vast numbers of galaxies of stars?

Why is space so incomprehensibly VAST?

Why is everything— from the guts of every atom, to the path of every sun— in motion?

Is there anything— or any place— that isn’t in motion?

Does space end?  Is it circular?  Is it infinite?

What is infinite?

What is finite?

How was this world formed?

What is religion?

What is a soul?

Is worship a waste of time?

Is prayer a delusion?

What is Truth?

What is Beauty?

What is Love?

What is Evil?

Are there ghosts?

Are there any “supernatural” beings?

Did Jesus exist?

What did he really teach?

What is faith?

Does “spirit” indwell the human mind?

On This Planet. Still.

 Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM
Jan 082015
 


DAY 24,505  On  This  Planet. 

I feel like WE are Groot, today.  I don’t feel like spelling it out more than that.  I may get a double-take, or an “Excuse me??” stare, but that’s become a lot more frequent a response to me this decade, anyway.

So.

WE are Groot.”

 

 

Centrally Scrutinized: Again. And Again.

 Posted by on December 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM
Dec 032014
 

Mister-RonTrue:  Frank Zappa persuaded Mister Ron* to lose ten pounds of ugly fat for this year’s ZAPPADAN.

Hi.  It’s me again.  I’m back.  December 4th is the beginning of Zappadan, an exhilarating esoteric festival celebrating the role of small electrical appliances, icing anointment utensils, cream cheese, and pansexual roto plukers in the discography of Frank Zappa.  And other stuff.

In our short, intense lives here on this tiny little planet tumbling through the weasel dust of time and space, many of you have realized, at last, that imaginary guitar notes, and imaginary vocals, exist only in the imagination of the imaginer…  and ultimately, who gives a fuck anyway…

Excussse me.  We do.

So.  We go back to our ugly little rooms, hang some Zappadan paraphernalia around the house, you know, like a string of toasters, or roto-plukers, cue up some Z, and quietly dream about our last guitar solo;  and get thoroughly screwwwwwwwwwwwtinnizzzzed.  Again and again.

As you can see, music can get you prittty  fucked  up;   so take a tip from Joe;  do like he did;  hug your imaginary guitar, and get a good job;  Joe did, and he’s a “happy guy,” now. . . on the day shift at the utility muffin research kitchen;  where he arrogantly twists the canvas snoot of a fully-charged icing anointment utensil, and every time a muff. . .  well.  You know the rest.
Better Muffins

On sale just in time for the X-mas Gluten-stuffing Extravaganza pageant gala blowout thing later this month.

So suck on a tall WP&LJ, and get the holiday off right by searching “Zappadan” in our archives;  you’ll be glad you did.

And let the anointing begin.  :—{>

 

*Yes, now there are two Mister Rons;  the one who runs Appliantology, and the one who runs Gluttonology. Or here.