Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Nones and Dones, help rescue the world

Hello Nones-Dones (Religion checked None or Done with Religion) and those who are joining us,

Let me tell you a story of the non-God. A Googolplex ((10**(10**100)) is the highest number that we can imagine that is less than Infinity, and you might say that is the replacement for God. (Google would like that!) The evidence of science conjectures that once upon a time a point the size of a fraction with a Googolplex as a denominator suddenly became our universe consisting of matter and energy (light and dark matter) in an event that had a probability of occurring equal to a number like a Googolplex. (Note: It is important that we do not use the term Infinity because in Infinity, nothing exists: the "chicken" or the "egg" cancel each other out.)

Perhaps the existence of our organic life shares a similar probability of occurring, unless we find that aliens exist. Then we would have a Googolplex of alien cousins!

Like Einstein we desperately believe that "God does not play dice with the universe," but is there any proof that shows this to be true? On the other hand, Quantum mechanics proves that probability rules. Religious Faith, that requires 'the purposeful suspension of critical thinking', is not going to save us from annihilation and neither will probability.

Clearly, the statement that God does not exist has to be the first step towards positive action. Thus, rather than relying on God to save us from our self-inflicted destruction, we would have the freedom to imagine a society that works together for a common good. Perhaps God would be embodied in such a society, if it were not entangled by laws, money, and selfish actions.

To do so, requires the answers to such questions as: Is the will-to-do-good innate within us? Is it possible to have faith in humankind? Is it possible for the rule of law to be just? Can love be separated from self-love?

Now is the time to grow up and leave 'the house many mansions' of our Father-Mother in the sky that has trapped us. The 'free will of God' is just a license to commit all sorts of atrocities in His/Her Name. It is time to be accountable to yourself and your own conscience!

We have to stop empowering a few narcissistic personalities, who have used our apathy and the desire of future riches to enslave us. Yet, we must avoid being carried away by those 'isms', like communism or socialism or populism that have failed before. Blind religious belief, technological mind control (commercials) and the fear of physical punishment is so yesterday.

Do we dare to imagine a world where peace and love prevail? Can we restore hope in a future? Let's try!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The return of Dumbledore by Phoenix Magic

J.K. Rowling has mentioned many regrets like the pairing of Hermione with Ron. I suppose, she wanted to show that the underdog can win. It was obvious that they are not suited for each other. It just goes to show that many are married to the wrong person. We can forgive her for that, but why the pathetic Lily Potter for Harry Potter when he could have married Luna Lovegood, my favorite?

Just recently, Rowling said she regretted killing Florean Fortescue. Well, we never missed her amongst so many wonderful characters that she killed off.

However, the biggest regret that Rowling should have is the killing of Albus Dumbledore. Why did she kill off such an important father figure for all witches and warlocks? One who is the model headmaster and possible chairman of the a United Nations of witches and warlocks. However, the worst part of killing him off is that J.K. Rowling had already set up the means for his return. She missed the best comeback of all time! (Perhaps she still has it in mind for this sequel culture.)

The perfect return of Dumbledore was already set up in the plot with the Fawkes the Phoenix. Since Dumbledore was facing an inevitable death from being poisoned by the horcrux, the only way out was to die. The point is that this is exactly what a phoenix does: it has to die to be born again. Dumbledore just needed to take a potion of Fawkes blood before Snape killed him. (This also emphasizes the importance of Snape killing him because if the poison of Voldemort killed him, he would not be able to return.) Then, as is traditional with The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, at the final end of the series, Dumbledore would reappear like a phoenix! In fact the end of that episode of the movie shows the phoenix flying! (Obviously the movie studios can't wait for his return.)

Ironically, in the reality of the filming, Dumbledore had already returned from the dead when the actor Richard Harris playing Dumbledore died and was replaced by the disappointing but adequate Michael Gambon. This reminded us old people of the actor Dick York playing Samantha Stephens' husband, becoming ill and needing to be replaced by Dick Sargent. Sargent gave a good performance, but it was not quite the same.

Even if J.K. Rowling still wants to prove that even the greatest wizard is not immune against the dark arts, I will always believe that Dumbledore did return with Phoenix Magic.