Life is a game.

Fear not! Life is a game. When you play a game, do you fear your opponent? No. You just play the game to the best of your ability, accept the play of your opponent and play on. I am fearless but I can only be fearless for myself. I can be an example of fearlessness which may connect with some people but, whatever, each of us is living our own life, playing our own game.

I have been concerned about the future of our planet for many years, we can call it fear, I suppose. I have saved land and cultural institutions for future generations, I am doing all I can think of to stop global warming. I am not immunize from thoughts of the future that are fearsome and, truth be told, I find my death preferable to witnessing the future I see.

How did we get here? Not immediately easy to grasp, but religion is the culprit. One of the ways it has worked is to instill belief in children, belief that too frequently has overridden scientific facts. That is what is most strongly at work today pushing the globe to an unlivable home for our species.

Here is a fantasy (belief). Lets say there is a place outside of the life we know, call it heaven, with twelve gods, could be more or less but more than one, who develop a game to play. Let’s face it, eternity is a long time and something has to be done to relieve the boredom. The gods choose up sides with the goal of one side to destroy the game and the other to prevent them from doing it. The good guys, about 2,000 years ago in game time, put a player in motion with incredible charisma who taught the concept of acceptance of everyone and compassion. Actually, it is what “life” is like on the other side, in heaven, everyone loves everyone. They don’t all have the same beliefs, thoughts, philosophies; they argue, I should say debate, but there is always acceptance of each other, respect, compassion and love. That’s heaven, but here on earth preaching love, an idea those who were trying to protect the game thought would be a winner, was soon twisted effectively by those working to destroy the game.

They put pawns into play who took the words of this great philosopher/psychologist out to the people. The disciples thought they were good thoughts but they found that people, the simple people, got more revved up when the source of the wisdom was a little supernatural so they embellished his background, made his birth from a virgin, had him perform miracles like walking on water, calming a storm, healing people. That worked great but there was one more embellishment that was necessary. These disciples become itinerant preachers needed a little something for themselves so they said that people should follow them, that they were their guides to heaven, that one could not get into heaven unless they pledged their souls to the great philosopher/psychologist and through him and through them and thus was the Catholic church born and from those warped teachings all other Christian religions. That, dear friends, is how the destroyers converted good words into bad deeds ultimately burning our species from the earth.

If you doubt me, read the New Testament and you should find the central message to be love for everyone and, with a little reasoning you will realize that “I am the way” is very inconsistent with the central message.


Religion is the root of all evil. Easily said and easily proven so why isn’t it? Answer: it takes thought and the first thing religions teach their followers is to accept without thinking. Atheists, living in a world filled with sheep, have to think to reach a conclusion that there is no god. For our species to stop destroying the world it needs to be led by thinkers not idiots who walk around holding Bibles and wearing crosses and stars and other symbols indicating they are members of the unthinking flock.

Trump not worst President

Who was the worst president in my lifetime (since 1938)? Don’t jump to conclusions. Sure Trump is incredibly awful and he may even create a civil war to keep himself in office after loosing an election but the groundwork for this destruction of our democracy began nearly 40 years ago and blame can easily be placed on one head of state. This worst president started by politicizing global warming. He was a Republican and could have awakened the nation, and with it the world, to the seriousness of the problem. Instead he took down the solar collectors that his predecessor had installed on the White House.

Did you know that the top tax rate in 1944 was 94% for people earning over 2.5 million in today’s dollars and it stayed at 90% for the 50s and most of the 60s? Then rich people started using their money to bring it down succeeding in getting it down to 70% which held until the worst president in history, who committed impeachable offenses, Iran-Contra among others, brought in trickle down economics lowering the individual income tax rate for the wealthiest to 50%. That was in his first year. For an encore this actor/president lowered the rate to 28% at the beginning of his second term.

There you have it, folks, Ronald Reagan made the most dangerous environmental problem in the history of the earth political and put 1% of the population in charge of our future by giving them enough money to buy the government. He poured the concrete for the foundation Donald Trump is standing on.

Think about heaven.

Thinking is a good thing. If held hostage I’d try to exercise: push ups, walking and running in place, yoga stretches and mind stretches—thinking about questions that haven’t been answered (probably can’t) like is there a life after death? was there a life before life? Philosophers call this dualism, the theory that the mental and the physical—or mind and body or mind and brain—are, in some sense, radically different. It’s fun to let your mind run free in thoughts like this (unless you’re trying to get back to sleep).

-If you believe in a heaven, you believe in dualism, that something that is you will transcend life. I’ve asked a lot of people who believe in heaven to describe it for me. I am amazed at how little thought has been given to a place in which they aspire to spending eternity, which is a very long time (or maybe no time). Bible quoters say something like this: A river, clear as crystal, will flow from the throne of God down the middle of the city. On each side of the river there will be a tree of life, yielding twelve kinds of fruit every month. The streets will be pure gold, like transparent glass. The walls of the city will be adorned with every kind of jewel, emerald, onyx, amethyst, topaz, etc.(a total of 12) There will be no need for a sun or moon; the Lord will be its light.

When I think about life everlasting, a place I’d like to be for eternity, I’d much prefer green to shining, hard surfaces. Give me grass to walk through and trees to shade me and give me an infinite variety of colors, and I’m just talking about green. And then add in all the other colors, flowers, birds, animals. I like the idea of twelve fruit trees. In the Revelation model there are also twelve gates all garnished with precious stones (If you are interested chapters, 21 and 22).

If there is a me that will transcend life I envision a heaven having an environment very much like earth with one exception, everybody loves everybody. I have read the Bible to the end and find the last book to be lacking. It works well for preachers who want to enslave as many to garner as many followers as possible largely to line their pockets as it sucks in those who are not thinking, just following. Please, just think about it. Heaven according to Revelation, walled in 12,000 furlongs length, breadth and height; except for a silver river and 12 fruit trees everything appears to be jewel encrusted gold. No sun or moon, just the light of the Lord. Really? Do you find that appealing? No sunsets, no flowers, no grass or trees and only people who are just like you, have no interesting thoughts. Oh, I’m not saying your thoughts aren’t interesting just that you already have them so what’s to talk about. “Hi, how you doing?” “Same as you.” Have any new thoughts?” “You?” “Want to go pick some fruit?”

My thoughts have led me to the notion that there are twelve entities (gods, if you will) living in a place very much like the environment we live in because they created our world. Many old religions including Genesis, have God or Gods creating our world so this is nothing new. I just figure they created a world using their own as a model, you know, like the games we create, Monopoly, Clue and so many video games.

The pandemic was inevitable

I have been anticipating a pandemic for over ten years for reasons that would drive a climate change denier up the wall. My prediction is based on my experience with climate change. In the 1940s in New Jersey I remember my father giving me the job of knocking Japanese beetles off the grape vines into a can of kerosene (I’ve found that water works as well). I also remember picking ticks off my dog and talk of  people getting sick with rocky mountain fever caused by tick bites.

In 1972 I started living on the farm I still live on in Maine. We had dogs who ran free in our field and picked up no ticks. There were no Japanese beetles. Ticks arrived about 20 years later, first in atrocious numbers not just on the dogs but climbing up peoples legs and the legs of chairs. Predators like turkeys and other birds have learned to eat them and the numbers are now reasonable with someone like me who spends a lot of time in field and garden picking off less than half a dozen a year. Japanese beetles arrived a few years later. I am dealing with insects and diseases in the garden that weren’t here 40 years ago. Proof that climate change is the cause? No, but pretty good evidence.

Trump, Evangelical darling

How did the President think he could get away with murder? Why, by divine guidance, of course. He is the chosen one, just ask the evangelicals. He was chosen by God (their god, not any god a thinking person would waste time believing in). Incredibly there are foolish people, have been for 2,000 years give or take a couple’a hundred, who believe the world is coming to an end, not just eventually, like in hundreds of thousands of years, but within their lifetime. If you don’t understand this, read Revelation, the last chapter in the New Testament. If you have read the New Testament and you are a thinking person, you are likely to come to the conclusion that Revelation has nothing to do with the central message and was most likely put together by the itinerant preachers who spread the word and were responsible for the writings appearing in the New Testament.

President Trump has gathered around him a bunch of these nuts. The ideal Cabinet person for him is someone who supports him over our country and the best swamp to find these right-wing-nuts is the evangelical swamp full of people who had their god-given ability to think stripped from then at an early age by their parents and religious leaders.

If you doubt me Google ‘Rick Perry said about Trump.”

Prepare for a Civil War

Do you wonder why Trump held rallies with police organizations, with the military, why there was frequently an NRA banner behind him, why he blamed both sides when bikers raised havoc in Charlottesville, why he made the kneeling of players during the playing of the National Anthem an issue of disrespect for the US?

The answer is in this Trump quote made in mid March 2019.:

“You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny, I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump–I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

What would that point be? My guess is it is when it is time for Trump to leave the presidency either by loosing an election or impeachment or otherwise and he declares to his base that they shouldn’t allow him to be removed. He’s right, it would be bad, very bad.

God, The Most Unpleasant Character in all Fiction.

That is the title of a book by Dan Barker that pretty much sums up why I tell people that I do not believe in the god of the Bible. I only recommend this book to those who think the God of the Bible is a loving, compassionate god. For goodness sake folks, read the Bible. That bigger-than-life character in the Old Testament is a rotten SOB. If you don’t want to take the time but you would like a shortcut to the statement, read God, The Most Unpleasant Character in all Fiction by Barker in which he takes a paragraph from The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and gives you book, page and verse for the list in the following quote from Dawkins’ book.

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it, a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak, a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.