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Wednesday, May 21st 2008

7:25 PM

on studying biology

the purpose of the study of biology is to gain more of an appreciation and respect for the myriad living beings that we share our planet with. it is not to learn how to manipulate individuals and species and use them in whatever ways we see fit to serve our ends.

knowledge is useless at best and torturous at worst if it is not controlled by the guiding principle of respect for the lives of other living creatures and concern for how our actions may negatively impact them.

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Sunday, January 20th 2008

10:02 AM

on being our own puppeteers

when we move our hands or our fingers it appears to us as though it is our hands and our fingers that are doing what they want to do. but it is our muscles and our tendons that act as the "strings" which are making our hands and our fingers move and when the pull of the flexion strings is complete it is the opposing extensor strings that will bring the wrist and fingers back to their original position.

but it is we who are the controllers of those strings when we have the idea to move our hands. we are the puppeteers of and in our own body which makes it move. however it is the chemicals, specifically the sodium and potassium ions, and electrical action potentials that control our ideas to move our bodies. so in fact we are the puppets and the chemicals are the puppeteers which allow us to have the ideas to cause our body to move.

 

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Friday, November 2nd 2007

11:36 AM

on sensory illusions

a straight line is purely a mental abstaction which in reality cannot exist in a non-euclidean (curved) universe. it will always be a minute fraction of a circle, as a line drawn on the floor is a minute curve upon the circumference of the earth.

the mind abstractly organizes to fit (make sense of) its own limited dimensional level of perception. until instruments sensitive enough to measure universal truths are created the mind can only imagine them behind the sensory illusions in which we are cradled

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Saturday, August 18th 2007

4:42 AM

on beauty, creativity and humor

the beauty of creativity expands outward as it draws inspiration from its surroundings and is humorous because of its unexpected spontaneity
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Thursday, July 26th 2007

8:39 PM

on developmental evolution

just as the observable universe is filled with galaxies, solar systems, stars and planets in various stages of their development so too the people and customs of earth can be observed in their various stages of moral, ethical, political and religious development; from primitive systems of oppression and extreme restriction of basic individual rights and freedoms to more advanced open democratic/anarchic organisations where one's freedom balances harmoniously with social responsibilities.
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Wednesday, July 25th 2007

6:44 PM

on making a loving world

it doesn't matter whether christ actually existed or not. it doesn't matter whether god exists or existed or if god never was. what matters is that goodness and kindness and pity and compassion for all sentient creatures can exist if we make them real by our actions of goodness and kindness and pity and compassion or they can remain but an illusion which shall never come to fruition. we can make a more loving world if we will it or we won't. the choice is up to each one of us

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Tuesday, July 24th 2007

8:59 PM

on dreams

dreams are the internal symbolic (imaginary) representations of thoughts as man-made external creations are the tangible manifestations of ideas
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Tuesday, July 24th 2007

8:59 PM

on ethical eating

good health is a beneficial result of eating ethically

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Wednesday, June 27th 2007

6:45 PM

on giving up harmful lifestyles

too many of us are not willing to give up things or lifestyles we are used to even when continuing to have them means causing harm to other living beings. when this is the case we have no right to call ourselves civilized, educated or kind and our grievances will be untenable when we happen to find ourselves in the position of those we once took advantage of.
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Wednesday, June 27th 2007

6:45 PM

on living someone else's idea

the social order of every country and culture is based upon someone's idea of how it should be run and each individual who lives under that order is living someone else's idea of how his life should be a part of the established system. someone had the idea and we are the cogs who bring that idea to fruition. if we are dissastisfied with certain aspects of the system we should not take part in allowing them to continue and not only speak out against them but actively seek ways to end them. the methods we choose will be the ones determined by the circumstances but principles of fairness and justice, understanding and compassion must guide us through the difficult path we have chosen.
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Wednesday, June 27th 2007

6:44 PM

on creating heaven on earth

if we stop putting faith in a better life in heaven after we die we then begin to search for ways to create a better life for each here today and show concern for how our actions will impact those who will be alive after we perish
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Wednesday, June 27th 2007

6:44 PM

on saying what is best for a child

what position are we in to say and do what is best for a child when we do not realize or do what is best for ourselves
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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:38 PM

on how we choose to employ ourselves

some people argue that it would be wrong to stop activities like the seal hunt, rodeos or the meat and dairy industry because of the amount of people these occupations employ. an action cannot be judged right or wrong based upon the number of people who are employed by it but it can and indeed must be judged by the harm inflicted, upon those who have the capacity to experience pain and suffering, because of it*. if this were not the case then robbery and murder would be moral acts based on the number of people, from policemen to paramedics, from judges to jailers, who have jobs because of them.

*and to be treated merely as a means to serve the ends (wearing fur, being "entertained", satisfying some petty pleasures of the palate) of another or to have your life ended prematurely against your will are very great harms indeed, far worse than being unemployed from such occupations which use these tactics for profit. perhaps all those who would be without a job when these barbaric practices cease can find employment in less harmful vocations; those which promote a good quality of life rather than those which disrespect, enslave and destroy life. to profit off of another's pain is a shameful way to make a living.

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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:37 PM

on driving

while it may be necessary for some to continue to drive vehicles in order to transport themselves it is not necessary to do so in such a way that poisons the air we breathe. the choice of vehicle we drive should be the one that pollutes the least with our eventual aim of driving one with zero harmful emissions. to act otherwise shows a thoughtless disregard for the consideration of others and is not only intolerably unjust but recklessly unethical. our real or perceived needs that our vehicle fulfills must not outweigh the vital needs of everyone to breathe clean, fresh air.
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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:36 PM

on justifying what you eat

give not as a justification for what you eat that some other animals eat it too but rather give as your rationalization that which is reasonable for you to eat because it not only maintains and strengthens your health but also because it causes the least amount of harm to other sentient beings.
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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:36 PM

on living for today

live for today in the here and now and enjoy all that living has to offer but do not jeopardize tomorrow for others who will come after you by selfishly corrupting your surroundings through irresponsible acts in the name of personal freedom
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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:36 PM

on making demands

1) we demand others to do for us whatever is not within our power to do for ourselves

2) we demand others to do for us whatever is within our power to do for ourselves but which we have no desire to do

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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:36 PM

on getting used to terrible things

we may become used to terrible things through constant exposure but what impact does this have upon our psyche and our actions.
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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:36 PM

on habit

habit only makes things seem natural because we have become accustomed to them. it is second nature not first nature.
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Tuesday, June 26th 2007

6:36 PM

on fighting injustice

if you fight against injustice nothing may come it. if you do nothing however then nothing will surely result, nay worse than nothing for continued oppression will be the corollary. what choice do we have to end injustice but noncompliance with it.
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Friday, June 8th 2007

9:00 PM

on the fear that others may start to consume less

the one thing that the meat and dairy industry fear is the same as what the oil and gas industry fear, what irresponsible advertisers fear, what the political economists fear, that people will begin to think critically and ethically and show concern for how their own individual actions negatively impact others and start to consume less. they will stop at nothing to ensure that people do not exercise self-restraint in order to benefit only their own self-interest.
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Saturday, June 2nd 2007

1:29 PM

on an ordered and predictable universe

if a thing becomes measurable, it becomes calculable. when it becomes calculable, it becomes knowable. when it becomes knowable, it becomes predictable. the seemingly infinite number of variables involved in physical and biological cause and effect phenomena, that are as yet unkown to us,  give the appearance of randomness or free will. but all actions are knowable and therefore allowable or preventable. we just don't know all the variables yet. the study of physics is a good place to start in one's quest to comprehend the ordered laws of the universe and begin to grasp the mysteries of existence.

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Friday, May 25th 2007

10:35 AM

on the illusion of freedom

all decisions must be based on how we believe it is necessary to live our lives with the maximum amount of well-being for ourselves and others. this demands thinking reasonably and acting with compassion. we have no choice. in every detail we must abide by reason and compassion in order to live harmoniously. problems arise due to the misconception that we have the freedom of choice to do otherwise.
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Thursday, April 26th 2007

7:56 PM

on classification

rather than distinct categories of "race" or "species" we are finding more of a continuum through time and space of geographically interesting beings who adapt themselves as circumstances dictate. we must consciously drop the old semantic and psychological traditions based on classifying by irrelevant criteria in order to free our minds from these harmful and therefore dangerous archaic stereotypes.

in the past, people looked at life on earth in a way that we could call "the human gestalt". in this view only humans were of supreme importance and all other living creatures were subordinate to mankind. this paved the way for misleading distinctions and allowed all manner of cruelty and barbarity toward others.

the tide however has begun to shift and people are beginning to realize that life on earth is a complex unity of individual beings, with no hierarchical greater or lesser, who deserve our respect and consideration.

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Thursday, April 26th 2007

7:42 PM

on life

why does life make life inimicle to life? that is, why do living beings make the act of living detrimental to their own lives and the existence of other beings? along with the will to live, is there some original "death wish" embedded in the genetic code of biological beings that causes them to destroy themselves unwittingly?

why does the act of living require an effort by living beings to remain alive? why, as living beings, should we have to eat, sleep, house and transport ourselves simply to remain alive? why can't all living beings have everything they need to live without trying to acquire it? beyond simply remaining alive, what do living beings seek? power? recognition? dominance? omniscience? control? is death a way of tricking life at its own game of effort?

while one exists can one even fathom non-existence? can non-existence ever exist? can existence be without consciousness of it? is life the universe's way of being conscious of itself or was it somehow aware of its being (or some smaller segment thereof) prior to the existence of life? is gravity insipient awareness? are the strong and weak nuclear forces nascent consciousness? is our definition of awareness too narrow?

is the real motivation for living not the love of life but hatred for those things inimicle to life?

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