This first is in response to Correlation-First Truths
I had this thought today (before I read this post) and I can’t stop thinking about it. When I read the post I came across a strange sense of coincidence. Anyway I was looking though a fruit basket and had the thought,
“An apple is not an apple, because it is an apple; rather it is an apple because it is not an orange.”
This is similar to the discussion of the color red in the post Knowledge. Really something is something, because it is not something else, and when you have a lot of things to compare it to, it really seems that you can come up with very precise (but fundamentally inadequate) definition of what it is (by defining the multitude of things it isn’t).
The next thought is a follow up to the post The Meaning of Life for Dogs.
This thought is really incomplete. Although it sounds stupid and overly simple, I think it really has A LOT to it.
“The meaning of life is to live.”
I am not sure how to really express what I mean by that, but I really think that there is something complex and important about stating the meaning of life in this simplistic manner. All I know is that it gives me comfort to think about that sentence; it offers a well defined purpose like religion.
The final is one that I have been thinking a lot about recently. It ties into my notion that humanity would be better off without a supernatural religion. I define religion (in this context) as stories of creation, gods (that take physical forms like people plants animals), spirits, miracles, heavens, hells, and all the other nonsense you find in scripture.
When humans created religion they really were trying to assert we are gods or some level were are on the same level as gods, because of our ability to ‘think about existence’. (See: “Don’t Blame God For Religion”). It seems to me that the creation of gods/religion was really just some sort of masturbatory homage to our ability to think beyond the basics of survival. We created all of these gods in our image in some effort to acknowledge just how superior we thought we were. The funny part is that I don’t think this is a bad thing when you cut out all the crap about virgin births, resurrections, creations of humans from clay, etc… and cut straight to the point:
“Humans are their own gods”