Well, here we are.
Recently, I decided to create a blog to better unveil some of the things on my mind. On several other social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc.), many of you have chimed in on a number different topics that I’ve brought up from time–to–time. Now, this site will serve as a hub of sorts to better connect all of these topics to all of those willing to comment across the globe.
Obviously, there are other reasons I’ve decided to do things this way from here on…
For one, I can now write as I’m better suited to. Personally, I can get my messages across better when I can italicize text and use various accents and other options as I write. This fails to mention that you will be able to read things a bit better.
I’ve even selected a layout that’s a bit friendlier to your eyes and whatever devices—mobile or otherwise—you may be using to read this blog. By choosing a darker background color with light grey text, mobile devices won’t lose precious battery life so quickly while you’re visiting this page. Your eyes will simply appreciate not having to strain themselves so much. I’ll try to avoid squinting in here.
Beyond all of that, I’d like to provide a few details about myself just so that everyone has an idea of who and what I am, what I stand for, what I do and don’t tolerate, etc.
•My name is Heath. Unless you’re a friend of mine or a potential employer, that’s all that matters. I’m glad you’ve decided to come by.
•I appreciate differing opinions. However, I don’t appreciate people confusing fact with belief. They are two different things. If you do come in here and claim to personally be able to disprove the Theory of Evolution (and you’ll try to argue that it’s just a “theory“), then I want you to go and get it Peer Reviewed. Seriously. If you write that down and everything goes as you should be able to prove, then you will without a doubt collect the next Nobel Prize… and you’d deserve it.
•While I encourage those of differing opinions to engage one another in the comments section below, be aware that there’s a human being with feelings, beliefs, and intelligence on the other end of the internet. Do not be an asshole. I mean it.
•There’s a difference between being an asshole, and being funny. Although, that can sometimes depend on a majority vote.
•Racism and Sexism will not be tolerated. In this place, everyone is equal.
•Though equal, I am your host. Please be respectful. Do unto others and all that jazz.
•That was not a request.
•I claim no Political Affiliation. I dislike all of the Government’s Sports Teams equally. I tend to dislike the players even more. I believe the game is fixed.
•While I’m not officially registered (yet), I am an Ordained Minister.
I think this is the part where I tell you a tiny bit about myself and how this blog came to be…
I began my life as a Catholic. I was also once Baptist and later, became a Non-Denominational Christian, which is essentially pretending that you don’t have an official religion. I found myself thinking that because I believed only what the bible said, that I was simply a Follower of Christ.
It wasn’t until years later that I understood how foolish that notion really was. Every Christian Faith has their own versions of the same book! Which one was I following?! Why did some of them have more books than others did?! WHO HAD THE CORRECT VERSION?!?!
So… I spent at least a decade trying to figure that one out.
I’ve learned things that have driven people mad. I’ve heard history that was intentionally hidden from you. I’ve seen the dark side of all that glistens and watched things untouchable be felled by nothing more than a voice.
Oh, the books I’ve read, the things I’ve researched, the hours I’ve studied… it’s actually a tad dizzying when I think about it.
I’d have a PhD in Theology at the very least if I’d have gone to school for it.
While certainly a believer for over three decades, I found that my choices in faith conflicted more and more with who I had become and the intelligence (or lack thereof) I had gained. I found that I was afraid of disappointing a being that I referred to as God more so than I was in being a good person. This was a problem for me as I don’t think any God(s) would want us (inferior beings full of faults and error) to be at conflict within ourselves or one another.
In a nutshell, I allowed what I was taught to conflict with what I had learned. I allowed it to rule my head and my heart. I allowed it to guide me.
At some point, I came to realize that I was no more than a puppet. The frightening thing was the realization that I didn’t know who was pulling the strings. I fully understood that it couldn’t be any God, because that would make God a megalomaniac; a power-crazed tyrant.
If God is indeed such a thing, then I personally don’t wish to side with him/her/it/they.
I understood that I needed to guide myself. Especially if my will was my own.
Of course, this lead me to a number of conclusions…
If I continued to bite my tongue on topics that I felt strongly about, then I would be a hypocrite. If I harbor an opinion that’s worthy enough to be a valid argument, then I’d be a fool and a coward to keep my mouth shut.
This was a concept I could live by. A bushidō, if you will.
So, I started to speak of the things on my mind. I began to talk about my concepts of A Higher Power. I even spoke of how I’m really okay with God not being there at all, because I understood how consciousness could (and should) continue after the death of one’s body. I quickly discovered that I believed that there are other places than this. I found that science actually backed a lot of my claims. While it was a beautiful, wondrous, thing to me, it seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people. While I initially thought that my concepts would be greatly ignored or accepted by most, the complete opposite started to occur.
Some applauded. Some even added to my argument, standing beside me and my voice… but some became very angry.
Some even mocked me.
This was a disheartening illusion. Disheartening because it hurt. It surprised me that people could be so close-minded, so heartless and mindless on so many things. It shocked me at how hurtful people could be. I was shaken by the vast amounts of brainwashing I was witnessing.
Yet, I call it an illusion because that’s exactly what it is.
I understood that many of those who stooped to such low levels of attacking me were also afraid. Not all of them, but several fit this perspective. Some were blind by choice (of their own) because they were afraid of some rather obvious truths. Some believed they understood the discussions when they didn’t at all. Others didn’t really have an argument. So, they struck out, just like a terrified animal.
The true terror was the realization that I’d previously fit each and every single one of those criteria at some point in my life.
I was guilty.
That made me incredibly depressed.
The thing that gave me hope wasn’t just the idea that there were a number of those out there that shared in my opinions. No, the thing that ultimately revealed that I needed to continue was that there were others out there that had a different opinion.
Not my opinion and not an opinion they’d been taught by their parents, pastor, priest, or rabbi.
There are people that have intelligent religious (or not), political, moral, intelligent (my favorite) opinions out there.
…and guess what?
When intelligent opinions are discussed, an answer can be found.
I believe all of humanity is clueless about the Greater Scheme on the Grand Scale. I think mankind is self-centered by default.
It’s our nature.
A wise man will ultimately claim to know nothing.
I try to stay humbled, but sometimes I fail.
Enjoy. Play nice. The fun will continue.