Sunday, October 30, 2005

Who will inherit the Earth

The arms manufacturers, dealers, and traders will inherit the earth. Their clients – the Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other religious fanatics are busy killing each other over each other’s sacred belief that, after death, there is a better life to come in the next world with God. In the meantime, it is instructive to note that more blood has been spilled in religious wars between theists of different persuasions than between the believers in God’s name killing the unbelievers. And to think that we unbelievers, we atheists are misunderstood, hated, and killed only because we are saying that, let us love not divinity, but humanity. The Earth is a tiny world, a fragile planet. Let us love and cherish the earth. Throughout the entire universe, the planet earth is only home we have and for the future generations to come. Poch Suzara

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Filipino Way of Life

The top most prestigious newspaper in the country - THE PHILIPPINE STAR – propagates this message for its readers: “We don’t know what this world is coming, but we know the One who is coming to this world.”
In the meantime, a society that fears it has no future is most likely to give no attention to the needs of the next generation. Really, as the center of Christianity in Asia, why should we worry about the present since we believe that there is a better world to come after death in the future!
How sick are we as the Sick Man of Asia? We are compelled to vegetate within the medium
of our superstitious ways! We are, indeed, a very misguided people. We are ignorant because everything conspires to prevent us from being enlightened, and we are corrupt only because the power of reason within us has never been sufficiently developed in our schools, colleges, and universities. Poch Suzara

The Burning Bush

During ancient times Moses queried the Burning Bush about its identity. In the King James translation the bush replies: “I am that I am.” In modern times, the Burning Bush in Iraq has identified itself as, “ I am George W. Bush, the President of the United States of America.” In Southeast Asia, however, the Burning Bush identified itself as, “I am Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the President of the Philippines. The Lord put me here.” Poch Suzara

College educated

Most of my college educated friends and relatives find it hard to determine for themselves if they were thoughtless or mindless; or, whether it matters either way. It is hilarious, however, to see these highly educated individuals go through a mental paralysis standing in front of my personal library of books at home. And to think that these are the kind of men and women who are among the top executives of top corporation owned by the cream of the criminal crop in control of the sick economy of the Philippines. Poch Suzara

Purpose of Religion

The purpose of religion is not to stimulate the mind with its dogma; on the contrary, it is to stultify the medulla oblongata. In my personal war against religion that’s at the foundation of our sick institutions, it is true that, like a David, I am only into inches and ounces. My opponents, Goliaths, are, indeed, into miles and tons. They are way ahead of me as they are the owners of schools, colleges, and universities, and in control of the media. Even in control of the government. I am told, however, to take it easy as the war against human stupidity is really the same thing as the war against infinity. There’s no end to it. I agree totally. In the meantime, what’s wasteful are the science professors. Not one of them would come out to challenge the evils of religion that’s keeping the Filipino poor as a people and the Philippines bankrupt as a nation. It seems clear enough that science professor’s first duty is to reduce the evils of religion into a childish mediocrity, if not into an infantile vulgarity. No other idea has done more harm to the Filipino mind than the idea of religion. Religion has only misdirected the Filipino energy into getting out of this world and go to a better world to come after death. As if there any! Science produces and delivers the goods; but science also needs democracy as much as democracy needs science. More than it is a body of knowledge, science is the only method of thinking for what is real and man’s place in this world. Our world. Science is the never-ending search for the truth. It is the exact opposite of what religion has been preaching for centuries: that in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow. Indeed, religion is the evil that is destroying the potential of every human being to become free, honest, decent, happy, and thoughtful. Poch Suzara Twitter# Facebook# Google#

Obedience

Obedience is not a virtue. It is a tool to enslave those who have been indoctrinated to keep away from the power of thought. Obedience works well with children. Look how they would rather be rewarded for obeying than be punished for disobeying or worse – for attempts at thinking. Poch Suzara

Christianity

G. K. Chesterson said: Christianity has never been tried.” On the contrary, Christianity has tried to straighten the mess out of the Western World during the past 2,000 years. It failed miserably. Christianity has also tried hard, during the last 500 years, to establish common human decency in the Philippines. It also failed dismally. As a matter of historical fact, the Philippines, still dominated by Christianity, has been and still is under the inspiration of religious corruption that’s keeping our sick society directionless as ever. Even the Supreme Being Himself knows not where we are going as a people; or, where we are heading as a nation! Poch Suzara

The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is not a church. It is a business organization masquerading as a church. The pope is the Chairman of the Board and its Chief Executive Officer. The Curia is the board of directors. The Cardinals are the regional vice presidents. The priests are the sales managers. The Multitudes are its customers. A corporation sells either a product or service. The church as a business sells the eternal salvation of the soul. It has been quite lucrative from the beginning since the church herself invented the soul, invented heaven and hell, and invented the “Wrath of God.” Poch Suzara

Silly Divinity

It’s incredible how the vast majority of people can worship a God who, in paradise, loved his apple tree much more than he loved his own children – Adam and Eve. It is even more incredible to believe that this same God, the creator of the billions of galaxies, can allow himself to be unduly represented on this grain of sand called “earth” by the most idiotic of men otherwise known as priests, bishops, cardinals, popes, and indeed, the good-for-nothing theologians. Poch Suzara

Free Will and Mafia

Free Will is to free inquiry what the mafia is to free enterprise. I ask: why is it that everybody has faith in his own free will; but nobody has faith in having good will for anybody? Poch Suzara

Life Span

In terms of eternity our life span on this earth is but a split of second, a flash in the pan, a wink of an eye, not even a millimeter of a millimeter of an inch long. To believe that we can enjoy a meter worth of eternity on this earth is like saying that we can enjoy living one trillion (1,000,000,000,000) seconds long. It’s not possible to live 31,688 years long. In the meantime, it’s silly to try and measure eternity. It has neither a beginning nor an end. Time is in space and space is in time. In measuring the height and weight of such monsters, where do you begin and when does it end? And under such a cosmic mess, how does one managed to offend God, or to commit a sin against the creator of eternity? Poch Suzara Twitter# Facebook# Google#

God as the Intelligent Designer? WOW No Kidding?

If God designed everything, then who or what designed God as He is part of everything Himself? But if God were such a perfect designer, what was his purpose in designing the imperfect male organ uncircumcised? Do we not insult the creator by re-designing the male organ by removing the prepuce with circumcision? Indeed, if we admit the wonderful aspects of nature as products of design, we must also admit the dreadful aspects of nature as products of design. In other words, the master designer, if any, could very well be, in the scientific term, - a super psycho-ceramic; or, in the layman’s language - a super crackpot... Here, however, is something even more ticklish to think about: God designed the most beautiful part of a woman's - her face; but why would God at the same time also designed the ugliest part of a woman's body - her vagina!.. . Come on you sick saps, you have got to be a sick jerk to believe that woman’s vagina is the most beautiful thing to look at! Poch Suzara Twitter# Facebook# Google#

Atheist and Scientist

“No man in ten thousand has the goodness of heart or strength of mind to be an atheist.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge. If I may add, atheists are like scientists: they do not care to believe. They only want to know. Poch Suzara

The holy bible

The holy bible is a paradigm of misology – the hatred of reason. In fact, the bible is all about the love of faith as the entire notion of faith generates upon the terror, as it presupposes the horror of, - reason. Poch Suzara

Jesus and Children and His Mom

“Unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:3.
Jesus must be so proud of so many little children who already made it to the kingdom of heaven.
The lesson from Jesus: - do not grow up. Maturity is evil. Stay childish and obedient for the rest of your lives, and you too will make it one day to the kingdom of heaven.
In the meantime, the only loved-one present during the crucifixion of Jesus was his mother Mary. Yet after his resurrection from death, Jesus was thoughtless enough not to appear to his bereaved mom; instead, he appeared only to his apostles who did not bother to attend and to testify at his trial. In fact, If Jesus performed the power of healing which were credited to him, it is rather strange that on his day of execution there was not one to appear and to protest because of his marvelous experience of being restored back to health and indeed, even restored back to life. Poch Suzara

A stupid Man

A stupid man isn’t really all that stupid. He is intelligent enough to know for certain that everybody else is just as stupid as he is. Poch Suzara

Terrorism

Terrorism is nothing but a method to make war – a technique as inspired by religious fanaticism. The war against terrorism would be more effective if the struggle were against religious fanaticism rather than against its poor victims - the Christians, Muslims, Jews, or what - not.

As a little boy in school, I can still feel the terror from my teachers terrorizing my mind into believing and into having faith in the revealed truths or I will burn eternally in hell if I do not believe it. I suppose I did not grow up to be a terrorist because I threw my religious faith and beliefs out the window. I decided, instead, to study religion not as a good, but as an evil. I thought it quite deadly why religious fanatics are quite ready and willing to cut each other’s throat because they cannot even agree as to what will happen to them after their throats have been cut.

In his WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN, Bertrand Russell wrote: “We ought to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world – its good facts and bad facts, and its beauties and its ugliness; see the world as it is, and be not afraid of it. Conquer the world by intelligence, and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes from it. The whole conception of God is a conception derived from ancient oriental despotism. It is a conception quite unworthy of free men. When you hear people in church debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners, and all the rest of it, it seems contemptible and not worthy of self-respecting human beings. We ought to stand and look at the world frankly in its face. We ought to make the best of the world, and if it is not so good as we wish, after all it will still be better than what these others have made of it in the past. A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past, or a fettering of the free intelligence by words uttered long ago by ignorant men. It needs a fearless outlook, and a free intelligence. It needs hope for the future, not looking back all the time towards a past that is dead, which we trust will be far surpassed by the future that our intelligence can create.” Poch Suzara

Super Power Nations

Due to the advancement of human knowledge, it has now become quite clear that there exist no super power nations, not even the United States of America. It has turned out that the real super power has always been the balance of nature which, when upset ecologically or environmentally or biologically, nature herself such as in the shape of a hurricane, flood, typhoon, tsunami, and earthquake takes over to keep the balance of nature in peace and in harmony with itself.
Of course nuclear weapons owned by super power nations can be employed to destroy our planet earth. But then again, after earth has been destroyed by such weapons of mass destruction, what will remain of the so-called super power nations? Super power stupidity? Poch Suzara

The Filipino

Most Filipino college educated men and women have been taught to believe that what will help the Philippines is neither science nor technology, but only more prayers under the power of divinity?
To prove the validity of my accusation, these college-educated individuals would only refer me to read verses written in the holy bible. For me to understand that what is happening in the Philippines is all due to God’s divine will for which we should never question.
I said it before, I say it again: - the biblical mind is a troubled mind. It fears everything but examines nothing. And the biblical mind fears nothing more than having nothing to fear. Poch Suzara

A little Prayer

We are told that a little prayer never hurt anyone. That belief is not only moronic, but also destructive, specially to a child’s mind. To teach a child to reach for fantasy solutions to real life problems is the worst possible training that any child can have for his emotional growth and intellectual maturity. Prayers never solved anything. Even the prayers of Jesus were all a waste of time and energy. Otherwise, crucified on the cross, he need not have cried out: “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me!” Poch Suzara

Philippine Crisis

Each time we have a crisis, our politicians get together with the theologians to organize prayer rallies for the Lord above to solve for us here below the same old troubles and problems that’s already traditional. How sick are we as the Sick Man of Asia? We all give thanks to the Lord for the great success of the 15,000,000 Filipino workers who already emigrated to some 156 foreign countries. They are there living and working and earning wages to help financially members of their family left behind and to help keep afloat the economy based upon the power of prayer in the Philippines. Poch Suzara

Silly theologians

The silly theologians who promised to save your soul from going hell were the very same theologians who invented the existence of your soul. They also invented the existence of hell in case you would refuse to believe another of their great inventions: - “the Wrath of God.” Poch Suzara

The Core of Christianity

Far deeper than the love of God, at the core of Christianity, is that overwhelming fear of punishment in hell. It has destroyed the spirit of enquiry and intellectual liberty. Indeed, Christian theology is not what we know about God. It is what we do not know about nature. Consider the theologians during the 1st century. They knew no more than the theologians know in this 21st century? Theology has never been a grace; on the contrary, it has always been a disgrace for the human race. I ask: isn’t two millennia of superstition, fear, and ignorance more than enough? Must our religious stupidity be as long lasting as infinity? Poch Suzara

The Bible Authors

If the bible authors knew less about this visible world, how could they know more about the invisible next world, if any? For my part, I love atheism. It has robbed death of its terror. I love even more Bertrand Russell. He transformed something deadly for me into something lively. He wrote: “If we must die, let us die sober and not drunk with lies.” Poch Suzara

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Self-Deception

“Self-deception,” wrote Historian Teodoro A. Agoncilllo, “is the greatest tragedy of the Filipinos as a people.” No doubt, the lesser evils that have kept the Filipino poor as a people and backward as a nation have already been thrown out of the Philippines. Unfortunately, the greatest evil still remains. It is still here well-established and still pretty much in control of way we think as a people and the way we behave as a nation. It is the self-deception traditionally known as “Christianity.” Poch Suzara

Nothing Above Reason

There is nothing above reason, not even God. The concept of God was concocted by reason, a faulty one at that. Poch Suzara

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Holy Bible

Bible contents should not only be fruitful, but more importantly – truthful. It should contain a wealth of information, not misleading misinformation. In his book Population Explosion, scientist Paul R. Ehrlich wrote: “The taming of Earth, a planet originally very hostile to life, was a long and arduous process. For most of nearly four billion years Earth has existed, life was confined to the oceans. In those oceans, the first photosynthesizing organisms were bacteria.”

In his book Pale Blue Dot, scientist Carl Sagan wrote: “Two billion years ago our ancestors were microbes; a half-billion years ago, fish; a hundred million years ago, something like mice; ten million years ago, arboreal apes; and a million years ago, proto-humans puzzling out the taming of fire. Our evolutionary lineage is marked by mastery of change. In our time, the pace is quickening.”

The above information should have been preempted as truth revealed in the bible. Instead, it is interpreted in infinite number of ways. It only proves that such sacred writings cannot qualify as a perfect model of truth. Where is God or his angels or even his saints to interpret correctly or to set the record straight over what’s twisted and distorted known as truth revealed in the bible? For my part, I’d rather take the side of science any time. Any one can deny or verify or falsify what science is saying without the fear of wrath from the scientists. Poch Suzara

I am An Atheist

I used to believe in the existence of God only because I did not know where I came from; and I also did not know where will I be going after I die. If God exists, however, I have the same questions to ask of Him: 1) Where did you come from? 2) Where are you going? In the meantime, the supernatural being that we have traditionally called God is no more. The concept of God has been blown into bits and pieces by a “big bang” known as scientific knowledge. Poch Suzara

Philippine Democracy

Democracy in the Philippines is a farce, a fraud, and a ceremony. A farce because we do not love it; a fraud because we do not respect it; and, a ceremony because we only have government officials, but hardly a government. Amazingly, we have superstitious primitives still asking: What happened to our democracy? As if we ever had one – a form of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Democracy cannot be born amongst sick people or where there are a high proportion of mixed groups of people who hate each other specially in God’s name and for His glory in heaven. Indeed, theocracy is what we have always enjoyed in the Philippines; not a democracy. Look at how the saints of God are more impressive to us than the heroes of our country. Poch Suzara

Philippine Population Growth

The Philippines population growth is mostly due from one source: children begetting children who have been taught to believe that God will provide for them! Such is the power of belief: it begets more beliefs. For my part, I believe divinity is married to infinity for the sake of begetting nothing but human stupidity for the pleasure of deviltry existing eternally. Poch Suzara

Politics of barbarism and terrorism

If I destroy a building in New York city with a hijacked plane, I am called: Mr. Terrorist. If I destroy a foreign country such as Iraq with the US Air Force, I am called: Mr. President. In the Philippines, steal small and you are called a thief. Steal big or borrow big money, however, and you immediately qualify to be a candidate for a high office in the government usually referred to as “Your Honor.” Of course, not every one is a thief in government. There are exceptions. Quite a few have arrived at high government office for having achieved a reputation in mediocrity. They are grateful as they are thought of "the good senators, even if such senators in the senate have been and still are - good for nothing. Poch Suzara

God’s Existence

It’s hard to believe in the existence of God; specially as such a Being seems more preoccupied with the joys of always being not omni-present, but only always omni-absent. Indeed, where is God? How come he is always hiding here, hiding there, and always hiding everywhere and nowhere at the same time? Poch Suzara

Let him be Ignorant

“But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” 1 Cor.14:38. Such are among the sacred truths of an All-Knowing God as revealed by superstitious primitives more popularly known as the inspired authors of God in the holy bible. Poch Suzara

Question

I am told that: “We inhabit a universe vaster than human comprehension, older than human wanderings, more wondrous than human conception. And in the face of that, we do the natural thing. We ask questions and seek answers. That's not a denial of God. It is evidence of Him.” I now ask the question: which God? There are a great many of them, not to mention so many Goddesses too! Poch Suzara

Thursday, October 13, 2005

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas said, he learnt more kneeling in prayer before the cross than in hours of reading.

Unfortunately, only to be among those ancient in the communion of saints, but not in the communion of modern philosophers.

In his Understanding History and Other Essays, Bertrand Russell wrote: “No, the greatest men have not been “serene.” They have had, it is true, an ultimate courage, a power of creating beauty where nature has put only horror, which may, to a petty mind, appear like serenity. But their courage has had to surpass that of common men, because they have seen deeper into the indifference of nature and the cruelty of man. To cover up these things with comfortable lies is the business of cowards; the business of great men is to see them with inflexible clarity, and yet to think and to feel nobly. And in the degree in which we can all be great, this is the business of each one of us.” St. Thomas Aquinas was a great Catholic for divinity; he was not, by any measure, a great man for humanity. Poch Suzara

life of one man

What is the life of one man against the eternity of the creator and the immensity of his creation? Here’s a response from Bertrand Russell:

“Those who have lived entirely amid terrestrial events and who have given little thought to what is distant in space and time, there is at first something bewildering and oppressive, and perhaps even paralyzing, in the realization of the minuteness of man and all his concerns in comparison with astronomical abysses. But this effect is not rational and should not be lasting. There is no reason to worship mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less than the larger beast. The size of a man’s mind – if such a phrase is permissible – is not to be measured by the size of a man’s body. It is to be measured, in so far as it can be measured, by the size and complexity of the universe that he grasps in thought and imagination. The mind of the astronomer can grow, and should grow, step by step with the universe of which he is aware. And when I say that his mind should grow, I mean his total mind, not only its intellectual aspect. Will and feeling should keep pace with thought if man is to grow as his knowledge grows. If this cannot be achieved – if, while knowledge becomes cosmic, will and feeling remain parochial – there is a lack of harmony producing a kind of madness of which the effects must be disastrous.” Poch Suzara

Bertrand Russell

In any of his voluminous writings, Bertrand Russell never said: “Come follow me and I will be your master”; or, “Obey me and I will purge you of your sins.” Russell had no use for self-sacrifice as such. He simply said, in effect: “Happiness is good. If you desire happiness, you must “be reasonable.” Indeed, the exact opposite of what we were taught to believe in our schools, colleges, and universities: - “Be faithful.” Poch Suzara

M. Scott Peck

In his ROAD LESS TRAVELED, M. Scott Peck wrote: “ We must continually expand our realm of knowledge and our field of vision through the thorough digestion and incorporation of new information. . . learning of something new requires a giving up of the old self and a death of outworn knowledge. To develop a broader vision we must be willing to forsake, to kill, our narrower vision. In the short run, it is more comfortable not to do this – to stay where we are, to keep using the same microcosmic map, to avoid suffering the death of cherished notions. The road to spiritual growth, however, lies in the opposite direction. We begin by distrusting what we already believe, by actively seeking the threatening and unfamiliar, by deliberately challenging the validity of what we have previously been taught and hold dear. The path to holiness lies through questioning everything.”

I have great respect for Peck for writing those simple, but powerful lines. Unfortunately, Peck who just died at the age 69, did not live up the values of skepticism to the end.

In his ROAD NOT TAKEN, Robert Frost writes: “It seems that as the years wore on his faculty for clear thinking was more and more clouded or occluded by supernaturalism. His last work may be a gauge of how deep he was in his late age into this: Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption. Rather than of demoniacal entities his account is more a glimpse into how far Peck had strayed from the rigors of scientific thinking.

This development reminds me of what Bertrand Russell said in his WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN about Immanuel Kant: - “He was like many people: in intellectual matters he was skeptical, but in moral matters he believed implicitly in the maxims that he had imbibed at his mother’s knees. That illustrates what the psychoanalysts so much emphasize – the immensely stronger hold upon us that our very early associations have been than those of later times.” Poch Suzara

Myth

Cedric Whitman wrote: “Mythology is what grown-ups believe, folk-lore is what they tell children, and religion is both.” Bertrand Russell surmised it better: “There is something feeble, and a little contemptible, about a man who cannot face the perils of life without comfortable myths.” Poch Suzara

Rotten Institutions

I hold the view that man is good by nature and whatever ills and evils there are in human affairs are not due to sin, but due to the rotten institutions made rotten by an evil greater than the devil himself - religion. Bertrand Russell summarized it better: “Religion encourages stupidity and an insufficient sense of reality.” Poch Suzara