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Bedtime Story For Gilad

April 24, 2017 9:04 am

There is a state of mind where one can discard the paganistic concept of 'sacred' and yet positively remain in utter wonderment and appreciation of the beautiful aspects of life. 

Just because the logical mind rejects the concept of 'worship at alter' for its unpleasant enslavement, it does not mean that the logical mind does not heartily and profoundly appreciate the magnificence of a thunderstorm or a dew drop glinting in sunlight.

What is behind the concept of divinity, after all, if not the experience of stunning beauty and breathtaking goodness?

April 23, 2017 10:04 am

I was shocked and very disappointed when I first arrived at the idea of 'non-sacredness', but no more.

I honestly don't care and am very happy with that.  It doesn't bother me not to care at all.  I'm very happy not to care.  I feel liberated for it.  I seek nothing anymore - I have no more desires and no more ambitions, thank god (if you'll pardon the pun).

All I have right now is my simple and satisfying life in the countryside, and my ISness.  I'm traveling light for the rest of the journey, and I love it.

April 21, 2017 7:42 am
I've actually had this story in my head for a long time but I was always too lazy to ever write it down. Thank you, Gilad, for your article that inspired me to get it together: type it out and share it with discerning readers.
April 23, 2017 8:17 am

Sometimes I experience the world like a witness looking at a hologram.

Sometimes I really feel like there's not much to this world.  Disposable world that we so deeply value - this life, all life, that we consider sacred.

'Sacred'?  What a tricky-dicky word.  So very powerful.  Lofty.  Inspirational.  Yet, so very dangerous.  Probably the most dangerous word in the human dictionary.  The very word-concept that's responsible for our primordial illusion of grandeur.  Our illusion of power and permanence. 

I ask you, dear humans, how can we (or other lifeforms) be 'sacred' when our so-called god put the earth that we live on, our home and our sustenance, put it all on a slo-mo collusion course with the sun?  I don't see how we, physically and spiritually, can be so precious and important to 'god' if he ultimately aims to burn us and his whole creation to cinders.  What a wicked ultimate destiny this so-called god has designed and prepared for us!  We obviously don't mean much to him to blight us all with such a horrid end.  No, we are not sacred at all: we are nothing but this slow-burning kebab meat for a cosmic barbecue party.

But seriously folks, even if humanity managed by some miraculous fortune to achieve utopian peace and perfection,  god's invisible hand will still push us and all life on earth, eventually, straight into the infernal sun.

Utterly boggles the mind why life as we know it was created in the first place at all.

I take from that: that I know nothing.  I understand nothing.  I am nothing.  And I don't care. 

I don't care for this 'god' plan and his petty-minded, uncreative, imperfect, temporary creation.  Useless, illogical creation.  I also most certainly don't care to play the puerile power-games that 'god' invested and hard-wired into mankind: I don't care to be beautiful or rich or famous or enlightened or even healthy - I don't even care for the soft opiates of love - I don't care about anything that feeds the illusion of permanence. 

And I don't care that I don't care.

April 17, 2017 4:33 pm

So I've written a 2274 word story about the Jews and not once did I use the word 'Jew', 'Jewish', 'Judaism', 'Judeo'.

April 21, 2017 7:00 pm

Yikes!  Heh!

Don't get me started on the fake Progressives of the 21st century - I can't deal with lunatics and lunacies right now.

And Marxists?  The trendy ones with an American Express credit card in back pocket?  Yeah right!  Fakesters too for sure.

There used to be a time not too long ago when one could find a couple of likeable attributes in Progressive and Marxist ideas.  But no more.  Pretty much everything now has been kicked askew by culture bullies to mean something else completely, even the reverse.  Poor words and their meaning.  Taken a good beating and subsequently as a result, the human communication system is black-eyed, cross-wired and tongue-burned.  That's what a long-term deluge of fake news and intimidating misinformation will do to the face of a society. 

April 21, 2017 7:36 am

Gilad (appearing as Samivesusu),

We invent gods for comfort.  Well, fake comfort, that is.  Hard for fickle humanity to accept existentialist reality.

We are born with no tooth, no talon, no fur no bowl of food in hand - more helpless than any other animal, we are born.  We are also born with no knowledge of why or wherefore and with no physical god or indisputable sign of god.  We're born as if flung recklessly into this world to either sink or swim.

April 21, 2017 9:27 am

Like my story posits, the Hebrews invented a genocidal god to project grand powers of protection they themselves did not possess.  Like a puffer fish that blows air inwards thus quadrupling its size to scare off bigger fish - this is how I see the jewish religious posture.  They continue to 'puff up' because the ruse still works - and very well, I may add.

To my mind too, prophets Jesus and Mohammad legitimized certain aspects of the Hebrew cosmology by repeating them.  This is for the following reason: not even their clear, honest and advanced intellects could escape or fully shake off the insidious first root of paganism: planted in the mind of humanity since humankind took to sheltering and living in caves: planted since awareness and importance of 'self-preservation' became active and organized in the human-animal mind.

Planted originally by the first primordial fear experienced by humans: fear of thunderstorms: fear of petrifying thunderstorms crackling, booming and falling unstoppable over the heads of cavemen and savage animals alike.  Looking like the fiery spears of an angry and punitive creator: to a primordial pagan mind, no doubt.  This explains why the first pagan gods to be worshiped by cavemen in all four corners of the world were the thunder gods.  Yes, thunder was the first to be worshiped because thunder was the very first natural phenomenon that was collectively deeply feared.  Even giant, savage animals (that man himself feared) were also terrorized by thunder and ran for refuge when  thunderstorms would break out.  I see judaism as still utilizing mankind's primordial fear of thunder - even their religious imagery depicts this.

You cannot totally wipe out 170.000 years of paganistic beliefs and mental inclinations with just 4,000 year of monotheism.  Evidently not.  Especially when monotheism itself suffers from strains of paganism and superstition.

Maybe there is no single or multiple gods.  Maybe it's just creation: an amoral force of sorts creating-itself-creating-itself-creating-itself and so on and so forth.  Maybe we won't get the next piece of the god puzzle till paganism is completely rejected and discarded by the collective human mind.  When there's no more fear of symbolic 'thunder' in the human mental blueprint.

This is the best I have, for now - my intellectual life is still evolving and I have not yet found an absolute explanation for this subject matter - one that I fully understand myself, or one that is wordable.

April 17, 2017 8:35 pm

The vast, ancient Arabian desert had a rich tradition of seers whose names have been long forgotten.  Seers tended to flourish in the time-gap between prophet and prophet (and there were quite many such prophets back in the day).  For the most part, these seers tended to focus on foretelling the approach of positive forces, like predicting the next coming prophet or the birth of a gifted child.  They were also known for alerting the approach of 'evil forces', like imminent raids, wars, inter-tribal homicide, and 'god-inflicted' diseases.  They also concerned themselves with forecasting the weather: deadly sandstorms, auspicious freak rains and such.  From preserved records, many seers describe how a tremendous, blinding and excruciating pain in their skull would proceed their 'second sight' visions.  It is notable that so many of these recorded seers had shared the same intense physical experience.  Modern neurology studies into this have equated the seers' torturous experience with a migraine attack - an attack that if severe and acute can lead to hallucinations.  So what these ancient desert seers took for some kind of other-worldly vision was, according to modern scientific method, a wanton attack of migraine. 

Migraines, btw, have been around for a very, very long time.

April 19, 2017 8:28 am

We do not need religion or even spirituality to be moral humans; just common sense, intelligence,  human empathy, sensitivity plus great capacity for love and self-discipline! - bintbiba

A fine and succinct list, bintbiba - a list that I'm sure everyone, including religious folk, can agree on - except that religious institutions will add to this list a bunch of unnecessary human-enslaving dogmas to aid in their ancient and ongoing racket.  Such is the way of the world.


April 17, 2017 12:07 pm

One can profoundly appreciate the forces of nature without having to 'worship' them - without having to build alters to thunder and fire and kneel before them.

April 17, 2017 12:03 pm

All semites originate from Yemen.

April 17, 2017 10:21 am

I am not an expert on religion nor do I want to be one.  In my younger years, I probably spent a good decade reading copious and numerous books on religions of the world.  I don't read books on religion or even on spirituality anymore - haven't for at least two decades now.  I simply have zero interest in either spiritual or religious writings.  I find them both paganistic and juvenile distractions from the stone-cold reality that I prefer to live in: we are here on earth, alone, with zero knowledge of why and wherefore.

I personally don't need either religion or spirituality to do good, to do the right thing.

April 17, 2017 7:23 am

With early indoctrination like this, what chance do we have to transcend paganism?

Fake News, Flake News And The Rise of The Electronic Town Crier

April 17, 2017 12:50 pm

As Trump currently and noticeably veers away from his election promises and ideology and towards israel-firstism, his supporters (plus the whole world!) observe and point fingers at the increasing number and powers of the 'jews' around him as being the cause of Trump's policy reversals.  Zionist media in response play the antisemite card and place the source and dissemination of such observations on only the Alt-right segment of his base - when in fact, this view is held by many of Trump's voters from across the spectrum, not just by the Alt-right.  The zio media does this to smear the facts and debase the truth - cover up for the treasonous crimes that dual-loyalty American jews keep committing against our Republic.

A ‘Jewish Coup’? That’s How ‘Alt-Right’ Explains Away Trump Flip-Flops And Bombings - Sam Kastenbaum/