We are living in an existential universe, everything that is possible to exist and occur will – but we individually only experience a tiny fraction of what is possible.
Religion seeks to put artificial and unnatural limits on even that tiny part of life that we do have available – this is why we must fight back that dark ignorance and fear with everything we have.
Which worldview will prevail the natural worldview or the religious worldview? It truly is a matter of life and death – the religious viewpoint is leading us to our extinction event with the push for over breeding, burning through resources as if our growth is sustainable, destroying massive portions of the environment and upsetting the balance of nature throughout the interconnected web – because a deity will be along any moment and take the good people to a reward and leave the rest of us to deal with the mess that’s been made.
But, there is no stern daddydiety coming to spank us, there is only the mess of the room we call earth that we have toxified, polluted and over extracted resources that aren’t coming back – all in the pursuit of maximizing our population at the expense of everything else. But our unsustainable behaviours are no longer sustainable – we are at the opportunity stage of the crisis – and we need to change while we can to delay the inevitable, if not defer it and turn it around into a sustainable model of continued existence and not a race to extinction.
The religious viewpoint is to embrace death and live in fear; that the point of life is a dress rehearsal for the afterlife. To be religious is to live your life in preparation of death, to constantly dither between either/or, to be fixed, stuck fast, irresolvable. Relgion’s great answer to life the universe and everything is “goddidit”. But this tells us nothing of how, why and not even who.
The naturalist viewpoint is life – in all its diversity, to accept the facts on the ground and to seek to understand and experience as much as we can while we can. Life is existentially resolving conflicts, to continue momentum, learning, movement, it’s experiential. We experience, understand, give meaning, because to be alive is to be whatever it is that is referred to as god. To know our own mind, to direct our experiences, to give and take symbolic and actual meaning of things.
So what does an existential universe without a god look like? This is what I think:
The universe is the question – existence or non-existence. If the universe and everything in it didn’t exist, then there’s no question of existence. But non-existence has no meaning without existence – so both must occur and not occur.
Much like a movie film is made up of frames of still images that when moving and project, appear to move – perhaps the universe is the same – flickering, but moving so fast as to appear to be continuous. Matter after all is mostly empty space, no matter how solid it appears. Existing and not existing, flickering, tick tock clockwork, driving speed momentum.
Existence is all about perception – so we can define existence by being aware of non-existences and vice versa.
If there’s non-existence, it’s a sum total game and we can move onto existence. In existence, everything that is possible to occur, does occur. What defines what is possible – the natural laws of existence – which humans are increasingly being able to understand and recognize and it’s going to continue to take a group effort – each building on the understanding of earlier generations.
What holds us back from increasing our understanding is religion retarding scientific and philosophical advances and understanding – by using fear and ignorance to control the masses and to corrupt political management of societies.
In the existing universe governed by natural laws, only natural things are possible – so deities and anatural (aka supernatural) things that do not conform to the natural law, cannot exist in a natural universe.
How does existence come to be – well the big bang kicked out all the energy in the universe and the energy was not smooth, it warped, folded, made pockets and moved away from the creation event unevenly and over time, cooled to make the galaxies and everything down from there.
Creation events are the release of energy between the bonds of particles – the biggest one humans have done are nuclear collectively, and orgasms individually – creation is scalable. There is a massive amount of energy and energy exists in several forms from pure energy all the way down to physical matter.
There is more dark matter and dark energy than matter and energy in existence – this to my mind, suggests that what is dark is existing in another universe or is the reserve potential that can exist in this universe. Maybe both.
Black holes and white holes transform the energies and matter from one state to another. One possible reality is terminated as a black hole, which all the matter and energy from the unrealized reality is spewed into another via a white hole. Think of black and white holes as innie and outie belly buttons in space that flip all the energy and matter from one universe into another.
Existence is a perpetual motion machine at the universe level – shifting between existence and non-existence, reality and unrealized.
That’s why there’s no beginning and no end, everything is perpetual middle.
The manner of resolving the conflicts in everything possible existing in perpetual middle is to determine meaning. What has meaning, where does meaning come from, what meaning does meaning have?
It’s well advanced from the mere existential crisis of what meaning does your particular life have, given that you will die eventually? Even bigger than what meaning do meaningful lives have when the contextual civilizations those meaningful lives occur in also begin and die, no matter how many meaningful lives contributed to it.
I am also not asking you to accept anything, I am merely sharing what I have been so far, been able to resolve and it would take too long to catch you up to speed, because you should not accept what I am telling you as reality based, because you do not base your values on anything within yourself.
If a person bases their values on an external god, that god, being external, will always be distant from the follower – who will never feel any god-presence in their lives. Like the evil Mother Teresa, who will concerned herself with the trappings of feeling close to godliness – which she took to be suffering – and what made her evil was that she reveled in the suffering of others and did not herself suffer – so she never again felt what she called god. What she felt was the call to god of her herself, standing fully in her decision to pursue god – but she should have pursued inwardly, not outwardly, for outside, there is no god, no god can exist in a natural universe.
Which is why godbots are always seeking validation in numbers for their beliefs – if they get enough critical mass of numbers, they convince themselves they are godly or that their god wins by some kind of first past the post election system.
I am an atheist – I have no faith. I am a naturalist – I believe in the natural world, because it is what I see and experience. There can be no god in a natural world, for the laws and rules of a natural world are not conducive to a god, who is outside of laws and rules.
So the rule breaking function in a natural world is random chance. Chaos. Luck. Chaos theory.
That’s what I believe, because that’s what I have – through the meta existential process of stepping beyond the mere Übermensch to a state of self perpetuating enlightenment that isn’t named as far as I know, but what I am referring to as a god. It’s a state of mind where perception is expanded well beyond the normal human scale perception.
I can only tell you that it is better to reject the beliefs of others – including what is taught to you by family and your subculture and mainstream culture because it will never be as fulfilling, harmonic or balanced, as what you arrive at in your own process of giving meaning meaning.
What makes everything and nothing comprehensible is time and what we are able to comprehend at a given moment given our ability to perceive at said moment. Comprehension is limited by our senses, the technological extension of the senses and what we can reason, imagine and perceive. Once you expand perception, you can unfold and unpack all of the stacked everything.
Human brains seek patterns, we understand and filter everything we experience through patterns – literally stimuli and response – and the natural world appears orderly because it is orderly. Pyramids don’ fall down but rectangle buildings on the narrow edge do.
So, we built in ways that were sound in order to live in groups. Society and our participation in society – our role – gives us the structure we need to cope within the society and to react and response to the stimulus.
If five people are in a room, and there’s a gunshot from the next room; most of the five will do nothing because they think it’s not their place to deal with this unexpected thing. In a famous disaster in an LA building that caught fire – the convention of doctors and nurses and administration staff, set up a triage before the first responders came, the serving staff helped get the clients out, and there was very little loss of life, because everyone behaved according to their work/social position.
Because there was a sense of a clear hierarchy of individuals, whereas, in the nightclub where the band’s pyrotechnics set a fire, people panicked because it was egalitarian more or less, no clear hierarchy, well that, plus the building code did not require exit doors to open outward, so when the people tried to open the doors, they would not open in towards the crowd pushing to get out. Bad engineering contributed, or maybe, lack of thinking and heart at the city by-law level,
But, if there had been ushers or other staff to give direction, and the people were of the sort to accept authority/direction – or take authority and give direction – there would have been more people who got out alive.
We seek order because order is what we understand. Order is patterns. People rebel against social order, because it doesn’t accommodate their personal values and what they give meaning to. When you are you own god, Übermensch, you decide what is valuable and what meaning everything has, and you can feel the interconnectedness of everything.
I strongly think that there have been many people who have undergone this process that I am undergoing. That other people who only understood bits of it, used parts to invent religion in order to gain power, wealth and control over other people.
That’s why it’s all gone kerflooey – religion, power, religious power corrupts. This is why I am not selling or telling you what to believe.
For your beliefs to have meaning, they have to come from within you – and so, for the universe to have meaning, it has to come from within the universe – not externally from.