This was never planned to be a post by me on this blog, but sometimes you just have to respond to what what life and stupid people send your way. I do not believe anyone should ever condemn a world religion. Not even Islam. Religion is a necessary evil in our society because it gives comfort to the suffering, hope to the desperate, and a way to combat the fear of death that plagues every mortal being on Earth. But any time a fanatic uses religion as an excuse for violence, cruelty, or the kind of insanity committed against Charlie Hebdo magazine and its cartoonists, that is the very definition of evil. No… not merely evil… I mean EVIL!
Those who do cruel, stupid, and selfish things in the name of God are blasphemers. This is me, practically an atheist, saying this. People who are the opposite of evil are in tune with the with the great silent orchestral arrangement that is our collective existence. People who are in tune with the universe, one with the universe, truly at peace with the universe and themselves never use violence or terror or fear-mongering to change things. If they ever do, they are no longer there in that eternal peace and shared wisdom that makes up the core of all that is good about mankind and makes us worthy.
Here is a good example of stupid and evil shared from www.facebook.com/pages/An-Uncloudy-Day.
We elected this smug, hidey-hole badger to congress and the conspiracy of stupid now in control of the government (GOP probably stands for “goofy old perverts”) put him in as the head of Senate Committee that looks after the environment. Why does he believe what he believes? Because of a great and unshakable faith in God and the infallibility of the Bible? No. That’s just the cover smoke that is meant to hide his real purpose from the GOP voting base who only hear the buzzwords and don’t realize that he is rationalizing the continuing rape and pillaging of the environment by oil and gas billionaires who want to continue putting profits as a priority above even the future of the planet we live on. This is the kind of evil that threatens our very existence. Does he realize that? Probably. Does he lose sleep over that? No. He looks well rested. He believes that the consequences of his actions won’t be felt until his life is already over. He only wants to make a profit and reap rewards while it still affects his own life… the rest of us be damned. He is probably worse than the stupid-heads that killed the cartoonists because those deluded fools probably actually believe that when they are hunted down and killed, they will go to Muslim paradise and get their promised virgins. Somebody evil and more intelligent than they are convinced them of that idiocy, even though that somebody probably does not believe it themselves. Evil is self-interested to the exclusion of others.
What, then is the nature of the good? No, not good… I mean GOOD!
Those who are good seek the good of others. People like Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Luther King Jr., Francis of Assisi, Mohandis K. Gandhi, and Joan D’Arc are good because they sacrificed their own benefits, comfort, and even their lives to benefit others. Completely apart from faith and religion and politics, they chose to give away their precious lives and value to aid people, most of whom they didn’t even know and would never have a chance of meeting. Love, self-sacrifice, and a peaceful means to any end are the very definition of what is actually GOOD. If I harp too much on what is evil, and condemn it too strongly, then I can’t claim to be a part of that other side of the eternal struggle, the good. I have to settle my anger and upset and be willing to forgive.
So what have I really accomplished in today’s un-funny rant and blistering attack on other peoples’ stupid beliefs and warped values? Nothing important. I have calmed myself down. I have stopped myself from crying. I have found my inner peace again. And I have done one important thing… I have remembered to thank all of the good people who have ever existed because all of them benefit me and make my life better. Thanks to all of them, and thanks to you who have put up with my stupid anger, and read… and understood.