VII. The Big Picture

I would like to take a moment with this blog post to pause and reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going with this project.

If you’ve been following along with my blog since the beginning when I asked you to finally wake up and take charge of your life, by now I hope you’ve at least put some thought into what bullshit you can eliminate from your life and society around you. Maybe you’ve reinvested in that gym membership this month and bought some organic apples to eat on your afternoon breaks. Maybe you’ve promised yourself that this week you’ll sit down in front of your laptop with that box of bills, receipts and tattered envelopes to work out a draft monthly budget on a spreadsheet.

Or maybe you’ve even swallowed some of your insecurity and found the courage to wield the rules of logic and politely call someone out on their bullshit for the betterment of all mankind (even if it was just sending your burger back because it wasn’t yet cooked well enough). If you have taken any ‘small steps’ at all toward the goals I’ve recommended, then I highly commend and thank you for the ‘giant leaps’ you’ve taken for mankind. Please keep it up and do not cease in your mission. For those of you who haven’t yet begun…what are you waiting for, the Second Coming? Enough of that nonsense. It’s time to get busy.

This post is the seventh in a series of twenty one that I am composing and publishing one by one. As such, they should be taken together as a whole, and are ideally meant to be read sequentially, from first to last, for the maximum effect of building my argument and taking you on this journey. My humble goal in writing this, my first blog ever, is nothing less than to help save the world.

Now I fully realize that the planet Earth itself is not literally in imminent danger of being destroyed. Such an idea is nonsensical. In fact, Earth isn’t scheduled to literally live out it’s lifespan until it becomes absorbed by the Sun sometime between 5 and 8 billion years from now. But there are several current, frighteningly imminent threats to the survival of our species, including but not limited to world-wide pandemics, nuclear warfare, biological and nuclear terrorism, overpopulation, environmental collapse, the current food/water/energy crisis, and socioeconomic devastation. I am writing this blog in hopes that you will read it, and perhaps tell someone else to read it, so we can then begin the work of stopping these rather dismal scenarios from ever having to come to full fruition. It will take all of us working together as one cohesive, well-managed system.

“But wait,” you may well argue, “isn’t that for the leaders of our countries to figure out?”  If you truly believe that, then you have clearly not been paying attention to the decisions that the governments of the world have been making recently, and the completely flawed, irrational and extremely dangerous reasoning that they have been basing these decisions on. “But really,” you may continue, “don’t we always manage to figure things out before a true global crisis happens?” If you truly believe that, then you have clearly not been paying attention to the entire scope of human history, natural history and political history. “But during times like these,” you may ask, “shouldn’t I turn the big problems over to God and the authority of my church?” If you truly believe that, then you have clearly not been reading your so-called “holy” texts, nor have you been paying attention to the gruesome history of atrocities committed not only in the name of religion, but as the direct result of it; a horrible history born at the inception of faith that unfortunately continues to this very hour.

In the next few posts, I will unflinchingly confront the illusions that you now surround yourself with. As I said, I want to take you on a journey, and in the interest of full disclosure, I am warning you now that this journey will be difficult. I will be challenging your most cherished, core beliefs, and I will be asking you to leave them behind, forever. All that I ask for the moment is that you keep an open mind, and apply the rules of logic and scientific inquiry that you have learned to look at the World, the Universe and your own entire Life in a brand new way.

I promise that you will disagree with at least something that I have to say. That’s okay. That’s why I have presented this blog as a discussion and not a sermon. I promise that some of you will be offended. That’s okay. That will hopefully mark the beginning of an incredibly rewarding personal path of enlightenment and discovery for you. Just know that everything I say is in the spirit of love, hope and compassion, however brutal it may come across at times. I now face the sobering truth that I am about to alienate myself from and attract the scorn of many of my friends, family, coworkers and even complete strangers. I am fully willing to face that certainty. Because if I can reach even just one single person with my words, and cause them to think more critically and carefully about their own life, and if by doing so they are able to improve it and therefore the world as a whole, then everything that I will have worked and suffered for will be worth it. Just please, please, make it count.

Alright. Are you ready? Let’s do this.

Here is a great 5 minute video from youtube that does a really awesome job of beautifully depicting and describing “The Big Picture.” Please watch as an introduction of sorts to where you and I are about to go. Enjoy.

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~ by christhehumanist on January 2, 2012.

3 Responses to “VII. The Big Picture”

  1. excellent movie clip …… I will watch the others
    so far you have not shocked or upset me
    that would be hard to do at my age and experience
    and I appreciate your satire …much like McKenna ……
    see ya later ……..

  2. good stuff, I appreciate the atheistic perspective.

    I do still feel that there is a sense that we are the center of our universe (each one of us individually), that consciousness is of utmost importance to existence.

    check out my blog sometime, I think you might find some things of interest.

    • Prometheus, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to respond. I just checked out your blog, and I LOVE exploring the concept of the Singularity and its many possible forms and implications. I will definitely be posting about this topic in the future, and I look forward to learning more about it from your perspective. I also like what you said in your comment about consciousness the universe–more on that at the end of this series I am writing.

      Peace,

      ~Chris

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