What Slow Religion Is

It’s important to note that NO offense is intended towards any set of beliefs here (religious or otherwise), or the people that believe them etc… and that I personally respect all opinions on this subject (not the same as condoning actions).

Let’s get to it…

Slow religion means that no matter what you believe, or don’t believe… no matter where your faith lies, what book you’ve read etc…

Slow down.  Our differences do not need to lie in religious (or non-religious) beliefs. In fact, it seems to me that “religion” is the wrong venue to “be different” on.

We need to slow down and think critically before attacking another person based on their beliefs or religious disposition.

It seems like those that choose to fight (wars) based on religious beliefs (or non-religious beliefs) are just … wrong.

I understand that might sound discriminatory, but I’m pointing to the fighting itself, and the decision to fight against each other (in some extreme cases, killing each other) over what we believe or don’t believe religiously.

For example, if you like to sit on the couch, because you believe the next episode of The Tomorrow People is important, but your neighbor wants to go out and run every day … do we start wars or fight each other over that?

Nope. I understand that is overly simplified, but…

Haven’t we evolved beyond this need to (en)force our beliefs (or non-beliefs) onto others, as human beings part of the same race? Nope. Unfortunately we haven’t.

And we need to “slow down” as it pertains to religion. We’re different enough as humans, and we don’t know everything about creation, the universe, each other etc… and we need to start acting like we don’t know it.

Believe what you want to believe. But don’t force others to change their mind about what they believe.  (Discuss it?  Of course).

Instead, let’s devote more focus to the things that matter in our current form, which is skin and bones.

The rest will happen according to whatever you believe, but even if it doesn’t, whatever really happens will happen anyway.  That will be reality.

For now, we are all going to die at some point, that much is guaranteed (although we might extend our lifespans in the future).

What happens after death, will either happen according to what we believe or it won’t. Right now we have no way of telling exactly what that is.

But that ISN’T something we need to kill each other for.  It isn’t something we need to discriminate against each other for.  It certainly isn’t something we should be wasting our time arguing about, quite frankly.

There are much bigger fish to fry… like learning how to be humans.

In my opinion, we’re still “rookies” when you consider the big picture about humans, and its cosmic timescale.  Believe in some form of God if you want to believe, don’t believe if you don’t want to.

But don’t hate or discriminate against another person for what they believe. That’s just wrong.

We are only a small drop in this huge cosmos called the Universe, no matter who (or what process) created that Universe (or even how it was created).

We. Don’t. Matter. In. The. Big. BIG. Picture.

The Universe is going to hum along LONG after all humans are gone, regardless of our beliefs or whatever set of beliefs happen to be “right.”

And just because we might believe we have an idea of how such cosmic and universal events (and the people part of those events) have transpired… in the end, in the big picture, we just don’t know.

No matter what any books that have been written on religion, or otherwise, might say.

Even our science community itself will never answer all questions to a satisfactory degree, or even a small portion of those questions.  There are just WAY too many questions to be asked.

So, let’s slow down religion (and politics, and, and and…) and just enjoy each other’s company in this short ride we call life (whether it ends up being eternal or not).

We only need one “label” for existing on this planet peacefully… that of Human (and all of the imperfections, good and bad, that come along with being human).

**An excerpt from my PDF book The Slow Manifesto, available here.

If (For Some Reason) You Find Atheists “Delusional”…

If you’re willing to dismiss someone as “delusional” based on one simple (and harmless) belief of theirs (like being an atheist) … that’s a little weird.

But what I really think is you’re looking for some “snap back” … someone to call you delusional or some other name etc.  Maybe some “back and forth” about whether God exists.

Nope. Because get this…

If you believe in God, that’s your way of sorting out the World we live in. That is something every person on this planet is trying to do.

I think it would be wrong to use your religion as an excuse to harm people (in any way), or to try and impose it on others.  Other than that … enjoy your short time on our planet.

We only have 75 or so trips around the Sun … what else are you doing with yours?

NOTE:  This version is slightly edited, given as an answer to this Quora question.

@Comcast Doesn’t Care At All (Part 2)

Ongoing problems, data charges, and outages are why Comcast / Xfinity should only charge to “access” the Internet, and not be able to charge for “data usage.”

They don’t have the reliability of a power company, and with their track record thus far (and laziness in fixing the infrastructure) … it will likely be a LONG time before we see improvements.

The moral of the story is, we need more competitive choices for ISP service, way more … or Internet access in the U.S. will continue falling farther into the hole.

So call your congress reps, send them emails frequently, and poke at Comcast / Xfinity directly online.

(Example: Twitter hash #comcastoutage or #datachargessuck etc.)

The only way it’s possible to get what we want out of them as consumers (short of canceling service) is to bug them incessantly (but respectfully). And even that isn’t altogether effective in the short-term (more like long-term).

One Reason Why #NetNeutrality Is Important

Net Neutrality is extremely important right now, because we are in a near-monopoly market in the ISP world…

Checks and balances in some form are always necessary for a capitalist market.  Otherwise, if left unchecked, the “profit motive” for companies will lead to them exploiting the market for more profit (which is their primary objective).

And then we find a near-monopoly like Comcast et. al…

Right now Net Neutrality is the only “check” for near-monopoly companies like Comcast (and it’s not a great one).  While the Government isn’t who I would pick to maintain this check, the companies will NOT do it themselves … soooo…

If left unchecked Comcast et. al would try every way possible to extract every single dollar out of their customer’s pockets that they could (beyond what they already do). No additional value would be provided, though value would be “packaged” LIKE it was being added.

These companies sell access to the Internet, and that is all it should ever be.  But the profit motive has led to these ISP’s attempting to package “usage” as the “fair” way to sell services.

And that is complete bullshit.  They sell access, and speed of access … that’s it.  One price, one access point, and that is all.

With a LOT more competition and consumer choice in the ISP market, perhaps regulations wouldn’t be as necessary as the market would regulate itself to “some” degree.

But regulations will always be necessary to some degree (whatever that is) when it comes to ubiquitous services like Internet access.  Because as we’re finding out now, companies like Comcast / Xfinity are getting set to exploit their market for dollars again.

Folks, Comcast doesn’t care … they just want to reach as deep into your wallet as you’ll let them … period.