This is a very special post to me because it addresses something I very seldom talk about; my feelings on spirituality and nature. I think about these things often, and I’ve already become enlightened enough to acknowledge my choice of disbelief. See, to me, with everything going on in the world as a whole and my life in particular, I have enough of a load on my shoulders and in my heart without worrying about the things I can’t see. This is one of the main reasons for my atheism. It has come down to the fact that I could truly care less about whether or not there is some divine presence in the universe.
See even though I don’t believe in a divine and invisible presence controlling our lives, I have the humility to know that I should love, honor and respect nature. To me, nature and the physical world we see and can manipulate all around us, is all there truly is. It is our duty as an intelligent species to give back to nature as opposed to taking so much away and letting our earth die.
I don’t believe that we need a book thousands of years old or a sky divinity to dictate our ethics, morals and other aspects of our lives. But I believe it is our duty to do the right thing for ourselves, as well as our fellow man and woman. This is the only world we have, and the people around us are all we have. It is our duty to protect and speak for those less fortunate than us who can’t or are too afraid to speak for themselves. It is our job to fight for these people as well, physically if need be. But we must strive to look out for one another because only as a collectivist species as opposed to an individualist species can we truly make a difference in life.
We need to break our dependency on oil and trees. Instead we should look to hemp for paper and paper products, for t shirts and other useful things. Look to solar, air and water energy to light cities, provide electricity to hospitals and homes etc. We need to bring back the Amazon and other rainforests and whole forests we have destroyed and slowly wean away from a dependency on animal products. It you want to reduce the population, catch, neuter and release them, don’t hunt them for sport and/or eat them.
We need to embrace a world and a military of defense and not offense. Stop the nuclear, chemical and biological arms races and instead focus on togetherness and respecting each other’s cultural differences. Fight for equality and a higher standard of human rights all over the world, but do it through diplomacy not war. Do it through the paper and the pen, not the tank and unmanned aircrafts.
I believe that war is necessary, but only when all diplomatic options have been continuously tried and failed. But as far as war goes, I believe we go in to achieve our one end and then leave. We don’t stay and establish a permanent presence.
I know this is naive, and that there will be plenty of people who have ruffled feathers because of it, but it needs to be said: our government and our military is corrupted with bloodthirsty, power mad pieces of shit and they need to be stopped. They need to be told that what they are doing is not okay. We need to show them that we don’t support how they treat the world and how they treat the people of their own countries or other countries.
I’m not sorry for saying what I said above, and if that means I am Un-American, then so be it because if being American means I have to sit by blindly and let Big Brother run my life and make my choices, then I don’t want to be a part of this country.
We need to focus on education, we need to embrace science and logic in our politics, not religious zeal and idealism. I know these are hard truths to hear, but they need to be said. Too many of us are happy going with the flowing, refusing to question anything because that means thinking for ourselves and that, to many, is too frightening a concept to fathom
I believe that if any number of these things can be achieved, we will go down as the greatest species that ever walked the Earth.