Coexistence :: Reblogged from Way of the Weird

I’ve been reading the Libellus pretty hard now. And I have to tell you, that there are some unnecessary things we allow to exist in our Waking Dream.

What does it mean to Coexist? Well, from what I can gather, it means that we have to be mutually respectful to each person’s pursuit of the Dream. If you are encroaching on another person’s joy or Dream, you are not being respectful. But it is much more than that.

We have to stop with the categorization of people by physical characteristics, beliefs or pursuits. At the end of the day, what does skin color have to do with anything? What does it matter what country you come from or were born in? What differences does it matter which sexual orientation you chose? These preconceived separations are products of the False Teachers, those who want to splinter us for their own seditious aims — except we are rebelling against one another rather than those who are putting these crazy thoughts in our heads. And though Sleepers and Dreamers have different roles in the universe, they are the same and should treat each other with mutual respect — though the Sleepers don’t know that they are Sleepers.

We have mired ourselves down with labeling people — that should not ever be something we waste our time with. Skin color is a function of climate. Culture is a function social influence. Sexuality is a predisposition, just as some people like blue and others prefer red. But who among us truly has the right to tell anyone what they should and should not like?

Religion is the most difficult and polarizing aspects of human interactions. And it has been the cause of many conflicts over the course of human history. This is due to the result that each religion believes that theirs is correct, but, they can’t possibly know the mind of the Creator. And that is where we have fallen on many occasions. So many wars and needless deaths in the name of the Creator. Is this truly what he wants?

I guess, what I’m trying to say, is that we waste a lot of time trying defending our differences when all we need to be doing is getting along and trying to work on creating a Dream that works for us all. And now is the time to start paying attention, because in case you hadn’t noticed, things are getting crazy out there. We must stop judging one another, or trying to put constraints on one another. You are ultimately responsible for your actions, and your actions alone. Treat someone else’s pursuits with respect, and respect will ultimately be returned.

I’ll talk to you soon.

The Crier

http://wayoftheweird.com

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The Way of the Weird

I have been asked by many people to explain the philosophy of the Waking Dream.  As a result, I’ve set up an entirely new blog at http://wayoftheweird.com

This blog is written from the perspective of the new Crier at Twilight who, having recently been freed from the control of the Beast, has taken it upon himself to spread the word of the Waking Dream and to assist Dreamers in awakening to the realization of the Waking Dream.

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I hope you join us!

What is the Waking Dream?

I’ve been asked many times “What exactly are you trying to do with the Waking Dream Universe?”

I have actually been working on the Waking Dream Universe for about 15 years. It is the product of the many years I’ve spent studying religion, philosophy, cosmology and Quantum Mechanics. I wanted to write a series of novels that blurred all the lines between what is real and what is not, because when you really get down to it — can you actually describe reality? How do you know that what you are seeing is real? And, what if we had this innate ability to change it?

The Waking Dream is the universe — a place where we are free to create whatever we want and make our lives whatever we want. There are three types of beings in the universe — Dreamers, Sleepers and Immortals.

Dreamers are those of us who have the ability to use a primordial force known as the Weird — which is just my distillation of all the nebulous concepts that from throughout history such as the Tao, the Holy Spirit, the Akashic Record, the Force. It is the clay from which we mold the world. Dreamers have an ability called Weirdness, which allows them to affect the world around them in a very similar way to magick. But, a Dreamer cannot begin to use this ability until they realize that they are a Dreamer. They come into the world through a form of reincarnation. This is where the Sleepers come in.

Sleepers are merely those that have no ability to change the world around them. They breed and spread like the rest of the animals in the world, and their purpose is to fulfill the will of the Dreamers. And, they serve as reincarnation vessels for the Dreamers. When a Dreamer dies, they return to my form of the afterlife known as the Spaces Between. From there, they choose a Sleeper they wish to inhabit, and forget all of their previous lives [except at a subconscious level] and begin life all over again, trying to Awaken their Weirdness. Think of it as assuming a character in a game, yet you don’t know you are playing a game. And once you Awaken, you realize that there is something much more profound behind it all — Immortality.

All Dreamers are innately Immortal in spirit. A Dreamer can become Immortal and once that happens, they no longer forget who they are when they die and return. The bodies of the Sleepers are not Immortal, only the Dreamer soul that inhabits them. But, when they die, they can return and remember all of their experiences from past lives, and command greater control over the Weird.

The Waking Dream is the entire universe. Earth is special because it was the first planet in the universe to become inhabited by Dreamers. But there are countless other worlds where Dreamers and Immortals exist. However, Immortals are bound to their home planet — the place where they first became Immortal. And once the Earth is gone, they will be free to explore other worlds, but they’ll begin the process of becoming Immortal all over again.

I hope this gives you enough information to decide if the Waking Dream series intrigues you enough to follow me on this journey.

The Book of Awakening

[by Laertes of Crete]

I.

If you are reading this Libellus, you are a Dreamer, whether you have recognized this or not. Being a Dreamer carries responsibility, one most people are not willing to accept. Responsibility implies that one cannot blame another person for their actions, effectively avoiding causality. However, this is futile and childish to consider. If you are a Dreamer, you are creating the Waking Dream around you. If you’re life is good, it is because you have made it so and if it is bad, it is because you have made it so. No one else is responsible for your life other than you.

II.

Before you can begin to manipulate the Waking Dream, using your inherent Weirdness, you must Awaken. The body in which you live in was previously an empty Sleeper. This is because you have chosen to inhabit this body by observing their existence, much as one chooses a character in a role-playing game. When you are not participating in the Waking Dream, you roam the vast domain of the Weird known as The Spaces Between — which is mistakenly labeled as the Afterlife, it is the InBetweenLife. You have the ability to see into the Dream, and remember all of your past lives — unless you have only recently coalesced into a conscious soul, therefore you have chosen your first body, and you will have countless others.

III.

When the body dies, you will return to the Spaces Between and be allowed to choose another body. You assume the life of the Sleeper that you choose, and in this process, you forget all of your past lives except through residual memories that slowly seep into your sub-conscious through your tether to the Spaces Between known as the Somnambula — known in other cultures as the silver cord. This is the way of the Waking Dream, and you will not understand this amnesia until you attain Immortality.

IV.

The mere act of reading this book, the Libellus Somnium, will allow you to Awaken — given that you can overcome the disbelief imbedded in the soul of all Sleepers and realize that you are now in control of your future through the use of your Weirdness. You have only found this book, because you are a Dreamer, and if you can believe and understand everything within, you will then begin the journey of understanding your own variety of Weirdness — or magick — and then you may start the long journey of attaining Immortality.

V.

The Creator has initiated the Waking Dream, and in that created One — the first Immortal. It is he who has asked that we other Immortals expand on his first book, The Book of One, to assist the Dreamers in Awakening. A time of great transformation is upon us, and Dreamers and Immortals must unite and ensure that the Sleeper population is not eliminated. This would be disastrous as it will take centuries for new Sleepers to be created to allow the reincarnation cycle to continue, allowing interaction with the Dream once more.

VI.

To begin, you must understand — and you must realize that you will never understand the nature of the Waking Dream, because you, I and the others are not meant to understand it. This is the Will of the Creator, The Will of the Weird. This Dream is a gift, an adventure, an experience. Your soul coalesced from the Weird over eons, just as the gases coalesce into stars. And the moment you began to glisten in the darkness of the Spaces Between, you inhabited your first Sleeper. And you will continue to do so until all Dreamers in the universe have attained immortality and then the Dream will reset. This is the solution to the equation that governs the universe.

VII.

I urge you now to look deep within, and understand your role in the Waking Dream. You may simply decide to ignore this as a work of fiction and continue blissfully ignorant to the things that are going on that threaten the Dream. But I assure you, the struggle for the control of reality has already begun. Awaken your Weirdness and Change the World.

VIII

References:

Immortal Memories: Volume I are stories about the Immortals.
Waking Dream: Devlin chronicles the beginning of the transformation of the Dream.

The Little Book of Dreams

The entire Waking Dream Universe is a philosophy; the merging of all my studies of religion and philosophy.  In addition to the novels and short stories, I’ve begun a section of my blog called the Libellus Somnium, the little book of dreams.  It is meant to be the “bible” of the Dreamers in my universe.  If you are interested in a different perspective of our world, you can read it on my page.

http://www.wakingdreamonline.com/libellus-somnium/

Are you a Dreamer, a Sleeper or an Immortal?

Weirdness

Where’s your will to be weird? – Jim Morrison

Previously, I hinted at a concept I like to call “Weirdness”.  It is one of the foundations of my entire philosophy, because all of the things I have studied in my life always have a certain aspect of weirdness.  There are so many concepts that align with my view of Weirdness, but each of them has a slightly different slant to its meaning.  I’ve tried to take all that I know about these other concepts and synthesize it into a lucid and intuitive concept. 

Beginning with Einstein who coined the phrase “spooky action at a distance” because of the concept of Quantum Weirdness.  Quantum Weirdness, in its most simple definition, is the fact that when we try to apply the physics of the macro world to the subatomic world, all the assumptions break down.  This can be illustrated by a rudimentary understanding of atomic structure.  An atom is made up of nucleus, which is orbited by n-number of electrons which inhabit various “valances” of the atom.  They are constantly moving from one orbit to the next, either closer or further away from the nucleus.  This is weird because it basically “teleports” from one orbit to the next, without traversing the space between.  Imagine driving your car in a three lane highway and you want to change lanes.  Instead of putting on your blinker and gently drifting into the next lane, then the next, you put your blinker on and you are suddenly in the far lane.  Your car appears to vanish then reappear.  This is where reality breaks down.  And if we can’t apply the laws of physics evenly to all aspects of reality, what does that say about our understanding of reality? 

But Weirdness is something more than just inexplicable actions happening at the quantum state.  We must define it as something more attainable and understandable.  So the next stop on our journey is Tao.  Anyone who has studied Tao knows that it cannot be classically defined.  It is the eternal force that binds the universe with order.  But, that is not its only definition — it is an abstract view of the force that allows for existence.  To my mind, I equate this with Weirdness because it is the foundation for reality, similar to the Quantum Realm which defines all of the fundamental objects from which our universe is created.  Tao is also the path, or way — but not to suggest that there is a prescribed path, it is the path you create for yourself.  We can also describe Tao with other abstract concepts we’ve seen in both theological, philosophical and fictional writings — the Force, the Field, Dark Energy, the Holy Spirit, Karma, Chi and God.  We all sense in some way the existence of a fundamental force or energy that powers all of creation, or enables creation and existence.  All of these concepts relate in a similar fashion.

And now on to Weirdness as I’ve defined it — our innate ability to impose our will on the fabric of the universe and manipulate reality.  More simply, it is raw “possibility”, because at the most fundamental level, anything is possible.  And when I say “anything is possible” that does not mean that “anything is probable”.  It is only when we exert our inherent Weirdness that the probability increases allowing something to become manifested.  We can see this at work every single moment of my life.  Who would have thought 100 years ago we would be typing on a machine and sending our thoughts directly from our brain across the world instantaneously for everyone to see?  Who would have thought 100 years ago that we would be planning trips to Mars for settlement?  And who would have thought 100 years ago that we would be able to emulate the power of the sun in the form of a bomb?  All these things would have been considered impossible, but through years of research and exertion of human will, they have come to pass.  The ability for our consciousness to conceive of things that have not existed before is one of the most fundamental displays of our Weirdness.  Our ability to dream and make our dreams reality.  Projecting our inner minds on the world around us.

Weirdness doesn’t just end with our manipulation of the physical world.  True, it is amazing that our brain can communicate, at the speed of light, with all our limbs — our fingers to move effortlessly to our will to type on the computer or play a guitar — but what else have we not unlocked in our own potential?  We can leap beyond the realm of common reality and try to hone our skill of Weirdness to accomplish things we’ve not truly realized.  We have collectively decided what is normal and what is weird or strange — through centuries of self-imposed oppression.  We have imposed rules about what is acceptable thought or practice — such as abandoning magic and alchemy and paganism.  We have created the devil to keep our unconscious minds in check, and disbelieve things that do not fall into dogmatic doctrine.  If someone exhibited a “weird” ability, such as telepathy or telekinesis, we labeled them as a witch or possessed by the devil.  We have actively oppressed our frontier of possibility, and we are not quite sure why.

So the term Weirdness is that inherent strangeness to existence, the things we do not readily understand about our universe and ourselves.  It is Weird to us, so we cannot accept it as a part of daily life.  But this weirdness exists in us all, but it is a skill that must be practiced.  There are many ways to achieve this, and the answer is rolled up in many different manifestations of the same concept — Meditation.  When we enter our dream state, we are in form of meditation, where our mind is free to think and explore what it wishes, unhindered by the eternal influences, the common reality.  It is the dream state that empowers Weirdness on a subconscious level.  But in order to fully realize the power of the Weirdness, we must learn to draw it out of our dreams and apply it to the world around us.

I have witnessed some many inexplicable things in my lifetime, that I must believe that we are capable of much more than this empty existence of working, acquiring, sleeping and dying.  We should not need a sack full of cash to enjoy the splendors of life.  We should be able to just be wherever we want to be, and see whatever we want to see using only our will.  There are people who can leave their bodies and visit far-away places.  There are people who can see things that the rest of us cannot see.  There are people who can read thoughts.  There are people who can move things with their minds.  And these are small feats in comparison to what we could truly achieve if we unlocked the flow of our own Weirdness, unabashedly and confidently. 

All of us have a Weirdness within us, most of us oppress it or never talk about it.  Only you can know for sure, though because we are all One, if One of us is Weird, we are all Weird.

So I leave you with this question:  What is your Weirdness?

A Programmer’s View of Religion and the Universe [Part 3]

“The infinite is in the finite of every instant.” – Zen Proverb

This is the my third installment in a series of posts expressing my view of religion and the universe, having been a programmer/analyst for the bulk of my adult life.  In the first post, I began by describing the similarities between the fundamental construction of the universe and how similar it is to the way software is designed.  The second post, I took a look at the concept of “purpose”.  Today I would like to talk about the concept of existence.

Existence is such a nebulous concept.  We can look at something sitting nearby, and it exists.  Or at least we think it exists.  But when we start to delve into the world of the really small, the quantum level, it becomes apparent that existence isn’t exactly what we thought it was.  Things only “tend” to be there — which returns us to the age-old question, “If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there, does it still make a sound?”  Some schools of thought would suggest that it doesn’t fall, or make a sound.  This is possible, or I should say “probably”, because of the nature of the atoms that make up all matter in the universe.  Basically, an atom is composed of a cluster of neutrons and protons, orbited by 1 or more electrons.  Electrons, as observed scientifically, have a “probability wave”, which means there is an equation that governs all the possible positions it can be, everywhere in the universe and not just around the atom.  An electron has a probability, though very small, that it can exist anywhere in the known universe — though that probability may be some insanely small fraction of a percentage — e.g. a million billionths of a percentage point.  The idea is that it is possible, though very improbable.  But understanding this key concept, makes it possible to understand the other “weirdness” that governs our existence.

So what makes an electron “behave” or “tend” to be where you want it?  That is another source of great contention.  Some believe something doesn’t exist unless it is observed by someone, others believe it is there when it interacts with something else.  Either one of these concepts presents another problem.  Who was the first observer, or who was the first interactor?  Aristotle tried to explain this in his book The Metaphysics by introducing the concept of the Unmoved Mover — a primary cause or “mover” of all the motion in the universe.  It had not been moved by any other action, making it perfectly beautiful, indivisible and engaged in perfect contemplation of itself contemplating. 

There is therefore also something which moves it. And since that which moves and is moved is intermediate, there is something which moves without being moved, being eternal, substance, and actuality. – Aristotle The Metaphysics 12.7

 This very elegant philosophical concept allows the universe to exist without an observer, but it leaves the 13 billion year old elephant in the room — What was or is the unmoved mover? And how did it get there?  This question again introduces a plethora of concepts which you are probably already familiar with – creationism on one hand, the big bang on the other.  And unfortunately, this is where all human reason must end, as there is currently no known way to see beyond the moment of that our universe came into existence, because nothing was there to record those events.  Try as we may, spending billions of dollars to smash atoms together, hoping to get a glimpse of that first moment when the first particle formed, giving way to the universe.  But we have not discovered it yet, and I would have to say that we probably never will.  Not that we aren’t intelligent, and resourceful, but because the question and the answer are irrelevant.

We are so entirely wrapped up in the pursuit of finding the purpose to it all, we have forgotten that the moment is what matters.  We have existence, do we really need to understand why it is here?  Isn’t existence its own question and answer?  So back to the programmer’s perspective, do you need to know how your computer works internally to use and enjoy it?  Certainly not. We do not need to understand how the universe works to enjoy it, or utilize it.  We knew nothing about the universe, really, 2000 years ago and we survived, lived life and persisted. 

I write software using fundamental components.  I am the unmoved mover as far as my programs are concerned.  I am that which is programmed but programmed by myself and myself alone.  Do my bits of code wonder how they came into existence, while they await to perform their functions?  Who is to say.

Next time, we’ll explore the pinnacle of existence — life and the state of being.

 

 

The Humbug Epidemic

“Then rang the bells, both loud and deep, god is not dead, nor doth he sleep.  The wrong will fail, the right prevail with peace on earth and good will towards men” – I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Each year it seems to be that people are less and less cheery at the holidays.  I’m sure that a great deal of this has to do with the state of world affairs.  But, I have to say, when you look back in our history as a country, we have been through worse and were able to maintain a semblance of civility towards one another, especially at Christmas time.  Now that seems we find it acceptable to create commercials for Christmas that have snarky, sarcastic overtones.

How about the eBay commercial where the little girl is telling everyone what she does not want for Christmas, and that everything she’s gotten in the past was basically unappreciated?  Or how about the commercial where the woman hands her Christmas list to the sales clerk and gloats at her being done with her list?  Or how about the one with the woman waiting for Santa to gloat over the fact that her presents are better than the one’s he is leaving? I have to say I am deeply saddened that we have turned Christmas into such a horrible reflection on our society — a society obsessed with owning things.

Although, the coup-de-grace of all things that upsets me about Christmas is that we have television shows on how to ensure that all your presents are returnable.  Yes, returnable!  I think that we must all have been raised horribly, because all we care about is whether we get what we want.  What ever happened to “It’s the thought that counts”?  I guess you better think real good about what your friends and family want, or they’ll just return your gifts.  I have never returned a gift.  I was happy to get anything.  And if the gift didn’t fit, or wasn’t something I could use, I would simply give it to someone who could use it, after thanking the giver profusely.

In addition to this, we have to stop calling it Christmas.  This is probably the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard in my life.  Christmas, is a Christian holiday, now — the time of year derived from the pagan holiday of Yule.  I am terribly sorry if someone is offended that the Christians have a holiday as prolific as Christmas, but that is the way it has always been.  They are not “holiday” trees, they are “Christmas” trees.  They are not “holiday” parties, they are “Christmas” parties.  People who are up in arms about calling things “Christmas” are probably the same people who ensure that the gift receipt is valid so they can take the present back and cash it in.

Maybe this is the reason why we have become so desensitized to Christmas.  We have completely lost the true feeling of Christmas.  It really isn’t about the birth of Christ, it’s about hope, friendship and togetherness.  We are so wrapped up in our little lives, pursuing the next gadget or item we can own, that we forget there are 7 billion people around us.  Christmas is that one time of year where we actually have an excuse to be nice to one another, regardless of religion or race.  We should all be gathering around the fire, keeping each other warm with camaraderie — instead, we get up at midnight to rush to Walmart to buy a shopping cart full of garbage, wrap it in paper, then hand it out to the people around us, hoping we get something better in return.

So in my family, I’ve taken measures to change this, as much as I can in my little world:

1) You will never get a gift receipt from me.  If you do not like or need what I gave you, then pass it to someone who does.  I thought enough to buy you anything, that should be good enough.

2) I have a Christmas Tree, Christmas lights, and Christmas parties.  Holidays is a general term and does not describe Christmas.

3) I will not provide nor accept a Christmas list, unless you are under 10 and it is address to Santa.  Nor will I provide you a list. We should know one another well enough to know what we need.  If you or I do not, then why are we buying presents for one another?  Wouldn’t a nice cup of egg nog together be just as nice?

4) There is always a limit on the amount of money spent and it is guideline, not a goal.  It is more important to get someone one thing they will really like, rather than a car full of mediocre presents.

That’s it.  If we do not break this cycle, then why celebrate Christmas at all anymore.  The only people who stand to gain from Christmas anymore are the retailers.  Quality of products are horrible, deals are always too good to be true, and we are in a recession. 

Its time to stop thinking about our wants, and start addressing our needs.  We need the good cheer that comes from the spirit of Christmas.  We do not need another closet full of gifts we’ll never use.

A Programmer’s View of Religion and the Universe [Part 2]

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” – Hamlet I.v

In the first part of this post, I began by explaining the similarities between modern software programming and the fundamental design of the universe.  It is no coincidence that these similarities exist, because at the base of everything is the one unifying language — Mathematics.  All things can be discussed in terms of mathematics, and all things can be quantified, to some degree, using mathematics.  So in order to define the “design” we must look to mathematics.

From this we can draw the conclusion that the architect of the universe is most likely a mathematician, but this is not to say that the architect created mathematics.  Mathematics simply exists and does not require creation, just as the fundamental state of existence does not require creation.  Mathematics and existence simply “are”.  It is very difficult for us to grasp this concept, because everything we see around us was created in some form or fashion, or at least that is the way we see it. 

In software development, there arises a need before there is a plan.  A customer describes the need to solve a problem, and a program is architected, engineered and coded to meet the need.  In all my years as a programmer, I have never seen a program appear out of thin air to meet the need; someone must design it, create it and define its parameters.  If we look around us, we see any number of objects lying on the desk before us; pencil, monitor, keyboard, checkbook, house, building, car.  All these things we created to meet a need or serve a purpose, and we use them until they are broken or no longer needed.  We don’t usually keep things around us, or create things, that serve no purpose.  But what is purpose?

The word “purpose” is a very broad term because we can define it so many different ways in the context of day-to-day life.  For instance, look at the purpose of a fork as opposed to a work of art.  Some would say that a fork has a higher purpose than a work of art because art does not perform a necessary function.  We as humans assign purpose to everything, and if something has not collective purpose, we tend to disregard it.  So we should turn that discriminate eye on ourselves.  What purpose do we as humans serve?  This question is what has spurred the millenia long strife of religion.  We cannot truly assign a purpose to ourselves, as a result, God has become the purpose, as we identify ourselves as his children.  This is not to say that this is wrong, but we must then put ourselves in the same role with our own children.  At the base level, children are a drain on our existence.  Our time and resources are spent to care for them, to teach them, to prepare them to have their own children.  One could argue that a child is no more purposeful than the work of art I mentioned above.  However, with a different understanding of purpose, children and artwork provide some level of entertainment and joy.  They enrich our lives, allowing us to enjoy the act of existing.  But what is existence?

Existence, like mathematics, just “is”.  And that is all we know at this point since we cannot define, or unable to ever define, why something like the universe would exist at all.  According to everything we know about science, it would have been much easier had nothing ever existed at all — a universe of tranquility, energy in a perpetual state of oneness and still. Everything around us all the time is trying to return to this state of stillness, only instead of becoming more still, it becomes more chaotic and more disorganized.  And unfortunately, once you’ve disorganized something, in the perspective of space AND time, you cannot reorganize it.  Time disallows us to ever return something to its exact state.  How is this, you might ask?  That is the realm of entropy.

For today, I leave you with these words to ponder, and I would love to hear comments or observations.

A Programmer’s View of Religion and the Universe [Part 1]

“Far away, across the field, the tolling of the iron bell, calls the faithful to their knees to hear the softly spoken magic spells”- Pink Floyd

Religion has been a source of tension in our world since we first looked up at the sky and declared the sun and the moon to be gods.  We have all struggled with the search for purpose, wondering why we are here and who put us here.  Its amazing to me that we have come to the point we have in our world, where we are so disjointed in our belief systems, that we have resorted to death and violence in the name of God.  Does anyone else see this as a fundamental problem?

I must be clear that I am not in any way, shape or form proselytizing.  My own religious beliefs are exactly that — my own.  Being human, I think it is necessary for me to impart my own personal findings, as I reach mid-life.  I have spent a great deal of time studying other religions, and will continue to do so, because finding a common religion that we can all accept is the only true way we will reach global peace.  We all know this to be true, because we are constantly trying to get others to believe in the same thing we do.  World peace has become a cliche, or philosophical chimera — which is really quite sad.

I dont’ really need to speak about any religion in particular.  Each religion exists for a purpose, and obviously people who follow a particular faith have found their own purpose within that faith.  We do need to understand the importance of coexistence.  Without coexistence, we never have a hope of overcoming the disparity of thought surrounding the creation and purpose of the universe.  We must overcome our urge to disparage someone else’s belief system, because if you really think about it, every religion has its imperfections.  Imperfections exist because we are all human, and if we were perfect we wouldn’t have any issues in the world.  So obviously we are not perfect, and no religion is perfect if it does not appeal to everyone equally so. 

So I have come to several personal conclusions that I would like to share, perhaps helping you in your own explorations of the mysteries of the universe.  There are so many things that I cannot comprehend.  The vastness of the universe is overwhelming and we are just a tiny, beautiful jewel floating around a luminescent ball of pure undulating energy — one star among trillions of other stars.  It sustains everything that exists on our planet.  There is not one creature, big or small that does not get its nourishment and life from the sun; directly or indirectly.  Without the sun, there is only darkness and cold, which makes me think that the sun and others like it, are a significant aspect of existence.  A significant part of the design. 

I have approached this problem the only way I know.  I have been programming software solutions since the mid 1990s.  Object Oriented Programming shares a striking resemblance to the way that our universe functions.  What is strange is that when you really think about it, the universe really is very similar to the Matrix.  It all begins with the fundamental equations and constants.  We have constants in programming and in the universe — Gravity, Speed of Light, Planks Constant.  We have variables: mass, energy, acceleration.  We have a toolbox of elementary particles, or objects, to build from: strings, quarks, nucleus, protons, electrons.  We have functions assigned to each of the objects we build: attract, repel, fuse.

As a programmer and software architect, it would be silly for me to think if I just throw a bunch of code together it will just work.  There must always be a design.  Even the simplest life-form, or program, is a symphony of interactions that allow the life-form to exist.  Then the question becomes, “Who’s design?”

If you strip away the layers of dogma we’ve created for ourselves, it comes down to two simple concepts: Either there is a design, or there isn’t.  The “intelligent design” we have assigned to God, because we as humans must anthropomorphize  that which we revere.  With the multitudes of possibilities of configuration, it would be silly for me to say that the design comes from something that has been humanized.  God, in my opinion, is most likely something we cannot at all comprehend, because we are very limited in our experience and understanding of the universe.  The entirety of human history hasn’t even been a twinkle in the eye of the Universe.  We are only just getting started.

Looking back to the sun we see that its function is not only to provide use with the energy we need to survive, but through complex interactions, its creates the very stuff we are made of.  This one fact is something that a great many people simply do not understand.  Every thing you are made of came as the result of the fusion happening in stars, and stars that have long since died.  The carbon, the iron, the oxygen we breathe, all came from the death of a star.  Even new stars are formed from the death of other stars.  But the sun is not god, as we learned long ago.  So where do we even start to look for the design?

That is an enormous amount of information to grock in one sitting.  I will continue this article, after the holidays.  I hope you return to read the rest, and provide critique of my conclusions.