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The Evolution of Thought and Purpose. How archaic religious beliefs adversely effect society as a whole.
Time to Think
Alternative point of view
What the concepts of Originality, Extremes, Mainstream, and Stupidity mean to us today.
An alternative view of the evolution of thought, logic, extreme points of view and stupidity, to ponder.
We live in a modern world with archaic views and values, and a misguided sense of direction.
We are taught to put our trust in an invisible entity and feel justified in doing so. This is a major shortcoming of mankind in general.
An "original" thought
Has anyone you've known actually had an original thought?
Is it really possible to ever have a single thought that someone else has never had?
I suspect that many will answer these questions by arguing that the "geniuses" of the world have had original thoughts.
We all think in terms of the 'words' that we know. There are no more "original" words to be had. "Coining a phrase" or making up words by conjoining two or more words are hardly original as they are all derived from the words we already know.
Even major "inventions" were expositions of familial thoughts that were logically expounded from something already in existence.
Much like a caveman seeing a round rock rolling on the ground giving birth to the idea that if several were placed under an object it would glide as if by magic. Those thoughts then expanded into modern wheels with hubs and axles that were part of the original idea of observed movement of an object by visually seeing an object moved by such means.
Ergo, not an original thought, but merely an observation that led to a logical conclusion. There was no magic involved - but rather a learning process that grew exponentially.
Cause and Effect
This "connection" between what was 'visualized' was transformed, transposed, and transfixed to 'abstract' things which gave birth of the idea of "causation" or "cause and effect" to explain things yet unknown.
cavemen moving out of caves, building metaphorical "houses of straw" to live in. When a heavy rain or strong winds blew down those houses of straw the concept of "cause and effect" was born.
Not knowing anything about the predictability of natural occurrences (winds, rains, storms, fires, etc...) abstract concepts were placed on these events:
- Storms that cause destruction = Bad.
- Sun and rains that helped plants grow = Good.
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The birth of religion?
Because of this uneducated "reasoning" of unexplainable events the conclusion was drawn that some 'unseen force' was behind these phenomena that affected the lives of the people either adversely or beneficially.
Thus religion was born, leading to specific distinctions, that led to the multiple divisions, that led to the various beliefs that ranged from one extreme to the other.
The logical thoughts of the few with a higher perception of reality saw that the recurrence of events (such as the seasons) were predictable and consistent and each season heralded in its own "good and/or bad" expositions and they learned to adapt to those seasons by preparing themselves for their inceptions on a regular and predictable schedule.
This logical deduction removed the terror and fear out of the changes that man had no control over.
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From simple concepts to complex exploitations:
Today the derivations of originality are more complex and diverse, and the extremes have become a way of life with many variations existing between those extremes.
The "mainstream" ideally should be a centrist position between the extremes. A counterbalance to keep the extremes from destroying the natural process of progression in the evolution of man.
Because man is a product of his environment and there is no major influence on a global scale to unify us as one society, the local, communal and national environments clash in their futile attempts to dominate each other.
Although education, science and global awareness is slowly growing and evolving, there is no universal desire to change the negative processes that still reside at the extreme ends of the spectrum's of logic, common sense and superstition.
Superstition, stupidity and ignorance seem to be a fault of (or a defect in) mankind itself that has not yet been mastered and eradicated.
Oddly, and sadly, great institutions have evolved in our society that center themselves around those three defects of man and that actively fight to maintain divisions amongst humans.
The main cause is that our world has not evolved in intellect, respect, and humanitarianism at the same rate as the obsessions with material accumulations. And we as a whole have allowed the few who are grossly self serving to control and manage our lives with little or no resistance.
Logic and rationality have been lost and brutalized by the lust for power and monetary greed by the few who will never relinquish their control without global rebellion.
Those "Buggers" of humanity have taken our rights, freedoms and self respect away without much resistance by the basic gullibility and daunting sense of indomitable and incredulous belief that we as a global nation have no say in the matter. And perhaps we do not, as we seem so passively willing to relinquish our independence to the institutional and individual tyrants in the world.
Like lambs we are led to the slaughter so willingly and unabashedly; with very few remnants of individual self possession, self confidence or self purpose, remaining in us at all.
We unashamedly continue to put our trust in an invisible being rather than take responsibility for our own lives and destinies. All the while praying to that emptiness, for the strength to continue onward with our misguided beliefs, and hopelessly hope that these blind efforts will somehow be rewarded in the 'after life', without any proof that there truly is one at all.
And here we are today - Safe at last
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© 2012 d.william