Saturday, November 27, 2004

The Kingdom of the Lord

If the Kingdom of the Lord down here on earth has been a history of hate, violence, and war, what nust be the Kingdom of the Lord up there in heaven? In the meantime, hate, violence, and war have always been the first and last refuge of nations whose motto is:
"In God We trust." Poch Suzara

The Miracles from Jesus

Jesus cured leprosy, made the blind see, the deft hear, the lame walk, and indeed he could even raise the dead back to life. If Jesus, however, had only the deeper sense to remedy the sick mess by making not diseases, but made instead health contagious - there would exist no atheist like me in the world today. Poch Suzara

Jesus and the Truth

If Jesus had only told the truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth as to when exactly He will be coming back to earth, especially to the Philippines, He need not have admitted to the multitude such foolish claims like: "I am the way, the life, and the truth."

Oh well, what can we expect of the Jewish Savior who also said, especially to Filipinos, that we need not worry or even take thought of tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself. Besides, as the Sick Man of Asia in this already 21st century - God will always provide! Poch Suzara

Friday, November 26, 2004

I Hate crowd

As a little boy, I always hated to be in a crowd. I hated to be inside a classroom, a church, a movie theatre, auditorium, etc. I also hated to be with the crowd visiting dead relatives in the crowded cemetery. As more than 100 billion people have already lived and died on this planet, I wlll surely hate the crowd if I end up to be in heaven; or, as the case may be, in hell. It is not possible to enjoy the joys of thought if one were always stuck in a thoughtless, if not mindless - crowd. Poch Suzara

Knowledge

Any knowledge than can stand improvement is clearly not a form of knowledge that is complete, perfect and infalible. Such is not the case with the multiplication table. Bertrand Russell wrote: "The perfect model of truth is the multiplication table, which is precise and certain and free from all temporal dross." Poch Suzara

I Love Bertrand Russell

I love Bertrand Russell. He had the extra ordinary ability to formulate beliefs and assemble evidence for and against them. He also turned Ancient and Catholic philosophy into Modern philosophy. He did the same thing with logic. Now I am neither a mathematician nor a logician, but experts tell me that Russell turned logic inside out and turned mathematics upside down as he succeeded to mathematized logic and logicized mathematics. But I love Bertrand Russell for an even greater reason. He rescued me away from the road to self-destruction by helping me recapture the most priceless treasure stolen away from me when I was a little boy in school - my precious mind. Poch Suzara

The Search for happiness

For a great many painful years I searched desperately for happiness. I traveled in many countries in Southeast Asia and in the Far East. By the time I found happiness, much to my surprise, I found something even greater: - I found myself. The Greek thinker Socrates said it in brief: "The unexamined life is not worth living for man." Poch Suzara

Sick Sex maniac

Genesis 19:32 must have been written by a sick sex maniac as inspired by the devil: "Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we shall lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father." Poch Suzara

Avoid Temptation

To avoid being tempted by the forbidden fruit, stay away from the Devil's orchard. Now isn't this suggestion rather silly? Who created the forbidden fruit and the devil and the orchard to begin with? Poch Suzara

he Master Architect

If the universe had to be designed by a Master Architect, it follows that the Master Architect himself must have been an even more complex a design than his creation. Now who or what designed God? In the meantime, the concept of God did not come from God, it came from human ignorance. Now isn't it rather silly to have faith in human ignorance? Indeed, if the concept of God came from God so should have been also moral values and people everywhere would believe in the same things. There could never be any dispute as to what is right or wrong. There would be no need for laws, policemen, courts, army, navy, or air force. But the history of the world has the the history of conflicts between moral values! Poch Suzara

Roots of Terrorism

The basic roots of terrorism are mostly derived from religious beliefs. Be it the religious beliefs of the Christians, the Muslims, or the Jews. To begin with, religious beliefs never fail to inspire the hate of each other's religious beliefs, specially in God's name on earth and for His glory in heaven. Poch Suzara

As a Little Boy

As a little boy in a Catholic school, I was taught to believe that my existence is a defect and that the most I could do to please God was to seek not recontruction, but only obliteration. I ask: can honest men and decent women today blame me for walking out of the Catholic church? Poch Suzara

The Cellphone

The power of science, logic and mathematics produced the cellphone. Yet, millions of people use the cellphone to promote bible reading - a book that has nothing at all to say about the power of science, logic and mathematics. Poch Suzara

Reduced freedom

If you believe in something, and you autmatically exclude yourself from believing the exact opposite, a few degrees of your priceless freedom have been needlessly reduced. Poch Suzara

The Summit

The summit of all joys is the joy of courage - facing the fact that nature will strike me dead one day; but that I shall die standing up sober, and not kneeling down drunk with lies. Poch Suzara

The Power of Reason

Neither virtue nor values or principles can be derived from blind faith. Such beauties can only be the outcome of the power of reason. Poch Suzara

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Lee Kwan Yew

Lee Kwan Yew - the Prime Minister of Singapore was not born-raised-educated as a Christian, He was never inspired by the Word of God as written in the holy bible. Yet with sheer guts, intelligence, and discipline, he was able to transform Singapore from a hell of a place into an Asian paradise. How come our own Philippine government officials, who are all born-raised-educated as Christians, all inspired by God, are all corrupt and if they are good, they are only good for nothing? Poch Suzara

The Priesthood Industry

The church hates reason. It only loves faith; especially blind faith. Indeed, the priesthood industry behind the church could not have survived these past centuries with support from the power of reason. The support came only from blind faith. Poch Suzara

Reason

Those who are afraid to reason are the bigots. Those who cannot reason are the fools. Those who dare not reason are popularly known as the Christians, the Muslims, and Jews who all unreasonably hate each other in God's name and for His glory in heaven. Poch Suzara

Theological Hogwash

The theologians tell me that God gifted me with a free will; yet, at the same time, they also tell me that my freethought is not a gift from the devil, but a curse from God. What kind of theological hogwash is this? Poch Suzara

Analysis versus paralysis

Those who depreciate the intelligence behind critical analysis are no better off than those who appreciate the stupidity behind mental paralysis. Poch Suzara

Thursday, November 18, 2004

$ 3 TRILLION DOLLARS

During the last decades, just between the USA and USSR alone, THREE TRILLION DOLLARS have been spent in the arms race. Enough money that could have been used more wisely to alleviate world poverty, medical research in the cure of diseases, and indeed, monies for global education of all children in our world to learn that war is the last refuge of homicidal maniacs specially as they are heads of government. Poch Suzara

College Graduates

Most college graduates, specially in Catholic universities, believe that new knowledge can be discovered by watching CNN or BBC. Indeed, they believe that the truth can be found by just watching television in general. If this were only true, then all schools, colleges, and universities should be abolished. Poch Suzara

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Morality of an Atheist

As an atheist my sense of morality has only to do with the health and wealth of the human family creative and productive as a society. Indeed, morality should have nothing to do with the silly deviltry of the Old Testament; or, with the silly divinity of the New Testament. It should have only to do with the spread of common human decency - globally. Poch Suzara

Karl Marx

As a writer, like an artist, I can only perform my work if I feel free as an individual directed by an inner creative impulse. I cannot write if I feel the pressure or dominated or fettered by some outside authority. In the meantime,I entirely agree with Karl Marx: "One needs money in order to write, but one should never write for money." I am proud that I do not write for money. I write to inspire my readers to think courageously for themselvs. Poch Suzara

Jesus

Instead of comng down and take over as president of the United States; or, take over as the Secretary General of the United nations; or, just come down to start cracking the whip to straighten the mess of this earth: is it possible that Jesus is stuck in heaven unable to return as He is still crying: "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?" Poch Suzara

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Jesus and the thief

Jesus, crucified on the cross, cried out: "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Then Jesus said to the thief crucified along side Him: "Verily, I say unto thee, "today shalt thou be with me in paradise." The thief could not believe his ears. How can a duly forsaken relative of God promise to deliver paradise to any one? Poch suzara

Nature's Precious Gift

I think my radical ideas are of great value simply because they blend with the most precious gift nature has bestowed upon me - the love of life and love of this world. In the meantime, I would rather have a cultivated mind for wonder and curiosity than have a created brain for silly beliefs and obsolete values. Poch Suzara

WhenThe bible declares

When the bible declares: "Thus, saith the Lord," isn't that proof enough that man's free will is not that free? In the meantime, in the Philippines, the only Christian country in Asia, we certainly need the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, who will forgive us of our sins against God and who will forgive us of our crimes against each other? Poch Suzara

A man prayed

A man prayed and prayed and prayed before he contracted cancer. He contnued on to pray and pray and pray while suffering from cancer. Then he dies of cancer. Can any one please tell me what prayers are for? Poch Suzara

The greatest damage

The greatest damage that can be inflicted against the minds and hearts of children in school is to teach them to believe and have faith in a power popularly known as the sacred divinity that promotes nothing but human stupidity. Indeed, if we were only taught in our respective schools worldwide that the search of the truth is the noblest of human ambitions, none of us Christians, Jews, and Muslims today would hate and kill defending each other's conflicting beliefs based on sacred lies. Poch Suzara

Terrorism and Americanism

What's the difference between Americanism and Terrorism since either believe that violence is the prerogative of the other? As a matter of fact, according to the paradoxical theory of Americanism since the end of the Second World War - nations can only keep alive by preparing to kill each other. Indeed, it is sad to see most Americans hold on to values in life that are promoted by war and not by peace on earth and goodwill to all men, women, and children. I ask: When and where does it all end? Poch Suzara

The Bible and Philosophy

THE BIBLE AND PHILOSOPHY

Here are threats from the bible on the danger of philosophy: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8. If the inspired authors of the bible were not so dumbstruck as to the beauty and value of philosophy, they would have written such extraterrestrial nonsense.
Now compare what Bertrand Russell wrote in his OUTLINE OF PHILOSOPHY:
“Since men first began to think, the forces of nature have oppressed them; earthquakes, floods, pestilences, and famines have filled them with terror. Now at last, thanks to science, mankind are discovering how to avoid much of the suffering that such events have hitherto entailed. The mod in which, as it seems to me, the modern man should face the universe is one of quiet self-respect. The universe as known to science is not in itself either friendly or hostile to man, but it can be made to act as a friend if approached with patient knowledge. Where the universe is concerned, knowledge is the one thing needful. Man, alone of living things, has shown himself capable of the knowledge required to give him a certain mastery over his environment. The dangers to man in the future, or at least in any measurable future, come, not from nature, but from man himself. Will he use his power wisely? Or will he turned the energy liberated from the struggle with nature into struggles with his fellow-men? History, science, and philosophy all make us aware of the great collective achievements of mankind. It would be well if every civilized human being had a sense of these achievements and a realization of the possibility of the greater things to come, with the indifference which must result as regards the petty squabbles upon which the passions of individuals and nations are wastefully squandered.

Philosophy should make us know the ends of life, and the elements in life that have value on their own account. However our freedom may be limited in the causal sphere, we admit no limitations to our freedom in the sphere of values: what we judge good on its own account we may continue to judge good, without regard to anything but our own feeling. Philosophy cannot itself determine the ends of life, but it can free us from the tyranny of prejudice and from distortions due to a narrow view. Love, beauty, knowledge, and joy of life: these things retain their luster however wide our purview. And if philosophy can help us to feel the value of these things, it will have played its part in man’s collective work of bringing more light into a world of darkness.” POCH SUZARA


Ask St. Thomas Aquinas

Ask any Christian saint, like a St. Thomas Aquinas, what is the origin of the world? He will answer that God created the universe. What is God? His reply would be that he does not know anything about it. Why did God create the world? He has no idea.

What is the cause of pestilence, famines, wars, sterility, inundations, and earthquakes? It is God’s wrath. What remedies can prevent these calamities? Prayers, sacrifices, processions, novenas, offerings, ceremonies, are, St Thomas will tell you, the true means to disarm Celestial fury.

But why is heaven angry? Because men are wicked. Why are men wicked? Because their nature is corrupt. What is the cause of this corruption? It is, St. Tomas will reply, because the first man was seduced by the first woman to eat an apple which his God had forbidden him to touch. Who induced this woman to do such a folly?

The devil. Who created the devil? God! Why did God create this devil destined to pervert the human race? We know nothing about it; it is a mystery hidden in the bosom of the Deity. Just accept, believe, and have faith.

And stop asking silly questions. Change your attitude! You might end up with eternal punishment which is eternal revenge that can only be inflicted by an eternal monster.

Do I need to explain any deeper why religion encourages stupidity and promotes social insanity, especially in this Asia’s only Christian country! In the meantime, I am told by no less than college professors themselves and by intellectually bankrupt Americans that I should avoid being a superstitious fellow! POCH SUZARA

Thursday, November 11, 2004

The Wonderful Creator

No matter how wonderful God has been as a Creator, He should occasionally look at the results. Look at the morons in charge of the US government not knowing what to do with their free will to establish peace on earth and goodwill to all men, women and children. Poch Suzara

Cuba

Cuba can give the world constructive cargo; not, however, while the
United States government continues to impose against Cuba a destructive embargo. For my part, I love , worship, and adore Fidel Castro. Despite the childish foolishness of the US government, Castro has not ceased to lead as a man the Cuban people with dignity and self-respect. Poch Suzara

Friday, November 05, 2004

Open Letter to Kofi Annan of the UN


Nov. 5, 2004
Kofi Annan
Secretary General
UNITED NATIONS
New York
OPEN LETTER TO KOFI ANNAN

Dear Mr. Kofi Annan,

I am most proud of you serving as the Secretary General of the United Nations that just celebrated its 59th year of existence. Congratulations. I sincerely thank you for your leadership and moral integrity through what continues to be a critical era of world history.

Indeed, the United Nations was founded as an instrument of peace, human rights and development. I would like to suggest that in order for the UN to attain its goals: - a world without poverty, without industry for hostility, without crimes against humanity - it should be able to reach out over and above governments and be rightfully supported by ordinary men and women from all over the world. I am suggesting that we all become citizens of the United Nations. The much needed resources for the U.N. can be willingly provided by the citizens of the U.N. I believe the General Assembly can empower you as Secretary General to appoint a small committee to explore this possibility.

In HAS MAN A FUTURE, Bertrand Russell wrote: “Law is a farce unless there is power to enforce it, and power to enforce international law against great states is impossible while each possess vast armaments. Great states have, at present, the privilege of killing members of other States whenever they feel so disposed, though this liberty is disguised as the heroic privilege of dying in defense of what is right and just. Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country.”

Imagine 2 billion people supporting the UN with $10.00 each as annual citizenship dues of the UN. This would amount to $20 billion dollars a year. Enough I think for the UN to maintain not only its own Peace-Keeping Force, but to gradually expand to the point where the United Nations is in total control of all major weapons of war. It is hard to see any other way by which the human race can survive the weapons of mass extermination owned by an ever increasing number of countries. In the near future add another 2 billion people to make it 4 billion UN citizens, - $40 billions dollars a year. The UN would become the respected and effective enforcer of international law and an irresistible global force for peace and goodwill to all men and women and children. The protection of our natural world from unsustainable population growth could also be addressed. It is dramatic but true - The future of humankind is at stake.

We are in a new era of global community. We need a United Nations which has both the involvement and support of people throughout the world. We can make it come true if we, the ordinary people in our respective countries, can be made a legal part of the UN’s ultimate goals. We have sufficient resources to provide our fellow citizens with adequate food, education and health care. We have the will to treat our brothers and sisters with dignity and self-respect. But this cannot be accomplished by, or entrusted to, a small group of nations representing the interests and prejudices of a small percentage of the peoples of the world; it can only be achieved by the super citizens of the United Nations functioning as a world government.


Yours faithfully

POCH SUZARA
BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY, PHIL.
8 Zipper Street, SLV,
Makati City, Philippines

Thursday, November 04, 2004

If God Knows

If God knows for certain how exactly anything works, why does He not share it with the United States of America? After all, IN GOD WE TRUST, has always been the motto of the United States government! Poch Suzara

What do rich

What do rich Americans in America have in common with rich Filipinos in the Philippines? Both enjoy a goverment of the rich, by the richer, and for the richest. The rest of us poor Americans and poor Filipinos are poor dummies of freedom and democracy. Poch Suzara

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Oh Lord

"Oh Lord, hear our prayer." A 100,000,000,000 people already lived and died on this earth and I ask: what if the Lord never heard any of their silly prayers? And if the Lord did, so what? Poch Suzara

If I must believe

If I must believe in anything worth believing, I believe that man is good by nature and that whatever ills or evils there are in human affairs - they are due to corrupt intitutions as inspired by rotten religions that are products themselves of rotten and corrupt system of education. Poch Suzara

Thoughts versus beliefs

Most people have beliefs but no thoughts of their own. Indeed, most people hate to think, and as they practice daily being thoughtless, they eventually become good at it.

In the meantime, if I do not share my thoughts, they wind up being worthless. Sharing is what makes thought beautiful or delightful, or, as the case may be - despicable.
Poch Suzara