the clear understanding of life
Why do I so readily dismiss the great and wise thinkers cited by people in their quest for truth or understanding? Two main reasons:
1. Most of the people referenced are dead. That means they lived before this age of vast information wells and easy information exchange. They were lacking an overwhelming number of important facts that would have informed their thinking. Smart conclusions reached in the ignorance of an information void mean very little.
2. Most (all?) of the people whose ideas are discussed are men. That means they have a very limited understanding of humanity as a whole. While men can experience the highs and lows of life like any other human being, they are unable to participate in the rich ebbs and flows that hormones present to women, giving a more complete understanding of different points of view and experiences. While men can experience the joy of parenting, they are unable to participate in the core function of our existence – reproduction. Women are the axis on which the world turns and men are merely here to provide a missing chunk of code and protection, when it was needed.
Men, more than women, have a need to attempt to explain their existence and their actions because they realise how precarious their role is, and they are intrinsically removed from our core evolutionary function. That’s why men invented man-centred religions with man gods to make them more special in an subconscious attempt to undermine and control women.
Now that most of us have little need for men in terms of their original role (sperm providers and protectors), we need to be careful not to discriminate against them, as they have done to us. As most of us are heterosexual, we can enjoy the physical pleasure and limited but sincere attempt at emotional support that romantic relationships with males can bring us. Those of us who do not enjoy romantic relationships with men, can still enjoy the company and humour of males, and we can all benefit from the blinkered approach to life of many men which, although contributing to their severe limitations, allows them to focus on very specific tasks for a length of time that would drive most normal people crazy.
With all this in mind, I present to you the clear understanding of life, based on the world view of an atheist female who has no inclination to delve into the turgid and dull works of the ‘world’s great minds’ but is happy to discuss her speculative findings with those who have had nothing better to do with their time.
the clear understanding of life
We are animals and we exist to reproduce. Until science moves things forward, we are a body (with brain included) that comes free with processing hardware. You can enhance your hardware by exercising the muscle that is your brain and eating certain types of nourishing food. If you avoid alcohol, aluminium pans and hard knocks to the head, you will ensure peak processing ability is maintained.
Your brain provides the processing centre to inform your decision making and kickstart your body into completing actions. Your actions are not predetermined because they are not planned, but they could theoretically be accurately predicted if all your interactions were controlled and the correct information about your brain was available (thankfully not ever likely). We are completely responsible for our own actions, because we are a complete entity and do what our entity does. But we can only do what our physical brain, combined with how its structure processes our experiences, leads us to do. Therefore, the idea of ‘misbehaving’ is more than misleading. Inappropriate or dangerous social behaviour is a result of faulty hardware or programming. People do not need to be ‘punished’ unless it can be proven that ‘punishment’ changes behaviour. It can’t. Access to information that allows individuals to see logical reasons for changing their beheviour is the only sensible reaction to behaviour that is harmful.
However, we are even more responsible for the actions of others (i.e. anyone) if we hold information that can improve their lives or their ability to make decisions. With this in mind, I urge you to go forth and spread any information you hold that you know will prevent others from making poor choices.
So stop sitting around wasting time wondering if you have ‘free will’ (a religious invention to ensure control, of all the paradoxes) and what consequences this might have on your own behaviour. Remind yourself of the basics – people will be nicer if people are nicer to them, and a nicer world is easier to live in for everyone – and behave sensibly, with logic and empathy guiding your decisions. The most important thing you can do in terms of contributing to the improvement of society, is be part of the environmental effects on someone else’s brain that helps them make good decisions.
Now, please feel free to tear this apart, tell me it’s already been said or send me the names of the great and wise female philosophers I haven’t stumbled across. Because I, like all the great thinkers, am unlikely to appreciated in my lifetime.