Science vs. Religion
There has recently been a resurgence of the argument between those of a Religious bent…
For all the altruistic reasons that I can think of, the simple fact is that there were (and are) only three reasons.
The Universe is actually an exceedingly just and balanced place, with both the good and the bad that happens being deserved. People get the reactions to the thoughts and actions that they put out into the world (consciously or otherwise), as well as nation-states getting the leadership (or lack thereof) the people deserve or, more accurately, create (scary thought that).
Many people do not like this philosophy and as often that I hear the examples of good things happening to bad people, as well as the reverse, I find it to be the only way that the Universe and/or Bob (God) could be anything resembling good. Add to this the idea of reincarnation, that multiple lifetimes are involved, and it makes for an excellent and fair system from the big picture, while not so much from the smaller, self-induced amnesiac, perspective.
I spend a lot of time contemplating the likely reaction to the actions of the world today. We are on a path of self-destruction and I cannot help but wonder if George Carlin was right when he reminded us that “Saving the Planet” is an arrogant self-indulgent statement, the Earth will definitely outlast mankind, it’s us that needs the saving if we wish to continue to live here.
Life will always exist on this planet, the question is if it will be compatible with our current form, homosapien.
Compassion of this type is like telling someone they are about to step into a bear-trap, it is rarely appreciated, but, in my opinion, is preferable in that it allows the avoidance the oncoming pain. Sadly, we tend to be so focused on our perspective that we dismiss the warning, step into the trap and then blame the person who warned us for not being more forceful(?) with it (a no win situation for sure, now you know why prophets tend to keep their mouth shut).
It reminds me of the old joke:
The river is rising and Mrs. Smith’s house is flooding, a truck comes by and offers to take her to higher ground, “Oh, no thank you, I have faith in God to protect me.”
The water rises higher and a boat comes by an offers to take her to safety, and once again, the response is, “Oh, no thank you, I have faith in God to protect me.”
Finally, the water is up to the roof and a helicopter drops a ladder to her and still she says, “Oh, no thank you, I have faith in God to protect me.”
Eventually the water rushes over her and she drowns in the swollen river. Mrs. Smith comes before God and asks, “I had faith in you to protect me, why did you allow this to happen?”
God looks at her and says, “I sent a truck, a boat and even a helicopter, what more did you expect?”
So I ask you, what more do YOU expect and what will it take to motivate you to change things, or do you like where they are going?
Of course, there is the off chance that I am just a bit pessimistic and Politicians and Corporations really do have our best interest at heart and I am just to short-sighted to see it (sure, and donkey’s fly).