Category: astronomy

I try to stay out of these religious basis conversations,  however recent articles and conversations has led me back to the keyboard. The question is why does faith always lead to intolerance? before I start blasting on faith let me explain my position, I am not an Atheist, an Atheist must know more that I do.  However I will not accept a book, collection of oral histories from many different cultures over a vast period of time, as being the one true word of God. While I don’t label myself as Faithful, I do believe in a designed order of the universe. And no you are not the center of it. So I have to ask myself why do those of faith show so much intolerance? Just the other day as I was scanning through a faith-based story on the internet, I also scan the comments. One comment in particular caught my attention, the poster was crying foul over all the “Atheists” judging Christians, the christian then cites the bible on passing judgment. Typical Christian response. The Christian then closes with all non believers will burn, etc. Hmmm, he displays anger at being judged, then closes by passing judgment.  The hypocrisy of faith is immeasurable and the damage it has caused is irreparable.  It was faith in God that lead Jim Jones and his followers into mass suicide. It was faith in God that drove David Koresh and his branch Davidian suicide. The faith in God was behind every lynching, in this country. Faith of God rests in every war and atrocity the U.S. has ever committed. Faith in God drives the greed and power of the corrupt church. Faith in God drives Fred Phelps to protest funerals of fallen soldiers. Faith in God gives Phelps the right to spread hate and intolerance.  Faith of God drives men like Phelps to slander God. Faith in God feeds hate intolerance and exclusion. Faith in God leads us to only more pain, more sorrow and more greed.  A world with out God is a world closer together.

Well I thought I had adequately put this to bed. However I underestimate the conspiracy minded. Let me stress this one point one last time. The galactic Alignment is a man-made quantitative.  What I forgot to mention in the previous post that this man-made galactic alignment, in which the earth and the sun are in some alignment with the center of our galaxy, and that does happen on this imaginary chart every 26,125 years. And since the Mayan Long count calendar is also 26, 125 years, (as there is no year 0) this has been the fuel of the doomsday conspirators since the cracking of the Mayan code. But whether this is coincidence or  intentional  still remains to be seen. But lets assume just for a second that the prophecies are true, that there is some kind of cosmic alignment, that the Mayans were aware of and had warned us about. Any such event if it is triggered by this sort of alignment would be happening twice a year every year without fail. As I said in the previous post. Observing from the Earth the sun passes this Galactic Equator twice a year, Winter and Summer Solstice.  So to be clear when the sun and the earth align on the winter solstice of 2012 we will still be 30,000 light years from the center of the galaxy, The super-massive black hole lurking in the galaxies center near Sagittarius will not pull us in or create extreme gravitational conditions that could trigger massive tectonic activity.  Now this leads me to address an email related to my previous post on 2012. Anonymous says that I have purposely omitted, two other possibilities surrounding  the 2012 phenomenon the first being the solar cycles. That we will be entering into what is a solar Maximum. This Solar Cycle takes approximately 11 years from max to the next. Though 11 years is far from exact. The next Solar Max is expected to arrive in 2013. But given the imprecision of the Solar Maximum it is possible that the next solar Maximum arrives in 2012, it’s just as probable to arrive in time for lunch this afternoon. But when it does it arrive there is no conceivable way for the Mayans to know this a few thousand years into the future.  However the concern with a Solar Maximum may not be completely unfounded. If experts are correct in calculations, this could be the strongest Solar Maximum since the mid 1800 when Northern Lights were seen as far away as Rome. The concern today of course is can our aging electrical grids be able to handle an intense electromagnetic storm that comes with the solar max cycles.  If the Grids burn out we will all be in the dark for quite a long time.  Again something that the Mayans could not Predict. Then there is the awakening of consciousness.  The idea here is that the crossing of the Galactic equator will trigger something within the dormant parts of the brain, and miraculously we will essentially rewire our selves and rise to a new consciousness. That all sounds great, I believe that a transformation like this is our only hope of survival as a specious. But I am also a realist. And that Humanity will not change, ever, unless we are forced to, and we would have to be forced by forces beyond our control. In order to bring about this awakening we would have to have a culling of humanity. The simple truth is we need Drastic events to trigger drastic action. And besides even if we accept for a second that some alignment will take place in 2012, we have no reason to believe that we will wiped out as a specious. If true that would mean that in the course of Human evolution almost a million years, this alignment would have occurred 38 times. And we made it this far. Though there is one event dating back some 70,000 years ago when Humans were nearly wiped to extinction. And all 6.5billion of us today share the same 600 common ancestors. Again that is just a hard fact of life on Planet Earth. We are simply the Order within Chaos. Or are we the Chaos inside the Order? The lines get so blurred these days.

There is a river in my home town. The Rock River gets its source in southeast Wisconsin and begins its 285 mile journey to join the waters of the Mississippi. The river which cuts my city clean in two has changed drastically over the hundred and 50 odd years since Rockford became a township then a city. In the years when my grandfather, much younger than I am now fished these waters, it was a different time. The water flowed by blue and clear. Safe to drink and how sweet her waters were. But that was our distant past, only savored in a few pictures and the memories of a wild youth passing lazy days on the banks of the mighty beautiful river.  Though there is still some beauty left most of it is what we have done on the banks of the river, than the green river that runs through them. And this is just one change in a long series of changes through the years. The biggest change for me is for the first real-time in my Adult life I can not visualize the future. Like that river that flows through, it takes the same path it has for a million years or more, but it is in all sense different. The same to with our lives, though on the surface it seems as if we are just flowing along with time, but we are fundamentally different from those drops of water that came before us.  On a whole we have become more dependent on government to make our decisions and media to do our critical thinking for us.  And as we become more and more dependent on others and gadgets we become less and less dependent upon ourselves, and if we do not change we may never be ourselves again.  With the future so clouded and unpredictable we must take this time to assess what is truly important, and we need to focus on that one thing. Then and only then can we even begin to fix everything else. And if we had done the right thing the first time around their would be no reason to fix anything.   And with all the talk about 2012 and doomsday scenarios, one would think that the prospect of extinction would straighten us out, Nothing worse than self-fulfilling prophecy.