Neverbelievers, No Man On the Moon and In Buddha We Trust

Another sketchy deal conjured up by neverbelievers.

I've had a disparate collection of ideas and theories that have been piling up in the ol' frontal cortex so I thought I better put it together before it starts to melt out of my ears.

I remember talking about the moon landing one time at a job I had when I was a kid. This old man started laughing when he overheard me and said, "They never landed on the moon."

I was incredulous. "What?" I asked. "How do you explain all those satellites you can see with your own eyes in the night sky?"

"Those are all in low earth orbit. They never went to the moon. The government faked it out West so we would look like we were ahead of the Ruskies in the Space Race."

I actually am a huge conspiracy theorist, but I've never bought into the never-landed-on-the-moon deal. Another sketchy deal conjured up by neverbelievers. Pretty ironic,eery, coincidental? ...that NASA lost/erased the original moon landing tapes haha! I digress.

In my estimation, it is very important to believe in something to have an ethos. To truly believe in something, to take into account empirical evidence, sensory evidence and instinctual conviction. This is delineated from faith to me, in that although there is some sort of leap to be made, it is not entirely made without evidence as faith is asked to do. In my experience, there are many people you will meet who will tell you they have faith in stories that are completely unfounded, absurd and without any evidence whatsoever. Those people will then go after beliefs that clearly have evidence, proof, and logical conclusions as if they were complete fiction. Further, many of those same people who ask you to believe in things without any reasoning whatsoever, are often pushing an agenda or supporting an administration.

Skepticism is alright, but to never believe in anything?

This image courtesy NASA was further manipulated for context by artist Ben Zoltak
This image courtesy NASA was further manipulated for context by artist Ben Zoltak | Source

In Buddha We Trust

In the United States where I live, there is a constant push to add "God" to more and more of our government. Although our country started out more secular, over time theologists have added more and more of what they consider right to our country. This includes the word "God" written on our currency, as well as the mention of "God" in public figures speeches, in legislation and in publicly built structures.

The argument goes something like, well 95% of people believe in God so we're going to put it on these public things because majority rules and if atheists don't like it they can go suck an egg. These same people somehow believe the word "God" encapsulates all religions for one thing, although many people around the world would not use this word as their primary moniker for their deity. American Christians don't realize their superiority complex. How comfortable would they feel if their currency said "In Buddha We Trust" or "In Yahweh We Trust" or "In Allah We Trust" or perhaps "In Vonnegut We Trust"?

Again, these same people would have us believe their word for a deity is the one true word and will never be sullied. Easy enough argument for now I guess, but how about a hundred years from now? I would ask these same elite theologians about the world's fastest growing religion, would you feel as comfortable doing business with currency with the name used for their deity by that religion on your greenbacks?

How does all of this tie into the moon landing you ask? careful of where your center of mass is...

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It's important to believe.

It's important to believe to be a whole person. This I know and understand to be a fact of existence. To name experiences, to title deities, to convince others' of what you consider the truth, that is something else. Love is. After that, the details, well, wars are waged or peace is made. Most importantly though, love is.

I have so much respect for the agnostic or atheist who is a good person, who treats other's well. I have so much respect for the religious person who is the same. I choose the name Gitchie Manitou for my deity designation, a reference to the ancient Anishinabeg. I dare not force my understood designation on anyone else because that would make me unkind, arbitrarily manipulative, bellicose. I have many more beliefs, I believe in the words of many prophets and of many atheists and there is no stretch involved for me, no unworthy reconciliation.

The deity I believe in requires no sanctimonious and arbitrary Capitalization of her title! The deity I believe is beautiful and round with love and does not need to be mentioned at a Libertarian fundraiser or a National Football League playoff game to be validated. The deity I believe in is indifferent to having her name written on ragged pieces of cloth that homo sapiens sapiens use in trade public and private. The deity I believe in does not need a bureaucracy, administration or other institution to be known in the hearts of women, men and all creatures.'s a little agit...

Science offers me solace, spirit offers me solace too. Let me have them both please.

Why defend atheists and zealots who might be offended by having their own designations in the same sentence? This I can't answer and that's alright by me. Sometimes it seems, there's always an answer for everyone, and the world keeps spinning, and this universe bumps along to the next. I am suspect of anyone who aims to target your good side, to manipulate your heart in an empty-headed way. Science offers me solace, spirit offers me solace too. Let me have them both please.

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Niteriter 4 years ago from Canada

Good job, Ben! I also am a strong believer in belief, regardless of lack of physical evidence or any other form of support.

Example: For several months I held strong in my belief that Ben Zoltak existed despite the lack of evidence on HubPages to substantiate my claim. Now here is this fine article authored by none other than the great Ben Zoltak himself! See? Belief eventually is vindicated.

Welcome back, my brother. May Gitchie Manitou forever smile upon all you hold dear.

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Science and spirit are both the key. No spirit can be something other than what is commonly attended...

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Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hey Niteriter good to see you're keeping an eye on the bar while I was away. How is Canada in the fall this year? The Great Mystery has been good to my family and I, in fact I am putting on wool socks right now and am about to head to the yard to make a couple scarecrows for Halloween/All Hollows Eve, this might wear my two year old boy into a nap and it's great to see my daughter and him play together.

Cheers to belief eventually getting vindicated my friend.


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Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Well said aviannovice, I wholeheartedly agree. The administrative and bureaucratic details well, all balderdash in front of the massive, awesome beauty of the world and our universe!

Lotsa love!


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GetitScene 3 years ago from The High Seas

As a young man I was once on a date with a young lady who said to me, straight faced and with total sincerity, "It's obvious that they faked the moon landing because I can't see the moon buggy when I look through my telescope." To be sure I was understanding her I asked a qualifying question "How much did your telescope cost?" She looked at me like I had just asked the strangest question she had ever heard and responded ""$12.00. I got it at Target. Why?" I did not marry her.

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Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

GetitScene, thanks for that anecdote gave me a good laugh last night and I think it even helped me sleep better haha. Recently I watched the Mythbusters Moonlanding episode where they demystify, among other things, the photos on the moon where it looks like there is more than one light source (by manipulating the moon soil) they proved that even with one light source the variety of the terrain can make it look as though there was more than one source. Wish I could've caught the whole episode. Anyway, with a $12.00 telescope from Target, you may not be able to see a buggy on the moon, maybe a crater or a bluebird in your yard.



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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

With a $12.00 telescope, you might as well be looking at a crayon drawing through an empty paper towel cylinder.

I am with you, Ben Z; belief and faith in something is important. Otherwise, the world is quicksand beneath our feet and a rungless ladder to the sky.

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Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

I love your eloquent observation of "quicksand beneath our feet and a rungless ladder to the sky" both as metaphor and reality (I landed in some quicksand this last summer, felt a rush of mortality) I believe you've hit the nail on the head Patty. There have been many times in my life where I've felt that driftless feeling and it's not good for your constitution to be sure, or your motivation, or your outlook.

Now all this dialogue about $12 telescopes makes me wonder if you can use a telescope of a better variety to see evidence of humankind on the moon? I thought I heard that NASA still uses mirrors left on there...

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