Cynical, angry, obnoxious, intolerant and generally a miserable human being are just a few of the labels pinned on God Seeker Guy for his stand on religion.
Being a religious pariah, a sort of pseudo Antichrist with religious leprosy is not an easy place to reside, however following the crowd into the darkness that is blind religious faith is abhorrent to GSG.
“the gods are a wonderfully imaginative creation of a fertile but desperate human imagination.”
It is forever decreed that we think positively, stay away from negative people and shun the poison fruit that is anyone with a strong opposing view. The tenacious religious believer is by far the worst victim of this tepid reasoning.
If a Christian, a Jew, a Muslin and a… cyclist were put in the same room they would, over time, almost certainly destroy each other and only the poor unbelieving maintenance guy would be there to clean up the mess.
The intolerance practised by most religious followers is based on the wretched fear that their belief is flawed or irrelevant in a modern informed society. The world is not flat, the sun does not evolve around the earth and the gods are a wonderfully imaginative creation of a fertile but desperate human imagination.
Homo Sapiens are just another hapless animal, but one that cannot deal with its ultimate fate and so concoct vast quantities of religious porridge to feed their silly egos.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
Men are indeed a downtrodden lot. We toil all day to earn our bread and to provide bread for others. Our life for the most part resembles indentured slavery perpetuated by a system that tells us we never measure up and must consume to be a sound and successful member of our species.
“The male of our species is doomed to be led by the nose ( and other parts) into servitude…”
The religious elite add to our burden by deceiving us with promises for the afterlife they cannot furnish with any certainty. If a man were to ask a monkey to surrender his banana by promising him one hundred when he dies, the monkey will most likely insert his banana into you and walk away in disgust. We of course – desperate to free ourselves from monotony and commercial oppression – embrace any propaganda that will help us live the lie.
The male of our species is doomed to be led by the nose ( and other parts) into servitude simply because we are a one button animal and the ladies know it and because the system needs us to build their corporate pyramids.
God Seeker Guy will free the enslaved and oppressed, he will lead them out of bondage into the land of beer and honeys, follow me. (with apologies to the other half of the species)
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You talk to God, you’re religious. God talks to you, you’re psychotic.
If one more person or magazine article tells God Seeker Guy that he’s lost and needs help to find his way, he’s going to cancel his subscription to ‘God and more Gods’ and at dinner parties he will simply discuss the various methods of buttering toast.
He’s not lost—thank you very much—he’s journeying down a very fruitful and fulfilling path in his search for many things, including faith.
Why is embracing a religion blindly more valid than committing to none but being open to all? GSG has learned an enormous amount of valuable and interesting concepts from all of the worlds religions and from the people willing to share their faiths in an intelligent way. He has also picked up a lot of absolute nonsense, and therein lays the problem.
“Here’s the irony of all of it all, GSG is actually quite passionate about faith and religious conviction.”
Mark Twain is reputed to have said “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” This applies to the vast majority of religious pundits GSG has spoken to. Very few have shown any interest in broad discussions of faith or religion, most simply choose to lecture at great length attempting to beat their visitors into submission.
Here’s the irony of all of it all, GSG is actually quite passionate about faith and religious conviction. Not just as a critic, any fool can be a decrier, but as a seeker, as a man who wants to know if there is a single truth, many truths or no truths.
Assuming GSG makes it to the pearly gates one day, he assumes those in charge will appreciate his efforts to understand who and what they are, but as a precaution he plans to carry bolt cutters.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
People who want to share their religious views with you, almost never want you to share yours with them.
God Seeker Guy hasn’t written anything for several months because he hasn’t had anything useful to say. By useful he means he’s had no need to clarify anything in his mind by writing, remember he writes for himself, not for the benefit of others, that would be presumptuous. Writing just to keep a blog up to date breeds mediocrity and threatens to dull the writers mind and bore the reader to death.
“Remember Isaac barley made it out alive from the most famous religious test in history…”
Here is the question GSG is attempting to answer for himself today and thus the reason for this blog post. If there is a god and he loves us, why did he allow GSG’s car to be towed away last night? A friend suggested God was testing or punishing GSG. This answer even though offered in jest, provoked a line of thought about religion, punishment and the incessant testing of the flock.
Remember Isaac barely made it out alive from the most famous religious test in history and the punishment of Jesus Christ, of course, was fatal. Hardly comparable to a temporary loss of one’s transportation, but the friends response demonstrates that most faiths mete out various trials and retributions of some nature, often for no apparent reason. Isaac was wholly innocent of any wrong doing as far as we know.
It’s the extreme nature of religions that is at the core of GSG struggle to come to grips with religious faith. The various religious doctrines offer little in the way of compromise, and even less in the way of understanding of alternate forms of worship. GSG likes – and at the same time dislikes – all of the world’s religions. The answer of course is for him to form his own faith and teachings. His religion would be based on all the faiths combined, a sort of – Chritsto-Muslimish-Jewdeo-Hindy-Pheudo Bogomillian-Druidish combo- , although that designation may not fit on the stationary.
A Christian friend says salvation can be found only through Jesus Christ, a Muslim friend says Allah is the one true God, a Jewish friend says both of these religions are pinched from the teachings of their faith. If you park in any of their lots, better obey the rules or you’ll be removed in brutal way and at your own expense.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
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 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)
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.