My perspective on God

Religion and god are quite polarizing topics in today’s world, and in many settings taboo to even talk about. However since we at The Greatest Never love controversial and taboo subjects we’re going to talk about it.

For the first 17 or so years of my life, I maintained an materialist and agnostic view of the world. This however would fail to carry over into adulthood as my belief in god, or the universe quickly became a central part of my existence.

I do not follow any specific religion, though if I did it would probably have to be Hinduism. My beliefs have however been influenced by a number of other religious systems as well, most notably Christianity, Islam, and Occultism.

So when did I become a believer? Well it didn’t happen over night that’s for sure. I started to question my beliefs (or lack thereof) during my first semester at the University at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The first friend I made on campus was at the time a devout Muslim. I had never met a Muslim before, but as a fairly open minded person I became very curious and interested in his beliefs. I admired his dedication to what he believed in, and the many convictions he took upon himself as a result. This ignited an interest in religion that I never really had before. Up until that point everything I believed was oriented around politics and sociology, but he began to open me up to a world beyond the material. I still love politics but my spiritual beliefs have changed the ways I view it.

I asked him how he found Islam,  he explained that he had explored every major religion and that this was the only one that had made sense to him. I admired this as well, and have done similar things with political theories. I had immense respect for the fact that he didn’t just allow himself to be spoon fed the first religion he came across, taking time to explore, compare, and analyze all of the options at hand.

We would debate constantly, but the more we put our ideas against each other the more I began to realize that in many respects he was right. I don’t totally agree with the principals of Islam. As an egalitarian the way they treat women doesn’t sit right with me. As someone with many friends in the LGBT community I found myself unable to take any stance that looks down upon them.

This caused me to gravitate towards Hinduism, I felt it was more egalitarian in it’s propositions, as it has both male and female images of god, and while I’m sure it isn’t encouraged, I never found anything saying that homosexuals should be punished or shunned in my time studying the Vedas.

In fact I hardly found any rules at all aside from remaining faithful to the divine and treating the world around you in the same manner that you would like the world to treat you. From then on I found myself becoming deeply entrenched in religious thought. As an anarchist my beliefs had previously been “No gods, no masters” However this quickly shifted to: God is the only master. Ironically I found this to pair great with anarchism, because it rejects all authority besides the will of god.

So what kind of god do I believe in? One that is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Benevolent, Androgynous and mysterious. I believe that god has a plethora of forms, however they are all just different manifestations of the same god. I also believe god can speak through any person at any given time as well as will Itself into peoples art, writing, music etc, in order to indirectly communicate with the material world. I believe the divine to not only be stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we CAN imagine.

I also believe in reincarnation, however with a weird twist. I believe we are continuously reincarnated up to a certain point. I believe with each reincarnation we get closer and closer to our eternal existence. This eternal existence is one of our own creation. I believe people who create fictional worlds such as J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle earth used in the lord of the rings series, are at the last stage of their reincarnation cycle and that they will go on to inhabit and rule over their fictional worlds when they pass.

I believe in Carl Jung’s collective unconscious, meaning that we all stem from one interconnected soul. I believe in Individuality as well in the form of spirits. While we all share one interconnected soul, many have individual spirits which guide and influence our decisions regardless of if we know of it’s existence.

Karma is also a central part of my belief, I believe any deed good or bad will reap an equal consequence though through prayer, humility, meditation, introspection and hard work and charity, one may be liberated from the clutches of karma.

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Do religions & philosophies = operating systems for our brains?

I recall as a young elementary student, being told that brains are essentially computers. This made sense to me at a young age, but it wasn’t until way later that I began to abstract from the cross reference of cognition and computation.

This perhaps may be the most obvious parallel, but programming languages are inherently languages. Whilst one could argue that they work differently from a functional perspective as well as in the types of problems they’re intended to solve, when one begins to expand and broaden their understanding of language as a tool the differences seem to become increasingly arbitrary.

One begins to wonder, how does one written doctrine or collection of doctrines, dictate the way in which people live and organize for centuries to come; as is seen of successful religious, political, and philosophical systems.

In a sense these things exist as a set of instructions for a (group of) human(s) to follow, much like a program acts as a set of instructions to be followed by Computer processing units.

Let’s take operating systems for example. Most operating systems are created by various programming languages; as a parallel. Most belief systems, regardless of whether they exist as political, religious, spiritual, or philosophical; are conveyed through either written text or word of mouth, both of which require some level of articulated language.

Much like an operating system, the purpose which belief systems serve; is to increase, expand and or simplify the functionality of the core machinery. If one ascribes to belief system, than ideally most of their interactions with the world around them will be internalized and understood in accordance with and through that perceived medium.

Similarly most interfacing that we do with our computers is done through the medium of our operating system or tools for expanding upon our system aka languages/programming languages, and by extension schools of thought which may correlate to libraries, frameworks, and APIs for programming languages.

This can in both instances incite compatibility issues. For example if you are a believer in a creationist system like most form of Christianity than their system is in its default state incompatible with the Big Bang theory ‘thoughtware package’. Among many others. On the contrary if your an atheist, than the belief in god is incompatible.

I personally believe the world would be a far better place if more people realized they could believe in god and develop their spiritual lives and connections to the divine without ascribing to beliefs which inherently contradict scientific data, logic, reason, or common decency, but hey to each their own.

I also posit that by extension this would make Scientology the spiritual equivalent to temple OS. Both impressive systems invented under highly questionable pretenses. Both seemingly exist purely because they can, rather than arriving out of any real necessity, and both did a great job of attracting the public eye in spite of high degrees of obscurity within their respective domains.

On a similar note Since Jewish people have to be born Jewish to be accepted within the religion, doesn’t that make it kinda like Mac OS which under general circumstances is only intended to work on Apple hardware?

And what about Linux? They make it really easy for anyone to create their own version. Does Hinduism not allow for anyone to make their own derivation from its ideological kernel?

This could be argued as being true for Christianity as well, however Christianity is more often innovated by its own elected clerical leaders, rather than followers and layman. On the contrary, while existing Linux versions are often up-kept by their respective developers, new ones are being created all the time by anyone who wishes.

Technically someone could write their own version of the Bible (or windows.) But one would likely face religious and or corporate prosecution for doing so, in regards to either heresy or plagiarism respectably.

Note: This should go without saying but I will anyways: this is not to be interpreted as perfect comparison, but rather a broad theoretical framework for comparison. If my article offends you please do both of us a favor and unsubscribe. With all due to respect if philosophizing about the interconnectedness of all forms of knowledge plays on your emotions, you are without a doubt in the wrong place. However If you disagree and wanna talk about it from a level headed perspective that’s awesome, please disagree as actively as you’d like as long as your format is coherent with reason.

Now back to my train of thought. This could be a far fetched claim, but one could also correlate the innovation of blockchain technology, with Anarchist philosophy finally nearing full circular functionality.

Okay now slow down what are you getting at?

Well before blockchain technology it was kinda impossible to imagine an economic society functioning without an inherent leader. However I theorize that decentralized blockchain ledgers are the or at least one of the missing piece(s) that anarchist philosophy has been missing the whole time.

That is a way to deal with the transferring of resources without any central form of imposed government. With every end user hosting a copy of the block chain acting as a node for the server, every participating member thus holds an equal and identical representation and record.

If you really think about it, isn’t an economy where every participating member gets an equal amount of leadership; essentially the same as saying their are no true leaders?

To myself this whole thing sounds very much reflective of the systems detailed in theories which stemmed from primitive-anarchism such as mutualism, syndicalism and collectivism. I believe it indirectly speaks from all three, while still being compatible with the core fundamentals of Capitalism and thus retaining our ideological fertilizer for innovation.

There are many other places I could take this, such as the comparison of servers to real life hosts of business, services and knowledge. Or how computer networks resemble the flow of resources and information through various economic, academic, religious, political and social systems serving as network mediums.

After all networks existed before the computers we know today, postal systems a telegraph systems and telephone are all fully functioning networks. Albeit less efficient yet equally plausible methods of communicating and transmitting information even in the modern age.

I could go on much longer But I think I’ll cut this one short, as I feel I’ve painted enough of a general picture for readers to take this thought and run with it, expand on it, etc.

Actually quite literally, if a pictures worth a thousand words than this article is roughly equivalent to an entire picture. Regardless of that sentiment I hope anyone who took the time to read this article got something out of it, regardless of the how or the why. Well readers; I hope you all have a great day, thanks for taking the time to read as always!

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