Well, thanks too for the reply.
First of all, I am very into taking responsibility for our actions. We all must take responsibility for our actions, and thoughts. Let me tell you
something, I am an atheist. And arriving to this way of believing, pointed out that, the reason people join a religion or believe in God(s)/god(s) is
because, they do not want or have the capacity to take responsibility for their own actions, beliefs, and/or thoughts. The blame is shifted to a
higher up who will make the problem (whatever it may be) better, will heal the problem, will make the problem go away, and if it does not go away,
then it is because of the devil or satan. And beings this is the way this planet goes about its business, it points to a very sad fact in human
history, that very few take full responsibility for their own actions and thoughts. Take the big One out of the picture, the big One who is only by
faith, that needs no thinking, needs no justification, needs no reason for being, or it is just there as if by chance, because it so happens to be. It
just is. Like a blip on the horizon.
Also, people are raised to project their shame or hate or anger onto others, never reconciling the problem at hand, until it winds up, after years,
into a bias or a"reality" that even more people buy into.
Humans are rather a simple breed. We so happen to have a thumb and four fingers, and a brain that can think abstractly. We also have the ability to
learn from a previous time or point because of written language (and now, a computer with memory). In other words, we do not have to start now. It has
begun, and when we grow up into adults, we have all that information that we can appreciate. But we do have our faults, and one of those big faults
is, we hardly ever think. This is the reason for Ghandi, for Hitler, for Jesus, for the Pharaoh, for Blair, for Bush, and/or for any mass following
one (or millions of people following one person blindly); because a lot of people just don't think. They cannot reason. They cannot abstract. They
cannot reflect. They are plain average thinking, run of the mill slaves. (And not to get off the topic, the select few or the elite feed off these
people who make up the majority).
And so, where I am going with all this? Yes, choice is the supreme quality of humanity. I agree 100% Even if one takes apart the saying by Descartes:
I think therefore I am...the therefore in itself is a moving or turning or a point that makes I think into I am, therefore, it is a choice, that is,
the phrase itself (I may be getting too abstract here
. Anyway, the point I am maiking is, we all make choices, but only a few of them of only a few
people on this earth make choices that benefit humanity as a whole in a good way (a progressive free way) than do the majority of people who make
choices that are either based on some unseen force (God/god), because someone is of a different race, or someone hurt me in the past, or someone
deserves it because their big and fat and ugly, or whatever the reason.
So, I believe I made the choice point clear. I am very much into making good choices, and I strive to help others in my life do the same (and by the
way, I do it without any benefit coming my way; other than knowing he or she is doing best).
As for chances...to say that our choices make obsolete chances is not within reason. Because, for instance, we do not have the power to stop a 20 foot
wave coming crashing into a house, we cannot, no matter how many choices we make, place our hands high in the sky and say, stop! and attempt to hold
the water back. Stuff happens in life that we have no power or no control over.
Now, I agree 100%, we as humans amongst other humans have control and/or choices to stop things from escalating to the point of a serious problem.
Point made, point taken, point understood completely. But we do not have choice or control over "mother nature" (which by the way, I respect so very
much...if some guy wants to go chase a storm or a tornado, and gets killed in the process, I feel sorry for the family, but I do not give a pellet
about him or her. To chase a tornado for money and fame is insane); things or events that are not in our control, be it storms, comets, sharks, or
anything other than a human, are out of our responsibility arena (so to speak).
Now, it is true, we can minimize the chance of getting hit by a tornado or by a hurricane by either not living in an area that has more of a
possibility of such an event from occuring, or we can choose places and things that will be less likely to do us harm. I agree 100%
As I always say, anything is possible but is it probable? Those who live on the Carribean islands have a much better chance to get hit by a hurricane
than one who is placed in an oxygen filled cast iron, 10 feet deep walls, on all six sides, who is immersed in a cave somewhere in Missouri. No matter
how many hurricanes, this person will survive. Guaranteed. (I know it's a strange example, but it makes the extreme point of a perfect habitat in
case of a hurricane
So yes, chances become less when we make more (better) choices.
One more example, for instance, the space station. Now I would imagine that the engineers of the space craft have pretty much thought out all the ways
that if the space craft goes deeper into space or more away from the earth, that the possibilities of a storm or comets or whatever will not damage
and kill the entire billion dollar project in a matter of a second (or two
would be (nearer) to an impossibility. So the more calcalutions we can
do, the better off we are (like in a game of chess).
But who knows what awaits the space people (I know that sounds funny
once they are billions of miles away from planet earth without the power or
control to have a rescue mission help them out. Who knows what is on the other side of the eye of the Milky Way, no one knows something that is
infinite. We've been able to use fuel to project an object into space, and a remote control line of communication that is really no different than
the remote that powers a tv set. To me, not very progressive for a space station that someday will go into unknown territory. But hey, they chose it,
so it's their ax (to grind...double meaning to ax, but hey, this is G-rated, and I respect that). It's like the tornado chasers, the knowledge in
the search is a bit more plentiful as with space people, but the point of risk is the same.
And now I will end this on this note, insurance companies make money because, in their plans, the chances of something happening badly is rarer than
something that happens for the good (or the good outweighs the bad, 10 to 1). In other words, they make money, big bucks, I mean huge off a racket
(that our State laws protect), and that is, we give them, let's say $100.00 a month, we haven't had an accident in 5 years, the total number of
people who fall into this category is 10,000. The insurance company computes those figure against the, say, 5% drivers who have had an accident, who
have a bad driving record, therefore, are paying, say, $200.00 a month. The good drivers paid into the company, for one month, all together,
$1,000,000.00. The bad drivers are paying $200 a month, therefore, the amount per month is $2,000,000.00. For 20,000 drivers, over the year, the
insurance company makes $36,000,000.00. The 5% of the bad drivers, wind up costing the company about, let's say, $15,000,000.00, give or take a mil
(to be fair). The company profits stand at, say, $20,000,000.00 because they had the foresight to calculate the chances that were for
company not against
it. So insurance companies are in business to make money off things they know
will never occur. They've calculated
Anyway, this subject always amused me, and I do thank you for taking the time to think abstract with me. I have a good feeling not many can do this,
but then again, this is part of being a human, not everyone had the good fortune of being born with a brain that thinks for itself (rather than to
have been thought of
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