Thursday, June 17, 2010

Total freedom...

equals total responsibility!


gives people nothing to hold onto.

The world according to John Pilger

The Australian journalist John Pilger cuts through the jabberwocky of phony politics with his talk of "client states" and he explains the Imperialist wars of recent times.

John Pilger Quotes:

"Official truths are often powerful illusions."

“It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it.”

“Many journalists now are no more than channelers and echoers of what George Orwell called the 'official truth'. They simply cipher and transmit lies. It really grieves me that so many of my fellow journalists can be so manipulated that they become really what the French describe as 'functionaries', functionaries, not journalists.

Many journalists become very defensive when you suggest to them that they are anything but impartial and objective. The problem with those words 'impartiality' and 'objectivity' is that they have lost their dictionary meaning. They've been taken over... [they] now mean the establishment point of view...

Journalists don't sit down and think, 'I'm now going to speak for the establishment.' Of course not. But they internalize a whole set of assumptions, and one of the most potent assumptions is that the world should be seen in terms of its usefulness to the West, not humanity.”

Is atheism a religion?

Charles Darwin Atheism alone is not enough to even be categorized as a belief system because it is based on only one belief- there is no God- or for some that there is no God as described by the popular theistic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism).

The fact that self-described atheists often share other beliefs such as the non-existence of a human soul, the non-existence of "supernatural" entities etc. doesn't mean atheism is a religion or system of beliefs because not all atheists will agree with these things.

However, philosophical Materialism could be defined as a religion because it makes many postulates on the nature of reality (such as: that only matter exists), which are purely speculative and untestable. 

In this way, Materialism is a Metaphysical belief system which denies the existence of anything whose existence does not depend on matter.  It is, therefore the "religion" that denies spirit, altogether!  Interestingly, it shares this feature with certain brands of "Christianity" which also see the human as purely physical and only God, angels, demons and Jesus as consisting of spirit (i.e. non-physical).

Sharka Todd

Australian UFO Mystery

Photographed over southern Victoria, Australia, June 2010.
(Photos copyright Sharka 2010)