Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Religion Part One

Someone engendered a valuable discussion about being alone and keeping away from the toxic nature of those that might be deemed sinful or harmful to maintaining a wholesome, passionate journey through corporeal existence. It made me think about things a bit more than usual. I hate when that happens.

I understand I've written some rather bitter articles regarding religious trust, faith, punishment, fear, and the like. In the end, it seems clear that we're all, as it were, a part of the "god" that we respect. To be succinct, God is our collective energies as we are born - sinless, without temptation, and without selfish principles. As we are born, we all take a little nugget of energy from the collective God/Heaven pool of energy and walk the earth with it, prone to all the pains, temptations, and selfish whims that other beings, who are no longer quite so pure, might have laid before us. As I've said in previous articles, it's a scientific fact that we contain a significant amount of energy through our existence, and by laws of conservation of energy and matter, when we die, our "matter" dissipates and our energy lingers. That energy is what is considered to be the soul - the little chunk of God that we've taken to the earth for ourselves.
Consider this. I think Satan is a characterization of all the evolutionary tendencies within us, the selfish zeal for survival, and the conformity to the rational theory that animals survived using the old Darwinian axiom of "survival of the fittest". Satan is the selfish, physical, "dog eat dog" nature in us as organisms. God is the inner energy aspect that seeks collusion with others, longs for a replication of that collective energy pool above known as "Heaven". The ultimate battle on earth is for that selfish, inner animal to succumb to the caring, glowing inner aspect of the energy within us. When two peoples' energies mesh in a positive aspect, that's what is deemed "love". Love is merely the meshing of our inner Godly energies without regard for that selfish quest for survival and need to kill or defeat others just for the next meal. Since our own personal portions of energy are pieces of God, when we mesh with another person in a caring way, opposing the selfish Darwinian animal tendencies, that meshing is love, and that substantiates the consistent Biblical notion that "God is Love". If, as I said, God and Heaven are a mass collection of positive energy, and we on earth are able to share that positive energy with another, then we've achieved love - a connection of, well, "God parts".

What do we know so far then? Well, Heaven is a massive pool of positive energy, and is synonymous with the concept of God. Each newborn baby carries a little piece of this energy pool into the world to be tested against evolutionary precepts. Ultimately the goal would be that our unselfish nature and zest for sharing our "love" to other energy bearing individuals would overwhelm the "sin" of animalistic dominance, murder, and deceit. It's our little packets of energy called "souls" versus the physical animal world known as evolution. The energy within us, that is, the soul within us all, has no subscription to a particular religion or dogma - it is part of the great pool of energy that was in force when the material universe was born. I'm not going to delve so deep as to wonder how long our energy pool existed, if it ever didn't exist, or what was here sixty quadrillion centuries ago. Too deep.

Our "souls", or energy packets, have their own characteristics, perhaps thus explaining the notion of reincarnation - that as we were born, our little nibble of energy from the great energy pool might've been from a past human life. Since our packets of energy seem to be recycled, other religious principles of karma and the like make more sense in this context. Looking ahead, there's a goal that this God might seek - that the disparate packets of energy on the earth below might ultimately link into a similar pool of positive energy and that the animalistic tendencies of selfishness are defeated by virtue of all "souls" being joined in an aspect similar to that above.

So to explain ghosts, hauntings, and judgement day... Now remember that I equate a "soul" to that personal packet of energy that each person carries around this big blue marble.
I believe that, with enough saturation and dilution with the animal world, it's possible to lose aspects of the magnetic nature of our energy fields. As mentioned, everyone has an energy field, and it carries magnetic force, to varying degrees. Proven science. But just possible, by some unexplained means, some people lose their magnetism toward a place, person, or setting, and as such don't have the means to be "reattached" to that global pool of energy above upon death, so they stay among us. Some people, like past home owners that haunt, might have stripped away all their life force or energy to the point that it had all been devoted to the location on earth which hosted their corporeal existences. I tend to think that people can, while on earth, attach their energies toward a particular place or thing, and lose that sense of identity upon death, thus never returning to the vast energy pool above, as it were.
As for the Biblical (and otherwise) ideas of judgement day, it's a bit perplexing at best. Within Christianity, it's a mass reclamation of souls based on their "karma" and good deeds. Again, speaking purely from my energy pool theory, it's certainly feasible that there's an ultimate, wise energy force that is the "boss" of the energy pool, that might decide time is up. Frankly, all the fire in the sky, boiling oceans, and the like are telling me that the "judgement day" is some type of asteroid smashing up the earth. Most of the prophetic descriptions seem to align with such a scientific event. With the earth gone, there would be billions of souls looking for a home, and I can imagine that the determination of which ones can rejoin the great pool of energy in the sky might be subject to actions of the past and the like. I can certainly see that if a singular God created the earth and universe, He would have sent an asteroid flying at us long ago, and the timeline will have been set. At that point there will already be a new earth waiting for our inhabitance, and the entire cycle will start over.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Random Stuff and more Food Network

Hey kids. It seems like whenever I get lazy and don't post a new article, I find out I have quite a hearty readership level. Conversely, when I stay fairly periodical (gee, like a periodical - I ha ha I'm crazy) all is quiet on the western front. As I have been relatively reliable with my essays, I haven't heard much feedback. Then again - my next to last article stirred some things in various venues. I got in a fierce debate with mom about the "dangers" (ooooooh) of the Ouija board, and I voiced my thoughts in a prior article. Man, did I get haunted like crazy. Hey, my gears might be slipping in the proverbial clock tower, but I know when ghosts are hanging around, and it was crazy. I had been haunted before (see an article from like 2004, too lazy to link to it) and there were shadows, light fixtures breaking, windows closing on their own, etc. Crazy stuff, so apparently the dearly departed somehow must have internet access, since all kinds of goofy crap happened to me once I published that article about the Ouija board. If you ever wonder if something spooky is lingering around, grab a compass. Spirits are known to exist in confined forms of energy, and they emit their own EMF (electromagnetic field). As such, a compass will act weird when around energy sources (like electrical appliances or scary scary ghosts - boo!).

You know what grinds my gears (to quote Peter Griffin)? In the past, when you'd pre pay for gas and get, for example, 12 bucks worth, the pump would quickly operate until around 11.90, then slow down. Nowadays, it slows down at around 11.60, 11.70, or even 11.50 in some places. Is this some sad scheme to juice patrons out of a few cents by assuming they'd grow impatient and cut things off right there? Sounds like it.

While on the subject of gas stations and gear grinding...
I'm seeing these signs in front of stations that show the gas prices, and often they'll be 20 or 30 cents cheaper than a nearby competitor - so it might seem. Upon closer inspection, below the tantalizing price, one will see the words "with car wash purchase". Jeez, so how many people are getting fooled by these seemingly rock bottom prices without noticing the prototypical fine print? What next?

MILK $1.79/Gallon upon successfully shaving the owner's back

I think this is the first time in ages that the merchandisers and media didn't move forward the onset of the "Holiday Season". There's still hope. It's like a global warming thing though, you have one good year and the next few will be worse. Soon we'll be wishing each other happy holidays as we light our sparklers.

I can't believe that Fox actually pulled off creating the "Reality Channel". Whoopee. I remember the first version of this, when it was called a window.

Onto the main event. Many love how I nitpick about the Food Network. Thanks for the accolades! Here's more:

Well of course they had to run cooking shows having only to do with god damned turkey - for the whole friggin' month of November. Now every cooking show is a hastily hacked together tribute to families and the "holidays". Every single day. All of December. Kill me.
I don't need Alton Brown to ruin my day with his 142 steps involved with baking a ham. And if you get one step wrong, the ham will irradiate your chest and turn you into a can of Shasta.

I've already seen all of Emeril's cooking shows for the first of 8 times. Yeah yeah yeah tis the season, Chelsea Market, look how cute, Doc Gibbs has a santa hat, ho ho ho, zzzzzzz. Can't wait for the obligatory 384th time he has the firemen in the studio, which will be after the 323rd time he has all the black kids in the studio. The show's becoming about as predictable as a Nebraska highway. Yes I know you really do cook on the show, and just don't flip turkeys around, whatever that means. Yes we are with you. Yay garlic. Yay brandy. Yay hot sauce. Hey look, it's special guest Aaron Neville and his 11 ounce birth mark. The birth mark appears happier to be there than him. Thanks for showing a smile or two. Wouldn't explain your never-was status as a singer, would it? I loved that song you once sang, damn, which elevator was I riding when I heard it?

Thankfully the network hasn't exceeded their normal 50/50 commercial/program ratio. Very sweet. 'Tis the season for being generous.

Wow a lot of people don't like Rachael Ray. I just heard my 3rd comment about her. Hey, I'm not exactly going to write fan mail to her and glorify her Camaro sized caboose, but she is a lot more tolerable than most of the other scrotums on that network. Even after the commencement of her soon-to-be-cancelled network talk show, she was nice enough to stick with the gluttons at the Food Network and join in for some lame "all star" Thanksgiving special, as well as going into Kitchen Stadium for the Iron Chef America showdown with Giada, the cutie with 304 teeth. Regardless, I gotta think she was in it for the free food.

Mark my words. As I sit here, on December 1, 2006 - Food Network will try and steal that dippy Australian guy Curtis Stone from Discovery Channel's "Take Home Chef". It's a cute show, where he finds some chick at random and cooks for her and her mate. Invariably he selects some girl who's filthy rich, with a butt ugly boyfriend/husband. Plus Curtis always refers to multiple shrimp as "shrimps", which is still a valid plural, but annoying as all hell. And it's called a paper towel, not "absorbent paper". It's a cart, not a trolley. The girl never knows what you mean when you ask them to "suss out where your husband is...". Northern hemisphere. Toilet flushes in other direction.

Back to the Food Network. If I see one more hour long program covering a cake contest, I'll kill many people.

Yes, I have every reason to believe that Giada is a ho ho "ho".