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.

Belif is not knowledge

Whether you believe there is one god, no god or many gods, your belief is no better than any of the others. You may believe in a compassionate god while others believe in a vengeful god. You are no closer to the truth than the others. No one knows there is or isn’t a god.
Perhaps the greatest good, certainly a great goal, for the future would be to have all people come to an understanding of the difference between knowledge and belief. Every belief is valid. I can make a case for there being four hermaphrodite Gods with purple hair who created the universe through a monster collision which is how they mate. The collision, of course, was a big bang and you can take it from there. Should I go a little farther? One of the purple haired Gods is my conscience, another plays with my conscience, testing it, another provides the world through which I pass, my perceptions, and the fourth is in charge of my interaction with other people.
Understanding the difference between belief and knowledge doesn’t diminish anyone’s belief. It might actually strengthen it because others would not be putting down your belief as being inferior to theirs. Imagine a world without religious conflict. Wow!
Whether you believe in a single god, several, many or none only makes a difference in how that belief affects the way you live your life. Those who feel others should believe as they do feel that way simply because in their heart of hearts they know they don’t know—if everyone believed as they did, they could feel totally comfortable with their belief. Since that isn’t going to happen, wouldn’t it be better to accept the simple fact that belief is not knowledge.