Crack the Lid
In a Paleolithic camp, Neanderthals gather round
To put their beloved headman in the ground
They gather flowers, and the petals shower down
Pray to the spirits of ancestors, but the spirits never made a sound, cause
It was all superstition anyway,
It was all superstition like it is today, yeah hey
Now Pharaoh’s mummy lies beneath a mountain of stone
He goes to Paradise, but he won’t go alone
Cause he needs forty or fifty palace slaves to serve the throne
Compared to the soul of a king, what’s flesh and blood and bone, but
Now Socrates must drink the poison at the break of day
I came up with this thought while buzzing one night in August 2005 and posted it on a forum. Noone came up with anything relevant to add to it though most thought it an interesting idea. Admittedly, I'm no physicist. There are some here with a greater understanding of the sciences than anyone at the previous forum(including myself), so I figured I'd expand on input by reposting it here.
I just had an interesting thought. Anyone and everyone can feel free to put in their thoughts and/or criticizms of this thought. I did a bit of looking around to see if I could see anything on it(for or against), and I couldn't.
THE FUTURE OF HISTORY
WITH WHISKEY AND SHOTGUNS
WE BLAZE OUR TRAIL
ACROSS THIS RADIOACTIVE
MANKIND ALMOST EXTINCT
FROM THE LAST GREAT WAR
FIGHTING FOR GOD AND COUNTRY
MUTATION AND DEGENERATION
DNA MELTED INTO SUBMISSION
DISTORTED PIGMENTS OF EVOLUTION
A TRUE BEAUTY REVOLUTION
OUR PRECIOUS EARTH
BROILED TO A CRISP
NOTHING BESIDES MAN
ON THIS BARREN ROCK
WITH NO LIFE LEFT TO GIVE
WE JUST WAIT TO DIE
AND ROT SOME NAMELESS GRAVE
SO WITH NOTHING IN OUR HEARTS
AND HATRED IN OUR MINDS
WE PRESS ON INTO NIGHT
WITH SILENCE AND DARKNESS
I am very excited at what is happening here.
A 'howdy' from Kabul, Afghanistan, where I have lived and worked for the past three years. Stumbled across the RRS from a link from RichardDawkins.net while browsing on a rare day off.
I have been active in the skeptical/atheist community for a number of years. I am heartened to see the success of the RSS in reaching a young, intelligent group of people, growing in membership size in a tremendously short period of time. I'm also active over at the JRef (James Randi Educational Foundation) - which is not specifically an atheistic group (although I'd estimate that atheists outnumber deists / theists by a significant majority) and have witnessed first hand the struggle to maintain relevancy and to attract new members.
A man is assaulted in front of his home. The neighbours see this assault take place, but do nothing. A stranger to the area leaps out and assist the man.
Through democratic process and determination, the man who "did the right thing" would be in the wrong. The majority of people in the neighbourhood said, by their behaviour, that turning your back on someone in need was the proper course of action.
When a democratic compromise is reached, the same thing occurs. The democratic vote is bound to be determined in favour of the majority, and the minority for whom the "compromise" is being reached are getting shafted. Any who speak out against what is determined to be the "compromise" are regarded as troublemakers.
I came across the link to this site on Youtube. I love that I can comunicate with other freethinkers, and people who embrace rational thought! Keep fighting for our freedom from religion. thanks again RRS
So I get home today and have two messages on my Myspace blog (www.myspace.com/rookhawkins) and they're from this guy who claims to be friends with another Christian I ran into. Somehow this Christian's posts got deleted by Myspace (So did my two-hour responce to him and I don't know why). Here is my response to him:
I don't know what you're talking about, but I didn't delete any post - in fact I replied to it here on my blog. I'm surprised to find his post and mine both gone - but I promise you they were both here and I was waiting for him to reply back to me - apparently I see why it didn't happen.
After viewing some of Sam Harris's videos/articles, I realized that he makes the same observations about religious beliefs -- while I am not too impressed by his oratory, his writing is very lucid, and he is able to state his arguments very clearly. Particularly, I liked his "10 Myths & 10 Truths about atheism" that was published in the LA Times (Link here). This article was also quoted on RichardDawkins.net, eliciting the same old responses from some Christians -- which basically rehash stuff about design vs. "chance", the basis for morality, the relationship between science and atheism, and ultimately the "meaning of life" itself.
This is a reprint of an essay I wrote for another blog.
Today, I will attempt to piss off Moderate Christians. This is going to be a difficult task, because one of the primary reasons I'm calling them out is their obstinate refusal to be offended. I had a long conversation tonight with one of my friends, who is some variety of theist, although he's very difficult to categorize. He was relating to me a dilemma he's going to face this weekend when his Moderate Christian family is going to ask him to go to church. The question of whether he should go, even though he disagrees strongly with many of the Christian church's teachings, is very close to me.