|These Things I Believe
||[Jun. 4th, 2006|04:50 pm]
It's time for some hard hitting info: What I, Tyler Adam Elliott the First, do and do not believe.
Religion: This one takes some explaning. I myself prescribe to no particular faith and try to live my life well by my own rules. Morals do not spring from religion alone. I think that many of the worlds religions teach great things and I have no problem whatsoever with most of them.The one I really dislike is Christianity, or more specifically the way it has been practiced over the last 1000 years. Many other religions, cultures and peoples have been destroyed or permanantly altered because of it. Christianity seems almost to seek cultural and religious homogeneity more than any other. But of course Christianity is a single entity. Some parts of it do much good in this world. Other parts do not. And I really dislike how much it has pervaded the American government, which really worries me. I'll have more to say about this later.
As for God, I can say that's it's possible some sort of entity may have created the universe perhaps but I don't agree with the interpretation of what the entity would be and whether it would really care if we worshipped it or not. If it has the power to create everything then why wouldn't it just make us all worship it absolutely in the same way? And then there is the question where did this entity come from? But anyway...
If you are religious I have no problem with it. I think you should believe whatever you want. Just don't look down on me for not being like you and I won't do the same to you.
The World We Know: I think the United Nations should be the most powerful organization in the world and yet it rides backseat to the U.S. I worry about what the U.S. is doing as I'm sure alot of people do. Professional athletes, actors and musicians are paid far too much. These people are slaves to the public, their existence is to entertain us while we villify them as modern gods. We need entertainment to make things go smoothly in the world. It makes things interesting but c'mon, it's gotten a bit out of hand.
I honestly believe that September 11th was not what most people think it was. Watch the documentary Loose Change and decide for yourself.
The continent of Africa is a mess. AIDS, civil war, poverty, famine and for the most part it is the fault of the ancestors of the Western world.
The World We Don't: I believe that the Saquatch and creatures like it exist. I believe that the oceans hold many mysteries which we have yet to discover. I think there is something to ghost stories and we should try to figure out what is going on. There must be life on other planets and it may be visiting ours. For all these things, Bigfoot, Nessie, Aliens, there are lots of instances where it's a hoax or is mistake to be something else. To me though there are just too many reports.
I think that some people have the power to read minds or to move things with their mind. I think these will one day be explained by a deeper understanding of physics and the human mind.
I think that the way society has developed has become a problem for us as a species. There's too much pollution and there are far too many of us. If I ever find myself fortunate enough to have children I don't think I could have more than two simply because there are so many people already. Another problem which was most likely unavoidable was how medicine has developed. As cynical as this sounds by using medical intervention to cure, save and help people( I include myself among these people) we may be doing alot of harm. Natural selection no longer works properly with respect to humans and individuals who would have been eliminated because they were unfit thousands of years ago now live and procreate. Look at me, my poor eyesite would have put me at a great disadvantage if I had to hunt for food or to avoid predators. Chances are I wouldn't have survived to have kids a long time ago.
So am I saying we need to go out and kill people with glasses, or those who have mental disabilities or people with Xeroderma Pigmentosum?
Hell no. That's just stupid and an extreme reaction. Where I see the answer has to do with what I am studying at school. I think the field of genetics holds immense potential. Treating the symptoms of diseases is helpful but we should be trying to find ways to eliminate those diseases. We are for many but finding drugs to treat them and so the pharma industry can make billions of more dollars is not the answer. The human genome has been sequenced. We need to start looking for the solutions within ourselves, and even in the cells of other organisms. If we can fix eye problems, cancer susceptibilities and genetis abnormalities we could save enormous amounts of money in the medical industry and ensure problems like this won't afflict future generations. If we can find ways to speed up the healing process or insert regenerative genes into human beings we can reduce the amount of people who need to go to the hospital after injuries.
Anyway this has taken 2 hours to write. And i can't think of anything else right now. But there will be more to come.