Thursday, January 28, 2010
OBEDIENCE VS. INTELLIGENCE.
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All throughout history, the one thing most religions have in common is the eternal story of good vs evil. Sometimes the words aren't even far apart from spelling like "God" and "good," the "Devil" an "evil," and sometimes colours/tones of light are representatives for each party; white is a symbol for purity, holiness, and goodness, whereas black/darkness is portrayed as evil. But the story always ends with good defeating evil, until one starts to scratch past the surface and see an entirely different story. Unclear truths, plain ol' bullshit and twisted logic in the mix like good doing evil. For example, the Judeo-Christian God waging probably the biggest genocide of all time by wiping almost all humanity in a massive flood saving only Noah, just because they didn't obey him (not because they were good or bad). The same "good" God in Exodus 21:20-21 said it's ok to beat up your slaves as long as they don't die because they are your property? I'm more than sure this verse came up a lot in the debate of slave ownership in the U.S., yet I bet many of you object to this right now. Why? Because your intelligent or you can test your obedience by following that rule (it will be a real test especially if you're the slave).
The epic "good vs evil" tale of being on God's side or the Devil's is really a smoke-screen for either being obedient or intelligent. It's exactly the reason God kicked Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. He warned them, saying "if you eat out of the tree of KNOWLEDGE....you shall surely die," they disobeyed him, and the fruit of knowledge opened up their eyes and they became smart. When God found out they had disobeyed Him, He punished them BUT He kept them in the Garden until He thought it over. Gen 3:22 "The Lord said to Himself, "People have become as we are, knowing everything, both good and evil. What if they eat of the tree of life? Then they will live forever!" Then He banishes them for the garden, but do you read between the lines on that verse? "People have become as we are, knowing everything good and evil....," so it wasn't God's plan for humanity to be smart, just obedient, we're where supposed to be nothing but His obedient little robots. And why didn't God want humanity to know what's good and evil? Maybe God was scared that we will use that knowledge to find out that He is not 100% good. Which is why the "good vs evil" notion is bullshit, because pastors everywhere say that there are good people in hell right now. Now ask yourself this question, why would a good God punish good people? One word; obedience (or the lack thereof).
But don't get me wrong, obedience is a good thing, unless it's without helpful and logical meaning, like suicide bombing because that's what your "God" said. OK, enough with obedience, let's focus on the dark side; intelligence. In the smart world of science, no theory or claim is definite unless it has passed the scientific methodical test without any flaws. For instance, some of Sir Isaac Newton proposed theories were single-handedly out-ruled by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. That's what makes smart people smart, they constantly find the truth rather than blind follow pseudo-truths. Imagine if the scientific world operated like the religious world, Einstein would be seen as a heretic for questioning Sir Isaac Newton's theories instead of seen as a hero who made the world smarter by fixing another man's errors.
Intelligence doubts, and isn't satisfied unless a definite truth has been found. Intelligence investigates rather than accept in a gullible manner, which is why it is harder to do 419 on an intelligent person, because intelligent people don't walk by faith, but by sight. Intelligence opens minds; when you're intelligent you see things from different and unconventional perspectives instead of always thinking the unusual is blasphemy. And most importantly, intelligence makes you human: Just like speed makes cheetahs what they are, or keen sight makes hawks hawks, our intellect makes us a unique species, and throwing that uniqueness away is a slap in nature's face. An unintelligent human is an oxymoron just like a slow cheetah, a short-sighted hawk, or an anorexic elephant. So my dear friends, whether you call it the religious "good vs evil," or obedience vs intelligence, the choice between being robot or human, Pinocchio or a real boy, lies on your two shoulders. Choose intelligently :-)