People nowadays are faker than the genetically engineered additive filled food they eat, the manipulated news they are shown, the lies their ancestors
were forced to call truth, and the synthetic and prescription drugs they do. Think you have a true friend? Think again. Think God will save you after
watching all those starving kids die daily? Stop kidding yourself. Think the government will help you out? Unless you've got a billion and some
connections, don't expect anything but crumbs off the table. They'd kill you for the money in your pocket if they could. Same goes for most of the
people raised by these lies with a false sense of security.
The only thing a sane man can believe in is himself. I used to think of humanism as a bad philosophy. But how is humanism any worse than the Abrahamic
religions? Humans assume the role of gods all the time. Even in countries that give lip service to their 'lords' they still have to make decisions,
they still have courts that judge people. We assume the role of gods all the time, with no foreseeable end. All religion has done is limit growth and
stunt human progress. Some religious leaders have been good, and some have been bad (same goes for average followers of religions). Which means that
despite their chosen (more likely chosen for them) idol, they are still morally varied, guided by themselves and not god.
There are important themes in religious approaches to science that should be considered, such as examining the potential problems with technological
progress and urging caution when dealing with new powers. But overall religion has not created a better society or even a fully working one. The
governments are just the new groups assuming power. In the past century, when removing god by force from society, communist countries and
dictatorships simply substituted themselves as the god of the people. The secular governments are no better to trust than the religious ones. They are
simply a more advanced version of an ancient system, all the more dangerous because of their embrace of the new powers they have gained.
People are a product of these systems. They still pray to the gods of their ancestors conquerors and fight and die for the power of the rulers of the
country that they were born in. Whether the rulers are religious zealots, kings, or billionaire owners of corporations is irrelevant. The average
young person in many places is now ignorant, mentally weak, incapable of any advanced thinking, disrespectful, selfish, and foolish.
I have slowly realized all of these things, with a little help from research and questioning, over the last five years. I have come to the conclusion
that the only realistic practical philosophy in this environment is to reserve trust and belief for yourself and a very select few others. Play dumb,
be smart. These are the rules of success in todays game. Once you achieve your goals, then you can begin to see the changes in others attitudes. They
will become even faker. Don't trust them, stay with your original circle. Its a mad world out there. I think in my lifetime it will get worse before
it gets better. Humanity is sick. Sometime in the next century we may break the fever, so to speak. I just want to be ready.
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