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The Noble Beast

When are we going to move away from this pervasive falsehood that man is fundamentally a noble beast, his societies good and the earth rightfully his domain to poison in pursuit of endless growth and self-propagation?

Until we face the truth about ourselves and address the issues with reason based on evidence, the net amount of suffering and torment will continue to increase.

eke

 

Stupid Design

‘What kind of a monster creates a world where, in order to survive, creatures are pitted against each other. A creation loaded with pain where even the trees scream as we slash and burn our way through the forests.’  

 eke

 

Excerpt from a novel

‘There is only one worthwhile philosophical issue in the modern era given what we know of history.’

‘You’ve been keeping that to yourself.’

‘It goes against our nature,’ she leaned her head back and yawned. ‘It’s counter intuitive. Those of us who have children, you and me for instance, are making the same entry-level error as Dr Frankenstein.’

‘Creating monsters?’

‘Certainly not. The creature is the victim.’

‘Oh, I thought he terrorised villagers in Eastern Europe.’

‘The story resonates because it is a projection of our guilt at creating life and, consequently, death.’

‘Sounds like psychobabble to me.’ I lit a cigarette and Avril took one too.

She said, inhaling thoughtfully, ‘The death of the author’s mother shortly after giving birth to her, and then the death of the author’s own baby, inspired the tale…’

‘I hope you don’t tell the first-year this stuff.’

Another level of rain fell and it drummed on the roof of the car, keeping time to the conversation.

She continued, ‘A dead child and the fallout from an Indonesian volcano.’

‘What a depressing thought.’ I watched a snail ascending the windscreen dashed by the heavy droplets. ‘Is this on the curriculum?’

‘I mean by creating a sentient creature, we have done the same thing as the good doctor. The method of creation is irrelevant.’

‘I seldom think of Roddy as a sentient creature. God love him.’

‘I sometimes wonder whether Roddy wants children himself.’

‘He’s never said. But I never said either. It seems to have just happened. And I’m glad it did, of course.’

‘I’m glad too. Very glad, now that he is back in our lives. But it makes no sense. I mean, we’re always going to be in or between wars.’

‘You have to have someone to pass the misery on to.’

eke ©

Enthusiastic Atheism

I find it odd  that people complain of ‘devout’ & ‘fundamental’ atheists, when for thousands of years those that have been brave enough to point out the obvious flaws in the ever-changing characters of a myriad of  gods, have been denounced and persecuted for, in effect, not believing other people’s fairy stories and implausible and baseless ideas of origin. After all, we are almost now all atheists to some lesser or greater degree. (How many still follow the ancient gods of Greece or Egypt?).

I also object that atheism is considered some kind of rebelious and negative position. It is not. It is the default position or starting point for any thinking person (who has not been indoctrinated from birth) and does not represent anything ‘unorthodox’.

I should not, for example, describe anyone as a non-Christian or a non-anything (non-black, Non-white…) It is at least rude if not divisive, and certainly presumptuous, to label people this way.

If you want to define yourself as something then, please, go ahead (and you will, of course. And I will support your right to be that thing however delusional it may seem to me). But then please don’t categorise others as a ‘non- YOUR thing’.

EKE. Thinking aloud, a non-atheist would perhaps have to be a polytheist!?

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The Dull & Ignorant

I no longer subscribe to the saying that “the dull and ignorant have their story”. We live in a time driven by the dull and ignorant. They are leading us into darkness. Stop listening to them.Picture(187)

“We all need to be good at something. Those that are not good at anything, need to pretend. The pretenders are in the ascendancy.” PK

David Bowie

I always thought you came from outer space DB. And, of course, you did. It took you some 14 billion years to get here – a supernova when you arrived. You’re back out there now. We’ll join you one day “…drinking milk shakes cold and long…”

The day I bought my first Bowie album, happily parting with 2 pounds for Hunky Dory, was, for me, the start of a rich personal mythology of discovery and enlightenment.

I had two brothers who informed my youth. It seems intellectually, artistically, Bowie was the third. Without his stimulus, I would have been ignorant of a raft of amazing influences and entertainments.

Thanks Mr B. Your work will last forever. I’m in tears.

Five tracks (among many) that still give me goosebumps:

Life on Mars

Drive in Saturday

Rock N Roll Suicide

The Bewley Brothers

Five Years