My beliefs – Wonder and Awe

My beliefs – Wonder and Awe

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My beliefs – Wonder and Awe

I believe wonder and awe play a big role in making life rewarding.

There are lots of things that fill me with wonder and awe. Here are some of them:

Comtemplating the universe and infinity.

Lying back and looking up into the dust of stars and imagining the countless numbers of galaxies and stars. What might all those planets be like? I am fascinated by black holes, quasars, bent space, the speed of light, infinity, dark matter, Stephen Hawkin, Einstein and Newton, and anti-matter universes.

I was told that the estimate is that we only see 4% of what is there.

There are days when I could fall up into the sky and float free.

Contemplating the microcosm.

All around me and inside me is an ocean of subatomic worlds. I appear to be solid yet energy and matter is zooming in and out of me all the time, radioactive particles explode within my brain. There is no solidity. Inside it delves to a different infinity. There are molecules instead of galaxies. Energy roars. Quarks are perpetual motion machines that will keep going until the end.

Rocks, mountains, gorges, canyons, waterfalls and icebergs.

I am attracted to them. Volcanoes, geysers, minerals and watwerfalls. They thrill me. Standing on the rim of Grand Canyon or the Blue Mountains is awesome.

Ancient monuments, temples, churches, mosques, castles, walls, and crumbling ruins.

I am moved by their beauty, their history and the tales they could tell.

Music, art, drama, writing, dance, photography, poetry and all creative outpourings from the spirit and passion of creative people.

I can walk round an art gallery in wonder or rock out at the front of a concert or sit and listen to the words and my spirit soars.

Trees, wild-life, animals and the natural world.

It breaks my heart to see the way it is being trashed. The majesty trees felled, the animals slaughtered, the land raped.

Love, sex, friendship and relationship.

Love gives substance to my life. My loves and friendships are the lodestone of everything I do. My family is a magnetic pull that centres me. Sex is the nearest I get to magic.

Travel.

New people, new places, new customs, new sights – it is stimulating. It is mind expanding. It puts your life in perspective.

 

I do not need religion. I do not even need spirituality. Spirituality for me is this wonder and awe of being in the midst of such a wondrous place with stupendous experiences.

I fill my life and am sated by it.

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I am a committed Pluralist! This is what I mean.

I am a committed Pluralist! This is what I mean.

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I hope anyone who follows my blog will understand what I mean by pluralism. There are many definitions of the word.

What I believe by pluralism is that a society/community can thrive while its members believe in different philosophies, religions, political views, and have different cultural backgrounds. I believe variety brings richness. I believe hybrids are stronger than pedigrees.

That means that as a left-wing antitheist I am happy living with people of all different, races, cultures and religions.

However, I believe that this is only possible if the members of that community adhere to a certain over-riding ethos. For me that ethos is one of tolerance, freedom, equality, democracy, empathy, compassion and respect.

I do not tolerate racism, misogyny, homophobia, or violence.

I believe that pluralism is the counter to fascism and fundamentalism. I also believe that education is the best weapon of all. If it is deployed properly it raises humanity to new levels of compassion and empathy.

My message is – Be nice to each other – build a positive Zeitgeist – look after the planet and all life that exists on it.

Poetry – Hunter Gathering – a sigh for the ancient past.

Poetry – Hunter Gathering – a sigh for the ancient past.

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Hunting and Gathering

I sometimes long for that more primitive life which we once had; living in harmony with our environment. Having the knowledge of how everything fits together; understanding the plants, animals and seasons; living on our wits; hunting and gathering. Where life is precious and always on the line and death is something to be lived with.

I know there is a tendency to romanticize. That the reality is harsh. There were periods of terror, danger, disease, violent death, hunger, cold and fear. But I still crave for those days.

I crave for the brotherhood and trust of hunting in teams. I would like to live more naturally with my environment; to pit my wits against the predators; to have skills that are the difference between success and failure. 

 

Hunting and Gathering

 

Hunting and gathering in the endless wilderness

Where life is fleeting

And survival a guess.

Pitting wits against the fang and the claw

When hunger is reality

And we always want for more.

 

Solving problems looking for patterns in the wind

Where knowledge is the difference

Between death and living.

Creating a universe from out of the void

Where mystery has no answer

And sense must be destroyed.

 

Taming the elements and defeating every threat

Creating divinities to mystify

And technology to avoid the sweat.

Ending with a habitat devoid of everything

With no threats left

And no hunter gathering.

 

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Christopher Hitchens quotes.

Christopher Hitchens quotes.

Christopher Hitchens – an intelligent man who spoke his mind on many subjects and was prepared to stand up and say what he believed. We need a lot more like him.
I miss the man – intelligence, humour and blunt talking – not always predictable.
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Here’s a few quotes I liked:
“If you gave [Jerry] Falwell an enema he could be buried in a matchbox.”
“The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me.”
What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”
“The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.”
“We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”
“Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.”
“One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”
“Thus, though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with.”

My Philosophy of life.

My Philosophy of life.

Everything starts with philosophy. That is the essence to inform everything you do.

Every human needs a philosophy. This is mine:

  • To try doing the things that take me out of my comfort zone
  • To conquer my fears
  • To try to do the greatest good
  • To cherish the moment
  • To live life to the full
  • To love
  • To value others
  • To be myself
  • To be free
  • To be in control of myself
  • To avoid indoctrination
  • To oppose racism, misogyny and bullying
  • To be a free thinker
  • To delve into everything
  • To respect others
  • To fight for human rights
  • To seek pleasure
  • To respect nature and fight to protect the environment
  • To respect and protect animals, promote animal rights
  • To think
  • To appreciate beauty
  • To enjoy reading, music and film
  • To create in whatever way I can
  • To communicate
  • To travel and see
  • To look and listen
  • To grow – to always grow
  • To promote equality
  • To be kind and compassionate
  • To oppose hatred, intolerance, bigotry, cruelty, bullying, brutality and narrow-mindedness and speak out when I feel something is wrong
  • To write
  • To keep healthy
  • To oppose war and violence
  • To protect the ones I love
  • To cherish my family
  • To be a citizen of the world
  • To promote harmony but not shirk controversy
  • To read and understand
  • To promote democracy
  • To oppose exploitation and oppression
  • To be happy and fulfilled
  • To oppose blind superstition
  • To be rational and logical
  • To learn
  • To make my voice heard
  • To protest about what is wrong and fight to put it right
  • To find solutions and not just problems
  • To promote a positive zeitgeist

There’s more but I think you get the gist. It pervades everything I do. If you follow my blog you will see it in everything I have place there.

You might say that it is not a philosophy; it’s a list. But I say it is. It is the basic premise I apply to all I do in my life.

When did books become clutter?

Books and records are the signs of a vital mind – an alive person, aren’t they?

To go into a house full of books and records filled you with satisfaction. It meant that the person had brains and substance.

I remember when you would browse through the books and records and get a measure of the person.

Now I guess you’d have to browse through their phone!!

An empty house speaks to me of an empty mind.

Surely books and records are not clutter!!! Whoever came up with that idea??

Books and records are essential nutrition!! Every house should be full to the rafters with them!!

Give me clutter or give me death!!!

More and more about Opher’s World.

More and more about Opher’s World.

This blog celebrates Love, Humour, Kindness and Awe.
It is a howl of creativity – A feast of ideas – A source of controversy.
A thing of beauty – A delight of wonder – A splurge of passion.
I preach Tolerance – Empathy – Equality – Freedom – Respect –
Responsibility and Passionate Argument.
I will post some of my photos from round the world, examples of my poetry, extracts from my books, my views, ideas and dreams. I will tell you what I stand for and against and argue my case.
It would be great it you told me your views. Perhaps we could have a good argument about it!! There’s nothing better than a good passionate exchange of deeply held views.
This will be the marmite of blogs!
I want a fair, just world, life in harmony, a sustainable future and a positive Zeitgeist!

More about Opher’s World

More about Opher’s World

You will find lots of life, sex, love and ideas in this blog – (Ideas such as – there is no god, no purpose, no great scheme, no after-life – we need to look after our world – we have too many people – overpopulation is threatening our existence – Rock Music addresses social ills – inequality is at the heart of all the evils) – but I do not set out to be offensive, merely to argue my passionately held point of view.

This blog is a celebration of Life – not Death.

What is obscene is not sex.

Obscenity is:
– The destruction of the environment
– War
– The indoctrination of children
– Overpopulation
– Cynical exploitation
– Cruelty to animals and people
– Grotesque disparity of wealth
– Deforestation
– Fanaticism in politics and religion
– Pollution

These are the things I stand against.
These are the obscenities.

 

I want to address the world’s problems and look for a positive way forward.

I want a positive Zeitgeist

About Opher’s World.

About Opher’s World.

About Opher’s World

I live to make the world a better place. Why don’t you join me? Creativity gives a purpose to life. This blog celebrates creativity. I welcome you. Please have a look at my books, art, poems and views.

This is an idealist’s shriek at the absurd, the horrendous and the obscene in the huge optimism that we can make it better.

This is a blog in pursuit of the marvellous.

I ask you to devour all that is wonderful –

and detest all that is cruel, vicious and mean.

I want to build a positive Zeitgeist!

Opher’s World – Some views.

Opher’s World – Some views.

Views

I stand Full Square for living and wringing every last drop out of every second. I want a full life of fun, love and friendship. I am loyal and greatly value loyalty.
I believe in the power of love and understanding to heal and nurture.
I believe in tolerance, freedom and equality.
I stand up to be counted when the chips are down and will put all my energy and strength into opposing racism, intolerance, indoctrination, religious fanaticism, violence and oppression.
I abhor tyranny and coercion.
Those that try to restrict the minds of the young need opposing and those that inflict their religious or political beliefs on children should be locked up. That is the worst crime of all. Everything should be open to debate. Put it on the table and argue your case with all your strength. There are no facts.