Perceptions In Reality—A Walk on the Beach

Why each person has their own interpretation of spirituality

Competition amongst the gods we imagine leaves an ominous gap in interpretation of existence, nature, and purpose.

Join me along the pier for a quiet mid-week stroll. See the snow-capped mountains in the distance while the gentle waves lap against the pilings. Feel the warmth of the sun washing ashore in a whispering, summery breeze, watching an orca, otter, and bottle-nose dolphin frolicking around a piece of large, weathered driftwood. One might call this a spiritual experience. I may say—god is magnificent; or, the creator certainly knew what he was doing, perhaps, pleased with his creation. We could all agree that together, we saw all those things and experienced them in an emotional, or inspirational way. Beauty is a stimulant that we all appreciate. It stimulates our senses (and hormones) while rendering thoughts of contentment. One thing we would all concede in our discussion is we saw a whale, a dolphin, an otter, and breathtaking scenery.

A discussion might follow; god is great, the master creator, followed by nature is amazing—obviously the god of love made this for us—while the scientist mind may imagine eons of selfish genes, double helixes, cataclysms, and the intricacies of diverse life that evolved from the primordial ooze over millions of centuries in different ecosystems and evolutions.

One of these ideas can be proven.

At once, without warning, the whale thrashes the otter into pieces, shaking it violently, tossing it high above the surf, then swallows it nearly whole.

The excitement stimulates the immediate ecology, and a passing salmon is chomped and swallowed without chewing by the dolphin. Reason would immediately favor the scientist. The religious could then pull-start their apologetic motors whirling about higher purposes, the ways of god are mysterious, or god knows best.

The facts suggest that differing neurologies and experiences create vastly different interpretations and perceptions of everything we view. All of us are different, and that is obvious we create our own belief. Some desire a creator (or succumb to the idea) from their training and influence, then manufacture an ideal that suits their purpose, adding personal touches to make sense of the senseless.

Each congregation has as many beliefs as there are people. Take away the churches, and the same would be true. It is you—not god that has generates purpose. I create my own—the believer inherits purpose through conformity and lives a life of pseudo-reality—by choice. And the evidence that shows how hard it is to escape your past indoctrinations.


Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

17 thoughts on “Perceptions In Reality—A Walk on the Beach”

  1. Hello Jim. I have always wondered at the phrase without God there is no purpose to living. Why do we need a purpose other than living it self? Is it a job and we need the job description? I admit I do not understand that mind set at all. Hugs

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    1. Like every other point of religion. We are indoctrinated in all ages of life that purpose is found in god. What’s interesting is when you lose faith you find more purpose and contentment. Always the opposite of religion is where we find reality

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    2. Hey, Scottie,
      I wrote a post a while ago about life’s purpose being the search for purpose. I am not, of course, writing of a religious purpose, but of finding our own purpose where there seems to be none today. Everyone loves to talk about purose, in positive or negative terms, but yet no one seems to do anything about it. Previous to my epiphany (if you allow me to call it that) I always thought that the purpose of life was the betterment of living things, as evidenced by evolution always trying to come up with a more efficient life form. That was what I thought humanity was, an attempt to to give a lifeform the capability of using its enviroment for the betterment of all. Obviously a failure, but at least an attempt. But the more I looked at reality the more I saw where humanity had gone wrong, and that basically started with the idea that humans were better than all other lifeforms, despite it being obvious that life had to work together as one to accomplish betterment for all.
      To conclude this little rap, I believe in purpose, but I also believe it will be something all living things can agree on, if we ever manage to create one.

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  2. I just always feel sad for people who allow some religious doctrine to dictate how they live and what they think. But it really ticks me off when they try to impose it on others. Leave me be to appreciate the universe for what it is, and life for what it is.

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  3. Very good point, Jim. I’m working on the second draft of my first novel…OMG! One of my themes is similar to this blog message. It’s a theme of religious blockage. How religion, especially Christianity, blocks the faith-based believer from appreciating the natural world that ironically keeps that person, as well as the rest of us, alive.

    When a young lady sees a lovely monarch butterfly and exclaims, “Oh, the glory of God is so majestic.” She’s essentially destroying the butterfly. She is appropriating the butterfly’s beauty, as well as its existence, that is a product of millions upon millions of years of evolution and handing that beautiful miracle of life over to a lifeless, colorless myth. The very existence of the butterfly at which she gazes so lovingly is blocked by the unseen non-reality.

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    1. Don’t be afraid to plug your book here when the time comes! The only thing that would condense into the religious timeline is religion, and the relevant points of the Bible could be published in a pamphlet. Similar to Christianity shoehorning the history of the physical world into 6000 years.

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  4. Last year ColorStorm posted something like this, but about this beautiful sunset and rainbow his god gave to him. I asked him what had come before the sunset, where beautiful pink clouds roiled in the sky, and what had happened to cause the rainbow.
    Then I mentioned a beautiful lightning storm I had witnessed, there was lightning crackling every two or three seconds. And when the storm passed, forest fires were left behind, burning acre upon acre of forest killing birds and other animals and insects and plants, and asked him if god had shown me such beauty, why he had killed so much life to do that? I did not hear back from him.
    One person’s beauty is someone else’s suffering, they are seeing but a small bit of the whole. Nature is a very violent proposition, as you pointed out.

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  5. Ok. Why do I start thinking about Oprah claiming the atheist cannot appreciate the wonders. When she does, O decides, ‘well you are not an atheist then.’

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  6. an ideal that suits their purpose, adding personal touches to make sense of the senseless — the mantra of the religious.

    But of course they would never admit it …

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  7. I have to say jim. Im tempted to be a little sarcastic, but I won’t. The last few post I have read seem to have an angry and hateful feel to them with less reason and less accuracy. Forinstance enjoying nature is nothing like a spiritual exsperianc. I don’t realy have any points, I just saying you seem to be in a rut.

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    1. Happy you think so. No worries. I’m not at all angry. It’s just difficult to address the audience of believers and point out their indiscriminate bias without “sounds” of any kind. I’ve done over 400 posts in about a two year block. Not everything is a masterpiece Dave. However, the rebuttal to my posts never have substance, just more feelings. No meat, hell, not even milk. While most people argue which belief system is best, I have so eloquently pointed out that the real problem goes a step beyond that. It is belief itself that generates the delusion through tribalism

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