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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

 

 

 

The Decline of Western Ideals

The more I travel, the more I realise what a safe haven Britain is in particular, and the western world is in general. By good fortune, geographical circumstance, technological, philosophical advance and endeavour we have created a liberal democracy that, although far from perfect, in principle at least, relentlessly champions Free Speech, Freedom of Thought, Democracy and Tolerance.

Perhaps we need to realise how lucky we are in these islands and not talk so conceitedly of British Values, but the values of western democracy that our ancestors fought and died for.

Our tolerance, rightfully celebrated, can go too far. Under the guise of inclusivity, it seems we are tolerating, and being apologists for, the infiltration of our society by those that hold and practice brutal, primitive and fascists ideas. Forty years ago, Honour Killings, People Trafficking, FGM, Breast Ironing, Witchcraft, Slavery, Persecution of Homosexuals, Sexual Inequality, Child Sacrifice, Gender Abortions, Forced Marriages, Cruelty to Animals and sectarian violence… were things either almost completely abolished, totally unacceptable, on the decline, or never heard of in mainland Britain (Events in Northern Ireland being a shameful reminder of how close we are to chaos).

All these have manifested on a large scale over the last two decades.

Some of those people that the west (and Britain in particular) have traditionally, and commendably, given asylum to since the second world war are seeing the terrors and ideologies that they fled following them as insidious and superstitious values are now home grown, or imported into, their safe haven. Our great humanitarian traditions, aspirations and ideals(albeit flawed and occasionally flouted) are now being overwhelmed and negated by those that would kill and torture us in our own countries.

Be Aware

The power and influence of one determined fanatic

far outweighs that of a thousand moderates…

Say No to the Multiverse

The Multiverse