The purpose in life

I think our lives are a journey to understand the sub-optimal events in the context of the above-optimal goals

we can’t sink to the lowest common denominator, we have to reach together for the highest

but we have to know what we are reaching for and agree to be in relationship to achieve it.

and one of the highest goals is eliminating the sub-optimal conditions and events – because they are predictable and preventable – we have to stop pretending to not know what we know.

We have to bring in all the knowledge we have accumulated and analysized and turn it all into understanding.

So it’s not that we need to act with coddling towards each other sensibilities, but make sure everyone’s sensibilities are robust enough to handle reality.

And people who cling to religion, are not robust enough as individuals, for the naturalist basis of reality.

we need to understand history, about social, political and religious forces and how it impacts history

the story of humanity, what we’ve done, what we’re capable of

naturalism is the assumption that the world and universe are natural with natural causes and rules

and that by observation, testing and experimentation, over generations and thousands of individuals who have been consumed with tedious data capture, data analysis to understand trends and relationships, but building up a body of knowledge that is time testes and always adjusted for new data and new promising ideas

this is the robustness of the natural world

whereas religion, is generally invented by one or a few people, and spread by the word or the sword – competing in the social forces marketplace of ideas

and as an idea, religion’s only purpose is to control the masses through rigid gender roles, limited education and strict behaviour code enforced through threat of punishment or promise of reward.

Basically, the masses are like single celled organisms, – stimuli response

much like the call and respond sing song of church services

it’s not so much existing, as following a script laid out for you – regardless of what your genuine self would like

so this is why christians say with all honesty, if gays want to get married, then live as if you are straight and be married

and they are confused when we point to the law of our secular land and say, equality under the law means we can form relationships based on love, whatever form of love we can get into relationship with

they beleive in obeying and they are obeying their god and not the secular law of the land

but they have confused these things, because they haven’t lived an existence where they weren’t in compliance with the social norms that are legally recognized.

And they do not understand challenging authority and saying, the spirit of the law is bigger than the letter of the law – so let’s change the letter to align with the spirit of the law.

Thinking in Relationships

I think that our brains are quantum computers and that evolution happens on the group level because of mutations that occur in individuals and are passed along or otherwise transmitted through groups – and ideas or modes of thinking, can travel through groups.

When I look at nature, everything seems to be forces at play against or with each other, waves, rhythm and force. We stand firm and are crushed, or we roll with it, carried along or sometimes, we can tap into the forces and sail on our own heading and path.

I think that as humans, we have the same senses, we have access to the same information so it’s just a matter what what context we pull the data into and what data we pay attention to. It’s all about the relationships and how we understand.

I think for much of our lives, we operate on an automatic setting, we learn the limits of our physical, mental, emotional abilities – and we learn about the limits of our environment – what society we’re told we have contrasted with what our actual experience of it is.

In Canada, we’re supposed to be blind to group characteristics and not interact with individuals as if the negative stereotypes of their group identifiers were (1) true and/or (2) true in this individual case.

We are supposed to be a nation of individuals who are equal to each other – but all the things that make up the pecking order from the quasi-privately held  discriminatory beliefs to workplace organizational charts. We find ways to impose a hierarchy in social structures and that hierarchy has it’s own conventions, which are at odds with how society and the best ideas about us, say we’re supposed to be.

Thus, managers think of employees as factory drones who should be glad to get a paycheck and be permitted to do the manager’s bidding. Because that manager is a factory drone to some higher manager – so it all goes back to the top ranked person and how they treat others and how that trickles down from society.

Which is why I think that there’s such a desire to enforce behavioural norms – everyone wants to understand society in simple terms to get to the top so that the rules don’t apply to them anymore.

And the dumb part is that the rules don’t apply to anyone anymore – once America broke with all previous government ideas – the idea that the individual was the social unit of consequence, all bets about social hierarchies were off.

America was the end to the tyranny of the accident of birth determining what your life would be like, an end to the drudgery and waste of humanity under feudal and caste societies.

America was the promise of the individual, limited only by the self imposed or accepted limitations of society; a promise that religion has dimmed.

If we think about the ages of civilization and the sense of continuity – we learn about Europe and the march of civilizations to their various drummers – America, Canada and Australia/New Zealand are nations on the global stage – but when you think of the totality, it’s easy to see that other nations would view these three as children nations of the United Kingdom’s Empire building.

These three nations are comprised of aboriginals who had entirely separate history and existence from the rest of the world – essentially a continued culture from the origins uninterrupted, without any concept of a fall from the garden state of grace they were still in Eden when Europe descended upon them. comparable to aliens landing and setting up colonies on earth as if humans were of no consequence; were in fact, vermin to be eradicated.

Because that’s what the European colonizing in aboriginal lands really was – a more technologically advanced people genociding a lesser technologically advanced people.

We didn’t have the idea of individuals mattering and meaning anything then, but people who have that idea now, can’t look at history and understand it because they don’t have a concept of the mindset of people at that time.

We laugh at the Romans lining their aqueducts with lead, resulting in mass lead poisoning – but how many years did we know about lead and still used it to make toothpaste tubes – the good kind that was metal and could be rolled up for better paste management than the plastic tubes that are safer. Or are they?

The aboriginals of north and south America and Australia/New Zealand are what give our nations their unique relationship to the rest of the world – because we the colonizers are what stand between the aboriginals and the other nations of people – we colonizers stand as Canadians, Americans, Australians in the place of the aboriginal peoples of these lands.

And until the aboriginal populations are actually equal citizens, then we are not nations on the world stage, we will continue to be colonizers, playing at being a nation – because we are not yet integrated nations where the promise of what being a citizen means is meaningfully experienced by all the members of the society.