After watching the news today, I think it appropriate to quote the French writer and philosopher Voltaire, who said

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

I think this quote is so true. Like many people, I was raised to follow a religion. As a young child I began to question things and think the religion I was told to believe was all nonsense. None of it made any sense. It bothered me a bit in the sense that I knew I was a good kind and spiritual person but when I dared to question religion, I felt as though I was made to feel like a cold hearted atheist. Of course I am not an atheist, I don’t like to put labels on myself, but I am closer to being an agnostic. I have never talked to god, seen god, I don’t know if God exists or not. There are some things I simply do not know and I am fine with not knowing.
Another quote from Voltaire is

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.

I don’t tell anyone what to believe, but what I do like to do is to encourage people to open their minds and think for themselves. I have been searching for what I believe is the truth about life for several decades, and I can honestly say what I have discovered and experienced about life is far more comforting than anything I have ever read about in any religious book. I think the truth about life is available to anyone, it is not just the special domain of a certain race of people who lived during a certain period of time.
And finally

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.

I think that we are more than just our bodies or even our minds, which are nothing more than a biological computer. We are our consciousness, our soul, that which accounts for a person being kind or otherwise, and that which in my opinion is eternal.

3 Replies to “Voltaire”

  1. Tasha

    Hi friend
    I read what you had to say and I would like to let you know that there is a God I know this for a fact and his name is Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18) It’s only natural to want to know the truth about God and our reason for being here. There is nothing wrong with asking questions and any religion that couldn’t give you the answer to the questions you seek straight from God’s word the bible,then you did the best thing by walking away from that religion. But I’m here to let you know that yes one day this world will have peace but that will only come about through God’s kingdom. I’m only writing you this out of love.All I ask is please don’t dismiss what I have to say. Please have an open mind and see for yourself.There is a website called j.w.org and I believe it can help answer a lot of questions that you may have about God,religion, and life. I don’t know if you know anything about Jehovah’s witnesses or what they believe .. There are a lot of people out there that like to say negative things about their organization but please don’t believe the hype go and see for yourself.. Please never give up on Jehovah because he will never give up on you..

    • ian Post author

      Have you seen Jehovah? Has Jehovah talked to you? I don’t believe in anything, I stick to what I know, and I think most people go searching for some divine being and they fail to see the divinity within themselves and those around them. I have spent a great deal of my life searching for my own personal truth, and what I have become aware of through my own personal journey is far more comforting to me than anything I have read in any religious book, I would encourage you to go on your own journey of self discovery.

    • ian Post author

      As an update, I did take a look at what Jehovah witness is about and in my personal opinion, it is complete and utter nonsense, which no sane rational thinking person could believe.


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