Monday, June 27, 2016

Home Office

If everyone that worked in business or technology did it from home, what percentage of fossil fuel would be saved?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Is Christianity bad?

I am going to start with a premise. And the premise is that moderate Christianity is bad.
Why you ask should I say this. What does modern Christianity do that is bad.
It is passive. It doesn't harm anyone. They keep to themselves affirming their faith together twice or once a week, hurting no one. What is it that is bad?

It is bad because it shows disrespect for basic human thought. You see faith is easy. There is no reason for faith, no thought, no accountability, no human kindness, empty, and we call this good.
We call it good because we can then not be required to be accountable for our life. We can gather and believe things on faith, all the while agree silently about our bigotry, our racism, our fake love for one another by isolating others who are unable to compartmentalize this part of our lives.

It is bad because it promotes a lie. It gives us the excuse to not think, not reason, not love others equally, and lie completely about the history and harm we have caused over the years for entertaining these thoughts benignly. For witnessing to others that it is good we live in this way and set examples that others should live this way because we think faith is good.

I no longer think that modern Christianity is actively malicious. I mean, if we are standing in a stream flowing with drowning people and we pray, how is that at all malicious? We stand their singing joy oh joy we love our lord, these dying people will see you soon and it is good.

Is that bad?

Lying about the past. When I was in the air force, they taught us the past is done, move on toward future goals and leave it. They didn't say lie about it, they said be constructive, be real, and strive to do right in the future.

How do Christians lie about the past. What harm has Christianity done to people of other cultures in Africa, China or India to cause harm? Does feeding hungry people because they are hungry cause harm.   I don't pretend to be an expert on this topic, but I have heard that some of these things ultimately has caused irreversible damage to human pockets by trying to be "good". In many ways the art of Christianity is denying the harm caused in the past, and believing in faith which is said to be good by Christians. Proselytizing this belief system to weak people is not a cause for concern?

If any of it had one ounce of being real, there would be no need of the Sunday service. Yes they call it a service, like filling up with gas from service station. Without it, faith would die, and the real work, the work of reason can deliver us from evil.

I am hear to talk to you not about how we can use our anger about these things to run up directly against Christianity in all it's forms, but how we can use that anger, that energy to motivate constructively with our talent, out talent of reason, our talent of logic, our talent of art, our music, our paintings, our poetry and of course our love of others. The love of accountability, the love of saying we are only human and no God will ever change that fact, nor will a belief in God really heal us from the damage faith does to ourselves.

Moving forward, how can we logical thinkers give our premise of love to the world? By using our talents whatever they may be to share science, to teach how to love without bigotry, without faith, and give us all confidence in things that are of real value.



Wednesday, March 09, 2016

When belief systems obliterate and anger must be quelled.

I was recently at a funeral where I now realize the truth of my beliefs can never converge with a Christian parsec. Listening to a minister say things that Christians may want to hear, but when the two primary mourners are atheists, it did little to service myself and felt disrespectful even while it was the wishes of the Christian that died for which she had no concept of what it means to be a non believer. I have found out more about myself that day than many previous days. I have found that I have no respect for Christian beliefs because Christian believers have no respect for non believers.

I realize that the service spoke to many there in touching ways and I hope they received their fill in their belief of the God fantasy which was given onto them. I however am happy to have went only for the companionship in others recognizing a great life once lived in service to others for in many ways did not contain Christian context, but true secular ones.

I remember as a child that I was taught miracles in the Bible that we are suppose to believe in just stopped happening. But as a man of 24 after a sincere search of a Christian faith, I mourned my faith and embraced reason. Ever since that day I have witnessed to people the truth with love that Christianity is not a benevolent belief system, nor is it one of integrity. The Christian culture will curve toward zero over time. The asymptote curve to zero will become the norm.

What the Christian religion does do for us is allow many to recognize that faith can have devastating consequences for example: 911.

Meanwhile my hero's are Neil Degrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Hitchens and George H Smith who brought reason close to my heart.

Thank you all for coming to visit with me, and I hope this letter in some ways speaks to you. Certain things should be forgotten, others can be remembered fondly. I wish everyone to take a peace of their heart in service to others being generous, being kind, finding understanding, being at peace with themselves.

With all my respect,

the foxjazz.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

To family and friends to know where I stand. I am an atheist, and that is beautiful.

To my fellow like minded in world view. My fb posts wouldn't be mostly about religion if I didn't care about the people in my life that have religion, or say they have. Not going into particulars here.

The reason I care what my friends or family belief or promote is because they don't really know religion. I was one of those Sunday / Wednesday religious believers myself once upon a time. It takes time and a real education to figure out that it is not good for the soul to be a liar. That is the game of religion, faith presented as truth which is objectively a lie. Anyone that has mediocre interest in understanding where I come from has the ability to read and investigate the phenomena for themselves. I for one am discouraged to find that even at the ages for whom I am talking about, many of my family have not progressed, but have digressed and accepted the status quo as if to say, that's ok.

Well I will always at every opportunity, and in every way speak out against such nonsensical beliefs at every turn. Not because I enjoy doing so, but because it is the right thing to do. No, I don't believe everything is black and white, but I do believe certain things are black and of those things, Christianity stands out as a smite on the world view of the people I care about.

I am certain many in my family or friends don't comment on such things because their belief is that it's harmless and nothing negative needs to be said about what others believe because it's a free country and you should believe what ever you want. It is a free country I agree, but I also think right is right, and wrong is wrong. Voting with your religion is worse than voting with your objective reasoning. Those two aren't the same and if you think they are, then maybe go back to college and get a real education, because the one you have isn't worth two cents.

All of that said, non one says it better than NDT (the new fourth horseman in my book).


Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's all about the World View

One of the questions always asks: Is religion a problem?
The answer is "sometimes".
When religion becomes justification for harming others, it is a problem.

When the meme breeds a similar meme, that causes justification for harming others, it is a problem.

The opposite of religion (or believer) is Not believer. One that does NOT believe in the religious ideas that make a believer religious. Atheist vs Theist.

So the question becomes, is atheism a problem? Atheism can't be used to justify violence, so it can't be a problem.

Wars may or may not have been fought by atheists, but the fighting is for reasons other than not being religious, such as wanting power, or conquering land, or prevention of countries for acquiring the power to retaliate with destruction.

I believe in this coming age of information, that religion will do a great deal more harm than good. It has in the past, it will in the future. And one has to question the integrity of the believer when observable reality contradicts a believer's beliefs.

So we can in turn, ignore the question and live with cognitive dissonance, or we can face our lives without remorse.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

accuracy in language is crucial

Mostly when we talk around religion and religious ideas, the many arguments that arise are due to the inaccuracy of our meanings in the definitions we use sometimes carelessly in our language.

It is important to be accurate to bring beneficial meaning to the lessons we try to convey. It is important because otherwise our conversation is not like minded, and can be adversarial through misunderstanding the lesson.

Being truthful in our mind and our thought gives us honor. Without that semblance of truth, we may see ourselves as less and as we are alive we have a duty to be honorable with our belief system. It does no one a good service to dishonor ourselves with lying about what we believe for any reason. Even if the reason is compassionate. How can I say something like "I believe in God" when I only believe in the idea of God?

Where would my honor be if I said that?
Where would you're honor be?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Softare and other copyright material at risk for consumers.

I read this article on Wired about copywright law and the resell of software.

Anything you buy (license or whatever work) pre-supposes (contract or not) that the buyer always has the right to re-sell the item.

The district court has ruled against this, and I understand that this will hurt how libraries function, as well as other organizations that lend copywrited material to the public for educational or for other purposes.

This is a big public black Eye and makes the "pirate" ware even more explosive.

Also businesses that acquire software really can't claim that software as an asset for resale value, and have to write it as a loss completely, because it is deemed worthless.