Monicks: Unleashed

Thinking Critically


Spirituality to an Atheist

Awe, wonder, and schmalziness, are human universals, entirely compatible with atheism “And that is beautiful”

Inspired by a conversation with Theo Warner.

Is there any value in spirituality? As an atheist you may expect me to say no; but if I’m being honest, I’d have to consider myself a spiritual person. Of course I’m not talking about some ghostly ethereal soul that lives inside my body. There’s no reason to think there’s anything like that. I’m talking about the essence of human. There aren’t many words in our language that capture what that is. at least for me. And so I use the word spirit, in the same way I use the phrase bless you. For rhetoric’s sake. I can only describe it as the action or ability to see beauty. to feel wonder. and to be in awe.

Religion and all groups faith of course serve only to prostitute the awe, and the mystery we all feel as humans. they bottle our essence and try putting lid on the wonder we naturally feel. They fail of course. Religion points to the man behind the curtain in an attempt answer the mystery. when in reality, there is no man. the mystery is just that. a mystery.

But even though I don’t believe in the supernatural, I try to be as honest as I can to myself, about my spirituality.

On my trip out west just a couple months ago I remember a moment standing in a field that looked up at the grand tetons. the tetons in wyoming are these massive glacier capped mountains that just cut into the sky. I remember thinking to myself. Something much greater than me must have caused this. I know it.

I also remember sleeping out underneath a cool and clear sky next to the dunes in white sands national park. Looking up all I could see was just a pile of stars. More than I’d ever understood to exist. Looking at them all, still and perfect, and vast beyond my ability to comprehend, I felt uncommonly humble. And grateful just to be alive.

There are moments when I’m with good friends, where it just feels good to breath. The taste of chilled apple butter on a warm buttermilk biscuit is often more than delicious, to me it feels enlightening. And a soft kiss to me can honestly stop time and space.

At times I can be so overwhelmed by the sensation of being alive, that I cry. or I laugh. or I scream. or I just breath deeply.

And no, I never once imagine that to be supernatural. I understand, that the thing that is so much greater than me, to have caused the Tetons has a name. and it’s called plate tectonics.

That being humble is simply the feeling of recognizing the reality of ones small significance to a universe so massive. And being grateful to be alive doesn’t require a person to be grateful toward.

I recognize that being happy in a comfortable social setting is a evolutionary trait of my species. That my body naturally craves specific foods for nutritional or maybe even psychological reasons. And that the intoxication of romance is most likely driven by the need to procreate.

But I am one with the universe. Not metaphysically, but physically. I am as much the universe as a supernova. made of the same particles, governed by the same forces. I am Genes that mutated randomly, then were selected naturally based on their success at survival.

And I love applebutter on a biscuit. I collapse in awe at the magnificence of this place. I crave romance. and I breath appreciation for it all..

I have to, with all my essence. with all my spirit. because imagine, in all the universe, we may be the only things that can, and that’s beautiful.

Music: Brooks was here
By: Thomas Newman

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Ten Humanist Commandments


1- Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings, in all places and in all circumstances.

2- Respect the life and property of others at all times.

3- Practice tolerance and open-mindedness towards the choices and life styles of others.

4- Share with those who are less fortunate and mutually assist those who are in need of help.

5- Use neither lies, nor spiritual doctrine, nor temporal power to dominate and exploit others.

6- Rely on reason, logic and science to understand the Universe and to solve life’s problems, avoiding superstitions, which numb the mind and are an obstacle to thinking for oneself.

7- Conserve and improve the Earth’s natural environment – land, soil, water, air and space – as humankind’s common heritage.

8- Resolve differences and conflicts cooperatively without resorting to violence or to wars.

9- Organize public affairs according to individual freedom and responsibility, through political and economic democracy.

10- Develop one’s intelligence and talents through education and effort, in order to reach fulfillment and happiness, for the betterment of humanity and of future generations.

Source: Global Ethics
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Where is the beef? Jesus is missing

Christians love Jesus and their bible. They believe the bible is the word of God, and to be taken as true. It is perfect to them. I ask ….. where is the beef? Jesus is missing from history. We must find him. Someone has stolen Jesus from all historical records. We need Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The bible being the foundation to Christianity. It is true and perfect as the one true word of God. Is it? There is no mention of Jesus from historians around early 1 AD. Why is that? You would think that the Lord and Savior/Miracle worker would have made hundreds if not thousands of documents. There is none. Of all real important people from that time period there are written records from multiple sources proving their existence. Jesus by any stretch of the imagination was a very important figure during that time. Where is the documentation? Could it be Christians are worshiping the mystery deity.

Christians often like to point to Josephus and his miraculous paragraph of Jesus. That is known to all but a few as being tampered with, and written 60 years after Jesus died. Jesus spent 30 years in Bethlehem you would think some one the 25 plus families would have known they were in the presence of a young god. Someone might have made a note of something he did. 30 years of the greatest living god on earth is missing. Where did it go? What did he do? He proclaims himself a god at 12. Jesus is from Nazareth, or was he? Nazareth did not exist at 1 AD. The first historical mention of the town of Nazareth was in late 3rd or early 4th century. There are sources from ancient times listing up to 63 Galilean towns. Not one mention of…. Nazareth. Hmmmm. Makes you think huh? No sign of the greatest man to walk the earth or his city.

The Gospel of Philip says ‘The apostles that came before us called him Jesus of Nazarene the Christ and …”Nazara” is the “truth”. Therefore ‘ Nazarene’ is “The one of the truth” The Nazarene was a Christian sect off the Essenes. The Nazarene had nothing to do with a made up city of Nazareth. It was in the Gospel of Mathew that Jesus was deceitfully called a Nazarene. He decided to use the name of a new town (Nazareth) for his Jesus.

How about which Jesus was this written about? Apparently a lot of Jesus’s were running around proclaiming to be the messiah too. None were the Jesus of Nazareth. How about the biblical account were Pilate offered the Jews the release of just one prisoner and the curse race chose Barabbas instead of Jesus. In the records in turns out Barabbas first name was Jesus. His last name means Son of the Father. So this shows that Pilates had Jesus Son of God, and Jesus Son of the Father in his prison. Are your getting the feeling nothing is true in that bible?

Crucified? Jesus ben Stada was a judaen agitator who pissed the romans off around the 2nd century. He was crucified. What about Jesus of Nazareth? Hmmm. His records of being crucified are …. missing. Similar story though.

Jesus was created by many people. His story of dead then rising 3 days later is known to be from the story of Inanna.

They can not even cross reference their own bible to make sure their lies are straight. Simple things that should not be screwed up.

Things like:

  1. What time did the women visit the tomb?
  2. Who were the women?
  3. What was their purpose?
  4. Was the tomb open when they arrived?
  5. Who was at the tomb when they arrived?
  6. Where were these messengers situated?
  7. What did the messengers say?
  8. Did the women tell what happened?
  9. When Mary returned to the tomb, did she know Jesus was ressurected?
  10. When did Mary first see Jesus?
  11. Could Jesus be touched after the ressurection?
  12. After the women, who did Jesus first appear?
  13. Where did Jesus first appear to his disciples?
  14. Did the disciples believe the two men?
  15. Did Jesus stay on earth for more than a day?
  16. When did ascension take place?

Jesus is missing, his city is missing, his bible stories are fabricated, we know lots of Jesuses ran around deluded being the one true god. The word of God that is true and perfect, needed an editor that could read. The whole book is full of lies, mistakes and plagiarized stories. Look how many mistakes there are in just the easter story.

Follow the link. Check your bibles. This is a main foundational support to Christianity, I hope this at least gets Christians thinking where is the beef?

Maybe with a few more posts I can pull the whole building down.


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