posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:40 PM
Hi all, since i'm not much into arguing about various translations of fairy tales i don't post here much, but i've got something to say to anyone
who "believes" anything at all in the way of a theology or religion.
I don't want to argue with anyone, i'm not intending to insult or disrespect anyone or their beliefs, but i've got a few things that need saying
and might be offensive to the literal believers of any ideoligy or theology. I'm hesitant to post this even though i know it's important, just
because i don't want to start a riot or a war, there's enough of that in the world already.
But, if we can all do this like rational adults without it turning into a war, i'll participate. I request in this thread that we respect each
other as logical thinking humans regardless of beliefs. Since respect of another's belief is such an ambiguous thing, it'll be impossible for
anyone to not offend or insult another's belief. Therefore, respect the person and if you participate, expect that someone WILL offend you with
their view of things, it's inevitable, and it's also relevant to the topic at hand.
Now, let's jump in.
Literal readings of ANY system are a deception. I've read a LOT of texts extensively, from ALL belief systems, religions, and theo-philosiphies,
and what i've found is that they all could have been written by the same group of people because of the message contained therein. The conspiracy
here is not that a super secret cabal of reptilians go around writing the same texts and books, but that there's a common unifying theme among ALL
The thing in common i've found in ALL the texts as that they are all vivid parables used to stimulate thoughts on the subject and cause you to think
rationally about it. Sometimes the parable is intentionally irrational to get you to think, "hey, that's irrational!" and to illustrate through
parable the irrational thought as well as the rational. The important think to remember is that these ARE parables, every word in all of these texts
are poetically devised to eloquently and succinctly convey something that can't be worded.
I've found a lot of parables, if not most of them, are "double edged", meaning that if you roughly follow the literal interpretation and apply
COMMON SENSE you'll generally do the right things by blindly following. Like if you just obeyed the ten commandments and never asked why, you'll
do the right thing and deal in a positive and rational manner with the world around you. If you understand the "why" behind the commandments (in
relation to how it affects your "self" or soul or conscience or whatever you call "it") then there's no need to strive to obey the commandments
because with understanding of "why" obedience IS COMMONSENSE and with the wisdom you gain from exploring the concepts behind the parables, logical
thinking will automatically cause you to follow the "law of god".
And yet we still fight over fairytales.
Here's how i'll describe it in modern day parable:
Lisa went out to Best Buy today and bought a new digital camera. At the store, she checked the specs to see if her laptop met the minimum system
requirements. She decided to purchase it and took it home. Upon unpackaging it, she noticed some advice, warning labels, and a quick start guide.
Using the quick start guide Lisa quickly found out how to perform simple functions like powering on and pressing the shutter button halfway before
takign a picture, and with the quick start guide commandments she could point her camera and push the button and a picture is taken.
After getting familiar with her camera she began to take the time to learn the "text" manual that provided detailed information on HOW to take the
best pictures possible. Over time she learned the teachings of the instruction manual and allied them to her daily life of photography. She'd ask
questions of the teachings and the meanings behind them, and learned how the trinity of aperature, exposure, and ISO had so many possibilities that
it'd take an instruction manual of infinite size to tell you what to do for each picture in every condition. Upon realizing this, she tossed the
instruction manual aside and went out to do what she learned by experience AND the instruction manual, without thinking about it, the right way,
In the simple little story above, you're Lisa, and the decision to buy the camera is your decision to enter into a specified "brand" of theology.
The quick start guide, that's like the ten commandments, the five pillars of Islam, etc. and the instruction manual being the actual "book" or
bible or quran or torah, or whatever "brand" you bought. Getting all the details of "what to do once you're actually doing it" comes from
reading the book. Putting it all into practice means tossing the book over your shoulder just going out and doing it, not because the book said so,
but because it'd be silly and illogical not to.
Now, the parable extends all the way to "God" itself. The whole entire collection if texts and theologies portray a god, gods, buddhas, or
whatever deity is associated with the parables. These deities are supposed to represent YOU. Yes, you ARE God. Through quantum whizbang science
you create what you observe, and are created by being observed. And through the same forces of nature god "works through you" using your physical
medium to act as an observer and a link to existence. That's not the important part though, the important part is that when you read the texts
you'll realize they make a lot more sense if you replace the word god with whatever you perceive to be at the core of your existence. For everyone
their perception of self, spirit, soul, is unique, and by recognizing that the basis of self is where "god" wells up from. And in this sense, god
is EVERYTHING that passes through your "soul" and therefore IS you.
Now whether Lisa had bought a Christian camera or a Muslim one, maybe a Jewish cam, or Buddhacam, no matter the brand, or differences in the silly
little words in the book, or what they call their fancy focus (VishnuVision?) at the end of the day if she followed the path beyond the book and did
the right thing out of commonsense, she'd still have lovely pictures. Maybe she needed to push different buttons or use different options, but when
it came down to it the final result of doing what's right is not a choice or an option it's just what is.
Taking ANY and ALL of the texts literally is like tripping over one's own feet on purpose and not taking the extra "step" to walk the path proper.
Once you do walk the path you'll wonder why you ever stumbled, even once.
And that, the literal trap, the not taking the step out of the words and into the between-the-lines and building upon the basics hinted at in the
instruction manual is why we're stuck. The Islamocam buyers argue with the HinduShot users about who can set their white balance more accurately or
who's got a lower F-setting, but at the end of it all they're arguing over trivial details that aren't going make one right or wrong WHEN USED WITH
Think of it like Pc VS Mac users, they can argue all day about who's got the evil version and go to net-war over having one different keyboard button
but they still all end up at the same internet arguing about who walks the "cooler" path. They both can post inflammatory podcasts, spew out PC
hate speech, etc with equality because they have A system that is LOGICAL to that INDIVIDUAL.
All these texts, once you get beyond the words, tell the same story.
All i ask is that everyone realize there's a LOT more to it than just following, you've got to assume your role as your own empowered spiritual
leader and lead yourself down the path that the "instruction manuals" tell you is there. You'll learn why right is right along the path, and when
you do, cast off ignorance and forgive yourself for that ignorance.