People use Pascal’s Wager on me surprisingly often, which I don’t understand as it’s been done to death and is easily defeated by simply asking the question, “Which of the tens of thousands of gods being worshiped today is the one to be faithful to?”
The petty one that created us solely to have us worship it because it has such a fragile ego it’ll send us to an eternity of misery if we don’t endlessly praise it despite a rational disbelief in the absurd, supernaturally-based proposal for its existence? Or the one who gave us free will but then killed everyone and everything because he didn’t like the way they used their free will despite knowing in advance the way in which they’d end up behaving? Or the one with blue skin and four arms whose followers have the highest retention rate, by a fair margin, of all the religions of the world? Or perhaps the one worshiped by nearly 2 billion people, the most loved god of all time?
Blaise Pascal: brilliant mathematician, terrible gambler.
If there is an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving god — as the culture I was brought up in and indoctrinated with from the age of 5 would have me believe — then I would expect Continue reading
In case you haven’t had your fill of a really long rant this week…
I wasn’t an “anti-theist” when I first became atheist. In fact, I even recorded a video meant for my YouTube channel on why we shouldn’t make fun of religion and why we should be understanding and tolerant of others’ beliefs. But then I saw a Gallup poll that showed 42% of Americans are young-Earth creationists who reject most scientific knowledge.
I was in total shock. I thought for sure the poll was flawed. I was incredulous that so many people were Bible literalists. I had no idea! I had my first online conversation with an admitted creationist around 1997 (when I was a hardcore Mormon and was using the internet as a way to do “missionary work”) and it just blew my mind that he rejected evolution. No matter how much evidence I gave him, no matter how many instances of actual observed evolution taking place I showed him, he would just come back with Continue reading
Did you know that local law enforcement agencies all over America are accepting what amounts to bribes from the federal government to arrest kids who are of no harm to society? That’s bad enough. But the way some agencies are going about is truly disgusting.
People who pretend to befriend another, all the while with the intent to eventually stab that person in the back, hits very close to home for me. This is evil. Those who commit or support these acts have no place in a civilized society. None.
(Original story by Vice)
If you don’t have 20 minutes to spare, here is the 2 minute highlight reel: Continue reading
Rejecting my indoctrination and societal conditioning was easy. However, changing my conditioned behavior has been incredibly difficult. Whenever I react emotionally, I immediately fall back on old, conditioned behaviors (due to the ease of such behavior I guess — it requires no thought at all on my part to behave in the way I’ve been behaving for most of my life, to simply follow the programming).
Perhaps I’m too hard on myself for believing that, after 37 years of conditioning, I ought to have Continue reading
Yesterday, the dishes were piling up in the kitchen. I asked my wife to clean up the mess. I asked nicely and everything.
Well, my wife responded by saying that she was tired because of a long day. I told her that she needs to learn the value of hard work and to get the dishes done now. She replied, “Not now. Why don’t you do it if it’s that important to you to have a clean kitchen?”
So I did the only thing a loving husband could. I took off my belt and started whipping her with it. I told her how it was for her own good, how she needs to respect my authority as head of the household, and she’d better do as she’s been told and get those dirty dishes cleaned up.
But I only hit my wife because I love her. Continue reading
My wife showed me a tweet recently in which the author used a sentence containing the words “there”, “their”, and “they’re” with correct usage for each. The author then ended with, “It’s not rocket science!”
You’re exactly right. It’s not rocket science. It’s English. And, just like rocket science, there are people who are good at it and others who are not. In no way is the ability to consistently use correct grammar reflective of a person’s intelligence, wisdom, or moral fiber. It’s a reflection on Continue reading
I just heard Stefan Molyneaux make an excellent analogy for how bankers are helping to destroy the economy.
A gambler in a casino is being bankrolled with other people’s money, to whom he has no responsibility. As such, if the gambler loses Continue reading
The “non-aggression principle” (NAP) is, for the uninitiated, a life’s philosophy in which adherents view any initiation of force as morally wrong. I have personally committed myself to living by this principle to the best of my ability. It has brought me a much greater level of happiness and joy in my life and, since I want my children to also be happy, I teach my children about the NAP and encourage them to abide by it as well.
Last night my oldest son slammed his bedroom door. Continue reading
A good friend recently proclaimed the awesomeness of his mother publicly on Facebook. As I read about his gratitude, it made me desire to do the same for my own mother.
My mother was born and raised in the Philippines. After marrying my American dad, she came here to America. In so doing, she left nearly everything that she knew. Not just her culture, but her family and pretty much every person she knew. Well, not her entire family. She had us.
Other than us, Mom had pretty much no one here in America. To further complicate her life, she was Continue reading