After coming inside from a long conversation with my brother, this is what i have to tell you. That is whoever chooses to read.
America is a country that loves the microwavable dinner. It's easy. No thought is involved and BOOM! Instant gratification. Scratch that America part. It's humanity. For wherever the resources are available (in the topic I am about to write about would include everywhere on this earth), we as humans will take advantage of that. We love it when the work is done. When the thinking is done. What happens when wikipedia crashes and your calculators are gone? You're fucked.
Churches are huge and they are powerful. When you are born into a religion, the thinking is done. You're set, buddy. You have predefined morals. You "know" (because you always have) why things are the way they are. You "know" what is right and you "know" what is wrong. You "know" how to live in order to be a good person. Bullshit. Maybe. Why don't you think about it for yourself? Religion today is that microwavable dinner. All of the contemplating is done. All of the confusion that you never had is clear. Having predefined morals leaves no room for you to think about it. Your religion is your belief. Your morals are YOUR morals. I don't know about you guys, but there was a point in my life where i sat down and thought, truly thought, about where i was. What is bullshit. What isn't bullshit. What really makes sense. That was when i realized that what was pounded into my brain throughout my childhood is not all right. This was a revolution for my well being. What i always knew isn't necessarily correct. Believe whatever you want to believe, however, it should not be handed to you. I believe that when you actually get to the down and dirty, what many truly believe would most likely be combinations of thoughts and ideas that you find to be plausable and reasonable. Sit and think and decide what really makes sense to you.
The media is also that microwavable dinner. Journalism used to be "reporting the facts." Essentially it was what went down. In many instances now (some we may not even notice) we are told who is good and who is bad, who is right and who is wrong. We are not educated enough to make those decisions for ourselves. So instead we are told how it is. We dont know until we know. All young kids know is that muslims are bad and anyone from the middle east could blow us up. We don't know how they live or what they really believe in. With that knowledge we can decide if we are in the right.
Stop and think. Learn about shit and get the facts. I'm not telling you that muslims are good, I'm telling you that you should be able to make that decision for yourself. I'm also not telling you that your religion is bullshit. I'm telling you to really think about it and decide what you believe in. Religion is great for most people. It acts as a security blanket. For some people they know that when bad shit happens "well, it's all part of god's plan." It's reassurance. I don't have that, which is cool with me. When my life sucks, it sucks. Whatever. It's worth it. I love my life and everyone in it.
Nothing really matters in life. Whether you fail an algebra test or all of humanity just disappears, the universe does not give a FUCK. Whatever you do in your life, good or bad, wasteful or accomplished. It doesn't care. And the fact of the matter is that one day you are going to be dead. Your brain is going to shut down and nothing is going to exist. ENJOY YOURSELF. DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. You only have this one life and you can never go back. If being a slob all day and doing nothing with your life makes you happy, DO IT AND ENJOY IT. I, personally, am going to get out there and experience as much as i can and have as much fun as possible. Smoke your pot and fuck your bitches. Lighten the fuck up and stop worrying about dumb shit.
Selflessness does not exist. No matter what you do for someone, you are going to feel good about it. This is a good thing. Try doing one nice thing for someone everyday. Then look back on the day. It's satisfying. If you push a woman out from in front of a train and you die, this is not a selfless act. You will have the satisfaction of knowing what you did before you died. In a way, you did it for yourself.
If you think I am feeding you a bunch of bullshit then good. I'm glad you can make that decision yourself.
Lastly, everyone needs to just be a good person. I could go on about this for hours but I'm not going to. It just makes sense. Don't be an asshole. Live and love. Do what makes sense to you and believe what makes sense to you. And trust me... There is beauty in nature whether you believe in a god or not.