Whether atheists, theist, buddhists, etc…. humans should not waste time bickering of such things [various beliefs]. The fact is we are here and we need to reach harmony- if you will- with the external world (universe, multiverse and beyond that). Some may call the Omega Point god and others may not but the goal, the need, the passion remains the same. Love will prevail. Things can get better. They will . They are.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with the indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” – Stanley Kubrick
I agree with Dawkins on “secular moral philosophy”. Well put. Where i diverge from him (and hence consider myself a reluctant atheist) is that he overlooks the need that religion fills for many people. And further more rather than arguing about it just being a delusion cultures create to cope with suffering death and loss, it should be seen as a clarion call for humanity to in fact overcome the harshness of reality at its extremes. Some suffering may lead to growth but others clearly are just madness. But instead of daydreaming a delusion to escape the madness, perhaps we should endevour to bring about a better world, perhaps even in many ways a heaven that is secular in its means but spiritual in its ends. The Omega Point. The Turing Church. Boddhisatvabot. It could happen. things could get better.
First guess is that 11 9 would be the opposite of 9 11 but its more of a mutated freaky version of it. Sure no one died directly from the event that I know, but it was a day of darkness that turned into a week of darkness with no sign of an easy resolution.
At first it seemed like my own despair, grief etc. But soon I found out other people in my family and that I knew were feeling it as well. What happened as you probably know is that there was an election and unexpectedly Donald Trump had won. But worse he had won on a campaign of not just your garden variety of lies and mudsling and instead a more toxic and concentrated version. He verbally attacked vets, the disabled, women (numerous times) and definitely minorities and immigrants. And he said he would have his opponent put in jail, laws protecting the press removed, immigrants deported and so on. Occasionally he would talk about the issues but in very vague terms (“I will do something and its going to be great….”).
No one thought he would win. Or thought his chances were unlikely. But he did win. Not the popular vote but the electoral which is the one that counts. And no he is the president elect. Its not funny any more. When your beloved home team loses the superbowl or pennant or whatever it stings for a while….but it is just a game after all. This is on a different level. It has the sting and gloom of defeat but it has another layer behind it of cold chunky thick reality of what it means now that he has won: he will be the leader for four years. He has the house and senate in the same party as him. He will get to appoint most like ly one or two supreme court justices.
As the band Can wrote in one of their songs “The Father, he hasn’t been born yet”. I believe that in some far distant future (or perhaps soon) sentient beings will reach a point , the Omega Point, where knowledge and awareness merges them into an infinite being. God really. God then will encompass all things and have compassion and love for all things. And God will awaken beings from across all time and space within God (essentially heaven). But the main thing is its not a given . Sentient beings must make it happen. Without our acts of intelligence and good will God may never come into being. To me this may explain why their is horror and suffering in the world (because God does not yet exist…we must become god to over come the horror and suffering). It also explains why killing oneself or others or doing harm to others is not just intrinsically bad, but also will delay the manifestation of God. Also it explains that both atheists and theists are actually right. At this moment here in the year 2016 it may appear to many that God does not exist or is not manifested. But God may exist, could exist in the future. It all depends on if we want God to exist. So a believer in God may also be right.
….at least not to be caged in by pain, suffering fear and death. i know so many people that have been. i dont think those things should be eliminated as they can bring knowledge but they serve no purpose when people are trapped by them. i know people as well who suffer from boredom and banality and constant disapointment. these things should be like the mud that the soul sprouts from . but the soul should not forever be trapped there . people look sad or angry or confused or fearful too much. yes learning to accept is a skill but learning to expand and improve is also a skill. technology and spirit can work together to go beyond the misery and doldrums . And also show others the way out as well. even those that have appeared to have expired.
In the back of your standard family style tv commercial is the somewhat normal background music. but it seems like i am hearing
a ghost. the music is like and oldstyle romatic ballard with a male voice crooning with all he can. crooning but with
a trembleing sadness in his voice to. like he is singing to a love one long gone but still li loved.
like he is crooning for all his life and heart. the voice is reverberating . its in the background of the sound not up front
which makes it even more ghostly.
he is like a ghost giveing so much emotion he/it/she melts a hole in the world sneaking out into it. sneaking back into it.
all the laws of physics, science…sure they hold but the voice of this person its real too. its reach a level of intensity its above space and time
and can go back into it. not like a full human but the painful deep and powerful emotion that the
human had experienced at one time: love and loss and yearing.
meanwhile me. i feel like someon in the matrix. life seems unnartural and like i was dropped into it: i am alive but in a glasbox. cant break the rules.
cant get out. i mus tlive and then die.
On Sunday, 9/4/2016 , about mid day i became tired and decided to lie down. After a few quick lucid dreams of talking but inanimate toy heads and another of an accident with police and yellow tape, I decided to get back up.
For a moment i cut through the sickness i have been having : withdrawal from prescription drug addiction. For very long its been hard to confront reality without a drug or a drink. But like a sudden clearing of mud in a pond i had a thought : “yes i do very much wish there is a God. A loving caring god to make it all alright. ”
It happened once before at an AA meeting. The speaker was talking about a conversation he had with his sponsor. The sponsor asked him if he believed in God. And like me the speaker said no, i can’t see a God in this world. But then (in his story) the sponsor said , “…well do you want there to be a God? ”
I cannot recall the speaker’s response but guess it was much like my own. Yes. It was a gut response really. And it was the withdrawal that brought the response out.
Sure clearly like many others i reasoned that a so called God would mean control, lack of genuine free will and all that. And of course I reasoned that science and deduction left it that God’s existence was unlikely . And yes in later years i turned more to Buddhism in which there may be Nirvana but not really a God (or at least the god’s were also at the mercy of karma just like humans).
But despite all that there was inside of me a reflexive need or desire for a loving caring God. A God that would show that in the end its going to be alright. Not just for me but for EL, and the billions of others.
Yet still I didnt make a dramatic switch over to Christianity-either at the meeting or on 9/4/16. I am still materialistic half crazed being often shivering in fear at this nearly insane reality. Though I do want there to be a God, to be a consolation at the end, I am not yet certain there is one. Reluctantly, I remain an atheist.
What has changed however, is I know for certain that greater than any other volition i may have is the desire for God and Heaven to become real. As Kurtzweil said “God does not exist yet but he will”. Technology will play a part as will societal changes that could occur as a result of new technology and knowledge. it It most likely will not happen in my life but when it does I believe it can retroactively all matter/energy/information throughout time. Not in a way that would affect causality but on a higher level beyond the normal experience of time that we experience. The French Jesuit Priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin referred to it as the Omega Point . I have called it the Bodhisatva Bot. Transhumanism and the Singularity also in ways imply the outcome of the being on a higher level.
So I have not yet subscribed fully to any existing religion (though i have started going to services at a Unitarian church). However The Omega Point -for lack of a better name-i have decided to devote myself to as much as possible. It has made the return to reality after years of numbing addiction much more attainable.
Is it unlikely? Far fetched? Far out? Far off? Yes all those things. But it is also hope. Genuine, actionable, tangible hope. Reality can get better. Perhaps the path is not a direct line. It may go up and down. Nonetheless with the will and the desire gradually it will lead there.
For me personally , where do I begin? This is where it gets more challenging (especially since I am not a scientist, technician or billionaire). Like most other humans I try to support causes and actions that help bring about a world with less suffering sickness and death. I guess everyone does this to varying extents though with me I have just given it a name and a goal: The Omega Point. This blog-sure it needs a ton of work-is also for this purpose. And this post more specifically. I do really hope it will resonate with others. A better world. A world free from the grasp of suffering, fear and destruction.
Humans need something better than death . We can create it. Heaven can become real.
“Immortality for allEdit
Achieving immortality and resurrection of all people who ever lived are two inseparable goals, according to Fedorov. Immortality is impossible, both ethically and physically, without resurrection. We can’t allow our ancestors, who gave us life and culture, to remain buried, or our relatives and friends to die. Achieving immortality for individuals alive today and future generations is only a partial victory over death – only the first stage. The complete victory will be achieved only when everyone is resurrected and transformed to enjoy immortal life.”