Why the spider is relevant


In my life I have killed many spiders. In the past, the usual thing I did without thinking was to find a kleenex box and smash the spider. But this time was different.

After explaining my pro-life philosophy to people, I could not justify simply killing an innocent spider just for being on the kitchen floor. I can’t call it self-defense since the spider was not attacking me.

I also could not leave it there and go about my usual business. It could quite possibly bite me or my mother while we are asleep. I had to get it out of the apartment, but I did not want to kill it.

What I did was take a paper towel, grab the spider, and quickly run to the door and throw the paper towel outside. In the morning, my mother was wondering why there was a paper towel outside. I explained why I can’t be pro-life and then kill a spider.

The average person may not see a problem with killing spiders, but when I put myself in the spider’s place, I think that I would not want someone to smash me with a giant kleenex box. I suppose being wrapped in a giant paper towel would also be a scary experience, but it was the less violent of the options. I learned to be relevant to the spider and consider what it might prefer.

When I inspected the paper towel in the morning, I did not see the spider. Surely it walked somewhere else. I will remember this event as the time when I solved a problem in a non-violent way.

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Powers of Two script


I do other things besides writing about relevance and my pro-life philosophy. I also do some programming for fun. Mostly integer sequences. The following is the source code of my processing powers of two script.

powers-two-processing

If you don’t want to run the program yourself, here is the output.

2^0=1
2^1=2
2^2=4
2^3=8
2^4=16
2^5=32
2^6=64
2^7=128
2^8=256
2^9=512
2^10=1024
2^11=2048
2^12=4096
2^13=8192
2^14=16384
2^15=32768
2^16=65536
2^17=131072
2^18=262144
2^19=524288
2^20=1048576
2^21=2097152
2^22=4194304
2^23=8388608
2^24=16777216
2^25=33554432
2^26=67108864
2^27=134217728
2^28=268435456
2^29=536870912
2^30=1073741824
2^31=2147483648
2^32=4294967296
2^33=8589934592
2^34=17179869184
2^35=34359738368
2^36=68719476736
2^37=137438953472
2^38=274877906944
2^39=549755813888
2^40=1099511627776
2^41=2199023255552
2^42=4398046511104
2^43=8796093022208
2^44=17592186044416
2^45=35184372088832
2^46=70368744177664
2^47=140737488355328
2^48=281474976710656
2^49=562949953421312
2^50=1125899906842624
2^51=2251799813685248
2^52=4503599627370496
2^53=9007199254740992
2^54=18014398509481984
2^55=36028797018963968
2^56=72057594037927936
2^57=144115188075855872
2^58=288230376151711744
2^59=576460752303423488
2^60=1152921504606846976
2^61=2305843009213693952
2^62=4611686018427387904
2^63=9223372036854775808
2^64=18446744073709551616

Why the National Atheist Party is irrelevant


I heard about the National Atheist Party in a podcast and was completely turned off by the whole idea. I want to explain why I am against a political party based on atheism.

The very idea that you can base an organization off of a lack of a belief is completely insane. An atheist does not believe in a God or gods, but that is all. To think that they will all agree on politics is completely insane.

Imagine a party based on not playing basketball, not having hair, not wearing pants, not eating meat, not doing sex, not watching tv, or not driving a car. Think about it and I think you will see the problem.

Atheism is a lack of a thing. There is a reason that I call myself a pro-life atheist. That is because a person must define themselves by what they are instead of what they are not.

There is a radical difference between a pro-life atheist and a pro-life christian, jew, or muslim. I don’t want to get into all the differences in this post but let me say that all matters of morality are seen slightly different when you don’t believe there is a god controlling everything in the world.

I define myself as a pro-life atheist only for the reason that I want people to know that I won’t use threats of hell or use violence against them when talking about abortion. If people would get rid of all the violence and threats often connected with the teachings of religion, it would be different.

But back to the point, any group that defines itself based on a lack of something is doomed to fail. If a member of the National Non-Basketball Association suddenly decided to try basketball, they could be called an apostate and would be told that they will be sent to a hell where they will have to watch football.

Because I want people to remain open to new ideas and to find what is relevant, true, and good, I naturally don’t like exclusive organizations. I am not against people having groups based on a similar interest but when it becomes a political party, it has become a religion like others which spread their lies.

I do not mean to pick on just one political party because I think politics in general is bad. I am naturally going to disagree with any individual or group about something. The point is to let people know why I agree or disagree. Contrary to popular belief, my decisions are not random.

My decision to not be officially part of a religion or political party is heavily based on my Pro-Life philosophy. To be part of ANY group which has the motivation to hurt, kill, or control others is a bad idea to me. I am of the opinion that religion and politics poison everything.

Since atheism is NOT a religion, atheists need to stop acting exactly like those in the religions they often leave. They become hypocrites. I do not wish to be thought of as one of them.

Make no mistake, there is no atheist great commission or power that dictates what a nonbeliever will do. That is the whole point. I use it as a sign that I am a peaceful person. Perhaps as I learn more, a better term will come to mind.

There is no law that I have to be an atheist for the rest of my life and so I remain open to change my worldview if what I am sure of right now is false.

But me being Pro-Life is one think that is nearly impossible to change without killing me or severely brain damaging me.

Atheism, by definition is not something people can gather around as if it is an actual thing. Imagine a National Non-SantaClausist party. That is how silly the idea is to me.

Selling meat to a vegetarian


Inviting an atheist to church is like selling meat to a vegetarian.

atheist-vegetarian

I don’t like to pick on people or mock them for their religious beliefs, but I get a little bit frustrated when people don’t understand how their atheist friends feel when they try to talk them into going to their church. This happens to me quite often. Some people just don’t get it.

The only purpose an atheist could have for going to church would be for a purpose that has nothing to do with the religion taught at that church. Sure, I would go to a church to listen to Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, or Scott Klusendorf because I respect Pro-Life Christians and would take any chance to meet them and talk about how we can work together to end abortion.

But seriously, would you try to sell meat to someone if you knew in advance that they did not want to eat meat? No matter what their reason is, they probably won’t buy your meat.

I say this because I recently decided that I don’t have a moral justification for buying meat for myself. It is similar to buying an aborted fetus and eating it.

Solomon’s Older Brother


Did you know that king Solomon had an older brother by the same mother? No one knows his name. That is because it is not mentioned in the bible.

This child was the first son of king David and Uriah’s wife Bathsheba. David did sex with Bathsheba while Uriah was at war. Not to long after he found out that Bathsheba was pregnant, he arranged a way for Uriah to die in war and make it look like an accident. Then he married Bathsheba. She gave birth to a son who’s name is unknown. The full story is in Chapter 11 in the book of 2 Samuel.

Chapter 12 is extremely relevant because it tells the story of how God killed the child.

“2 Samuel 12:1 And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up:and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly:but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth:but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead:for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice:how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead:therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped:then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept:for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. 24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her:and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon:and the Lord loved him.”

The lesson of this story is, children must die for the sins of their father. Naturally, I disagree because I don’t believe that innocent life should be killed.

Advice on ending abortion


I found a person named Marti Breskin who identifies as pro-choice. However, she had some very interesting advice on what society can do to reduce abortion.

“I believe abortion can be effectively reduced (and the rate IS actually decreasing) if society does the following:

1) De-stigmatizing single motherhood
2) Not excusing men from fatherhood by eliminating the burden of disproportional responsibility for childcare and challenging the stereotype that men are naturally poor at it
3) Assuring women and enshrining in law that their health and life is not less important than that of their fetus, because women who want children but may face life-threatening complications with their pregnancies will terminate if doctors are going to let them die (or will terminate if they know they will be vilified and shunned for choosing a life-saving abortion rather than sacrificing themselves)
4) Addressing the vast and endemic poverty in our nation because pregnancy, birth, and child-rearing are so expensive that even women who want children are often hesitant to carry a pregnancy to term when they are not financially stable, if not well-off
5) Lobbying for better, cheaper, and more expansive health care, universal coverage, and access to cheap or free prenatal care
6) Promote home birthing as a viable option to those who want it
7) Supporting a vast array of legislative and non-governmental aid measures that help poor mothers and families clothe, feed, house, and educate their children so that she can be confident that carrying to term will not negatively affect her life or that of her other children
8) Supporting better funding, resources, and support structures for the disabled
9) Acknowledging that it is wrong to force or manipulate women into giving up their children for adoption (or abortion), but still working to make the process easier, as well as de-stigmatizing giving your child up for adoption
10) Re-shaping society so that women need not choose between children and the various forms of fulfillment currently offered to the child-free
11) Demanding paid maternal (and paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, and affordable or free childcare. If a woman has to fear that she will lose her job (or not get hired in the first place) as a result of having children, then she has a strong incentive to terminate any unplanned pregnancy that threatens her livelihood and creative fulfillment in her profession
12) Mandating and providing quality, comprehensive sex education that teaches how pregnancy happens, and all the various and diverse ways of how to avert it (i.e. not just condoms)
13) Acknowledging valid sexual desires and sexual rights of our youth, while still educating them about self-esteem, and providing and adequately funding support structures and necessary programs that are often cut, like sports, music, and art”

Her next comment was

“Many pro-choicers would agree with me on all of this. We never *want* women to have abortions. Facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy is difficult, and the decision she makes after she finds out is even harder. Women deserve all the support, educational information and services they could possibly have, even if they want to keep the child”

This is not at all what I had expected. She is not pro-abortion because she actually wants society to make it easier for women who want their children to live. I agree with most, if not all, of these things she mentions. I want to eliminate all the things that cause people to feel like abortion is the only “choice”. A true choice would require there to be at least two options.

I have been confused because some people call themselves pro-choice, but they try to silence anyone who says that abortion is morally wrong. Marti didn’t argue with me. She just communicated!

Why the Good Samaritan is relevant


Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right:this do, and thou shalt live. 29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was:and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

To me, it is irrelevant whether the events in this story happened. It does not matter whether there is a God or not. It does not matter if Jesus existed or if he actually told the story.

What matters is that this story is one that nearly everyone has access to in their bibles. Many Christians claim that they believe every word of what they call the Bible, Good Book, or Word of God.

Those who do believe that this story is from God should consider which character is most like them. Are they one of the thieves who hurt the man in the first place? Are they a priest or levite who did nothing? Are they the Samaritan who tried to help the stranger he didn’t even know?

For people like me who don’t believe in the God of the Jews or Christians, this story is an example of what happens all the time. The story may not always happen in the way described, but there are people who have been injured terribly or need something that they cannot possibly get on their own.

I was once the injured man from this story, but now I plan to be the Good Samaritan. My moral philosophy is heavily based on the Golden Rule and the Good Samaritan. I do enjoy the fact that this story is easy for anyone to find, but I am sad that very few have read it or live as if they understand it.

If verse 27 is true, I will most certainly not inherit eternal life because I can’t love a God I don’t believe in. This will not prevent me from loving my neighbor as myself.