The rise and fall of knowledge

1 06 2011

We are under attack, we are always under attack, we are always in danger of losing our freedom, our knowledge, and our future.

Wisdom and knowledge have been accumulated and destroyed before. Dogma and religion are the worst enemies of humankind. They have set us back by millennia. Humanity has risen to great heights several times, and Dogma and religion have tumbled us back into ignorance and darkness several times.
This is a lesson we should never forget. Our current height of learning and technology are not safe. Right now religious factions are trying to take science out of school classes and replace it with religion and the bible, and it’s flawed primitive nonscience. The creationists in America (and they are gaining in Europe) attack science on a daily basis. In Islamic schools, also in the west, children are being drilled into ignoring reality and only believing the flawed archaic nonscience of the Quran.

Watch this chilling video of the destruction of one of the wonders of the ancient world: the Library of Alexandria.

This happened long ago, but it can happen anytime today.

 





Raptor Countdown (2011 version) 4 days to go!

17 05 2011

Four days until we get Raptored!

But does one really want to?????

So Jesus went extinct for our sins…
So our sins are ”paid for”. So why all the punishment?
Are our sins paid for or not? Or did Jesus go extinct for nothing?
What’s up?
On May 21 we might find out…

Of course ”evolutionists” are out. Whatever. Even if their sins were paid for…





Rapture Countdown (2011 version). 5 Days to go!

16 05 2011

If you were wondering when the actual end of the world is, this is set for October 17 2011. Which leaves enough time for this year’s, final, Wacken Heavy Metal Festival.
And I read on one of the many rapture sites that all plants and animals will burn and be destroyed and turned into ash. That is só unfair!
I am wondering if I really want to be saved, because I an starting to think that God is a really nasty  dude.

So here’s my diary so far:

Monday 16

Peducure for horses, find job
Make more lists
Work on painting

Tuesday 17

Clean house dig up my bible and start reading. Go to the market to buy fruit and vegetables

Wednesday 18

Keep reading the bible and start making a pattern for a fifties style dress. (which I will need to ascend to heaven in)
Take painting to the framers
Visit the Tarq

Thursday 19

Make appointment at hairdressers for Friday, start making 50s style dress.
Train the Tarq and try to make him behave well.
Learn how to knit.

friday 20

Preparations: Laundry, housecleaning, loo has to be spotless.
go to the Tarq and wash the Tarq
Go to hairdresser for that rapture look hairdo.
Hide all flying-brooms in cupboard, as well as all wicca handbooks.

Saturday 21

Check list, dress up in 50s dress, hair perfect, sit and wait.





Getting married

26 01 2011

I read an interview with a very successfully indoctrinated mormon wife, her husband is also married to her elder sister, she was married at 16, her own daughter was married at 15. The children of the community go to community schools and are kept isolated from the rest of the world. Girls are usually not educated above basic level. Girls are also told they cannot enter heaven unless married, and only with a husband as the ”doorkeeper”. A woman cannot enter heaven on her own.
And of course there is no suppression of women…..
She was being interviewed at the court to explain her community because some of the men were being charged with polygamy.

Now the discussion we had on facebook was, should the law forbid polygamy?

Actually I don’t think so, but the world being what it is we should.
I don’t think so because I think that consenting adults should live their own lives, make their own free decisions, after having informed themselves, and marry whom or what they want.
The key word though is ”adults”. With that I mean human beings of 21 and older. And with ”free decisions” I mean people who as children have been brought up in a normal secular school system, with proper science classes, and no religious or dogmatic indoctrination.

And unfortunately that is not the case here. Here we see a woman defending her community and her faith but it is clear she was never allowed any freedom of thought, and the dogma does not allow her any freedom in deciding whether she want to get married or not in the first place.
So I am sorry but her testimony proves nothing, except the necessity to take the children away and give them a humane childhood and proper schooling.
As soon as you invent stuff like hell, and eternal torture and suffering, and you then start making demands of certain kinds of behavior from people, you have taken away the concept of ”free choice”.
And as this kind of abuse of children is rampant upon the planet at the moment, not to mention the forceful ”marriages” of underage girls to pedophile geriatrics, I think that, against my personal preference, we should have laws forbidding polygamy.

And it really irks me to write this because I really truly think we should not forbid polygamy.
If adults think they are very happy in a multiple partnership they should be free to exercise that partnership. If a man wants to marry more than one wife, and those wives think it is a good idea and they will all live happily ever after they should be allowed to do so, and no law should stop them!

Of course that would also include the right of any or all of those wives to choose to have other husbands as well.

It would also include lesbian couples,

gay couples,

bi-sexual couples…
Everybody should be allowed to marry anybody.
And everybody.
And anybody else.
As long as they are adults, have freedom of mind, and are all willing, and the other partners in the relationship are also willing to share.





Kiss my ass

2 12 2010

I am always right.
It is one of these mysteries of the universe, but it’s true. Really, I am always right.
So when I say something, people should listen up, and just believe me and do what I say.
what’s so difficult to understand about that?
All you need is to believe…
And to   kiss  my  ass

😈

This is how it works:





Don’t worry, we’re fine!

1 12 2010

We are all fine.
As long as we have a heart, and mental strength, and a sense of humor,
We are all fine.
If you doubt it, watch this video





What I got in my mail:

29 11 2010

Is this bizarre spam mail, my comments in color:

I’m of Dutch origin, but I moved from Holland at a young age with my parents.  I monitor what goes on in Holland and how my country of origin has changed, not least with the rise of Geert Wilders and the so called “Islam debate” (strange to have a debate with only one side of the argument, but there you go, lol).  What you write about Islam, conforms exactly 100% to the estabished cultural and historic conditioning of the society I come from.
I wish people would take the trouble to actually read my blog…
Our values, tastes, language, worldview around us are given to us and formed by the society we grow up in, but because I moved countries at a young age I guess maybe I have not been as thoroughly conditioned by the society around me and this has actually given me more freedom away from conditioned world views.  I would argue true freedom and independence of thought comes from being able to break away from the conditioned worldview that our born society gives us (and EVERY society conditions or tries to condition its individuals to believe in it’s own values … take Nazi Germany or Communist Russia for example, but Dutch society is no different, and that is the scary bit!)
If you think that the current Dutch society is anything like the Nazi Germany or communist Russia, you need some serious counseling. Not to mention history lessons, and maybe a visit to the country itself would be helpful…

Due to my background and the increased fear of Islam in Dutch media and society in general, I became curious and wanted to understand more about Islam,
Yep that’s how I started out too, combined with the news item that in Saudi Arabia a girl was being punished for being raped with torture and prison….
and why I felt I was being conditioned to hate an fear Islam by my surroundings, while I really knew next to nothing about it and religious Muslims were like a closed book to me.
I wouldn’t call it conditioning, especially as the stuff I read in the media about Islam was very contradictory, definitely different sides get their say here. So in my case I wanted to know which side was right.
So I set myself a task, because I do not like “mysteries” and Islam was a big mystery to me, so I wanted to solve this mystery once and for all.  I had no interest in looking at the Quran or Islam to merely to verify preconceived opinions, that’s easy to do… no I wanted to choose that which was hard, not that which is easy to do.
Don’t quite understand what Alex is talking about here, it’s quite easy to get a few books and read them. And I don’t see the mistery. Besides, going online I got a lot more information and met some very nice people.
And some very nasty ones.
But they all helped me to learn and make up my mind.

I have succeeded in this, after some effort, including learning to read Arabic.
I have been told from reliable sources, including some native Arabic speaking persons, that there is nothing in the quran and hadith which cannot be translated perfectely well, so I did not bother to spend a few years learning a difficult language in it’s classical form.
I now know exactly if, why and when a person like Geert Wilders is lying
He is a politician
I also realise that most ordinary people, do not realise when he is lying on purpose or when things are said about Islam which are based simply on ignorance, willful or not,
He is a politician
but I am very glad I took the effort to solve the big mystery of Islam.
Again, which mystery?
You just wanted it to be mysterious didn’t you?
Maybe there is a detective in me, but it has certainly changed and altered many views I felt I had previously, and I felt where my own… when in fact they are a product of my upbringing and the societies I partially grew up in.
Same here. You can actually follow on my blog how I made up my views by learning and understanding more. But you didn’t read the blog.

I think the success I have had in understanding the world of religious orthodox Muslims, as well as a Western mindset, is maybe also party due to my background and the fact that I moved countries early in my life.
I’m just open minded by nature and very flexible.
I think maybe this has a big effect, not least that it can facilitate a person to break free from societal and cultural conditioning much easier than if I had only grew up in one society.

I can see from your writing you are very convinced about your understanding and beliefs particularly regarding Islam,
Yes I am, as well as on all other religions.
maybe I can make you curious enough about myself and my aquired understanding of Islam, despite not having any sort of Muslim background or contact with born Muslims at all.
No need, thank you, your letter explains a lot about you and your views. I think I know enough.

I am now a white Dutch Muslim, I converted to Islam after study.  I guess perversely it was due to Geert Wilders and media attention towards Islam, that make me interested.  It forced my attention towards Islam.  It seems it was/is not my destiny to follow the path of blind agreement with people like Wilders that most ethnic Dutch people are intent on following or at least passively accepting as being normal and truthful.
I have to disagree with you. As a Dutch person I know that most Dutch do not follow people like Wilders, The Dutch are extremely tolerant and open to different cultures. I think I have not been in any other country which so heartily welcomes different cultures and is truly interested in them. Also I think the Netherlands is quite unique in it’s many ages of welcoming refugees both political and religious from other countries.

I think the ones who do ”follow Wilders” have mostly been inspired the the actions of Muslims at home and abroad to side with Wilders.  It is also unfortunate that he is at the moment the only Dutch politician who seems to be aware of the problems relating to Islam and Mulsims so there isn’t much choice here.

It is a real pity that a Muslim  assassin shot the far more reasonable Pim Fortuyn in cold blood in a cowardly ambush. He would have been a far better choice of politician to follow for those who are worried about Islam encroaching on our Dutch values of freedom and liberty and women’s rights.
So I am afraid that, again, Muslims have themselves to thank for getting a politician like Gert Wilders instead.

Wilders has the highest votes in the polls in my country and I worry about Muslims in Holland.
Not here, otherwise he would be prime minister, this is a misrepresentation of facts.
People seem to be prepared to follow Wilders blindly and unquestioningly because his ideas are made fair seeming to them, or because there are particular reasons for them to blindly accept what he says, due to Moroccan criminality and basically not wanting non-white people in their neighbourhoods, amongst others.
I wouldn’t discard the cowardly murders of people like Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh by Muslims. And combine that with terrorist attacks in the name of Islam, heinous crimes committed against women in the name of Islam, etc etc. Don’t you think that those little details might have something to do with what people think?
Also, and most importantly people accept Wilders ideas without thinking because I now realise that those ideas conform to established cultural and historical conditioning of the society both you and I are born into.
No they don’t, and no they don’t.
And stop acting as if we are buddies, we don’t even know one another.
Our Dutch society is not a society of fixed values, but fluid and radically shifting values, which are controlled or at least guided and led by those with power over media and politics, and real power in our society lies in big capital and economic control, NOT in the ballot box or parliament.  We live and are conditioned in a corporate controlled environment, there is no escaping this.
That would be America. Not the Netherlands. Clearly you have been away for too long to have a proper understanding about how politics in the Netherlands work. The established and cultural conditioning in the Netherlands is to have lots respect for people from different cultures and religions and I agree with you we need to change that a bit and keep a firmer grip on, and have a lot more respect for, our own culture of openness and freedom and equal rights. Especially when it clashes with those who would destroy those ideals.

Take care,

Alex

You too,

Clouddragon





The religious metaphor

19 11 2010

One particular subject one comes across when discussing religions and the horrible evil stuff written in all religious handbooks is the ”religious metaphor”.

I was used to this from European christians, who excuse the truly totally evil bits in the bible with the excuses of: ”It has to be seen in the context of the time” and ”It’s a metaphor”.
And I hear the same from Muslims, especially Western Muslims and nice Muslims, as the quran is actually very clear about that it is to be taken literal as the last word of god, and most people in the Middle East are holding on to the view that the quran has to be followed by the letter. They also spend a lot of money enforcing this idea in other parts of the world.

So, context of the time. Doesn’t fly, if a handbook is to remain valid, and has divine inspiration in it’s inception then there can be no historical context.

Metaphor, isn’t realistic either because that would make every part of the handbook to be interpreted as you like so why have a handbook in the first place?

So what happens?
Evolution happens.
Mental and moral evolution.
The current Abrahamic religions are based on the acts desires and morals of what we would now consider very primitive barbaric people with apparently  very primitive understandings of what is good and bad.
If you take the handbooks they wrote as an indication of their moral standing.
On the other hand, one can clearly discern  a lot of very human desires for power and wealth, as well as a deep disdain towards women in these handbooks. This power and wealth is for the advantage of the leading faction of the religion and the religion is used besides to giving them power, also to stabilize that status quo, and to make the ”flock” submissive. These religions are very strong on submission and making it a desirable trait.

So why do modern believers need the religious metaphor?
Contrary to what we are being told all the time, the Abrahamic religions are not really that moral from our point of view. Actually there are precious few morals in the religious handbooks of our time, and none of the basic morals they do propound is not also indigenous to the most primitive stone age culture.
In reality the Abrahamic religious handbooks have not added anything enlightened to the moral values of humanity.

Actually I am of the opinion that religions actually twist and corrupt our innate morality by inciting violence, hatred, discrimination, bad treatment of children, and suppression of women.
and allowing and supporting rape.

Rape as an example.
Rape is something we condemn nowadays as we know it is a very bad crime towards women, it hurts them, it causes great suffering and psychological damage and we modern humans think that every human being (women are human too) has a right over their own body.

We now think it is a bad crime to badly hurt a woman by raping her.
Probably all women have always thought so, but clearly not all men!
Rape was clearly not a concern for the men who compiled the handbooks of the Abrahamic religions. While they are all obsessed with sex, and who has sex with whom and in which manner etc. None of the handbooks considers rape a crime. The Quran doesn’t even mention it. What they do do is allowing men to rape women. (read it up, I am not going to give examples)

Do you really think there is an all powerful invisible sky daddy who cares for you, loves you, and then allows men to rape you?

I can imagine men liking this sky daddy, but I am amazed women think this invisible enabler has any caring, loving, protective feeling towards them.

In comes the ”metaphor”. The metaphor is the believers escape route. Without the metaphor a believer whose moral awareness has evolved far beyond that of the men who composed the religion cannot believe anymore. But most people are to scared of a universe without some invisible force ”guiding” them that they cannot face the stark light their own moral awareness lights up for them.

They hide in the metaphor. Not realizing that by using the metaphor to make their religious handbook compatible to their advanced moral awareness they have already left the restrictions and guidance of that very same handbook. By using the religious metaphor they in effect already stand on their own feet. They don’t need guidance. They have defined for themselves what they know is right and wrong, despite the contrary instructions of their religious guidebook.

If you can only deal with your chosen religion by using metaphors then you don’t need religion anymore because you have already evolved beyond it. You are already thinking for yourself despite religious indoctrination and that is a great achievement!






What Women Wear

15 06 2010

Or, Freedom and Dress,
Is what we choose to wear really a free uninfluenced choice?

I think that in a man’s world, women are wearing what men want them to wear. Wether it be by blunt force or by more subtile social prodding, if a society is wholly geared towards What Men Want then women will have to conform. And let’s be honest, except one or two forgotten pockets the whole planet is ruled by men and geared towards their desires.
And what apparently most men want all over the planet is sexual access and/or total control over women. Both these preferences are written in the holy books of major religions and can be observed in women’s outfits.
Now different societies have different ideas as to what constitutes ”modest dress” of course. What is considered perfectly modest in Europe, is considered totally slutty in the Middle East. In a secular open society both dress codes can walk side by side.
The essence of freedom is not what you wear, but the freedom to choose what you wear without being harassed or punished for it.

So you see some women wearing revealing clothes because that gives them an advantage in certain circumstances, and you see on the other scale other women completely covered up because that gives them an advantage.
You see it in the ”power suits” worn by modern business women, needed to be looked at as competent business women. You see some girls wearing skimpy clothes because they are told by the (male-run) media that’s what they should wear to be considered desirable, you see some girls wearing hijab because they are told it makes them more desirable, etc…

So really I don’t think women are fully to ”blame” for dress choices. Our choice of dress, wherever we live on the planet, is never wholly our own choice. We are influenced by the society we live in, by the rejection or approbation of our social circle, by what the media shows us, by what religion and/or religious leaders tell us some God wants, by what our job requires, by the social gathering we attend, and all these things together will have significant effect on what a person will wear.

Really, to some extent we all wear a uniform.
The only thing which seems to present itself is the more restricted a society, the more uniform the dress code, and the harsher the punishment for not adhering.
For example the ”Mao suit”.

It is really a very, very small percentage who really dares and/or has the opportunity, to wear what they themselves like and if it doesn’t conform to what is ”the norm” in their social surroundings they will get serious flak from the people they meet.

And you will notice that people who choose to defy the accepted dress codes of their social group rarely stand alone: they band together in new, smaller groups of fellow deviants.
For example the three Goths in a classroom.

I do not think it’s healthy to use overwhelming force, and draconian punishments to make people conform to a certain dress code, but there are always some forces at work which steer us to the clothes we choose, and the image we want to project.

I really resent forcing people into constricting dress codes. I also reject dress codes which annihilate human personality. But I know that in certain environments on the planet there just isn’t a real choice.
I also reject the use of extortion and scaring people with lies about hell and damnation to blackmail them into wearing whatever preferred dress code. That is just fundamentally wrong. And of course there can be no question of ”free choice” when the subject believes it.

Be that as it may, considering all these facts, nobody can lay full blame at nobodies door about what they choose to wear.
Or not to wear.
So I hope we can stop now with backbiting and calling the populations of whole continents invectives based on malicious fabricated gossip.

We should stop blaming women with a different dress preference altogether and instead put the blame where it belongs, on men!
:mrgreen:





Humans, discrimination and defending the Woman with the Scarf

27 05 2010

This video is from ABC, they put unknowing people in a situation to see how they would react. The situation is like this: A woman wearing a head scarf comes into a shop and the guy at the counter refuses to serve her. Some people give him the thumbs up, about half say nothing (some look uncomfortable) and about a third of the costumers get angry, defend the rights of the woman, and promise they will not leave it like that but pursue further action.

Here is the video

I have been working out the maths:

Bullies: 14,6%

Bystanders: doing nothing:  53,7%

Heroes, defenders of the oppressed:  31,7%

Now of course we would rather have seen a 95% number on the Heroes, but, human nature being what it is, and compared with what we see happening in the real world, all over the world: I think this is a pretty good percentage!

So chapeau for the people of Texas, of whom at least 30% are heroes!

You see, apart from taking these numbers sec, there is more to include into the equation.
I think that the bullies had it easy: they were already inside a situation, which was congenial to them, and only had to agree with the dork behind the counter. It is very easy to follow a herd if you are  a sheep yourself.

Then there were the Bystanders, the group which said nothing. Now I don’t admire it, and I certainly hope never to be part of the Bystanders, but standing there, two people behind the counter, and speaking up takes a bit of courage. More courage then most people can muster. That’s how it is. That is fact. That’s why the Bystander group is always so very large, in all countries, and in all situations.
It’s the easy way, the way of not getting hurt or attacked yourself.
And let’s not forget the bystander effect!

And last but not least: The heroes. The defenders of what is right. The people who stand up for reason and fairness and freedom and all which is good. Now apart from the staggering 31,7% I think that in effect this number is huge because these people stood up in an antagonistic situation, and still spoke up. Still defended what was right in their opinion.
That is by way more difficult!

So I think this 31,7 % is a very important number, these people do not only outweigh the 14.6% of the bullies, but as they showed to have way better courage they would prevail if the numbers had been the other way around. And the 31,7% of courageous people will always get the better of the middle group,who lack the guts to respond in any situation.

So with a 31,7% of people who have the right morals, and the courage to defend them, I think Texas is doing very, very well, and way much better as most other countries on the planet.
Maybe it won’t be so bad… moving to Texas.