God

How Large Must God’s Harddisk Be?

According to many major religions, including Islam and Christianity, god will judge all human beings for their thoughts actions and sins. Well of course, assuming that these religions are right, these thoughts and actions must be recorded somewhere. So the question is, how large must gods harddisk be?

Well, let’s find that out by calculating it in Bytes.

 

The Total Number of People who have Lived on earth:

107,602,707,791

- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2097038/Are-really-people-alive-today-lived-Earth.html

The Average lifespan of a human being throughout the ages:

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21.38 years

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy

 The average size of a 1 minute video (1080p of course):

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12.4 MB

- http://www.whistleout.com.au/Broadband/Guides/Broadband-Usage-Guide#section-youtube



That gives us a grand total of:

Estimated: 1.5e22 bytes

Translated into digits:

15000000000000000000000 Bytes

and growing. Wow.

Well of course that are other factors that may affect this number, this is just thought play, it’s still staggering though.

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Words: On religions usage of science

I am not debating for or against religion and atheism, I was born a Muslim, and I attended part time madarasah (Islamic school) when I was younger, besides my secular education. I later attended a church, to know what their views were and I actually bought a bible and read it to understand better; what shapes the christian faith. I have also gone to temples, spoke to devout Buddhists and Hindus, most of whom were my closer friends, regarding their belief in Buddhism and Hinduism which are  pretty closely linked. Though, there are always questions that cannot be answered.

Most of the religious, especially the fundamentalists would say, Charles Darwin is ignorant. The world is just about 10,000 years old and that man was tailored by god. I dare not say that either the atheists or the religious are right or wrong. Though, there is a certain stench of hypocrisy that religion has that bothers me a little.

Richard Dawkins “The God Delusion”

Richard Dawkins brings up an interesting perspective on religion, that it can be pictured as a powerhold of facists and extremists. In the video, both the pastor of an american church and a devout muslim criticizes his view and his “society” of “atheists”, citing negative moral values and ignorance among other things. The pastor eventually goes on to say, (in short) that science discovers more things, and that it would prove the existence and supremacy of god.

In doing so, he insinuates that science is currently wrong and still needs to keep searching for answers. Though, that  has always been the case for science, what we know today, will definitely change tomorrow, and what we know tomorrow will definitely change. As long as there are new discoveries and knowledge to be gained, they would pursue it.

This arouses my thoughts, if religious figures were so adamant and so sure that science at this current juncture was wrong. Then why would they depend on science? How, you might ask do they depend on science? Simple answer. Weaponry. Weaponry was not designed by god, it was designed by men, often men of science, experts in their respective fields. Again you could argue that god planted the seed. Though, if god was so loving and so kind, he would not design weapons for people to incinerate and obliterate each other.

If you said that weapons are the devils work, then why are gods men using the devils work? If religion was so adamant about science, it should not be using weaponry at all, perhaps at the bare minimum swords, sticks and plated armour. Even then, that was “designed” by men, not god, and if god did put that idea into their heads, he would not be as the bible, quran or torah had painted him, as a kind, benevolent and loving being.

I know that there are those of you whom may disagree with me and call me stupid or ignorant, but I really do have this itch to know. Why are religions around the world, the source of so many conflicts. Especially armed conflicts where many die because of a particular groups actions. Were these men simply “using” science as a tool to forward their religious interests? If so, why do they not even try, to open up to science and see what it has to say, just for once, instead of shutting themselves out entirely and believing in a book, or much worse a story that was verbally passed down from generation to generation?

Words: What drives you? Guilt, Fear & Shame

Guilt, Fear, Shame to most, these words would mean similar things. However they are not as similar as you think. How are they similar? They are all factors of motivations, it makes people act, behave and do things in a certain way. Most things in our lives, especially in today’s environment and settings, are often based on these few main motivators. My argument, is that these motivators are weak and kind of hopeless at governing people. It tends to force people to drag themselves through life, feeling miserable, just because they couldn’t fulfill certain desires.

Fear, Guilt and shame are not the same things, even though most people generally accept them mentally as similar enough to substitute with one another.

Fear. can be seen as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat – Wikipedia. It is self-protection. I am a god-fearing man, hence I practice religion to a “T”. Really now? you pray out of fear? Weak minded fool. Seemingly fear dictates that either you have to fight, run, face certain death or bend over and take it up the pooper, in an extreme circumstance or even in mundane circumstances. Most people would pretend that they do not really feel fear. Is this the case? Well, in a place like Singapore, there is much to fear. You spit, 200 dollars fine. Throw a cigarette butt? same price. You bring in drugs of a certain weight? We’ll hang you. Well. The law is a motivator of sorts, to instill fear in people, to ensure that these “unwanted” behaviours are governed. That is, to say that the law is actually effective, such as in the case of Singapore.

Guilt. Is what most people who go into confession feel. It is that uneasy feeling that you have done wrong, by your own judgement or perhaps by the adapted judgement of others and you feel repentent, but you feel that it is never enough that you simply feel sorry. Some people go to places of worship to deal with guilt, others, well, some of them would go and meet god personally, if you get what i mean. Well. Again, it is a motivator, it could cause you to become more religious, it could cause you to end your own life and such.

Shame. Also another concept that is very close to religion. “You should be ashamed of yourself”, commonplace in the home when you’re getting scolded by your parents, or whoever, maybe even teachers at school. Well. Shame? really, it is basically what you feel when everyone around you resents you for something you did. i.e, you whipped out your weiner at dinner. That is shame, especially if you’re above the age of 5, which most of you reading this probably are.

Why do I consider these weak motivators? Well, for someone who is a grown adult, (im excluding kids cause it can sometimes be effective as a motivator for kids), you have your own views, you understand your wants and your needs better. However, a large amount of people are governed by fear. The fear to talk to someone, perhaps someone you really fancy. Only to regret it later. This example is commonplace. What if the fear drives you to do something postive, say, you do everything that you can to avoid say, losing your grades. This again, is a weak motivator as fear in itself, cannot drive you to excel in anything. Maybe it would drive you to excel in killing yourself, but thats about it. Most of the time when you feel this fear, it seems like a strong motivation, “I will study else I fail”. But if you do study and you still fail? what happens then?

Same goes for guilt, making people feel guilty is a trick of the trade for some, erm, spiritually enriched organizations, as I would call them. Why? Because guilt makes you keep coming back, I feel guilty hence I pray to cleanse my sins. Well, that might make sense to the large percentage of people in the world, however, if you look at it, praying because you feel guilty is kind of silly. Penance, is nonsense. Praying because you are thankful, that is another issue altogether. That is my argument. If you do something for someone out of guilt, you are going to do it heavy headed and half-assed. Wherease if you are doing it because you are thankful, or maybe even without a real physical reason, you just feel like say helping someone, because because. Y’know? It would foster a stronger mindset as you are doing it.

Shame, oh shame, people a many have killed themselves for this concept. Well, I think you know what I am going to say, so, kind of no point saying it. Doing things for shame is R.E.T.A.R.D.E.D. Some people have gone to great lengths to try to cover up something small that is shameful, by one upping themselves and doing perhaps even more shameful things. Well. Think about it.

Well, for the sake of argument, you could say that shame, guilt and fear does play their part in shaping things as they are, or as they will be. Though, wouldn’t it be better to teach people to be passionate about the positive things or behaviours, instead of fearing, feeling guilty or ashamed of the negative things or behaviours?

Words: How the atheist is closer to god than the priest.

This is a continuation of my previous post Words: No Such thing as a Godless Man. I am not trying to convince anyone that either of the two, religion and atheism are better, these are my views.

Firstly, in this argument, we have to define ‘god’. God can be many things, a man in the sky who watches over you. An angry being who punishes you for your wrong doings and sends you into eternal fire, or he could be a kind being, who forgives you for everything, as long as you believe in him. Whatever the case is, god to each individual is what that individual believes in, his spiritual faith, in an idea, perhaps something grater than himself.

Well to simply things, god can be considered to be the faith, or hope of a particular person or society, the followers of that particular faith. This faith governs the peoples morals and values in its system as well. If that can be used to define god, then religion can be defined as the set of practices that people would do to worship that being, almost all religions in the world believe that one must give prayer or praise to god to be in his good graces and also, there are common ritualistic practices in religions to celebrate and worship god.

Hence then we shall define an atheist, an atheist is a one who does not believe in god. There are many reasons why people might not believe in god, it could stem from their experiences, where god “was not there for them when they needed him the most” or it could stem from the simple fact that they were never taught that there was a god in the first place. Lastly is the reason that they had contemplated, and reasoned out with themselves that god is an entity that was not required by their internal system. Perhaps, they looked at things through extremely probabilistic eyes, such as Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy. He was a man who was a probabilistic atheist, which meant that he did not believe in god because to him, ‘the probability of a god existing was so small that it was not of any significant value for him to look into.

Well then lets start proper, an atheist then is a person who shapes and moulds their value system according to their own beliefs. Where do these beliefs come from, one might ask. Their beliefs stem from the rationalization and perception of their experiences in the world. This then becomes their personal philosophy, their way of life, their practice and ritual of daily life. So in that sense, it can be considered that there is faith and hope in an atheist that would be represented by their dreams, their fears and their very meaning in life. Hence, so to speak, their dreams, their fears, their meanings, emotions and experiences, make up ‘god’.

I would assume that on both ends of the scale, there are good people and bad people. Not everyone with a religion is a good person, no matter what their religion might be, and not everyone without a religion is a bad person, based on their own set of beliefs and characteristics.

To the atheist yes that might be a philosophy or way of life, however, a staunch religious person would never understand the meaning of this as he would usually, be guided and taught by religion, his wants, are inclusive of the wants of the religion or the wants of his ‘god’ and his dreams would be for both in the life here and for the after life as well. His fears, are for him to fall out of gods good graces and for him to enter the eternity of torture and the abysmal state that awaits him. Well, it is to say that a person like that would think of god often.

Well, however, if you think about it, how many stories have you heard about people whom are practicing religion only because their parents ask them to, or they are afraid of societies perceptions, such as people quipping, oh my that is a godless man his soul must be saved by gods good graces, lets pray for him. Well, I would say I’ve heard many of those stories, especially in a multi cultural society such as Singapore. Well, to me, it looks like the atheist is more in ‘resonance’ with his ‘god’ or rather his idea of god as compared to the religious, whom are often in ‘dissonance’, out of fear of others opinions, fear of their own disapproval, fear of hell, fear of god, fear of wrath, and I believe that this emotional baggage only serves to deter and diminish oneself, specifically from the guilt that arises from the fear. Well, it is hard to say but most people would not admit this. The godless man sometimes seems to be closer to god than those whom are practicing faith and religion.

These are the statistics for Religions at the current moment:

Words: No such thing as a godless man

God and the atheist.

Today in the lecture theatre, I was taught that in counselling, you could integrate spiritual and religious elements in the techniques that are applied. It is an interesting concept as religion and spirituality has always been of therapeutic value. However, then came the subject of an Atheist. What is an atheist? It is a general term used for describing someone who does not believe in the existence of a god. I was then told that when dealing with an atheist, it would not be wise to integrate religious and spiritual beliefs into the therapy.

Question is, on one hand you have religion and on the other you have spirituality. I find that most people, would confuse the two concepts. Yes religion has its roots in spirituality and other wise, sort of a venn diagram mixture. However, when I was told that because one does not believe in god, the therapist cannot use religious or spiritual integration. That is a load of rubbish. Everyone, and I mean everyone, from your god loving pastor, to the worst criminal you could possibly find, has some form of motivation, a belief that would form a component of their spirituality. Yes, they might not believe in a god, however, those who don’t believe in a god still believe in something, perhaps it could be something material, or immaterial. It is their philosophy, their way of life that is practiced. Everyone has their own philosophy of life. Even in religious aspects, there are so many differing wings of each religion. Christianity, there are protestants and catholics, Muslims have the shi’ite and the sunni’s, even in hinduism and buddhism, the practice differs from individual to individual. This is because everyone usually tries to form a community, where they would feel ‘appreciated’ and ‘understood’ that is human nature.

 

So, to say that an atheist should be deprived of spiritual aspect in therapy? That is simply a brash judgement that the society, due to the large numbers of religious people would place upon others. Simple, you, godless man, I cannot talk to you about god or spirituality, because you are a non-believer. NO. I believe that things should be different, yes, you cannot impose your value systems on someone in counselling, but depriving them of a spiritual aspect? that is okay? That would be imposing your beliefs on them.

 

 

I feel that the spirituality of an atheist, would be comprised of his moral compass, his guidance, his belief system and his motivations. It would be wiser to work on that as a “spiritual” component in therapy, to forgo it completely just because he is an atheist. Does it not make more sense? Perhaps I am wrong, and perhaps the atheists do not deserve to have someone waving spiritual concepts infront of their faces. However, I am very sure that even the worst of us have spiritual components that can be explored and perhaps re-evaluated during therapy. There is NO such thing as a godless man.