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A conversation with an Atheist (Part-II)

For part-I Click here.

Me: Tell me how this world come into existence if there is no creator.

Atul: Ha, ha ha. Why you all religious peoples ask same question? Anyhow. You answer me first. If without creator nothing can exist then who created the God? How he can exist without creator? I can explain existence of universe without God using Science.

Me: (I interrupted ) God does not need creator by definition. He is neither born and nor created. He existed for even.

Atul: How do you know that?

ME: It is written in Quran and hadees books.

Atul: This is call circular argument. Without proving your scripture, you are using it as authority. By definition is not a logical answer. Show me the evidence.

Me: God is transidendent . He created the universe so he must be out of the universe right.

Atul: Now you are making special pledging. When everything else exist inside the universe, how you can possibly claim that something exists outside it. My friend extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. But I am sorry you have produce nothing to support your belief. You just have a blind faith on your religion.

Me: Do you have proof of evolution? Or what happened before big bang?

Atul: We are talking about Atheism not about Science. This is common misconception that atheism depends on Science specially evolution. However, that is not true. There were atheist in Roman, Greek and ancient Indian civilizations. Atheism did not came from science. Science came from atheism. When people started asking question and searching for answers without invoking god, then science came into existence. Science gives rational and logical answer and most importantly, results are experimentally verifiable. Religions are only based on blind faith. I believe so it is.

ME: So if you do not need science, tell me how you come to this world. Who made it and why there is something rather than nothing.

Atul: Now you are asking question from classical philosophy-why there is something. My friend there can be two condition. 1) There exist something, 2) Nothing exist. If there will be nothing we will not sit here and discuss about something. Nothing can exist but fortunately or unfortunately something exists and we are here.  Our existence is a proof that something always existed. Whether it was low energy level quantum fluctuations or hydrogen gas or dark matter and energy or whatever say creator for your sake. Because logically, something cannot come from absolute nothing. You must be aware of law of conservation of mass and energy. Matter and energy keep on transforming. Coming back to your question, just because you can frame a grammatically correct question does not mean that question is logical. For example: If I ask you what is the size of your sorrow? Philosophically, you can think over it for ages, but logically it has not meaning. What is the color of jealousy? This is another such question.

Regarding your first question, I came from my parents. I was not present when this world was formed. I do not know can be my answer as an Atheist. However, science is my best bet to know about formation of world because science is testable.

Me: How you can rely on science when it keep changing. Newtonian Physics replaced by Einstein theory of relativity.  Every day we see someone proving some scientific theory wrong and proposing new theory.

Atul: This is the beauty of science that we can challenge wrong theory or better call hypothesis. Even today we use Newtonian Physics for all practical purposes even for launching rockets or for sending probes to mars. Einstein only prove that when we reach speed of light, Newtonian Physics does not gives accurate result. So, it is an approximation of theory of relativity. Scientist are also human. Do not expect divinity from them. I do not rely on Science. I rely on my senses.

Me: Earlier you said your Atheism does not depend on science, so why are you Atheist? Just to enjoy your life?

Atul: (Smilingly) I have many religious friends who are enjoying life equally because they do not take religion seriously to die for. So, I do not have to be atheist to enjoy life. I am atheist because religions and their so called divine scriptures like Vedas for Hindus does not make sense for me. They are outdated books written by some intellectuals of that time. However, at present they do not contain any truth. Science has surpass all the information available in these scriptures. There is nothing in scriptures that point to divine revelation.

I am agnostic because there is no point in living in ignorance and dreaming about a world, which does not exist. Religion is like opium. It gives you fake consolation and dreams of heaven and hell.

Me: You agree that Religion gives consolation. Whether fake or real is different story. What your issue is in becoming religious even if it is not true. There is always some chances that it may be true.

Atul: Answer will be very long; I will try to explain in short. Firstly, mind once stretch by an idea never regain its original shape. I tried one time to be religious again for the sake of my parents and sister. They love me so much and keep insisting me to come back to religious faith. I tried hard but something inside my mind rebel strongly. Every time I went to temple, my mind start asking question why I am here. Why I am praying to a stone idol? When I read my scripture or someone praise religion in our home for some stupid reason I feel very angry. Finally I give up. I can’t even pretend to be religious. I said sorry to my parents and luckily they understand my situation. I am lucky that I have so much loving parents and sister. I know many Atheist, mostly Muslims whom their parents and family members never accept. This is not good.

Me: If you find your son drinking poison, will you not stop him.

Atul: Yes, I will, but who are you to judge what poison is for him. May be what you are offering him is a slow poison. Also, I am not talking about kids, I am talking about adults. At least they should have freedom to choose what is right for them.

Me: Parents always know better. They think for your good.

Atul: Not always. Actually new generation in most of the cases is smarter than old generation. Because new generation has knowledge of old generation. Thus, It will be wrong to assert that parents are always right or they know more than us. Yes, they can have more experience in some field but not in all.

Me: Are you suggesting that parents should let their children to do whatever they want to do. Whether moral or immoral?

Atul: No, I am not saying that. Parents should always be there to guide them but must not force them. Encourage them to ask question and find solutions. Once they reach critical thinking age, let them decide for themselves. One that is force is never forceful. Parents must stop indoctrinating their children.

Me: I do not have blind faith in my religion; I read my holy book and find many scientific things written in Quran 1400 years ago. How it can be possible if it is not from creator? For example: It is mention in Quran that earth is spherical and everything revolve it its orbit. These are recent discoveries. How they can be found in Quran?

Atul: You seems to watch Zakir Naik videos. I too saw some of his videos. He has good memories but always misguide people using wrong information. All this claims you are making are already de-bunk on internet. Please watch them yourself. Further, tell me one thing. If everything was written clearly in your Quran, why no come up with heliocentric model of solar system? Why till 15th century people keep believing in geocentric model? Give me name of one arab scientist who was confirmed about the shape of earth in 12 th century when Arabs were most advance.

Me: I have to check that. I am sure there must be some.

Atul: Sure, please google it and do your research first before telling me stories.

Me: Why you are talking in such a rude manner? I am not telling you stories. It is fact. Many doctors convert to Islam after reading Quran.

Atul: People convert for different reason, but it does not prove anything. Many people leave religion as well. People are afraid to come out in public because of fear of being killed. Religious people always dominate the world.

Me: Yes because religion is true and Atheism is false. Why majority of world population believe in religion if religion is not true?

Atul: Do you think majority is always right? Truth is majority is always wrong until educated properly. Majority is illiterate. Majority lives in villages where there is no access to scientific education. Until 15th century for majority of earth population, universe was as big as our solar system. Everything what we know today is discovered in last 200 years. There was a time when majority believed that earth is flat. Let me try to make you understand from another perspective. Tell me how many religions are true in this world.

Me: Islam is the only true religion in the world.

Atul: How many people follow Islam?

Me: around 1.2 billion. What is your point?

Atul: Just wait please. This population contain both Shia and sunni right.

Me: yes.

Atul: Do you believe either are correct or any one?

Me: Of course, Sunni are correct. Shia came later.

Atul: There are around 200 million Shia in world. Correct me if I am wrong. Thus, total sunni’s will be 1 billion. Total world population is 7 billion. Hence, majority is not following Islam. Roughly, 15% follow Islam. According to you only Sunni Muslims are correct. Hence, majority is not following true religion that means majority is wrong according to your belief.

ME: That is very clever. However, Majority believe in some sort of Creator where as you do not.

Atul: I am agnostic. Therefore, I do not negate creator. However, there can be two type of god. Theist and Deist. Theist is like god you believe in. He is sustainer and creator. Whereas Deist God is creator but does not interfere in created world.  Creator may exist but I have problem with religion. Religions are manmade. See, one of the reason you believe in religion is that it gives you answers about creation of world. However, world can be created by a deist god too or perhaps by some Aliens far more advance than we do. Who knows, life on earth might be result of some experiment! I do not find any strong reason to believe in theist god.

Me: I disagree. If you will make something, you will care for it and look out for it. You care about your children or not. By children, I remember one more thing. I heard some atheist eat babies. I do not believe that, but without religion how they can be moral being.

Atul: I wanted to finish this debate here, but you bring something horrible. Have you seen any cat eating a cat? A loin eating its own babies? Thinking that someone is eating babies because he or she does not follow a religion is the most stupid thing. You do not need religion to be morals. Indeed, some religious morals are disgusting. Like in Hinduism, there is cast system, In Islam there is sex slavery. In Christianity, your confession will wipe out your sins. Using contraceptives is consider as against will of god. What kind of morality is this? Slavery was allowed in almost all-major religion at one point of time. Do you believe slavery is moral?  Owning one person as property is ethical for you. We are human and me and people like me drive morals from humanity using logical arguments and debates. I personally do not know anyone eating babies. However, I know many religious people who killed babies to make god happy.

Final Part:

Coming back to first part to your question about caring for things we made, firstly you should stop equating god with some common human. Because you believe in a god who created billions and billions of galaxies consists of billions of stars and each star has some planets and each planet has different size and geography. Out of all these planet at least on one planet life exists. Millions of animals are living on this planet. Each animal is different from other and contain microscopic gene which contain DNA and this DNA contain instruction for life.

Anyone who has so much power to create such a big and complex universe will not be similar to us. He will be infinite times intelligent and more powerful than any human on earth. Hence thinking about him in human term is absolutely wrong.

If we leave aside religious information about God, we know nothing about him or her. We can only predict his behaviour by looking to his creation. Look at the world population. Millions of babies are dying every year from starvation and disease. Many species extinct every year. Thousands of people dies every year due to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, Storm and extreme cold and hot temperature. If god is sustainer and loved humans, there will not be any of these. For me better explanation will be that the creator created the universe, set its rules and left it. Or, some Aliens created life on earth and later on they might be exterminated. There is no reason to believe in theist god who care about human being after observing the condition of this world. Why a benign god will let children die.

Me: Everything happens for a reason. When peoples start indulging in sin, then only God destroy them. Those children who die early will directly go to heaven. God did everything for good. We do not have so much intelligence to understand it.

Atul: Why those children were even born if they have to go to heavens without doing anything? What about their parents who suffer so much due to their child’s illness and finally death?

Me: My friend, as you might know, this life is a test. Those who are true to their lord remain steadfast and always praise god whatever be the situation. God will reward such people with rewards more than they ever think in after life.

Atul: Again, you are going in the realm of faith, which I cannot check objectively. You can believe anything that does not hurt others. However, I am not convince. You asked me so many question, can I ask you some question. We still have an hour.

Me: You can ask question, but just remember one thing. I am not expert (Aalim) of my religion, so I may not be able to answer your entire question. If you really want to learn about Islam, I can give you nos. and address of experts.

Atul: No, I do not need experts. Most of your religious experts I saw on tv does not know about science. Don’t worry we are not playing game where if you were not able to answer then you will lose and I will win. Let us do friendly discussion with open mind. I have no interest in making you atheist.

Me: I have very strong faith, so do not worry, you cannot change my mind. J I will be happy to answer your question.

Atul: You just now said that life is a test and this is very important idea in Judeo-Christian and Islamic theology. When god is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, why didn’t he knew before starting the world who will pass the test and who will fail in the test. He is the one who created human . If you create something, you must know about it. If he knew everything in advance, which he must as he is the creator, then what is the point of making this world?

Me: God has all the answers. I am just a human with limited knowledge. Pls. ask something else.

Atul: Is faith right way to follow religion? I mean, all religious people follow their religion based on faith. Why they are wrong and you are right?

Me: I am fortunate to born in true religion. I am not blindly following my religion. I read Quran and other religious books. They actually make sense. No one has answers to every question. However, when I read other religious scripture, I find lot of inhuman, immoral and illogical things.

Atul: Have you ever think why you can see those immoral things in others religion but followers of that religion do not?

Me: Yes, because they are bias towards their religion.

Atul: Right. And what about you? Are you not bias about your religion? May be you are not able to see what’s wrong in your religion because you too are bias!

Me: I never think about it. Moreover, not everyone is born Muslim; Islam is one of the fastest growing religion. Definitely, those new convert to Islam from other religions are not bias about Islam. They read, understand, ask questions and then embrace Islam.

Atul: Even Atheism is spreading very fast. Does that make Atheism true if it is not true already? As I said earlier, people convert for various reason. In South India, so called untouchable and backward class Hindus are embracing Christianity and Buddhism in protest for their human rights. Some Christians also offer jobs and money to poor non-Christian to convert. In some Muslim Arab countries non-Muslim, embrace Islam for getting better facilities and benefits. In US and Europe, African American are mostly embracing Islam because of discrimination they face by white people.

Most of the peoples convert to other religion because of emotional reasons rather than logical reason. Therefore, please come out of your imagination and face the reality.

ME: We all will face reality after we die. Nice meeting you. I am a blogger; if you permit, I would like to publish our conversation.

Atul: Sure. Please publish without editing any part, so that readers can decide on their own.

Me: Rest assure about it. Here is the link for my website. Can I have your mail id or Mobile no?

Atul: I prefer to remain anonymous. Thanks for bearing with me. I enjoy talking to you.

Me: Pleasure is all mine. Any time you want to learn about Islam, please message me and I will arrange some expert for you.

Atul: Oh, thanks. Keep reading books.

Me: Thanks for your advice. Good luck for your future. Hope we meet some day.

Atul: Good Bye!!!

He moved to his path and I moved to mine.

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A Conversation with an Atheist

While coming back from India, my flight was delayed by two hours and as a habit, I reached airport three hours earlier to the departure of my flight. There was very less crowd on the airport and in less than one hour, I checked in. After roaming inside the duty-free and finishing my tea with Mexican sandwich, I was getting bore. Still I have to wait for three hours due to delay in my flight. While sitting with other people in waiting area I met with this interesting person named Atul.

Atul was going to Singapore and his flight too delayed by few hours. I am not very talkative person until there is something interesting to talk about. And I find that something interesting as I start asking about him.

Me: So, you are Ganesh devotee ( as he was wearing a Ganesh locket )

Atul: Oh no, never judge people by their appearance. It just look cool and my sister gifted me so I wear it. Otherwise I am quite secular person.

Me: I see. So you support congress party.

Atul: (Laughing) That is the problem in India, people think secular means Congress party. That is not true. Being secular means having no affiliation with any religion. Better, you can call me an Atheist.

Me: (Excitedly) Wow! I always wanted to meet an Atheist. I have so many questions to ask you if you allow me please.

Atul: It is quite surprising that you never met any Atheist before. Anyhow, I have a couple of hours, so you can ask anything. Please do not feel offended if I speak against any religion.

Me: I am quite a tolerant person. I do not think there will be any such issue. Here is my first question. If religion is a faith-based position as many atheist assert, how not believing in creator is not faith-based. I mean, if you have not seen Kangaroos that does not mean such creature does not exist. It simply means that you never go to Australia or you are ignorant about its existence.

Atul: Oh yeah, you have a valid point. Most of the atheist are actually agnostic like me. For simplicity, I call myself Atheist. Agnosticism is the default position. However, for all practical purpose we live like atheist. Secondly, you gave a good example of Kangaroos. They are very different from other animals and thus believing without seeing is difficult. Therefore, the default position is they may or may not exist but I do not know about such things. In case of God, more appropriate example will be a unicorn or fairies. Do you think unicorns exists?

Me: No, I don’t think they exist.

Atul: Bingo, you have not seen the whole universe or even this planet; still you are sure such thing does not exist. In similar fashion, existence of God is so unlikely that many non-believer comfortably call himself or herself confirmed Atheist.  I personally think Agnostic is right word for non-believers.

Me: What makes you so confident about your position? Are you from an Atheist Family?

Atul: No. Certainly not. My parents and my sister are religious. I studies international history.

In addition, I studied religious scriptures too. I was not impressed with any divine scripture. They are outdated ancient books written by some intellectuals of that time.

Me: You must study Quran. You will definitely find it logical and meaningful.

Atul: I am sorry but I already studied Quran and let’s not discuss it. You are a nice person. I know Muslims love Quran and their Prophet more than they love themselves. Even mild criticize will hurt your emotions. Ask me something else.

Me: No problem, I have more things to ask. Are you not afraid? What will happen if you are wrong?

Atul: My friend, we all can be wrong. However, we must live as per best information and knowledge available. Living in ignorance and thinking of heavens will not make your life successful. Even if I will be wrong, I will live my life in accordance with best available facts and evidence. I live with open eyes and mind. I live my life to fullest and make most out of it. How about you? If you are wrong, you waste whole life, which you will never get again!

ME: Please do not be worry about me. I have full confidence over my religion. More than a billion people follow my religion. They are not fool. Many of them are scientist, engineer and doctors. Moreover, if I was wrong, I will waste only this small life but if I will be right, I will be in eternity of bliss and enjoyment.

Atul: Pascal Wager! My friend PW does not make proper sense until you already know which religion is correct. Your overconfidence based on faith not on evidence and thus you can be wrong. There are several religions and every religious person think that he is right.

Me: Pls explain me how PW does not make sense?

Atul: The biggest problem with this argument is that first of all we do not know which religion and which god to follow? Can a person follow Roman and Greek gods will be saved by god?????

Me: Tell me how this world come into existence if there is no creator.

Atul: Ha, ha ha. Why you all religious people ask same question? Anyhow. You answer me first. If without creator nothing can exist then who created the God? How he can exist without creator? I can explain existence of universe without God using Science.

Me: (I interrupted ) God does not need creator by definition. He is neither born and nor created. He existed for even.

Atul: How do you know that?

ME: It is written in Quran and hadees books.

Atul: This is call circular argument. Without proving your scripture, you are using it as authority.

To be continue…

Read second part here

Why you believe what you believe?

 

It is a common experience that we trust our parents and close friends much easily than strangers. However, sometimes it may happen that a stranger is telling you truth and your parents are lying with you. Mare thought of such situation make us rebel. Even if that stranger is right, we will not believe him until and unless he come up with some undeniable evidence. In that condition too, we find some excuses to cover up our parents.

To understand how we believe over one thing and disbelieve other, we need to understand our mind. There are two important theories that can make us understand why we believe what we believe.

 

Both theories deals with our behaviour based on our indoctrination and upbringing. We are bias and deluded without knowing about it. We live in a delusion that what we follow is the right path and what we believe is correct by default. Similarly, we are bias towards our family and society. We think that we are right and everyone is wrong without any evidence and proof. We need a paradigm shift. We need to see world as it exist, not as we perceive due to indoctrination and unconscious biases.

How to come out of delusion?

After recognising that you are living in delusion, it is time to come out of it and see the real world as it exist. Learn about different philosophies and interact with people of different faith, culture and ethnicity and countries. Stop judging people by their name, caste, color and religion. Read books of different authors. Let your mind to absorb different views of different great personalities across the globe. By doing so, you might come out of delusion and will be able to see the world differently and correctly.

India Calling…

Hi Friends,

I am going to my home country for few weeks. During my stay in India, I might not be able to access internet due to busyness. Therefore, I will not be able to read and comment on your wonderful blog posts. I will start posting as soon as I will come back.

Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Why you need Motivation?

 

Everyone knew in a company or an organization that for promotion and salary increment you need outstanding work. Yet only few work hard to achieve this goal. The only thing that holds us back is lake of motivation. Why we need motivation from external sources for things important for our successful and happy life? To understand this, you have to understand yourself.

Food, water, shelter, clothing and air are basic needs of human being. When you are hungry, you search for food by yourself. You do not need anyone to motivate you. Your body only push you for things which are directly related to your survival or passing on your gens to next generation.

Once you have food, your brain wants to conserve this energy for longer time. You were not evolve to waste your energy in perusing intellectual goals. You were evolved for better survival. Laziness is nothing but the energy-saving mode of your body.

 

After fulfilling your basic needs, you left with ambitions and desires. Desires are self-perpetuating. Whereas achieving your ambitions requires pain, suffering and hard work. Thus, for achieving your ambitions you need external motivation. Because, in this case, your body does not drive you. Instead, you (your intellectual conscious brain) have to push your body to achieve your goals.

Logical Fallacies and arguments:

Whenever you encounter a situation where it is difficult to segregate truth from false hood, logical arguments can save you from making a wrong decision. Logic is different from thinking or intuition. Logic is more systematic. There are different logical arguments which can make us better person in terms of thinking and using our brain. Knowledge of logical fallacies and arguments can enhance your analytical skills.

Logical deductive argument is made up of a premises and a conclusion. If all the premises are correct and logical, conclusion will be true if it follows logically from premises. Let us consider an example:

If A=B and B=C

Then conclusion is A=C.

A=B and B=C are our premises, if both premises are correct then the conclusion that A=C is also correct.

To understand it better, let us take real life example.

Premises-I: 0 deg. C= 32 F,

And Premises-II:  32F = 273.15 Kelvin,

This implies, Conclusion; 0 deg. C = 273.15 Kelvin.

Since premises I & II are correct, thus, conclusion is also correct.

 

Fallacies can be defined as common errors in reasoning that will undermine the logic of your argument. There are different kinds of fallacies which people use knowingly or unknowingly while debating. You can enhance your debating skills by learning about them. Some are mentioned below:

Circular Argument: Those arguments which does not have any end. It starts from the end itself. Instead of actually proving your point you make your point and call it a proof. It is a fallacy because you reach nowhere in your debate. Example: Suppose Wasil is a brave man, since he is a brave man he cannot commit suicide. Hence it is a murder.

Argument from ignorance: If you do not have evidence of something being not correct, it does not mean necessarily that something is right. In Argument from ignorance fallacy, absence of evidence becomes evidence of absence. For example: No one know what will happen after we die, that’s prove there is no afterlife.

Ad hominem: You attacked your opponent’s character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine their argument. Ad hominem attacks can take the form of overtly attacking somebody, or more subtly casting doubt on their character or personal attributes as a way to discredit their argument. The result of an ad hominem attack can be to undermine someone’s case without actually having to engage with it.

Example: After Nandita presents a compelling case for a more equitable GST system, FM asks the audience whether we should believe anything from a woman who isn’t married, was once arrested, and smells a bit weird.

Special pleading: Applying one standard on one group of people and using another standard on other group without proper justification is known as special pleading.

 

 

References: https://www.iep.utm.edu/fallacy/#CircularReasoning

Ten lies we often speak:

 

You think you are very smart when you speak a lie and and get away with it, however, sometimes your elders, your loved one’s or your boss knew that you are lying but do not correct you because they do not want you to feel embarrass. Your elders pass through same age and conditions as you are going through. If you think other persons are fool, you are the fool. Below are some lies we often speak thinking we are very smart but actually we are not!

 

  • I will reach in five minutes. Truth: I will reach in half hour.
  • Everything is finish in my life. Truth: I need your consolation.
  • I will start from tomorrow. Truth: I will never start it.
  • I will be late there is a traffic jam. I am still at home.
  • I was sick yesterday. Truth: I was watching football match at home.
  • I do not have money. Truth: I have, but not for you.
  • I will be late; my car broke down on the way. Truth: I have to finish some personal work.
  • Honey, I have to work overtime today. Truth: Honey, I have one more affair.
  • Mom, I have an extra class today. Truth: Mom, I find a girlfriend.
  • I love you till the last breathe of my life. Truth: Night promises are broken at daybreak.

A funny Incident:

Boss (shouting loudly): Was that truck red or white?

Employee: Sir rrrr red.

Boss: Are you sure?

Employee: No, it think it was white.

Boss (getting mad): I am asking final time, what was the color of that damn truck??

Employee: umm, blue.

 

 

Live for Today

 

 

“Life is like an Ice cream, enjoy it before it melts!”

 

When there is night in the west, there is a day in the East. Therefore, earth remain bright all the time. Similarly, in our life every situation has bright side and a dull side. We just need to try to see the bright side.

To live a happy life stop making detailed long-term planning. Live in today, care for today and do today’s work today. Future is very unpredictable, so do not plan much about future. You do not know what tomorrow will bring for you. Do not spent today, dreaming about tomorrow.

As we grow older, even in our 40’s, our perception about world and life change. What we thought as important, no longer remain important for us after just twenty years. You will be different you after every years. If you have to enjoy, enjoy today. If you have to work, work today. If you have to live, live today.

“Life is short, make it sweet. Do not put all the flowers for your grave.”

 

You can change the world.

Close your eyes, and think for a moment that this life is first and the last chance for you to make your mark on earth! Are you doing your best? Look at animals, they breed, eat, drink, sleep, breath and finally die. They do not have even half of intelligence that human has, still they do more than half of similar works we do in our life. We breed, eat, drink, sleep, breath and finally die.

What is the benefit of being most intelligent species on earth if we live same life as animals do? What we achieved in last 10, 000 years is nothing compare to what we could have achieved if every human had contributed equally.  Just look at the below pictures and think, how many Einstein and Newton’s we have lost.

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Power of religion

Why Creator gave us so much intelligence if he wanted us to live like this? No true religion can degrade humans to this level. A true religion must teach us how to live an organised, progressive, purposeful, meaningful and happy life. It should treat everyone equal. No slavery, no caste system, no difference between black and white. When Creator created everyone, there should not be any difference. All humans must be treated equal.

Present population of earth exceeds seven billion. How many persons do you know? If you are well-informed and socially and politically active, you might know maximum of 1000 persons by name and recognise their face too. What about other 6.9999 billion people? Are they live on some other planet?

World knows only those people who are famous and those who achieved something in their life. We all have equal potential to grow and to succeed in life, however, only few of us dare to take calculated risk. Still few dream and think big. And least of us never give up. They are those who change the world.

Human mind has tremendous power. We only need to realise it, focus on it and channelized it in right direction. You can change the world. You just need to believe in your capabilities. A wise man is one who has full control of himself. Before knowing other things, you must know yourself. You can do whatever you want to do. Believe in yourself and think before acting. Do not wait for tomorrow to start anything. Do it now. First plan it and then execute your plan.

Nothing is impossible for a determined person. Never underestimate yourself. Never be afraid of challenges life throws towards you. Only tough situation brings out best of you. Treat every problem as an opportunity.

Human beings are superior to all creatures, because of our ability to reason and self-control in any situation.

Alcohol: Evil of Modern Society

Except few Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Potable alcohol generally known as Wine or Liquor is on sale every where with various names like Scotch, champagne, Brandy, Whisky, Jin, Rum, Tequila, vodka and beer. Whatever be the name, all Alcoholic beverages are addictive and harmful.

Yearly Expenditure on advertisement of Liquor: As reported on multinational monitor website “Alcohol companies spend close to $2 billion every year advertising in the United States alone. From 2001 to 2007, they aired more than 2 million television ads and published more than 20,000 magazine advertisements.”

Health Hazard of Consuming Alcohol: According to WHO report, “alcohol consumption has been identifi ed as carcinogenic for the following cancer categories (Baan et al., 2007): cancers of the colorectum, female breast, larynx, liver, oesophagus, oral cavity and pharynx. The higher the consumption of alcohol, the greater the risk for these cancers: even the consumption of two drinks per day causes an increased risk for some cancers, such as breast cancer (Hamajima et al., 2002).”

According to an estimate, around 2.5 million people die yearly because of over indulgence of Alcholic beverages. In US alone,  each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings.

Social Evil of Consuming Alcohol:

  • Drunken drive: Alcohol is not only harmful to the person consuming it but also to other persons who are not consuming it. It is very hard to drink in control way. Especially during parties, people over drink and drive back to home and make accidents. When they come out of their hangover, they found themselves in police lockup with charges of killing someone.
  • Teenage Alcoholism: In US alone, each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings. Huge spending on liquor ads is primary cause of teenage alcoholism. Secondary cause is culture and tradition of some countries where alcohol consumption is not considered bad because of religious reasons.
  • Domestic Violence: Domestic violence due to excessive alcohol drinking is common in developing countries like India where drinking is not strictly against religion. In Vadas and other Hindu scriptures, gods shown to consume Somrasa aka wine. Most of poor and middle class man came home in night after drinking and beat wife for trivial issues. In morning, they apologise and life goes on like that.

We should not make ourselves slaves to our own habits. You may try to drink wine in a controlled way, but wine is actually habit forming, and someday, if you want wine and cannot find any, you will feel annoyed. Wine may have benefits, if consumed in a controlled way, but it is most often not possible to drink in a controlled way. When you are drunk, you may lose control and even consciousness, but you are still responsible for your actions, including actions which you will do unknowingly. There are many cases of drunken drivers killing people by accident and then repenting for their whole lives for that one mistake. We should not indulge in anything habit forming, especially anything which makes us lose control or consciousness. Unfortunately, wine does both. So it is better to be avoided completely (or at least to drink in such a small quantity that you do not ever lose control or consciousness). Preferably, it should be consumed at home, at night, and, again, in small quantities. But, truly, it is much better if you avoid it altogether from the beginning, because once you start consuming alcohol, you will become enslaved and never know when you will break your own rule. There are people who say that we each must try everything. This is a ridiculous way to justify drinking alcohol. If we must try everything, will you now try drinking urine? Or sewage water? Or bitter-gourd juice ? It is great to try something new if it is good for us. But something which is habit forming is a terrible thing to try. My German boss, who loved beer more than anything, used to skip antibiotics when he fell sick because he didn’t want to give up drinking beer, and the two can’t be consumed together. Is that not pathetic? I repeat: Do not enslave yourself to any habit-forming and/or unhealthy thing. We can enjoy the world as long as we are healthy. So we must take good care of our bodies

References:

https://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/is-it-wrong-for-christian-have-drink-alcohol.html

https://www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2008/072008/jernigan.html

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA67/AA67.htm

 

Is it true that ALIEN VISITED THE EARTH?

 

In every era, some myth and superstitions prevailed. Even though we are living in the age of science and technology, even today you can find new types of myth. It is difficult to prove whether Aliens visiting earth is a similar myth or reality, but there is no conclusive evidence of any Alien visiting earth.

 

Stories of Alien abductions and sighting UFO’s (unidentified flying object) started in the beginning of 20th century. Until the mid of 20th century, extraterrestrial life became one of the popular subject of Hollywood movies. Later, people started serious studies and search for aliens not only on earth but also in outer space by sending radio waves in outer space with coded messages.

In last 70 years, no scientist has ever been able to find even a shred of evidence about extraterrestrial life or their visit to earth. All those who claimed that UFO abducted them were unable to produce anything spectacular to prove their claim. There are few blurred photograph and video’s of UFO’s flying in sky. However, most of photograph and videos were made by using trick photography and were rejected by skeptics studying the claims.

Alien visit is not logically coherent to reality. A civilization far advance then ours can reach to us. If they are so advance, then they have no reason to hide.  They can contact us without landing on earth. They can study our culture using radio waves emitted from television broadcast.

New religions were made based on meeting with alien. Every year new movies are screened about aliens. Which gives rise to this hype of Alien visiting earth.

I always wonder, why alien abduction stories are mostly occur in western countries and not so often in Asian countries. In Asian countries Ghost, demon and Jins are more prevalent.

Human brain is a complex organ. In many cases, it can make you hallucinate about things that you continuously think about or hear a lot. A hallucination may be a sensory experience in which a person can see, hear, smell, taste, or feel something that is not there.

There is another interesting aspect of human nature. We tend to believe what is favorable to our faith or align to our thinking. Suppose, if I tell a Chinese I saw a Dragan in the ocean when I went for deep diving, he might believe me but if I tell the same story to any European who do not believe in dragons, he will call it rubbish straightforward. Similarly, in Europe if a Christian talk about his personal experience where he saw and talk with Jesus, every Christian will believe him. However, if same person said, “I saw Prophet Mohammad in my dream”. No one will believe him in Christian majority countries.

As stated earlier, when we have to believe things without evidence, we tend to believe what is in line with our thoughts.

In western countries, many educated people believe that life does not originate on earth but it came from outer space. In addition, most of scientist and ordinary people believe that there must be many other planets where life must be flourishing.  With this mind set, when a person find any abnormal thing he will connect it with Alien. A good example is crop circle and pyramids. People thought both were made by Aliens, but debunked later.

In India, if people find something abnormal, they associate it will ghost or demon. Muslims believe in Jins. They associate abnormal behaviors to Jins. Near Madina, KSA, there is a place called Wadi-E-Jin. Even if you stop engine of car your car will move forward. When you see the road, you will not find any slop. Local people believe that it is cause by Jins.

There are no confirmed reports of Aliens landed on earth.When evidence are absent, it is proper to be skeptic about Aliens and UFO’s.

 

Plight of Education System in India

The primary purpose of education in India for parents and students is finding a decent job! Students and parents have nothing to do with learning, gaining knowledge, understanding things around us and making life better using the knowledge and information gained. That’s why we produce minimum numbers of Nobel Prize winners and maximum nos. of Doctors and Engineers. All +2 (Intermediate) students who secure good marks in exam have only two choices-either to be an Engineer or a Doctor. As if Art, literature, Economics, geography, Commerce and Science etc. are not worthy for studies. Only those who were not able to secure admission in Engineering and medical  opt for other discipline with heavy heart.

Schools do not adopt practical and creative approach to teach students, they just want students to memories notes and vomit them back in exam. Most of the science labs in school are not functional or have faulty equipment’s. The condition of govt. school is even worst.

We fail to realise that the basic purpose of education is not getting job but learning and developing our self as intellectuals. Be well-educated not well-trained.

 Kaabil bano, Kaamyabi jhak maar ke peche aaygi!

Students must realise that they must use their brain to think new ideas. Don’t make your brain an encyclopedia by memorising everything. You can buy an encyclopedia in Rs 500 but you can not get a thinking and intelligent brain even after spending millions of dollars.

The guy who is labelled dumb in India, becomes genius when moved to western countries. Because here, asking question with elders is immoral. Doubting is irreligious and saying truth which goes against any religion is heresy. In west kids are encouraged to ask question, they are free to discuss their new ideas and they are rewarded for breaking taboos. In western countries students are not forced to peruse engineering or medical courses but they are encourage to take a course which they find interesting.

In Indian villages, if there is a school, there are no well educated teachers to teach. If there are schools and teachers then there is no furniture and basic amenities.

Some one rightly said “The purpose of school is less about preparing individuals to live independently and more about preparing individuals to live as members of a society by imparting knowledge about the world. In other words, the role of schooling is to equip individuals with the skills necessary to participate in the social life of their community and to change the nature of the social order as needed or desired.”

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