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Zeitgeisthttp://www.zeitgeistmovie.com

Instead of tiring myself by composing a brief description what is it all about, I just copy from their site of the Zeitgeist movement:

The Zeitgeist Movement is an explicitly non-violent, global sustainability advocacy group currently working in over 1000 Regional Chapters across 70 countries. The basic structure of The Movement consists of Chapters, Teams, Projects & Events. Overall, the Chapters are essentially what define the Movement and each Chapter works to not only spread awareness about the roots of our social problems today but also to express the logical, scientific solutions and methods we have at our disposal to update and correct the current social system and create a truly responsible, sustainable, peaceful, global society. Working through global and regional educational projects and community programs, the intermediate goal is to obtain a worldwide movement, essentially unifying the people, regardless of country, religion or political party, with a common value identification that we all invariably share, pertaining to our survival and sustainability.

It is the assumption of The Movement that the educational/activist pressure generated, coupled with what is currently a failing social system, will inhibit and override the established political, commercial and nationalist institutions outright, exposing and resolving the flaws inherent. It is our view that the traditional mediums of politics and commerce as forces for change will not obtain the goals needed to make our social system sustainable and humane for they appear to be born out of the same traditionalist, flawed logic that has created the problems as they stand.

The transitional goal, once such a global presence and pressure is obtained, is to implement an economic model that follows a truly scientific train of thought with respect to the technical factors that allow for human propensity, public health and environment responsibility over generational time. This new model, since it is based upon Resource Management and Natural Law (Science) as the logical starting point for all decisions and processes, is often referred to as a “Resource-Based Economic Model”. However, the realization of this direction is not that of an institution but of a train of thought – the train of thought of objectively applying The Scientific Method for Social Concern and allowing its natural emergence to flourish without limitation as new efficiencies present themselves.

And this:

What the bleep do we knowhttp://www.whatthebleep.com/

Actually, I really enjoyed this movie, all three editions with different depths of explanation. I have to agree with the critics too, especially with the one that calls it “quantum mysticism”, and spiritual science fiction lacking scientific proof at certain points, however, even if it’s partially made up, it transmits some principles that can be used as guidelines for our everyday life.

And finally this:

The man from Earthhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756683/

This last one is the least scientific, but not less enjoyable. Outline on the above link.

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A brief introduction on Satanism

Since I’d like to refer principles of Satanism in later posts, but there are many mistaken beliefs about that religion, I decided to devote this post to introduce Satanism in a nutshell. This post is intended to give a glance to Satanism as it is defined by Anton LaVey, who estabilished the Church of Satan and published The Satanic Bible.

For a moment, imagine there’s no religion in the world. There is no supreme being that controls your life. Only you are present, as a product of evolution. There are other human beings around you, being on the same level of existence. All humans, including you, are like animals, with only the primordial needs: to eat, to breed, and to feel as good as possible. However, you have to be aware of the laws of your social environment. If you killed another human, you would also be killed, or cast off from the flock. If you do anything that’s not acceptable for the members around you, you get some punishment for it. Not because of God, not because of karma, but simply because if you limit and interfere with the living space of others, they might probably do the same to you. This is one of the cornerstones of Satanism, the “eye for an eye” attitude, which originates from lex talionis. Another one is religious skepticism, which simply means that you question the necessity of religion, and accept yourself as capable of making decisions based only on your own morality and logic. Satanists are not necessarily aggressive anti-religionists, rather materialists and humanists, The last cornerstone is freethought, which declares that truth should be formed by logic, cognition or knowledge, instead of religion, dogma, or beliefs. Satanistm is not atheism. It does not take efforts neither to fight with other religions nor to evangelize, it is rather in a dont-care state. If you’d ask a satanist if what it is all about, a probable answer would be: I haven’t encountered any proof if any supreme being exists, and I don’t even care about it. I’m trying to live my life to the fullest, making decisions based on material and social laws instead of based on non-physical ones. If I had to call someone God, I’d claim myself as my own God.

Satanism is neither harmful, nor unrealistic so far. WIthout deep explanation of the following statements and rules of Satanism, I just include them here, like they are present in the Satanic Bible.

The nine satanic statements:

  1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence.
  2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams.
  3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.
  4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of love wasted on ingrates.
  5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek.
  6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires.
  7. Satan represents man as just another animal (sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all fours), who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all.
  8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.
  9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years

So the main principles here are law of retaliation, the ignorance of any beliefs over materialism and logic, and the rejection of abstinence and unconditional obedience to spiritual laws. This behavioral pattern closely resembles to one that can be observed at a wild wolf pack, they just try to optimize their level of existence regarding to their primordial needs.

The eleven satanic rules of Earth:

  1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.
  2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.
  3. When in another’s lair, show them respect or else do not go there.
  4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat them cruelly and without mercy.
  5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.
  6. Do not take that which does not belong to you, unless it is a burden to the other person and they cry out to be relieved.
  7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.
  8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
  9. Do not harm young children.
  10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.
  11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

These rules can be summarized as “live and let live”, which is also not a newfangled idea. Your home is your own fortress. Show respect to others at their home. Don’t offend anyone as long as they are not threatening your existence and well-being. Rule 7, the usage of magic would require deeper analysis of The Satanic Bible, however, the concept of satanist magic is not necessary for understanding later posts.

The nine satanic sins:

  1. Stupidity
  2. Pretentiousness
  3. Solipsism
  4. Self-deceit
  5. Herd Conformity
  6. Lack of Perspective
  7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies
  8. Counterproductive Pride
  9. Lack of Aesthetics

Again, nothing unrealistic, nothing dogmatic. Just sober thoughts of an intelligent man. If you learn how to avoid these sins, you’ll have a chance to live a live full of satisfaction, creativity, and probably will be a better person. Involving external Gods in the process of human evolution is not necessary. But where are the red, horned demons? Where are the inverted crosses? Where is the anti-Christ?  Well, those things are created by Hollywood and by spoiled teens who are trying to legitimize their childish feelings like anger or selfishness. There are, however, some principles of supernatural beings, or archetypes, even some dogma in satanism, since LaVey claims they are needed, and even if that part of this religion seems unrealistic, it serves useful purposes.

If you’d ask if I’m a satanist, the answer is no. I was a satanist though, and did nothing that would disqualify me from being one. In this blog I intend to point out an important thing about religions, the fact that all religions lead us towards the same goal, namely, to reach happiness and fulfillment. The dogma and symbology are just wrappings of the same present. Even Pope Francis has insight to that. Jesus and Satan are not arch-enemies, but on the cotarary, they are friends whose intention is to teach us together about something even larger than themselves.

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Farewell, tigers!

One of my friends surprised me with a deep conversation the other day, and passed me an article about a man talking with God. While the whole article is pure goodness, I highlight one paragraph this time, it’s about adaptors and manipulators:

Without exception, intelligent species who gain dominance over their planet do so by becoming the most efficient predators. There are many intelligent species who do not evolve to dominate their planet. Like your dolphins and most of the intelligent flyers we were just talking about, they adapt perfectly to the environment rather than take your course, which is to manipulate the environment.Unfortunately for the dolphin, theirs is a dead end. They may outlive the human race but will never escape the bounds of planet earth, let alone your solar system – not without your help at any rate. Only those who can manipulate the world they live in can one day hope to leave it and spread their seed throughout the universe.

Recently I noticed many efforts from Greenpeace, Peta, vegetarians and environment-conscious friends drawing attention to endangered species, moral questions of eating and using animals and such.

Let’s examine this through an example without the presence of humans. In the wild, untouched ecosystems, herbivores and carnivores exist. As far as I know carnivores don’t breed herbivores to eat them, but their behavior suggests that they’d do it, since all animals are optimising the process of nutrition. The optimisation process has the amount of available food and the involved risk to obtain it as parameters. No animal would take a risky way if they had the technology to make plenty of food without risk. And no animal would care about others go extinct, unless it would result in their own extinction. No animal admires species different than their own, just for being beautiful.

And now to tigers. According to this article, they are one of the endangered species:

Fewer than 500 endangered Siberian, or Amur, tigers remain in the wild, all of of them in a small area of coastal Far-Eastern Russia.

…and yes, they are adorable, look:

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…but why would we care? Yeah, I just asked why would we care about tigers go extinct? Why would we care about ANY specie that not endangers us by their extinction? There are noticeable changes that would come with the extinction of bees, since they are primary pollinators of many fruits. If there are species that we should care about, those would be the species that we “need”. However, even the extinction of bees would not change our life dramatically, since there already are experiments on robot replacements:

And for those who just “love” tigers, and want them be present in our Earth, I ask: how many of you are having a tiger in real life? How many of you actually seen one? How many of you would feel your life changed when they had died? I assume not many. Tigers are beautiful, I agree with that, but if I’d met one alone, I probably wouldn’t even have time to call for help, or shout. He’d just kill me and I wouldn’t have right to protest against that. He’d just be doing his job by killing and eating me. He would not love me, and that’s perfectly acceptable. So why should I love him, or care about what’s happening with him? And others who love how tigers look still can look images of them, as before.

According to the article about that theory of adaptors and manipulators, all current predators are a dead end of our evolution, and even we are still not independent from all of them, we are the most durable in this planet, not by muscular power, but by overall capabilities. Maybe our evolution is right by all means. Maybe we just need to research an atmosphere generator that produces oxygen and we don’t need rainforests any longer. Maybe we just only need a couple species bred for nutrition and might say goodbye to dead ends. That sounds cruel, heartless and uncivilised, but that’s also logical.

So we concluded animals are not needed, they are just emotionally bound to some of us. Ecological disasters that might happen because of a specie gone extinct, can be prevented by scientific intervention and replacement with something having the same functionality, like robots, if really needed. And according to those statements, we also don’t have to care about killing animals for fur. Not many of us are keeping cute little fox cubs as a pet, we only like how they look, on images. Why should we care if any dies or suffers to give its fur to a human? Again, cruel, but logical. On the other side, if someone pays for animal fur just for showing off, is also illogical, even can be called stupid since it doesn’t support anyone’s quality of life. It’s just a waste of resources, and that activity should be prohibted in a perfect world.

There is also some kind of war between omnivores and vegetarians. First of all, let me show an article about a study on plants feeling pain.

A number of studies have shown that plants feel pain, and vegetables are picked and often eaten while still alive. Animal rights activists are often in the news, but has anyone ever protested for vegetable rights?

Good question. If someone is vegan just to avoid causing harm to others, he should also give up eating vegetables, too. Even breathing takes away oxygen from others. We have a limited amount of resources in the physical plane, and we should learn to live with that. Only by walking in a park you destroy many insects day by day. I’m not saying we should go on a killing spree right now, we just should care less about other life forms. Even God said in Genesis 1:26:

Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.

God said to rule, not to care. From this point of view, even God agrees with evolution. And according to buddhists, new-age religionists, and technically all believers of a religion that accepts the law of cause and consequence can also accept that entities never die without plan or purpose, even if one just dies under our feet, or on our plate. There’s also a joke when a vegetarian claims to an omnivore, eating meat is a barbarian action. And he answers with telling about species that are just bred to eat them. If we wouldn’t eat them they just went extinct. So eating meat might be murder, but being vegan is just genocide. Many vegans ask if I’d also eat my dog? Why differentiate pigs and dogs? Simple. Because one is a companion, other is food. One is capable to help us and even to show affection, while another is a fat stinky pile of meat with a purpose to feed me. There even are people who eat dog meat, and while it might sound morally bad, it is logically acceptable as long as it serves nutrition. Finally, we have teeth for all, not only for plants. That might prove something.

Foxes and rabbits

My form master was also the biology teacher. He really regretted that I haven’t chosen medical university and not being interested in biology. However, he had a couple of things I learnt. One is the concept of rabbits and foxes. In a place where only rabbits and foxes are present, their population is only dependent on each other. Obviously, there are plants that rabbits can eat, but let’s assume plants and other life forms don’t influence the big picture. In the beginning, there are only a couple of rabbits and foxes. As rabbits breed, their number will increase, so foxes will have more food and their number will also increase. However, their increased number will result in decreasing number of rabbits, so they will have food shortage and will die at some point. Assuming neither rabbits, nor foxes will go extinct, their population will eventually reach a point of balance, where there is just enough number of rabbits to feed the foxes, but not enough to have their number increase. This state doesn’t need any external control to achieve and maintain, and it is analogous to many areas of the civilized world.

Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub