GOOD MORNING BELIEVERS! THE SUN HAS RISEN! Well, actually the earth has rotated,

Reading tags is quite refreshing as I drink my morning coffee. There are a lot of sincere folks out there who are bright and creative. Now that we have more free memory, there will be no senility. Darn, I’m sure that is wrong. But I even find illumination in reading pieces from those who make that sort of non logical connection. On occasion, inspiration can come from connecting two disparate facts who on the surface might seem to make sense. Of course, many political or other manipulators, use obvious facts to connect dots that are not real.

Tags are fun when you notice some one reaching into the gray area of speculation with utter certainty. I try to indicate some lack of accurate known context in some of my own speculations, sometimes I do not even know I am speculating, like with beliefs, not knowing one is doing that can be scary to others if they notice the leap of unfounded faith. Faith itself is often construed as this blind leaping off of the cliffs of fact.

Beware of those who say you do not need that (God?) given mind of yours to determine accuracy or truthfulness for yourself. They may say that questioning is a trick by the enemy; be that Satan, the other tribe, liberals, conservatives, those other kinds of believers or non believers.

There is nothing noble about philosophies that ask us to ignore our questions, or one another because we are different. When some one says your own inquiring mind given to you by (God) is somehow always working to undermine your life, something is skewed.

I (we) can and do engage in self defeating behaviors often stemming from our self image or beliefs, that can work against our higher interest of a more truthful, forthright and honestly faced life. Such mistaken self identities seem to be the aberration, possibly absorbed by culture or some environmental assault, that twisted original being into one in some ways, “under fire”.

Many religious traditions seem to try to help the individual to address inner contradictions to gain a closer relationship to authentic self, some have evolved into preserving that sense of “a fallen one” to preserve your dependency on their experts on some future salvation (closer next Sunday). They link you to their effort, whatever it actually is, and hope to keep you on line.

I can not imagine a religion, that says you are finished in your learning and need not come by anymore. (Except Buddhism, which is sometimes not called a real religion, because it is about how your manage your own state of consciousness, and can presumably attain enlightenment/purification to Creation by your eventual clearing of all illusion.) Not ever being perfect enough seems to be a given expectation in most groups. It is a great position to have someone in, if you wish to keep serving them by teaching ways to truths, or manipulating your dependence on an institution and your status in it, be it as minister or follower.

Tags that question the nature of things, are an education in the debates over reason going on in the world; the big world and the individuals inner world. I attempt to merge some of these crossover points between the two, as I believe they are in my own life, on this blog. Do not expect complete, obvious continuity from post to post. It may be political one minute, slide into spiritual, then have a life photo of images I have seen, mostly around my home. Just letting you know that if the next blog seems way off this topic, do not be alarmed. I have not joined a cult!

Been there. Done that.

Good morning from the nations edge.