Appetizer for material below: There is no ultimate divine judgment, punishment, exclusion of anyone, or destruction. There is no ‘revenge of Gaia’, angry planet, or punishing karma. There is no great metaphysical Threat behind reality or life. Ultimately, there is only Love. Absolutely no conditions Love, at the core of reality and life.
The recognition of a core Love is essential to the ultimate liberation of consciousness. It involves the single most profound shift in consciousness and understanding, ever. But it potently counters millennia of unnecessary fear, anxiety, guilt, despair, depression, and the “defensive aggression” (i.e. religious violence) that fear of metaphysical threat arouses.
See new summary “The Science of Climate” (basic climate facts) at the bottom of this opening section. Also at the bottom of this section, “The Ultimate Battle for Freedom (it takes place in our heads)”.
(Note: Too many subhuman themes remain embedded in the foundations of our great religious traditions and continue to serve as ultimate ideals and authorities for large segments of the human population. This fact informs my argument that all religion/theology must be confronted and fully humanized because it has played such a prominent role across history inciting alarmism, with its damaging outcomes for humanity, including violence. The project to radically reform theology/religion is central to resolving the pathology of alarmism and its harmful outcomes.)
(Further note on religious violence and its causes: We have inherited animal drives to retaliate, to tribally exclude others, to dominate others, and to destroy enemies/outsiders. Religious ideas have long been used to incite and validate these base impulses by embodying them in ideas such as divine retaliation, divine exclusion (i.e. true believers versus unbelievers), divine domination, and divine destruction of the enemy/unbeliever. While it may be disorienting for religious people to contemplate, we see this sacred/animal relationship across history in our major religious traditions. People have always appealed to greater ideals and authorities to validate their lives and behavior. Hence, the importance of ensuring those ideals and authorities are authentically humane.)
This site explores the foundational themes behind alarmism. Alarmism is the highly irresponsible terrorizing of the public with tales of looming collapse, catastrophe, and the end of life. A central assumption behind this catastrophism mythology (apocalyptic) is the utter nonsense that “corrupt and greedy” humanity will be punished by some greater force or spirit. This primitive fallacy of punishing forces or gods pissed at human imperfection, emerged in the earliest human writing (e.g. the Sumerian Flood myth) and is still darkening and enslaving human consciousness today.
We see apocalyptic alarmism most commonly in contemporary environmental alarmism, specifically climate change alarmism. Note that alarmist-in-chief James Hansen- the original promoter of modern climate hysteria, beginning around 1988- predicted over 5 years ago that it would “be all over in 5 years”. The list of his failed predictions is already long, and continues to grow. He joins other failed apocalyptic prophets like Paul Ehrlich.
Alarmists like Al Gore and James Hansen are doing just what the Evangelical fringe pastor Harold Camping did when he predicted the end of the world for December 15, 2013. These environmental alarmists keep setting dates for the big, final collapse toward catastrophe. They often use the scientific-sounding term “tipping point”, a secular version of religious “end of days” terminology. But what they are expressing is not science. It is primitive mythology. It would be more accurate for them to wear sandwich boards with the inscription “Repent, the end is nigh”. And then, just like the religious extremists, keep setting new dates that will never arrive.
Exposing “Chicken Little” alarmism (buk, buk, buk, “the sky is falling”) is not to deny that there are real problems in life, and legitimate things to fear. But alarmism exaggerates and distorts such problems to unsolvable, catastrophic extremes. Alarmism expresses the spirit of denial when it refuses to recognize how well humanity has done in solving problems. See, for example, Julian Simon’s Ultimate Resource for good evidence showing that life is not in decline toward some disastrous future. Evidence on the true state of the world shows continuing improvement in all the main elements/resources of life.
Alarmism is too often based on shoddy science that generates fear-based policy responses that have a track record of harming humanity and the environment- e.g. the bio-fuels fiasco that harmed the poorest people and led to more deforestation (i.e. for palm oil plantations). Remember also Rachel Carson’s fear-mongering that led to the unnecessary deaths of tens of millions of people- mostly children- in the decades following the ban on DDT. Further, anti-GMO activism (i.e. opposing Golden Rice) has also caused millions of unnecessary deaths of children and related blindness (Vitamin A deficiency- see Bjorn Lomborg’s “A Golden Opportunity”). Lomborg rightly concludes that alarmism is not just irresponsible but immoral.
This site confronts the basic themes behind all forms of alarmism, whether religious or secular. These themes have remained the same since the beginning of human history. They have been deeply embedded in human worldviews across history and they still shape prominent public narratives today. I have detailed these themes below in comment such as “Top Ten Bad Religious Ideas”. We will never experience the full liberation of consciousness and life until we confront and purge these primitive themes from human worldviews.
See buttons on top right for detailed lists of the content of all sections. Tolstoy’s quote on the need to clear away “garbage” in order to see truth, is just below. The central intention of this site is to open the way (i.e. purge “bad religious ideas”, and secular versions of the same ideas) in order to clearly see the core ideal and reality of no conditions love. It is all about liberation from fear, anxiety, and despair to fully embrace the truth that “love is all”.
Yes, I am intentionally introducing theology because it was foundational to the original errors (i.e. bad religious ideas) that incited ancient alarmism. Religious views of God have to be fully humanized- made fully humane- because theology is vital to solving contemporary alarmism that continues to embrace mythological assumptions (i.e. vengeful Gaia, angry planet, punishing karma).
Getting to the point… This site engages the project to counter alarmism of all forms, religious and secular. Alarm/fear is often at the root of “defensive” aggression and violence- the “anger is an expression of fear” relationship. Add this to your understanding of movements like ISIS. Bad ideas incite, inspire, guide, and validate bad behavior. (See the full version of this comment in a section further below)
Explanatory note… This site assumes the following basic relationship between belief and behavior: that people look to ultimate ideals and authorities- i.e. God- for inspiration, guidance, and validation of their actions and lives. They have done this since the beginning. Unfortunately, over history some of the most inhumane features have been projected onto our gods- things like tribal exclusion (the “us versus them” of tribal thinking- opposition toward outsiders, enemies), hatred and vengeance toward outsiders, the condemnation and punishment of human imperfection, and the destruction of the enemy or the “unbeliever”.
The outcome of projecting these base features onto our highest ideals and authorities is the creation of ultimate Monsters that validate the same inhuman features and behavior in people. We see this in religious violence across history, and still today. Violent, vengeful gods validating human violence toward others. Therefore, we have to bring down the core metaphysical Monster in order to properly bring down the brood of related features that are validated by the core Ideal- religiously inspired hatred, tribal exclusion of unbelievers, vengeance, and the punishing spirit. In more positive terms- its not just “bringing down” something, but more about the full “humanization” of our highest ideals and authorities, and purging “bad religious ideas” from those ideals and authorities.
This site goes to the foundation of much alarmism over history- the myth of some ultimate Threat.
I’ll get right to the point…
There has never been some great metaphysical Threat behind life. There have never been angry, punishing gods, and there is no vengeful Gaia, angry planet, or payback Karma- some greater metaphysical intention behind the common natural consequences of life. The idea of some great retributive force or punitive spirit behind life has been the greatest fraud ever beaten into human consciousness. The accidents, disease, and other forms of imperfection and suffering in life, are not punishment from some greater force or spirit. Read the rest of the opening comment here