"People move through life with their unshakable beliefs swarming
around them them like flies on a warm summer's day"
The survival of life on planet Earth depends on clear thinking. With it we have a fair chance of surviving into the 22nd century and beyond. Without it I fear we are headed for a terrifying future. Presently the whole world is engaged in a battle of one-true-faiths: religious faiths, nationalistic faiths and a plethora of madcap conspiracy faiths
Armed with faiths and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons mankind will soon put an end to everything. Gods and weapons of mass destruction don't mix. It's like a barrel of gunpowder next to a roaring bonfire. It's just a matter of time before things go bang.
I've spent a great deal of time working on this and the Real Wild Church web sites and I guess the reason for it all is to encourage young people to think for themselves. It's almost impossible to shake old people from their rock solid one true faiths but young people are still searching for The Truth. At least, some of them are.
There was a time I believed that we were entering a new age of reason and rationalism but I no longer believe that. I now realise that mankind has a desperate need for crap. As he jettisons one piece of crap he grasps another. Mankind will cling to crap like a drowning man to a twig, anything rather than stare truth in the face.
"A man may be a brilliant mathematician, a learned chemist, or an accomplished astronomer, yet still believe Mohamed keeps half the moon up his sleeve."|
And the surprising thing is, it has little to do with intelligence. Some of the most intelligent people I know believe the most extraordinary and bizarre things. The 9/11 conspiracy theory is the most popular, the details of which keep changing as the "proofs" are challenged and found wanting. But the latest bit of nonsense at the time of writing is that the dust clouds from the collapse of the two main WTC buildings were caused not by pulverized debris but by "modern high explosives such as Semtex" Apparently this is an "irrefutable" truth.
I've asked my friends to send me evidence of this "irrefutable" truth but it's been delayed in the post. These same friends believe that it was Prime Minister John Howard, not Martin Bryant who murdered thirty-five people at Port Arthur. Apparently Howard sent SIS sharpshooters down to Hobart to murder people so's he could get his anti gun laws passed. I bet they've got irrefutable proof for that too.
I know what they do. It's the same process for almost everyone. You've seen computer generated images of viruses and how they key into healthy blood cells? That's what humans do with barmy notions. The notions with the right shape slot seamlessly into the preconceived conviction like pieces from a jigsaw puzzle. The notions with the wrong shape are discarded because they don't fit. It doesn't matter whether the new thought contains truth or trash, just so long as it slots nicely into the preconceived conviction. So if you hate Jews and you read something blaming Jews for Hurricane Katrina, that becomes the truth for you. Whereas someone who likes Jews but hates "niggers" will reject your truth for one that fits better. We're all looking for nice snug fits.
I know another guy – a bright, intelligent and well educated man with a couple of degrees under his belt – he believes the world is being governed by "sentient beings" who arrived here millions of years ago and who currently reside in a huge cavern beneath the Great Pyramid of Giza. As "proof' of his ADT (Absolute Divine Truth) he showed me a photo of Mars and sure enough, in certain lights with the shadows in just the right places, an image of a face appears. What more by way of proof could you ask for?
Then there's the dedicated atheist who lives not far from here, such a proud atheist that he strides around town sporting a T shirt proclaiming that he is indeed an Atheist. But every so often he, along with hundreds of other "enlightened" types climb a mountain to await the return of Rael. Rael is presently circumnavigating the universe in a flying saucer driven by aliens but he'll be returning soon to impart his "intergalactic knowledge".
Then there are the thetan-infested dropkicks who pay mega-bucks to their pose church to rid themselves of nasty little gremlins that latched onto their bodies millions of years ago. The gremlins are holding them back, preventing them from becoming supermen with Xray vision and the ability to adjust their height at will. They're working on their Gorilla Goals and their Aircraft Door Goals, it's hard work but it's all worthwhile.
But the saddest one of all was a woman I knew – once again an atheist and a radical one at that – who received night visits from Space Visitors. She told me not to worry if I heard her screaming in the early hours, it was just her Space Visitors annoying her, two of whom she had been forced to castrate. She died recently, no suspicious circumstances. But who knows? She always believed that the Visitors were plotting to kill her.
Then we have people known as Muslims who believe that if they murder civilians – the more the better – they'll be rewarded by Allah with seventy-two virgins. I'm curious, how do grieving parents feel, knowing that their deceased pre-teen daughter is destined to be used as fuckmeat for eternity? Does that make them happy? What about a young Muslim girl mortally injured in a car accident, how does she feel knowing that her eternal future is to be used as a sex slave by some evil, mass murdering monster known as a "martyr"?
But for all their cruel and horrible beliefs, Muslims are bright enough to realise that corpses don't spring back to life, which is more than can be said for Christians. Two billion Christians believe that the corpse of a dead Jew sprang back to life after it had been dead three days and its brain turned to maggoty mush. And now, anyone who believes in this miracle cadaver – providing they believe in the correct manner – will be saved from an eternity spent writhing in the flames of hell. Anyone who doesn't believe, who isn't a "born-again" Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, Amish, Mormon will be cast into the eternal lake of fire.
But maddest of all, madder than all those madnesses combined, is the Christian belief in Armageddon Theology and the "rapture". Forty-two percent the population of the most powerful and bomb-happy nation on Earth believe that "god" wants the world destroyed in a nuclear holocaust and when it happens they – the born-again believers – will be "raptured" up to heaven to meet Jesus with a sword protruding from his mouth as he plummets down to Earth to deal with us heretics and evildoers.
I challenge anyone reading this to come up with something, anything, madder. Or for that matter, more dangerous.
Back in the 1960s the Ban the Bomb movement was big but somehow I wasn't attracted. Something told me they were banging their heads against a brick wall. In the 1970s I attended a lecture by Dr Helen Caldicott whose message was much the same – either we rid the world of nuclear weapons or it's all over for planet Earth. Once again I felt there was something missing and now I know what it is. It's called REALITY.
You cannot extinction-proof the planet while people believe crazy things. Even if it were possible to rid the world of 90% it's nuclear weapons there would still be enough left to kill most of us. And chemical weapons are cheap as chips and easy to manufacture and hide. Think Sarin gas and Tokyo.
THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEND THE WORLD IS TO ATTACK THE MIND!
God instructed Jews to drive Palestinians out of Israel and to slaughter those who resist. The same deity instructs Palestinians to stay put and kill Jews. Iran has threatened to destroy Israel. Israel has promised to forcibly veto that idea. The USA continues to fund the Israeli war effort to the tune of four billion dollars a year. Al Queda has promised to punish the USA and its allies. Christians for Israel need their nuclear war to begin in Israel because it's prophesied in Revelation. And then of course there's the Korean crackpot, Kim Jong il.
"When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations... then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy."|
"In the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them – the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites – as the Lord your God has commanded you."
Any parents who care for their children should take note. Hoping for the best won't save them, or you for that matter. You live in a mad world populated by mad people with mad beliefs and mad weapons. The only thing you personally can affect are the BELIEFS! Your own beliefs are probably just as mad as everyone else's even though you believe them to be true. If you want to know the Absolute Divine Truth it's this – no one knows. It's all a mystery. Anyone who believes they know, is part of the madness and is spurring the madness on towards it's ultimate perilous conclusion – total annihilation.
My fight is drawing to a close, I've been repeating myself gramophone fashion since 1982 and I've made not one scrap of difference. Each time I gain an audience, right-thinking atheists have my Yahoo group or whatever deleted. I'm too radical and I offend them. Apparently I'm not a proper atheist and so I now refer to myself as a FreeActionary. For my sanity's sake I've become a virtual hermit. I avoid people. I call myself LoneWolfe because I can find no one with the clarity of mind to realise that unless we start facing up to reality as it really is, the party's over.
"I sit alone on the rock of my own individuality, with the waves of superstition and|
religious tyranny surging around me."
Josephine K. Henry
So you have a choice, keep on keeping on with your latest Absolute Divine Truths or wake up and make a difference. Good Luck.
The Joy of Armageddon