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After reading Larrys' Blog today, I came up with a line of thought of my own here, that fits a similar vein. What we believe is up to each individual. Screaming and yelling that what we think and believe is a crime or criminal and insisting we have to think the same way you do, well, that is wrong from the outset.

History is full of examples of the majority being wrong, and those that didn't go along with a particular belief or idea being persecuted by who ever happened to be in authority at the time. Modern man is just now actually coming out of the dark ages, again, it seems to me. And though I am not a conspiracy nut, there are a lot of things people in authority, aka, the gummint, don't want any one to know about. And they go to great lengths to keep us uninformed.

I do not claim to be Christian, but rather more agnostic. The reasons for this are my own, and will remain so. But I do not automatically condemn any that disagree with me. That seems to be one of the more hypocritical traits of supposedly “good” Christians. Or the more vocal ones looking to get into your pocket book. I have looked into many of histories mysteries, and come to the conclusion that we are not alone in the universe. Much of what we know now, is just being relearned from ancient times. So many of the ancient civilizations seemed to spring up in very short time frames, and the cultures were far advanced for the times, with sciences that went far beyond what we would expect them to have had. Where did the knowledge come from to build the great cities and monuments? Did they learn it on their own? How did they make such precise cuts in stone so that a piece of paper can not be pushed between them? And why do so many of them refer to the “sky people”, or gods that came from the sky to bring that knowledge? Then turn around and incorporate what they had seen into the decorations on temples, and other buildings? The one question I really have is where did those gods go? And where did the knowledge they gave those ancient cultures disappear to? I'm not as interested in how those things were done, but who hid or is hiding the knowledge that was brought to mankind in ancient times.

Even in this day and age, technology is far behind what it would be if the knowledge from that time were available, and if mans small minds were open to the ideas put forth then. But maybe that is why we don't have it today. Mankind is not really ready for it. The gods of old tried to bring us up to their level, but mankind has refused to think beyond the immediate. As a race, we are selfish, and close minded. Perhaps it is genetic, but I think it is more a mental state we are born into, or are taught by those that can't see beyond their own nose.

With those thoughts to rummage thru, I leave you with a line from an old TV series, the truth is out there.

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Comments:
CuffnKiss

Jan 2 @ 5:53PM  
AWESOME blog. Welcome back mucho kudos. (too bad they only let me give ya one)
Twinkies603

Jan 2 @ 6:33PM  
The thing that sucks the worst about being small-minded? You can't learn cool new stuff. You miss out.

Agnosticism isn't a lack of interest in learning the truth, but more a realization that there is much yet to be learned. That the story isn't over yet. And that mindset applies to more than just religion.

Nice blog - thanks for posting.
clickityclack

Jan 2 @ 6:50PM  
great blog again, Saw...another quote that might appy is this one..."there is nothing new under the sun"
DiamondRain

Jan 2 @ 7:06PM  
"Small minded" is such a relative term that it's virtually meaningless. Most peoples' definition of a small minded person is any person who disagrees with them. Then there are people who think that anyone who talks about something they don't want them to talk about is small minded.

I think people who spend too much time trying to classify, label and place an arbitrary value on other peoples' comments and not enough time talking about substantive topics are small minded.

alivenwell351

Jan 2 @ 7:48PM  
Excellent read.....

One of the most significant "Oh Yeah" moments in my lifetime came back in the 70's, when I saw the TV documentary of "Chariots Of The Gods" (which I believe should be required reading!!) The opening scene shows a bunch of jungle folks all dressed up in their best festive get ups, bodies & faces all painted up, dancing up a storm in a huge circle, chanting away....obviously in a ceremony of something. The overhead camera very slowly panned back to show an ever increasing view of the ceremony. As the scene became larger, it finally showed what the folks were "worshiping".....A very crude stick & plant mockup of a Piper Cub!!!

Turns out these were people who lived on a very remote island that in the middle of nowhere. In the 60's, explorers had found & landed on this island in...you guessed it....a Piper Cub. It was the first time these island folks had ever seen anyone other than their own. Obviously, the white folks who landed on the island from out of the sky in something so far beyond what these islanders had ever seen, let alone probably could even imagine, would certainly have been "gods" to them....

I too am agnostic. Believe there's something bigger going on, but am sure that god & the devil and heaven & hell aint what it is. But there is plenty in the bible that could be attributed to an advanced race landing in the midst of ancient desert nomads. They would certainly have been "gods" to them. And crude as the desert folks would have been, the legend would have been passed on.....
bluewind37

Jan 2 @ 10:29PM  
Some people don't like that which they cannot understand. All of us have our own thoughts on things out there, and we are not always going to agree on everything.

GW43

Jan 3 @ 4:45AM  
An agnostic is a person who believes that the existence of a greater power, such as a God, cannot be proven or disproved; therefore an agnostic wallows in the complexity of the existence of higher beings. Therefore blind following of popular religions is viewed as an easy out for people who chose not to think for themselves.

OK, that's the definitive version of parts of your blog and the last lines are what are most significant......people who do not think for themselves. The site is rife with them. If you did indeed write this narrative I commend you for your presenting it, up to a point. Whether or not I agree with it, it belongs to you and you needn't defend it. If these are YOUR thoughts.

However, I see a disjoint in your discourse which would lead me to believe you've piece mealed the blog or plagiarized it. You've lost your continuity of thought, or writing. Hence:

The gods of old tried to bring us up to their level, but mankind has refused to think beyond the immediate. You've negated the premise of your initial statement of individual beliefs. While I agree we are not alone in this universe, I do believe we are alone in our thoughts. And that is where the agnostic wallows in perpetuity and where you contradict yourself.

You use the cover of agnosticism conveniently. An agnostic views an atheist on the same plane as a religious zealot; often because the belief that human beings are the pinnacle of intelligence and there are few things that we do not or have not the potential to understand.
sawduster

Jan 3 @ 5:20AM  
And your comment is based on the mistaken notion you know me as a person. Which you do not. And as far as stealing someone elses thoughts, that idea is small minded IF you know me, which you don't.

I do not mean for my blogs to be an intellectual discourse on anything, but rather a compilation of thoughts on a subject, mine, or as more frequently is the case, experiences, again, mine. You are welcome to express your thoughts as well, but do not think you know anything more about mine than what is put out to be seen. To do so makes you an arrogant and pompous ass.
clickityclack

Jan 3 @ 7:08AM  
GDumbya'z can criticize, dissect, and make fun of my writing all he wants, and it won't bother me either one way, or another. In fact, as a lot of long time members of MD know, I often type wild, stupid, and loony crap just to see what sort of a reaction I might garner from folk, and not necessarily because I'm totally serious about desiring to get some obscure point about something across to the masses.

I have no clue or desire to know anything about his true identity, but his recent appearance on MD, however, and the critical bashings he seems to like to throw around at those of us who blog here are rather annoying, arrogant, and a narrow attempt, at best, to appear as if he is some high-minded, important, affluent literary critic being read by millions in a popular daily newspaper.

His most recent attack in this blog directed at Sawduster is a prime example of his over-reaching and ridiculous, pathetic anal assaults on someone who a lot of us here love to read. Saw has been writing here for yrs, and I for one can attest and tellz ya that throughout that time, he has been steadily becoming quite good at what he scripts, and his improvements haven't gone unnoticed or unappreciated by most of us regulars.

If you, Mr Would-be-Literary-Critique Dumbya, would bother to take a closer and more discerning look at Saw's work, you just might happen to shock yourself and discover that his stuff is very unassuming, full of honestly about himself, self-deprecating at time, and mostly always humorous, and you would do well to try truly learn something and perhaps emulate his style.

I have seen, and have been the butt of a few of your petty pronouncements against some of us here who copy & paste in our blogs (which I hardly ever do, btw), but lo and behold, take a look will ya, at your own latest blog...its all c&p.

In the words of the actor, Jack Nicholson, in that great movie titled "As Good As It Gets", I finally want to just tell you to "go sell crazy somewhere else, we're all full up here"!
Twinkies603

Jan 3 @ 7:59AM  
^^^ Well said, my friend.

But here's the thing:
I don't know Sawduster too well, but he strikes me as the kind of guy who knows himself well. He writes for himself, not to impress a bunch of people he's never met, so I doubt he lost sleep over the disjointed and confused critique posted on his blog.

When someone brays constantly about the superiority of his intellect, you can be certain of two things:
One - He is deeply insecure, and likely very lonely. He covers his inadequacies by pretending the reason no one cares about him is his inherent superiority.
And Two - He's not very bright at all. I've been fortunate enough to hang with scary-smart folks in real life, and I watch them closely. The truly brilliant folks are never condescending, nor do they sing their own praises. They listen to sincere people who are less gifted with rapt attention, knowing that learning comes from everywhere.

So. When you see a pseudo-intellectual poser behaving this way, don't get angry. Pity him.

Doesn't mean you have to be bored reading him, or allow him to clutter your blogs, though!
clickityclack

Jan 3 @ 8:56AM  
Twinks, I think your on to something there, hey!

another thing about that superior pseudo-intellectual is that to accuse or imply that Saw is plagiarizing is total uncalled for bs, as most of us who read him know he comes up with very original thoughts.

also, as far as what he called "a disjoint and loss in Saw's continuity of thought in his writing", which he suggests as proof of Saw stealing others words...well, that is a hazard of the writing bidness that can easily plague even the best of us, and though I'm not suggesting my writing is all that good, often times losing track of something I'm trying to convey is something I constantly battle against.

IT happens, and the point of that is we are not professional writers here, who are all well paid and make a grand living with what we do write.
Fayvorite

Jan 3 @ 9:51AM  
When someone brays constantly about the superiority of his intellect, you can be certain of two things:

One - He is deeply insecure, and likely very lonely. He covers his inadequacies by pretending the reason no one cares about him is his inherent superiority.

And Two - He's not very bright at all. I've been fortunate enough to hang with scary-smart folks in real life, and I watch them closely. The truly brilliant folks are never condescending, nor do they sing their own praises. They listen to sincere people who are less gifted with rapt attention, knowing that learning comes from everywhere.

BINGO
revdoclove1

Jan 3 @ 10:21AM  
As most of here know, GW43/Sailorforfun/MitchRapp and several other
aliases are the well hated DrCocktail, the most hated nemesis of AMD,
who we all turned into the laughingstock of the decade because
of his asinine assumptions and accusations against most of the old members there..

Nice to see that a few of my friends here recognize him for what he is.
.A phony wannabe intellectual

On that note, Welcome back Mike..I'm happy to hear that your recent
heart attacks have left you a stronger and wiser man..
ttomtarr

Jan 3 @ 10:21AM  
IT happens, and the point of that is we are not professional writers here, who are all well paid and make a grand living with what we do write.

Brilliant statement of the very, very, obvious, particularly in the commenter's own case, or should I say cazez.
kattsmeow

Jan 3 @ 12:12PM  
I do agree.
alivenwell351

Jan 3 @ 1:09PM  
An agnostic is a person who believes that the existence of a greater power, such as a God, cannot be proven or disproved;

In general, this is sort of true. In my case, I believe there has to be something bigger going on. I just don't know who or what it might be, what to call it, how to communicate with it or if I even can, and how it may or may not directly or indirectly impact my life in the here & now.

But this doesn't preclude me from being quite sure that a specific existence, such as a specific god, not only can be disproved, but in some cases has been.
ion_quest

Jan 3 @ 1:24PM  
Filtering reality and pigeonholing in accordance with limited perceptions and intellect and with inversely unbridled bias and bigotry is the epitome of a small mind.

*this is my opinion, and not fact. People who don't know or can't tell the difference generally fall into this category as well.





SimplyImp

Jan 3 @ 2:01PM  
Funny how some people took a generalized observation to be a personal attack.

I guess, 'if the shoe fits'.

Good blog, sawduster. The Rig Veda in India (oldest scripts in the world) shows diagrams of 'flying boats' and speaks, at length of these things that flew through the sky. Yes, the small mind is one that refuses to acknowledge that past cultures had knowledge, spirituality and awareness that far surpasses ours. Arrogance will be our downfall.

alivenwell351

Jan 3 @ 2:52PM  
The Rig Veda in India (oldest scripts in the world) shows diagrams of 'flying boats' and speaks, at length of these things that flew through the sky

And then there are the cave paintings depicting strange things flying & landing and the beings piloting them, many in great detail & some dating back over 10,000 yrs & found on every continent!!

Many distinct, separate, and distant civilizations with seemingly no way of communicating with each other saw fit to build very similar pyramid structures, all at around the same time. Some of these structures are built to tighter tolerances than can be done today, even with computers & lasers,!!

And there's those pesky Nazca Lines!!
Fayvorite

Jan 3 @ 3:45PM  
It wasn't all that long ago that a collection of small minds believed the earth was flat if I'm not mistaken.

So I guess God is an alien. Isn't that what one is when they are not human and we certainly have fact that God is not human.
GW43

Jan 3 @ 4:43PM  
Filtering reality and pigeonholing in accordance with limited perceptions and intellect and with inversely unbridled bias and bigotry is the epitome of a small mind.


LOL>>>>>>>>>>nice try....I particularly enjoyed the Non sequitur........." inversely unbrideled *(unbridled) bias and bigotry......school of life.....:)
ion_quest

Jan 3 @ 5:03PM  
I didn't think someone like you would understand, Dumbya. It's especially apparent when you have to question the spelling (which is correct, dimwit) that you don't know a thing.
ion_quest

Jan 3 @ 5:14PM  
I stand corrected. You do know one thing. Judging by your petty comments, defensive stance, and personal attacks, I'd say that you know this blog is about you and people like you.

Kudos for that!


WhiteThunder1969

Jan 3 @ 6:04PM  
I do not believe in the ancient astronaut theory. But I think we do not give credit enough to the people that came before us. We belittle the achievements that we as a species are capable of. The lost book of Archimedes is an example as well as the antikythera mechanism are great examples of the knowledge ancient man was capable of that we as a species lost. Why was all this wealth of knowledge lost? Because we as a species is also afraid and self destructive, And wars, religion, power, and short sightedness are the tools of our expression of our ignorance, and this results in the great tragedies of history such as the burning of the library of Alexandria. As Michio Kaku said in reference to Kardashev scale, we are in the transformational period between a type 0 and a type 1 civilization, a dangerous period of development because we are still hounded by the dogma and shackles of being a type 0, and in their death throes, they could cause the very destruction of civilization from reaching the grandeur of the wealth the type 1 could bring us, if we even survive in the first place.
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