Not So Common Sense

We often say “it’s all common sense” or “that’s just common sense” but perhaps we should step back and use a little of our own proverbial “common sense” to see if this is a accurate statement. Have you ever noted the frequency at which you question another persons “common sense”? perhaps you have noticed that of late you have been saying or thinking it nearly constantly (or not at all depending on

 what side of this you are on i suppose), I posit that “common sense” may not be so common after all, perhaps instead we should just start calling it “sense” because of the greater and greater decline of the use of it by the common person, it’s sad that it has become a oxymoron really but acknowledging this is the first step to actually making improvement.

The Moral Implications of Eating Meat on the Assumption of Other Superiorly Intelligent Life

Have you ever wondered what happens when a obviously deranged High School student has to much free time during math class to contemplate random things well prepare to find out in - ”The Moral Implications of Eating Meat on the Assumption of Other Superiorly Intelligent Life” (roles off the tongue) 

The vast majority of the human population are omnivorous by choice but there is

 a small group which are what are refereed to as vegetarians or ones who do not eat animal flesh, true this definition may not be 100% accurate and if you search i’m sure you will find a person who would identify themselves as a vegetarian yet eats fish it’s not a perfect definition but for the purposes of this essay it will have to do, I am also aware that somewhere there exists a person who only eats Meat these little oddities are not what i want to draw attention to through this paper which is why i’m addressing it now, it would be quite awful if i finished delivery my points only for them to be covered up by little details of little note. And so with that being said i propose the question of this essay “Is it morally justifiable to eat meat on the presumption that their is a omnivorous life form more intelligent then humans?” 

One of the most often consumed animals especially in America is the cow, when asked the question of whether or not it is morally “ok” to eat cattle, a omnivorous person will often reply something of the ilk “it’s the natural order” or “it’s a stupid creature” and with the second statement at the very least there is some consensus on the scale by which we measure human intelligence the cow is quite stupid but that’s really not saying much and if anything is important to the argument i lay forth here. with that being said though i will from here approach each of the aforementioned points in the order which is presented them firstly being “It’s the natural order” i suppose first one could ask what would be unnatural since everything that happens in existence is inherently a natural occurrence but we will instead assume that by “nature” the individual is refereeing to the literal meaning of “nature of the beast” or how animals behave. By this logic it would be just as okay for another creature to eat people and we should not object simply because it is nature to allow them to, i personally don’t like this idea very much in addition if we base all our decision making on the actions of beasts in nature it is perfectly moral to eat our own children as is proposed in “A modest proposal” simply because some reptiles practice this, how terrifying. Now for the second argument “It’s a stupid Creature” this argument seems to justify eating anything which is less intelligent then us like “cats” and “Dogs” which is a bit odd to begin with but once again it completely approves of a more intelligent species to consume us in the same way we consume cattle. It would seem as though if there is a another creature somewhere that is more intelligent than us who may want to feast upon our flesh, our race eating animals would be quite the hypocrisy unless you want to be eaten i suppose. 

So what does this mean for you and I? i don’t really know i’m just spitballin here, do with it what you will.

God Redux

A question people seem to spend a good deal of time pondering in the philosophical world is “is there a god?” but maybe it’s time we retire this question because it’s absolutely impossible to answer, after all god is a unfalsifiable hypothesis no matter what evidence comes from science suggesting that our world has no magic God will still remain within the gaps of our knowledge no matter how small

 those may become, so it’s really a waste of time, the real question as i see it is this “Would a world with a theistic god be Better or Worse than one without?” I think no, you see while i have no authority to say whether or not there is a god with 100% certainty which some will foolishly do i can add to the discussion substantiated evidence from religious doctrine which answers whether or not we should want one. All the gods which i have come across particularly the abrahamic ones seem to be insanely cruel, jealous and vain to traits which aside from narcissists and sadists are not very highly valued in our society, so if we condemn members of our community with these attributes why should we be so quick to turn to a god who has these same character flaws? The difference between this claim and one which questions a particular god’s existence is that i can show concrete evidence from abrahamic texts that God has these attributes-
Vanity and Jealousy: 
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS)
Cruelty: 9:15 (Exodus) For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. [god gives the pharaoh magic powers so that God can show his own power later by killing him]
14:26 (Luke) If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.[Jesus says that those who do not value him more than their own family can not join him in heaven] 2:9 (Revelations) I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. [Jesus despite being a Jew himself says the very anti semitic statement that “Jews are working with satan”]

I could go on drawing parallels between North Korea’s intense censorship and condemnation of those who speak out against the government and how God does something very similar as George Orwell and Hitchens would say “convicting you of thought crime” but really it isn’t needed this is simply a statement on the current state of the god question in philosophy.

You Are Pathetic

You sit in a room alone, it’s dark but the small sliver of moon light that isn’t caught by the drapes of your windows creates a shadow which cascades across your computer desk. You see it out of the corner of your eye and almost as if you need to in order to survive you drop the current menial fucking pointless task you are working on and stare at it, The Shadow, it moves with your left hand in and out of the dark regions of the desk as you wave it like a fucking chimp in front of your face. As you watch it you begin to contemplate it in what you believe to be a deep philosophical way “My life is like the shadow… on display for all to see as the light is shined upon it, but always in perpetual darkness never to be free” You aren’t entirely sure what that means but like the fucking fool you are, you get a undeserved feeling of superiority and intelligence from having thought it, so easily are you distracted by how fucking amazing you think you are and so quick you are to forget why it even was that you felt so compelled to gaze at the silhouette in the first place it doesn’t take you long to realize this for even though you may be a fucking idiot you do have your moments of something vaguely intelligent especially when it relates to yourself, you think on that moment the one which only a few seconds ago was so shattering that you gazed into the abyss and like clockwork a smile darts across your face “How clever am i to make this observation, i am truly a mastermind of my time” it seems the one thing greater than pain is pride - pride in ones own fucking meaningless achievement, now and again you realize that in the universe you are of little importance but that doesn’t stop you from wearing yourself lie a badge of honor looking down on everyone else, you see other people do it and it despises you, you yell hypocrite and yet you are one when you do a full character analysis you are pathetic, and so am i.   

Why People Believe The Astral Plane

There are certain human behaviors that I’ve encountered that perplex me, I’ve observed people who so badly want something, that they are actually able to convince themselves that they have attained that thing they want. One of my classmates for example claims that he saw dead family and friends on a extra plane of existence known as the “Astral Plane”. To give a brief description of what it, its basically a dimension between our own and the after life (presumably Heaven) that allows for humans to see and talk to people on “the other side”. Now i’m sure that if you have any thing even barely comparable to a brain you have realized that this astral plane doesn’t exist, so why does this person claim that he has seen these things, i suppose you could just chalk it up to lying, but who’s going to tell a lie that so obviously a lie? The person must believe what they are saying but how could they you may ask? I believe that the same way that people with a crush are able to fantasize intimacy with their crush thanks to dopamine, desperate people are able to vividly fantasies about the things they feel that they need as part of their lives and if they pretend like these fantasies are reality the dopamine continues to be produced. 

Death

I’ve come to the realization that death no longer means anything to society, just some word we use when we want to be edgy or are attempting to be deep, but in reality it isn’t deep, I don’t know why its devolved from being the end of something life into a word that emo bands use to send a “message” to society that even they don’t fully understand, at this point death is a foreign concept to the average man, we as a race have been so desensitized by the media when it comes to death because of how often it is shoved into our faces whether it be the morning news or NCIS, we have stopped caring about what it means to die, are you even afraid to die?if not, why? do you think that you will go to heaven or do you not grasp what death is? you hear about families who lose loved ones in pointless wars, do you cry for them perhaps you wonder would they cry for you. you’ve seen the plane hit the building the people jumping from the building the scenes of the towers collapsing did you cry? or was it just a movie to you. tell me does death truly matter to you anymore? If we would just take a second and contemplate that ramifications of death to ourselves and the ones around us maybe we could get somewhere, life is a one time opportunity it will end we need to take control of the moment and do something to change the world which we only have so much time to occupy. Just consider death, True death not what you currently view death as but what it truly is- then end of your consciousness. just imagine all the people living for today.

A Bit On The Paranormal

A speech i listened to today at school sparked my interest in a topic that i hadn’t thought about for some time: Ghost and Spirits. I myself am not a believer as a atheist it would be silly of me to recognize ghosts as possibly existing yet dismiss the idea of god, but at one time i did believe, to be honest i was obsessed. I would spend hours in my room researching the “science” behind it and watched many youtube videos which claim to show proof of various supernatural phenomena, i even went on a ghost hunt of my own a experience which was truly terrifying but perhaps thats for another time, what i want to discuss is why i don’t believe in ghosts.

For me it really comes down to one question: if ghosts are the souls of humans who haven’t “passed on” and humans have been around near half a million years why hasn’t the number of spirits added up to a observable point? 500,000 years is roughly 166666 generations you’d think that the number of ghosts would have piled up enough to where encountering a apparition is a daily occurrence. As a extension of that question i also wonder why people who have these encounters with the paranormal aren’t scientists, there has been thousands of well respected scientists why haven’t they encountered any? Or another angle, why haven’t the ghosts of scientists made themselves known? These are really just a few of the questions that come to my mind when i think of the concept of ghosts.

Now for one last thing, something that absolutely pisses me the hell of is how pseudo scientists are using the ghost thing to profit off believers by selling ghost cleansing services, ghost hunting products and ghost hunting services, these people are obviously charlatans profiting off of the scared and ignorant, and possibly worst of all instead of making the people they rip-off at least feel safe about the situation of the ghost(s) they often time instill more fear into them so that they will return for more services. Because of this obvious injustice i propose the formation of a new organization: The National Skeptic League for Inquiry into Paranormal Claims of NSPLIPC, essentially a ghost hunting organization for people who aren’t concerned about money but instead about the truth. members would go on various investigations of paranormal claims and search for a truth behind them, whether or not that is ghosts remains to be seen, yet it would be the first time skeptics have gone out of their way to search for the answer at its root.

That is all…      

You’re traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone!

You’re traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone!

"are you a angel?" ughhhhhhhhhhhh so terrible