Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Science as Critical Inquiry

Science is lively with critical inquiry. Religion is the exact opposite: it is deadly with uncritical piety. How can the two therefore reconcile and find harmony in the search of the truth? Indeed, instead of wasting time believing that science can one day reconcile with religion, I think it would be more creative if we can all help by exploring the possibilities of how silly religion can first reconcile with other silly religions? Poch Suzara

Our College Graduates

Our college graduates are victims too, rather than the masters of education. Due to the lack of science and especially the scientific way of thinking, even our college professors convey to their students that after graduation they will be ready to look for jobs; especially overseas. Indeed, college students are not trained to be scientific to be creative enough to create their own jobs to contribute to the growth and development of the nation. Poch Suzara

Poverty in the Philippines

Poverty in the Philippines is closely allied with Christian values and beliefs. Since we are taught to love not this world, neither the things that are in the world, we all learned to be poor not only spiritually, but also to be poor materially. The thought that in God's name we are the Sick Man of Asia makes us feel closer to God and to His angels. Poch Suzara

As A Little Boy in School

As a little boy in grade school and high school in De La Salle College, I never heard of science or the scientific way of thinking. Only the religious way of believing. I learned much about God and his angels; heaven and hell; Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and the saints. I also heard much about the devil and his ambition to win more souls for hell-fire. I was taught to be busy with sin and be busier with confession. No, I was not educated; I was indoctrinated; specially to be good; unfortunately, to be good for nothing for this world. Happily, I rebelled against such academic nonsense. Poch Suzara

Crime Does Not Pay

In civilized countries, crime does not pay. In the Philippines, if you were a high official in government, or a high official of the church, or a bible preacher, or a TV evangelist or even an owner of schools, colleges, and universities - crime does not only pay, it is a very lucrative commercial enterprise. Poch Suzara

Blind Faith

A man of blind faith is like a blind man going inside a dark room looking for a black hat that is not there; but he found it for the glory of Jesus on earth as he is in heaven. Poch Suzara

Sunday, June 20, 2004

I love My Sons and grandsons

I love my sons and grandsons. Oneday, if I am still alive, I hope to meet my great-grandsons whom I will love also. As for God's son, I do not see how or why I should love him. I have no blood relation with him. He was born a Jew in Israel some 2,000 yeara ago, and I never even met the poor fellow. Poch Suzara

I Love My Critics

I love my critics much more than I love my fans. My fans make me think less. My critics, on the other hand, never ceases to make me think more. But here are more thoughts to provoke the thoughts both my critics and my fans: Reality is ultimately unknowable; any attempt to describe it obscures as much as it illuminates. It is, in this way, that we are all, each and every one of us, without exception, quite equal under the infinity of human stupidity. Poch Suzara

What If?

What if, in genesis, God created first Jesus, Mary, and Joseph; and in Revelation, God created Adam and Eve last? Would there have been established peace on earth and goodwill to all men? I doubt it. Joseph would be the first to be originally insulted as he will be told by one of God's angel that his wife Mary is still a virgin! Poch Suzara

Saturday, June 19, 2004

I Am Told

I am told by friends and relatives that I should be more positive in life; not negative. And that I should obey the ten commandments of God. Unfortunately, 8 of the 10 commandments of God are negative, not positive. Perhaps, like everybody else obeying God's commands, I too am expected to be greedy, selfish, stupid, and insane. Poch Suzara

What Keeps Me Going

What keeps me going in life. My failures. After all, success is what most non-thinkers settle for since they cannot think of something noble enough to be failing at. Bertrand Russell also keeps me going. The spirit of Bertrand Russell is more than enough to feed my guts. Poch Suzara

History

History teaches that all the great religions of the world were established with the aid of fear, ignorance, and lies preached by morons who had the effrontery to style themselves as ministers of divinity so that you, dear believer, will embrace nothing in life except your own timidity.

The Holy Bible

Whenever I see a holy bible displayed in a book shelf in a home, I know that book has not been thoroughly read at all. A properly read bible belongs in a garbage dump. No other book has done more harm to the human mind and to the human heart, indeed, more harm done to a whole country like the Philippines than the contradictions, inconsistencies, obscenities, cruelties, atrocities, and absurdities found written in the holy Bible by inspired authors of God. Poch Suzara

The Search For The Truth

In the search of the truth, what counts is not the truth, but the search of it. Paradoxically enough, if we ever find the truth, there will be no more reason for any of us to go on living. As it is, the search of the truth is what the meaning of life should be all about. I am fully aware, however, that those of you who have acquired higher education or gifted with higher I.Q. have the same sentiment as I do over finding this brightest of light existing somewhere out there or down here known as the truth. Poch Suzara

Imagine your Sons and Daughters

Imagine your children, your own sons and daughters, hating and killing each other over silly beliefs. Now imagine God with His own children, his own sons and daughters, hating and killing each other over silly beliefs. These children, these sons and daughters, are called Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Poch Suzara

The fugitives

The fugitives from justice are not as dangerous as those fugitives from reason. They are the active participants always playing in our national sport: - always jumping into conclusion by running away from reality. Oh yes, you will find them as men and women behind our government, behind our church, and indeed, behind our schools, colleges, and universities. Poch Suzara

My Own beliefs, if any

My own beliefs are not immutable; in fact, mutable - subject to change or emendation. Indeed, my beliefs are tentative; never definite. My critics are all welcome to tear my beliefs apart. If my logic fails me, I will make the necessary changes or, if need be, I will abandon my beliefs.In the ultimate analysis, I do not care to know whether my beliefs are right or wrong; what's important is if my beliefs were on the road toward the truth. Poch Suzara

If God were all-knowng

If God were all-knowing, how come his theologians were not also all-knowing? The study of theology during the first century is still the same study of theology in this century: - the study of nothing. Poch Suzara

My Parents

My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents wasted precious years of their lives waiting for the Second Coming of Christ. Indeed, Even the rest of my relatives who already died were all victims rather than the master of their religious faith. Poch Suzara

God's Son

God knows we have our own sons to love and yet he asked us to love only His son Jesus. This is no family unity.This is family stupidity inspired by religious insanity. In the meantime, what happened to God's daughter? Has He not any? Poch Suzara

Sunday, June 13, 2004

If God Had Neither

If God had neither a beginning nor an end, that means He has been existing for more than 800,000,000 years. If I live to be 80 years it would mean that I would have lived just a fraction of a second long in comparison to God's endless existence. And I am able offend God with a thing called "original sin?" If this were true, should I not be most proud of such an accomplishment? Imagine me, able to grasp lightning away from God's hand, and I was able to hurt his feelings?

Jazz Drummer

I may be a cerebral maverick, an extreme intellectual radical, and an atheist; but I also happen to be a decent jazz drummer. And man, if you don't know what jazz is, keep the hell away from it. Poch Suzara

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Sell Sacred Lies

Do you want to be hated and a nobody in life? Sell or be a truth-seeker. Do you, however, want to be successful, rich, and famous? Sell sacred lies and silly falsehoods. Thus, among the men who are filthy rich in our sick society are the church ministers, owners of schools, colleges, and universities, TV evangelists, bible preachers, the theologians and the politicians. Poch Suzara

Why Something

Why something rather than nothing? Indeed, at the heart of reality is not an answer, but a question; and if we refuse to value questions, we will end up fearing nothing instead of loving something. Poch Suzara

Friday, June 04, 2004

On Christianity

In this country, owing to Christianity, that has kept us out of science and technology, the most we can be proud of is our individual insanity that has already culminated to social insanity. Indeed, thanks to our Christian values and beliefs, we all love God up there by hating one another down here. Poch Suzara

Intelligent Discussion

What danger is there from an intelligent discussion or intelligent inquiry or from intelligent reading? The worst that can happen to you is that you will be on the road with a mind moving not on hinges, but on wheels. Poch Suzara

Revealed Truths

God may have revealed the truth to Moses in the Old Testament; and may have revealed the truth to Matthew, Luke, Mark, and John in the New Testament. But until God reveals the truth to me, I do not care to participate in the Christian scheme of hand me down used information. Indeed, revelation is a direct communication; it has nothing to do with second-hand or third-hand information. Poch Suzara

Leave the school alone

Religion and politics should get out of schools and schools should get out of politics and religion. Schools should be about nothing but the development of the scientific habit of mind. Poch Suzara

God-inspired Authors

The God-inspired authors of the bible were a sorry lot. They had no access to a microscope to write anything truthful about the smaller realities of life down here. They also had no access to a telescope to write anything truthful about the larger realities of life out there. All they had access to was horoscope to inspire them write anything truthful yet to be revealed to each and every one of us not as a second or third hand information, but direct revelation. Poch Suzara

Unworthy God

What kind of a God is that who creates faulty human beings and then blames them for their fault? It is even called "original sin." But what could be more original than the original creator? In the meantime, if men were such little devils in the eyes of God, why did God create man in of his own image and likeness? For my part, such a creator is worthy of neither love, respect, nor devotion. Poch Suzara

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

The Scientist

The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance, doubt, and uncertainty. Fortunately, the scientific way of thinking is not the monopoly of the scientist. We too, ordinary men and women, can enjoy the scientific way of thinking and learn to deal with our own ignorance, doubt, and uncertainty as we must all be involved in the search for the truth.Poch Suzara

Need Not Waste Time

If we could only learn to see not far, but near - the future. If we could only learn to be happy here and now. If we could only learn to live in peace and harmony together as one happy family. We need not waste precious time and energy preparing for the next life as there isn't any. Poch Suzara

Our Sick Society

Ours is a sick society because of our sick beliefs and sick values.We think so big of the man of material wealth, but we think so little of the man of mental health. In fact, we do not think at all. We leave all our troubles and problems in the hand of God. As if God has a hand. Poch Suzara

Saddest Day of my Life

Today is the saddest day of my life. It just dawned on me that I should be the one to pray to God to help my friends and relatives develop the habit of critical reading and thinking. Poch Suzara

MAN differs from an ANIMAL

Man differs from an animal only by a little. "Most men," said Confucius, "throw that little away." Indeed, dominated by a silly theology, most men throw away their sense for common human decency to elevate humanity. Like frightened faithfools, they would rather please a silly divinity in hell always blessed by a stupid deviltry in heaven. Poch Suzara

Poverty-stricken Filipinos

Millions of poverty-stricken Filipinos love, worship, and adore God who, we are told, has been and still is well-established in his eternal state of divine perfection. I should think, however, that aside from a good will, God might also, with the help of His own free will, duly reciprocate the Filipino affection. Poch Suzara