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Here and now, I must insist that you summon the full extent and force of your self control.  Because yes, I have more to say on the subject.  Given that you have not thrown this poorly written script across your study, living room or jail cell, whichever more accurately describes you current accommodations, please follow along to a little bit of unsolicited advice.  Assume if you will, my little blossoming skeptic, that there is no such thing as an all powerful deity who created our past and current experience and controls the ambiguous movements of our timeline.  Let’s imagine – or apprehend if we must – that we are correct and that there is no psychic energy flowing from the hands of self-proclaimed faith and energy healers, and that crystals are only good for decoration and some deviant masturbatory practices.  Can we safely and happily preach and share our philosophy or lack thereof, to and with those we wish to enlighten?  Well, not all the time.  And in the cases when we can or should, it needs to be done cautiously.  It is imperative that we always respect the importance of such balancing devices like religion and belief systems because of their emotional and psychological implications.  And that we understand the role they play in not only our development as human beings, but our survival as a species.  It is clear to me now that reality, when defined as primary, is something we were meant to live in, not something we were meant to recognize or accept.  One of the simple yet significant reasons for this is that it takes a very stable and secure mind to accept the possible finality of human existence.  The thought that there might be “nothing” after this life experience is at times terrifying to many, and when this argument is convincingly presented to the wrong mind(s) or a mind in the wrong state: the results can be catastrophic at more than individual levels.

It is also true that the existence of “God” and a possible after-life can not be proven false beyond a reasonable doubt, mostly because negatives can’t be proven.  Though I am strong defendant of the current scientific method, I understand how in the minds that can’t grasp it.  Science, like all phenomena, dissolves at a far enough point in the beginning: which is the start of it all.  The realization that something cannot possibly come from nothing.  Now, this begs the introduction of one of the most popular “logical fallacies” or the act of confusing the currently unexplained with the unexplainable.  The idea is that because we do not currently have an adequate explanation for a phenomenon does not mean that it is forever unexplainable, or that it therefore defies the laws of nature or requires a paranormal explanation.  An example of this is the “God of the Gaps” strategy of creationists which asserts that whatever we cannot currently explain is unexplainable and was therefore an “Act of God”.  It is evident to anyone of adequate education, and historical knowledge that many currently accepted scientific principles were once unexplained.

Again, forgive me if I have given you the slightest feeling of believing in such concepts like the Judeo-Christian ideology, because I do not.  I do however have a personal respect for doctrines which are separate from any particular dogma and encourage critical thinking, and I am always happy to express my contempt for any system that steals the choice and responsibility from the human being.  Furthermore, I despise the ways of the so called new age community which preys on the faith of the ignorant and the human need for order.

You may not trust the ideas I have pressed into this paper, but trust me when I say that I know I need to learn to communicate better and start to offer these sphincter-loosening nuggets of information in a more professional way so that you, my reader, can actually respect what I have to say.  And with respect in mind, I offer you the idea that we can teach people to be strong and powerful without the need of external brain-mashing bullshit like that offered by most facets of the new age movement.  We can inculcate, and running the risk of sounding like a hypocritical jerk, indoctrinate in our fellow humans that we are naturally incredible beings with amazing potential, and the choice to become what we wish, before and after modern mythology.  How?  I’m not entirely sure.  So I trust all of you critical thinkers to keep ecology in mind when educating the world and teaching them to accept reality.  Because we can learn and teach humanity that what reality offers us is enough – in fact, more than enough.  That this fantastic, amazing, almost unfathomable universe of ours should not be diminished and offended by man-made madness and monsters which are only preventing us form achieving true enlightenment.

Peyton Dracco

Edited by: Jeromee Juan