October 2006


Technorati does not update my blog contents/headlines since last tuesday. I updated seven times during this period and pinged the site several times but it doesn’t work. Looks like they ignore this blog – maybe they didn’t like my latest posts on religion. 😉

I don’t have a clue on what should a blogger do to get his content updated on the web’s most popular blog directory. Should I shout “Technorati Sucks!” for them to realize I have new content here? Or does Technorati really suck?

Update 30th October: It’s been one week and still no updates in spite of pings. F**k off Technorati.

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Religion

Here comes some “supplementary” material to my previous posting on religion and faith. From time to time, I shall continue to add some more detailed stuff on this subject to my blog but for now, just check the H.E.R.B page of Ed Krebs‘ web site. (The cartoon above was taken from there.) You can find some very intelligent quotes about religion, from the famous writers and thinkers of the world. Here comes a mini selection:

“Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.”
— Voltaire

“You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do.”
— Anne Lamott

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
— Susan B. Anthony 1896

“Religion is the most dangerous energy source known to humankind. The moment a person (or government or religion or organization) is convinced that God is either ordering or sanctioning a cause or project, anything goes. The history, worldwide, of religion-fueled hate, killing, and oppression is staggering.”
–Eugene Peterson

Do visit the site for more cartoons and quotations.

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Religion and bigotry

I have never been against the idea of people believing in a Supreme Being. In a universe full of uncertainties for us and with a still very tiny reliable knowledge on the structure and working mechanisms of the environment we live in, I find it not surprising to see the majority worshipping a Lord God. Could anyone disprove the existence of a “supernatural” power in the universe, that defines, determines and affects the circumstances of the “universe”?

I doubt it; because, we first need to reach to a consensus for this, on some key concepts that look very controversial: What is “supernatural”, on the first hand? Which conditions, phenomenons or “powers” do we call “supernatural”? There can’t be a solid definition for the supernatural concept; because if it could be defined, it should have been “witnessed” and without doubt “measured” and “understood” in our common terms, thus being perfectly “natural”. If the easiest way is selected (like the “faithful” always do) by saying “An ultra power, an extraordinary super being that is far beyond our perceptions and the norms of the known universe, natural laws and processes”, then it is necessary for them to answer the crucial question: “Well, tell us its qualifications please.”

The supernatural concept cannot be defined in a satisfactory way, either by the believers or the deniers. Thus, discussing the existence of it, is pretty out of context and meaningless. In spite of this, as I said above, it is very understandable for a human being to feel the need of believing in such a high entity, to sojourn it as a protective, pain-easing super concept. Actually, there may well be a supreme being that we have not discovered or totally understood its existence or behaviour yet. I think, no sensible person can comfortably say there is definitely not a deity or godlike being. (Then again, there comes the inevitable question: “What is a deity? Have you ever met a God or a Goddess?“)

But, if you begin to talk about “God’s orders” or “God’s will”, everything’s changed instantly. While we cannot even understand its existence and qualifications with solid symptoms (let alone proving it), who on earth could claim he/she knows what god wants, thinks, wills or orders humanity? Even if a god (as the faithful described it) exists, it is almost very certain that there has been no communication with it yet. So the main and the only source of all the monoteistic faith on earth is just gossip: “God talked to a Selected Human long long time ago; he recorded what was said to him and began spreading the message.” Not very different than the notorious urban legend pattern like “A friend of a friend had heard from a friend of his cousin who was a friend of a friend of that person who had witnessed it all.”

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Desert Things are not going well on the planet earth, according to the environmentalists’ researches and reports. In fact, we are about to face an unprecedented catastrophic transformation by the middle of the century, when the global ecosystem of our home planet totally collapses and turnes the greenfields into deserts. The effects of the fast population increase have not been a big secret for us and we have been certainly aware of the scary “changing” trend of the climate patterns, with all its very likely consequences. Now, WWF warns the world that the first phase of the much feared nightmare is about to begin in these years:

Current global consumption levels could result in a large-scale ecosystem collapse by the middle of the century, environmental group WWF has warned.

The group’s biannual Living Planet Report said the natural world was being degraded “at a rate unprecedented in human history”.

Terrestrial species had declined by 31% between 1970-2003, the findings showed.

It warned that if demand continued at the current rate, two planets would be needed to meet global demand by 2050.

The picture is very clear: if we keep on propagating at this pace, the humanity will soon face a hunger problem which doubles or even triples today’s statistics. We are like an ink drop, spreading on the surface of the earth, leaving our footprints everywhere. Today’s global capitalist system is continuously exhausting the natural resources with an unplanned and uncontrolled greed, paving the way for a serious environmental collapse.

The Earth’s population was slightly over 3 billion when I was an elementary school student, some 35 years ago. It is doubled in just 35 years. Could Mother Earth afford this? Certainly not and now, as the news report says, we need one more earth to feed the population and cover the needs of humanity. Time to “boldly go where nobody has gone before” and find another fertile planet, somewhere in the galaxy. Only to screw it up too, in just a few millennia – like a locust swarm.

Read the whole story here .

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