Call the Earth a Grand Bookstore
We are all souls captured in stories
Enveloped in bodies of books
Pages of human history
On which every man may look
Some are popular, heralded bestsellers
Masses are worn, forgotten and severely weathered
Many will fade into the shadows of dilapidated shelves
A fortunate few treasured by millions ‘round the world
There are some worth every single penny
Others are vile and loathed by many
They come in an array of sizes and colors
Though you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover
Flights of triumph and brilliant fantasy
Epics that make thinking minds stand in revolt
Fables of whimsy perfect for innocent children
And vicious lies for evil and gullible adults
There are books revealing “the secrets”
A plethora claim the living gods
An undeserving number are ripped from existence
A self-select elite are barbaric and odd
Books can be hilariously overpriced
And offer nothing new to your life
Yet discounted by distribution and worth
Are stories of the true Earth
Forever will too many fail to see
The pages outlining the real stories
But pass us again in the aisles
Opting for a novel of another style
If only the man with eyes to read
Would pick up an unfamiliar story
Billions of dark and light works to understand and behold
And call the Earth a Grand Bookstore.
Stop trying to be beautiful and redefine beauty.
Stop waiting for them to save you and start doing something.
Stop asking to be liberated and take back your liberty.
Stop fighting in the name of freedom and redefine humanity.
Facebook Simpletons of the Day: My Grand Finale
[This was my final response to the theological simpletons I encountered on Facebook yesterday (one of which I posted about prior to this one). They’re pretty self-explanatory independent of their responses posted in the thread before mine:]
My Friends, again:
1) The term ‘overpopulation’ doesn’t necessarily mean there are too many people on earth, but in any given area, especially regarding an impoverished one, which is where a bulk of children are born today: disgusting, violent slums and ghettos… not the suburbs as some would hope or prefer. Even if it were somehow possible (or remotely wise) to do, moving every human to Texas still doesn’t solve the critical problem of having enough uncontaminated drinking water and natural foods, and other resources like effective law enforcement, good schools, and healthcare for all the people of the earth here in the present and the millions more to come in order to maintain a life of decent quality with the basic necessities.
2) Certain universal principles and events (ex:birth and death) can and will apply to all of us regardless of what or who we believe in
3) I do not absolutely believe every single thing I read, especially when I have not read it more than once, it cannot present substantial evidence or references, or contradicts several valid, proven >facts< (not theories or hypotheses) illustrated or indicated in a variety of resources compiled from a plethora of well-established organizations and institutions (or mere observation and understanding, ha ha).
4) You misinterpreted some of my key statements, for example: you assumed I was saying the bible instead led to those atrocities of genocide (like the holocaust), I did not. I stand by that statement which dealt with the infringement of someone’s >personal< beliefs — bible-, evolution-based or not — on the lives of others being a root of those events. If I became president and forcefully changed all history texts to completely disregard creation for evolution instead, you would obviously have a fit, correct?
I also stated that a belief in evolution does not make slavery and eugenics acceptable causes for most of us who believe. How or why that is incorrect to you, I’m not exactly sure. If you do have any evidence proving that most people who believe in evolution also think slavery and eugenics is acceptable, please furnish it, as I know a good nimiety of people who believe in evolution that do not fit into that category.
Evolution (the broad term, not just the ape-man theory) and Creation, in it’s non-biblical sense, are not necessarily mutually exclusive: An intelligent designer could have indeed set the initial spark/bang that resulted in space and time/matter+life… Time probably exists, theoretically, so everything won’t happen all at once, providing all creation the ability to grow, progress, adapt, change, age, and you guessed it: evolve (theory). There’s quite a lot of interesting facets and branches to the idea of evolution beyond theories of apes turning into humans, and a few lines on the side of a cliff at The Grand Canyon proving blah blah. So again, I feel we have a problem with stereotypes gone wild! However, you would be correct to say Evolution (the mere ape-man concept which is only the tip of the iceberg) and Creation in the biblical sense as interpreted by several are indeed mutually exclusive.
4) It’s also unfair for one to assume that we all use evolution to devalue a human life, egg, fetus, etc. Many of the people who have provided the bulk of the useful information we have available today regarding evolution are comprised of experts who have contributed countless materials and innovations to the medical, zoological, and science communities that have resulted in the safety, health, and complex comprehension for hundreds of millions of lives, human and animal alike, all of us included (ex: viruses evolve).
Belief that we are insignificant beings that evolved from less-capable beings in a gigantic universe is not reason to degrade life for the Intellectual, but to help advance it. It is a method of understanding that what you see before you is not all there is, and there is so much more, physically and metaphysically, that we just don’t know.
That’s what makes some arguments and “truths” a matter of >faith<, not fact. Ultimately, one has to >believe< God said something because, aside from any applicable extraordinary experiences with the Holy Ghost, you did not see nor hear God/Christ speak those things himself, and even if you did you probably lack the ability to verify it for others who don’t share the same faith, belief, or neurons. For the rest, these arguments are a matter of several variables often beginning at the heart and soul.
It’s silly, unbecoming, and sinful to manipulate, shame, degrade or strike someone else (especially regarding another race or culture) into or out of something (especially personal affairs) that you yourself cannot completely understand especially when you lack the ability to support your judgement thoroughly uncontested beyond your personal faith and experiences (if the subject shares* the same faith and experiences, however, this does not apply). Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, and Einstein understood this concept very well. Instead we often attempt to reduce complex decisions like terminating a pregnancy by a diseased rapist, being an open homosexual, or selling your body so you can afford a place to live in the ghetto to simple black+white matters with quick-and-easy solutions and instant answers derived from a book and/or based on a hunch. That is an awful and archaic way to approach a very complicated and colorful life on earth and it should be no surprise that those who do not take or become subject to such an approach are happier, have better self-esteem and are more peaceful by far.
It’s okay to not have all the answers for every person. I certainly don’t, so I won’t present myself as the authority nor a scholar worth his weight in pennies on any of what we’ve discussed, but that still does not remove nor discredit the core content of my earlier rebuttals here:
a) Overpopulation in several areas globally is a serious problem worth addressing intellectually (and yes, not necessarily and ideally not at all by abortion but with, as you suggested: better planning, education, industrialization, and innovation) without reliance solely or primarily on emotions and/or religious faith. Claiming such a problem — one which contributes to the lack of education, income, and access to basic necessities for an unfathomable amount of people around the globe — is just “a myth” is a very brazen, shallow and naive statement for anyone with access to the internet, although and most-unfortunately a very typical one for your average American citizen who lives above the poverty level and fails to properly acknowledge the harsh reality below it.
b) I believe in applying certain complex and personal preferences, opinions, choices and expectations, regardless of what they are based on, only to your person, belongings or family, and resolving to hope the rest of us simply catch up instead of infringing upon or judging others who do not share your exact beliefs (and why should they share them when so many who believe do not practice what they subscribe to and preach?). Moreover, the one-way conversation is often on elements of which you can’t possibly have a substantial collection of knowledge nor understanding to certify your self-proclaimed expertise and ability to instruct others of all kinds globally, since you are not and never will be the other (ex: you haven’t been pregnant before, correct? So without spectacular effort by several people, research, instruction and heavy understanding you are currently unfit to tell a pregnant woman exactly what to expect during childbearing, childbirth and its possible byproducts or complications for her situation, and even if you become fit to a degree you’ll still never know and understand how she feels completely).[I’m referring to my friend, who is male]
Empathy, discussion and understanding, and the avoidance of one-size-fits-all remedies (more often than not stemming from religious beliefs) is a much more sound approach to helping all humans than pro- this anti- that, rich or poor, elephant or donkey, believer or non-believer jive-talk. That’s right, I said it: jive. Lol.
One ignorant, gory, gross forum responder and others like him as well as men like Mao and Hitler should not be branded as the poster children or dead spokespersons for those of us who are pro-choice or believe in evolution. Such a thing would be a cruel and misinformed intellectual crime.
I do feel women should have a choice, especially when their own health or the child’s health is at severe risk; I also believe in evolution yet I do not share the grim and discomforting respect to unborn children and human lives that the previously-mentioned persons have or had.
Everyone is entitled to their own interpretation of this thing we call life and what’s right and wrong, what’s just an egg and what’s a human life, but it becomes an annoying and pesky problem when some decide without courtesy nor genuine respect to color on someone elses paper instead of their own when the other person was perfectly capable of creating their own beautiful picture. With that particular phenomenon, I take sincere issue and I will not hesitate to protest loudly against it.
Honestly, there’s probably not much difference between how your thoughts arrange themselves and those of Hitler or Stalin. Obviously you’re not a killer or sadistic megalomaniac of any sort, if anything you want to save lives, but you all had a particular view, set of beliefs, expectations and/or ideals — purportedly god-given or not — concerning certain deep and intimate biological, anthropological and/or spiritual issues that you felt should apply to all members of a particular race, regardless and often in spite of a countless variety of the actual circumstances co-existing proving such a feeling insufficient, biased, outdated and misguided. One could discover this only with cultural research, genuine empathy for all humans, love and understanding on a grand, neutral scale (the less-traveled more-difficult route).
5) I certainly wouldn’t say I’m disillusioned, more like enlightened, still learning and growing: evolving
6) Of course you have every right to disagree with me in the furthest and the least, I merely wanted to round out and support previous statements.
7) This is a discussion to continue in person, I’ll let you know when I’m in town :)
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