If you’re thinking like this Facebook commenter below, shame on you…
Rhinos do matter… and science and space exploration too. It’s not about a choice between one or the other; it’s about balance.
Commencing today millions of Jews and Christians around the world will inadvertently commemorate the pagan festival of Eôstre.
Hopefully many, many more will be purposefully celebrating Earth Day – an event of much greater significance to humanity as a whole. How sad that man was once in awe of the power and majesty of the natural world in his pagan state, but now reveres invisible beings supposedly conceived of a fertile and enlightened imagination.
How arrogant are we to consider ourselves more advanced than other living things when we continue to destroy the world, sometimes in the very act of pursuing the ignorant and superstitious beliefs of antiquity.
While it may not be practical to revert back to our pagan roots, how can we once again inculcate those wholesome but primitive values that endeared the natural world to us, while discarding our superstitions and irrational beliefs? Ultimately we may not have a choice; it may be imperative for the future survival of all species.
So while you’re partaking in the festivities of this Easter weekend, spare a thought for Earth and its REAL wonders.
Of all the poetry I read way back when, while in high-school this sonnet written by William Wordsworth around 1806, is the only one from which I can still remember any lines.
I never really liked poetry, until well after I had left school and started deciphering and understanding (sort off) the lyrics of my favorite songs. But this sonnet impressed me so much because of a simple observation by Wordsworth; that the irreligious may have a much greater understanding of, and appreciation for the natural world.
The lines from Wordsworth that are still indellibly etched in my memory are “Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers” and “I’d rather be a Pagan suckled…” That’s it, but heres the rest:
THE world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
While driving to a technology, computer and gaming exposition [RAGE 2010] today, I got to thinking about what I would miss the most about life, when I finally expire. Note that I do not say if I die, because death is inevitable (currently), and I also do not say after I die because there’s no evidence for an afterlife that will allow you to feel, let alone miss anything.
Without further ado, here is my list, in descending order of importance:
If you too have a list, let’s have it…
There’s been a lot of interruptions and too little time available over the last half-year or so, but I’ve finally completed reading Dawkins’ latest masterpiece, The Greatest Show on Earth. It’s subtitled The Evidence for Evolution, and boy is there a lot of it in the book.
Remember the post I made way back in July 2008, exposing religious fraud? Well off course you don’t, so let me remind you. It concerned a hoax e-mail that was doing the rounds at the time called the Hands of God, which claimed that a picture that was attached, was that of a supposedly Christian god holding some puffy-looking clouds apart.
Well, I may have found a response to that e-mail and picture which is also doing the rounds, but it seems that Satanists are too busy with other things, to have staked a claim to it. Which leaves mischievous me to do the honours.
Now, I don’t want you to read anything into this, but which one looks more natural to you?