Friday, November 30, 2007
Amidst the sin, crime, and corruption that make for our sick society, it is claimed that, nevertheless, we always have something to be thankful for. Indeed, we have. For my part, I am thankful that I am a Catholic no more!No doubt, it is historically true, Magellan discovered the Philippines in 1521. It was because of Magellan that we Filipinos became Catholics. Today in the year 2007, almost 500 years later, we Filipinos have yet to discover too the Philippines, and to discover also why we are a nation of lunatics. Poch Suzara
In China, ordinary minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.
In the Philippines, what we have are sick minds – we only talk of how we should embrace the love of divinity up there by struggling against deviltry called sin down here. Hell, we do not even talk about love of our country and its future. We only talk about the better world to come after we are all dead, buried, and gone.Look how sick we are as Filipinos, especially in the church and in the government. Sin is forgiven all the time. Crime is pardoned all the time. Corruption is both forgiven and pardoned especially with those who are the powerful friends of corruption in this God-forsaken country. We are, indeed, the Sick Man of Asia. Poch Suzara
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was once myself a religious moron. It was during kindergarten, grade school, and high school days. Confession every Friday. Mass and communion every Sunday. Prayers morning, noon, and night. I must have uttered more than a million times our school prayer: “Saint John Baptist De la Salle, pray for us. Leave Jesus in our hearts. Forever.”
I believed then with all of my heart and soul that God created man in his own image and likeness. Until I read a simple biological truth never revealed to me before. “Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a death rate of 100 per cent.”I decided to grow up. Slowly, gradually, and indeed painfully, I managed to throw all of my moronic beliefs out the window. Never have I felt a useless load off my back that crippled me then with poverty of the worst kind – the poverty of the mind and heart. Poch Suzara
Men of faith do not want to know. Like misguided children, they only want to believe.
We Filipinos are men of faith. It means we have no faith in our country. In this 21st century, however, we still have faith that as our country grows darker, the promised return of the Son grows brighter.
Ignorance and fanaticism is perpetually busy and it needs feeding. All of our famous religious leaders – the Catholic bishops, Mike Velarde of El Shaddai, Eddie Villanueva of Jesus is Lord Movement, Brother Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan, including my teachers at La Salle University during grade school and high school proved themselves experts with the works of the Lord feeding ignorance and fanaticism.Isn’t free will a wonderful thing? After we faithfully feed ignorance and fanaticism in our own country, we Filipinos then migrate to other countries so that we can begin also to feed and support our family especially with self-respect and dignity. Poch Suzara
I have long maintained that corruption in the Philippines is systemic.
A great majority of Filipinos (out of a total of around 88 million) are in the clutches of chronic and dehumanizing poverty.
Poverty and Corruption: that is a deadly combination.
Which explains why the Philippines has been drifting aimlessly all these terrible years since independence in 1946--that's a total of 61 years!--like a rudderless ship, tossed willy-nilly here and there by an angry sea.I am afraid it will continue to do so--on and on...on and on--ad infinitum, or till hell freezes over.
NY, 27 Nov. 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
A 21st century rare Filipino Louie Fernandez wrote: “If the Filipino masses and our cowardly politicians were not like sheep to their priests and the Filipino Catholic hierarchy, and these intelligent priests were not mere mindless errand boys to the Vatican, this tragedy would not have happened.” I entirely agree without question.If only our columnists and editors have the intellectual rarity of a Louie Fernandez – there is hope for our country. As it is, every year, we only seem to enjoy reading about the failure of our values and beliefs under the success of nothing in this country except Christianity. Poch Suzara
Mayor Jojo Binay of Makati said that: “Our country is not only bankrupt economically, but also bankrupt morally.” Phil Star Oct. 17, 2007.
May I also add bankrupt biblically? Look how, in this 21st century, we continue to pray to a higher power to remedy the ills of our perpetually sick society?
We are, indeed, a corrupt people because of our corrupt faith in corrupt values and beliefs for the sake of the corrupt salvation of our corrupt souls.
To think corruption was brought into this land by corrupt Spanish friars, They too were gifted with corrupt free will from a corrupt country that was then ruled by a corrupt King.Indeed, consider those corrupt Spanish religious criminals: they sold the Philippines to the United States of America, a nation just as greedy, selfish, stupid, insane, and indeed, just as corrupt, - for $20,000,000 dollars. Poch Suzara
If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you are hallucinating. God talked to Moses. Golly, God even dictated the Ten Commandments to Moses. Oh well, that was during the biblical century.
In this 21st century, however, God talked to the President of the USA; and, to the President of the Philippines.As to what exactly God talked to them about, even the brightest among the Harvard University theologians had no idea. Poch Suzara
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Let’s be honest and frank. If there were evidences that there is a better world to come after we are dead, then suicide should one of the greatest of virtues, if not the greatest of man’s pleasures.Imagine the planet earth, due to daily suicide, there would be no such thing as overpopulation, poverty problem, violence and wars. All babies would be born loved, needed, and wanted – the very foundation for peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Poch Suzara
What's wrong with believing what’s not true? It is the same as believing that 2 plus 2 is not 4.
Now let’s ask: what’s wrong with believing what is false? Nothing wrong with it except that it is usually referred to as “blind faith” – the foundation and the promotion of superstition.
But then again: what’s wrong with believing in superstition? Nothing wrong with it except that superstition is precisely what makes the Philippines - the Sick Nation of Asia.Historian Teodoro A. Agoncillo summarized it without thinking twice: “Self-deception is the worst tragedy of the Filipino as a people.” Poch Suzara
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If it is true that the Philippines has no overpopulation problem and that our problem of vast poverty is really due to unequal distribution of wealth as provided by God, I ask: when will the Vatican bank begin to return and distribute to poor Filipinos the trillions of dollars stolen by religion big business in the Philippines – the only Catholic country in Asia since the 16 century? Poch Suzara
“Study the bible to be wise; believe it to be safe; practice it to be holy.” Philippine Star Nov. 17, 2007.If the bible was truly written by inspired authors of God and if God made any sense at all, no one would need to acquire a modicum of common sense to do what any sane man should do after studying, believing and practicing the bible: throw the silly book out the window. The bible is a good book; unfortunately, good for nothing. Look at the results of bible teachings in the Philippines – the only Christian country since the 16h century.
For my part, I wasted precious years of my youth studying, believing, and practicing such biblical childish nonsense. Poch Suzara
Nobel Prize-wining American physicist Steven Weinberg said: “Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.”What is even more scandalous, however, are the people who invented good religion. They themselves have turned out to be good; unfortunately, good for nothing. Poch Suzara
A college student in Adamson University proudly commented that it is ok for me not to believe in God since God believes in me. Well, I replied: I find it enigmatic that a God could also be in the childish business of believing or disbelieving anything! What happened to that more matured business of “knowing?”“Believing” is the business of misguided children. “Knowing” is the business of intellectually courageous men and culturally secured grown-up women. Poch Suzara
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
“Every cause, “ wrote Paul Ehrlich, “is a lost cause unless there is population control.” With all due respect, I do not quite agree. The more people there are existing under subhuman conditions, indeed, the more misery and poverty that exist in the world, the more the cause of religion becomes a winning cause.Christianity always had a vested interest in human suffering. Christianity had been quite a success by capitalizing on human suffering. She has been enormously successful in insuring her own existence through the perpetuation of human suffering via blind faith. Especially in the Philippines. The only Christian country in Asia since the 16th century. Poch Suzara
Thursday, November 15, 2007
To believe that Rizal died as a Christian only makes Rizal what we Filipinos are today - the Sick Man of Asia - still devoted and faithful to Christian values and beliefs. Poch Suzara
The failure of organized religions is that all of them made a mockery of what their founders taught. And why not, since the founders of most religions have not been flexible thinkers, but only rigid, if not reckless, believers.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
As to whether divinity or deviltry will ever reveal the truth, not even faith knows! Poch Suzara
In recent decades homosexuals and the lesbians have come out of the closet. Openly and publicly, they have courageously exposed their real identity for everyone to tolerate.
The atheists, however, are still playing hide and seek inside the closet. They are still afraid to rock the religious boat. Atheist are still careful not to displease the homosexuals and the lesbians who are owners of schools, colleges, and universities, including the so-called “freaks” of nature as priest and nuns in the priesthood industry. To think that it takes a much higher I.Q. to be an atheist. Poch Suzara
A religion that attaches blame to the faults of the created rather than point to the faults of the creator has got to be a religion for the religious morons.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Nature is terrible and cruel. It cares nothing for human values. Nature is also wasteful. Moreover, nature has only to do with birth, death, and decay. Nothing is permanent in nature. As an atheist I admit that I am a part of nature as nature is part of me. Now where or when or how has God ever revealed himself in nature? Poch Suzara
What is the most pressing issue besetting our country today?
I say blind faith. We are still blind with so much faith in the power of stupid prayer.
During the past 400 years, we never missed praying daily to a higher power to remedy the ills of our sick country.
In the meantime, we are a corrupt people because of our corrupt values and corrupt beliefs.In this 21st century, we are still praying to Mary, Mother of God, to pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen?” Poch Suzara
The 100 trillion cells that are bundled up together comprising our body are not human cells, but tiny animal cells. It is amazing how such tiny creatures together could evolve into our physical form and still more amazing how such little devils could evolve as thinking human beings.Too bad silly religion managed to intrude into the picture to damaged man’s thinking capacity; especially to believe that a God made man in his own image and likeness. Poch Suzara
In school, we were taught to believe that God is omni-present. And yet, God has always been omni-absent. God was not present to edit the works of His inspired authors who recklessly wrote such nonsense as “Cain knew his wife,” or that “Joshua commanded the sun to stop,” or that God told Noah to save not his neighbors, but to “save the animals,” or that dead characters in the Old and in the New testament were able to resurrect themselves back to life. Poch Suzara
Bertrand Russell was once accused of being “lecherous, salacious, libidinous, lustful, venerous, erotomaniac, aphrodisiac, atheistic, irreverent, narrow-minded, bigoted, untruthful, and bereft of moral fibre.”
On the contrary, Russell was one of the kindest philosophers who ever lived. In his time in many countries, he intellectually taught millions of people to be courageous with self-respect and to be comfortable with human dignity.
Next to Russell, I have the greatest respect and admiration for the famous atheist-biologist Richard Dawkins. He recently published “The God Delusion” – a best seller in the USA and Britain, it is now also coming out in 30 foreign editions, shooting onto best seller lists in Italy, Germany, Brazil and Spain.I particularly enjoyed reading Dawkins’ description of God of the Old Testament - “arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction… a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sado-masochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” Poch Suzara
The bible tells us to have faith. But faith means having the free will to choose to avoid knowing what is true.The bible tells us to love our neighbors and to love our enemies. Well, our neighbors and our enemies are one and same people we work with; vote for; trade and do business with; and indeed, neighbors and enemies together are with us during mass on Sundays! Poch Suzara
Why should God tell parents how to raise their children when he had drowned His own? Oh yes, the existence of God might still be a mystery. One thing, however, is no longer a mystery: in this world, God loves the dead more than He gives a hoot about the living. Poch Suzara
Our historical trouble is that we have not prayed hard enough? We have not prayed daily enough, weekly enough, monthly enough, yearly enough, and centuries enough? We need to pray more? Let us be more active and consistent with our prayers? In fact, our parents, grandparents, great grandparents did not pray as much they should have prayed?If we could only devote more time, more energy, more resources, more ways and more means, and indeed devote more faith in the power of prayer, then and only then will God provide. In the meantime, we Filipinos continue to be famous as the Sick Man of Asia. Poch Suzara
In our schools, colleges, and universities are teachers and professors who have proven themselves incapable of deeper learning.Indeed, under our system of education, the search of the truth is a considered something of a sacred confusion, or a holy delusion. Not a matter of, or for, - social, political, or economic reconstruction. Poch Suzara
But then again, why should we Filipinos bother to grow as a people and to mature as
a nation since we have been educated to believe that God will provide for us; if not Jesus, the son of God, will soon return to remedy the ills of our sick society. Poch Suzara