To know a person’s religion we need not listen to his profession of faith, but must find his brand of intolerance.
God Seeker Guy has decided to worship the creator of life, the source of creation on earth, the one true architect of mankind, the sun.
Think about it, no sun, no life. The earth was just a large ball of molten muck until it settled down and became inhabitable due to the perfect conditions provided mostly by the sun.
“GSG likes the sun, it’s dependable, never fails to show up in the morning…”
The sun provides day and night, so we can do stuff during the day without bumping into each other and at night we can get up to all kinds of mischief without being seen.
Without the sun there would be no bikinis or speedos —let’s not go there— and we would lose those rare peaceful moments as we watch the sunset on a warm summer evening.
GSG likes the sun, it’s dependable, never fails to show up in the morning and it keeps us warm when we forget our long underwear.
The point of course is why do we need to worship anything? Man seems to have a desperate almost frantic need to have a relationship with something other than human beings. Are we so disappointed in our own kind that we require a super natural being to validate who and what we are?
Believe in yourself, hold yourself in high regard and do not allow the unseen and evasive dictate to you through corrupt pseudo God representatives.
Life certainly may be unique in the universe but it may not be particularly important.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
God has no religion.
― Mahatma Gandhi
God Seeker Guy has been accused many times of being negative, anti-religious and just plain miserable. He has been particularly beaten up for his views on the value of social media. A recent piece from CNBC helps clarify exactly what he is trying to say.
“Social media can often be an echo chamber, where views you hear and articles you read are just there to reaffirm your own beliefs”. That was the view of a panel on Thursday which included Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and Paul Holder, the co-founder of political crowdfunding site Crowd Pac – Arjun Kharpel – Technology Correspondent for CNBC
“Social media can often be an echo chamber, where views you hear and articles you read are just there to reaffirm your own beliefs”
The readers of this blog have always been challenged, they’re encouraged to hit the ‘dislike button’ in their heads, and most of all, they are encouraged to get out of the “echo chamber” that causes us to spend too much time stroking others in the same way we pet the cat to make it feel loved.
The CNBC article adds “… I don’t want to be a reptilian sort of thing clicking on tidbits of food that I want. I want to be a human being and be given thoughtful, reflective ideas.”
This is not to say we should indulge in vulgar, boorish or crude attacks but rather express candid and well thought out opinions even though they may not be pleasing to others.
GSG is searching for some kind of religious truth and while he may have some explaining to do when his performance review with the gods is due, his struggle is genuine. He writes to clarify his thoughts while seeking out a god or gods, he does not seek corroboration for his views, he just seeks the light that others believe they have found.
GSG ( God Seeker Guy)
Cogito ergo boom.
–Susan Sontag, from Styles of Radical Will
God seeker guy has a number of rocks on his desk. Some are from rivers, some from mountains and some were found on long walks on beaches around the world. He doesn’t buy much in the way of souvenirs, he prefers to have a piece of the earth. When friends travel he requests a rock or stone. His friends thinks he’s a bit of a nut job, but they humor him.
” Perhaps the Almighty has provided us with a tool— a corporeal contrivance…”
Why rocks? It’s simple really, they remind GSG that he’s human and therefore has limited time available on this planet. The rocks were here long before him and will be here long after him, they’re a tangible reminder to use up his remaining heartbeats in a useful way. The rocks are a way of touching time, of caressing the past and the future, a past of which GSG was not a part and a future he will not share.
Can the Gods speak to use through a rocks?, probably not — if we declared they did we would either be locked up or they would make saints of us. Perhaps the Almighty has provided us with a tool— a corporeal contrivance — designed to help us ponder on how we’re spending the gift of life the Gods are alleged to have bestowed upon us.
Mountains give birth to boulders, boulders become rocks and rocks become sand with which we make silicone and in our wisdom we use that to fashion computer chips. The soul of the rock is still with us as we do the useless time consuming things we do with computers, because we have forgotten to how to touch time.
GSG ( God Seeker Guy)
There are no atheists in foxholes” isn’t an argument against atheism, it’s an argument against foxholes.
– James Morrow
A friend has gone through a very hard time with sight issues. After three unsuccessful operations she has decided that man can do no more for her and her sight is now in the hands of God. She has asked friends to pray for her, which God Seeker Guy is of course unable to do. Where was God two or three operations ago, why the long painful delay before her prayers are to be answered, if indeed they ever will be?
“If her sight is lost, what will be the rationalization for her unanswered prayers, what of those who prayed for her unsuccessfully, why have they failed?”
When all hope is lost most turn to prayer and their God for resolution, never considering that their God should have shown interest long before now. Is it because God is just too busy, is He over worked and under staffed or is this friend just clinging to the inevitable last hope furnished by three or four thousand years of self-delusion?
If her sight is lost, what will be the rationalization for her unanswered prayers, what of those who prayed for her unsuccessfully, why have they failed? Is it God’s will or maybe punishment for some unknown sin? Perhaps the Almighty is simply not as interested in the absurd human condition as we might like to think.
It’s an insult to the medical community when, after calling on them and all of their hard earned skills to keep us healthy, we to turn to some esoteric, vague, uninterested God because the limits of medicine have been reached.
There is enormous suffering in the world and God Seeker Guy has determined that the Gods are far too random in their selection of who should be saved from a life of undeserved hardship and misery, which suggests that the Gods are not concentrating or have very short attention spans.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.
Consider the poor duck-billed platypus, he looks like he’s made from the parts of several animals, something made from remains found in the Almighty’s work shop. Perhaps God was bored and decided to have a little fun, something to do on his day of rest.
His effort to create humans may have been accomplished in the same manner, although our design defects are less obvious. Most of our parts look like they belong together. On the surface we appear to be well thought out, but there are certainly issues with our functionality.
“Where God went wrong —and God Seeker Guy has brought this to his attention on several occasions…”
Although we have proven our ability to achieve great things, we consistently undo much of the good we accomplish by indulging in religious dogmatism and denying the rights of others to follow any faith they choose.
Where God went wrong —and God Seeker Guy has brought this to his attention on several occasions with little success— is that he created a creature with poor instincts. Animals are not self-destructive, they have the ability to function as a well-organised group and they usually work together for the betterment of the herd. True, animals will kill each other on occasion, but most don’t destroy members of their own group, although the odd lion will kill the young of a newly acquired female, a policy humans have avoided so far.
God immediately realised his mistake in tinkering with Homo sapiens and booted them out of their designated living quarters. Later he found it necessary to come up with numerous commandments to stop them from slaughtering their neighbours and indulging in all sorts of sordid activities.
Assembling the duck-billed platypus showed the Almighty had a sense of humour, fabricating humans not so much.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
The perfect allegory for religion is to lay under a huge barren tree in winter, look up and observe the thousands of bare branches. A risky endeavor since most birds are not toilet trained, however with some degree of caution you can get a little insight into how religions have grown and branched out over the centuries.
Each tree has the potential to blossom and bear fruit, it can then provide shelter and food. However those same blossoms can block your view and the fruit can become bitter. If each tree were a single religion with its various sects and cults, then we must accept that it’s easy to get lost in the forest.
“The process of discovery involves traveling down many paths that lead to dead ends…”
Alright, enough with the silly metaphors. The point is that religion has become so diversified over the centuries that it’s difficult to find a place to belong. Those of us who prefer to choose a region rather than acceding to the one we are born to, have so many options, so many possibilities, that this writer has, so far, been unable to embrace any one faith.
That is not necessarily a bad thing, the search is fascinating and at times very rewarding. God Seeker Guy has been able to answer countless questions that have lingered for years simply by keeping an open mind and listening to what others have to say. True, he is unimpressed with what he has seen so far, but it’s the institutions he questions not the need for faith that most of us crave.
A search through his blog will unearth numerous contradiction of course, for that GSG does not apologize. The process of discovery involves traveling down many paths that lead to dead ends, that is the price we pay for discovering the truth, whatever that may be.
So pick a tree, any tree and see where it leads you.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Wisdom is fast becoming obsolete. Through the ages wisdom of the older generation was valued by the community. History was passed along, language was preserved and numerous skills were conserved. After a long working life it was assumed the older members of the family new a thing or two about life and were respected by the community and family. While God Seeker Guy is perhaps a bit of a Luddite, he is not blind to the changes technology is bringing to our communities and families.
“The western world has become alarmingly accustomed to discarding anything that elicits boredom.”
Technology is eroding the contribution of the older generation. We won’t need to ask for advice or information from them, it will be stored in computer chips implanted in our brains at birth or offered to us by wisdom bots plugged in next to the toaster. The traditional role of grandparents will evaporate as kids grow up preferring to spend time with their iPads and smart phones when grandparents visit.
The Wisdom Bots and our lives. However, instant gratification is the sure path to loneliness since it takes many years and much compromise, understanding and sacrifice to establish long lasting relationships.
Elon Musk has said that if we don’t embrace artificial intelligence, we as a race will become obsolete. That notion does not bode well for the traditions the older generation has to offer the young.
The new gods of AI will demand total acquiescence and we will look back on the holy books as faulty, irrelevant curiosities. The omnipotent will retreat, our thinking will be done for us by appliances and we will no longer be available to the gods as playthings.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
― Friedrich Nietzsche