Humanity’s Future

I came across a question in a book I’m reading –and the more I thought about it, the more inclined I was to write a post about it. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true since there’s really not a whole lot for me to write about.

It’s more of a “discussion” topic …

I think most of us would agree that it’s pretty unlikely the human race is going to exist forever on this planet. But how will it eventually end?

Some feel that our demise will be at our own hand. Others feel it will be a solar event. Or perhaps a wayward asteroid. There are those who have even expressed the idea of an alien invasion (!). And considering what we’re currently experiencing with COVID-19, could a future uncontrollable pandemic wipe us out (e.g., Ebola)? Or perhaps the earth will one day become uninhabitable due to climate change.

And what about artificial intelligence? Stephen Hawking once made this comment: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

So now it’s your turn … 

What do you think is the most likely extinction-level event in humanity’s future?

(Please! No bible predictions.)

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Free Will … Or Not

There’s been a bit of discussion on a couple of blogs related to “free will” and I thought I would add mine to the pile.

What is “free will”? Psychology Today describes it thus:

Free will is the idea that humans have the ability to make their own choices and determine their own fates.

It follows up with this question:

Is a person’s will free, or are people’s lives in fact shaped by powers outside of their control?

Personally, I lean towards the second part of the above question –that we are influenced by things outside of our control– and I explain why below. I’ve shared my perspective on a couple of blogs and the responses have been … well, interesting.

Here are my thoughts …

All we have is NOW. The past is gone; the future has not yet arrived. We cannot change what has already happened any more than we can control what will come. We can learn from the past and use this knowledge in an attempt to modify our future, but essentially, we have no control over even the next second. It is only in our minds that either has substance. 

Thus, in essence, we are simply pawns of time. While we may have the ability to make choices as mentioned in the referenced statement in Psychology Today, we actually have no control over how things will turn out since there are multiple factors that come into play.

Example: You agree to join friends at the local pub on Friday night (sans a pandemic), but between then and “now,” you suffer a serious injury and you’re unable to keep the appointment. You made a choice … but because you have no power over what the future holds, you were unable to follow through.

Believers like to say that “free will” means that God gives humans the opportunity to make choices that affect their destiny. In this sense, free will is merely a decision; that is, the act of making up your mind whether to take Door #1 or Door #2. In the end, however, there are no guarantees the decision you make will come to pass.

How do you feel about free will? Do you agree with me that our choices in life are actually determined by the limitations of time? Or do you feel it’s as the Britannica describes it — the power or capacity to choose among alternatives or to act in certain situations independently of natural, social, or divine restraints?

Or do you go along with the idea that God is somehow involved in your decisions/choices?

(NOTE: There are philosophical discussions related to free will and determinism, but this is not what I have in mind for this post so please try to avoid addressing this theory.)

I look forward to your thoughts on this problematic topic.

Defeat Trump

Just came across this writer (via Zoe) and overwhelmingly felt his words needed to be shared.

Defeat Trump on Every Front

Warning: The post is long but well worth your time. It was written on January 12 and, as is common in today’s world, events continue to evolve. But I believe his points are extremely relevant to what is happening –and needs to happen– within the U.S. political world.

The Black Vault

Just discovered a website that might interest some of my readers. I found it through a daily email I get from The Guardian. As the title indicates, it’s called The Black Vault.

What prompted me to investigate was this line in the email write-up:

The CIA released thousands of documents on UFOs this week, which the agency claims is all of their records on the objects. 

It seems The Black Vault is an online archive of declassified government documents.

While I personally have no doubt there are UFOs regularly being detected, I am far from the belief they are extra-terrestrial in nature. Nonetheless, I’m aware there are MANY who are convinced that we are being “visited.” Thus, I decided to share the link for those who are interested and would like to investigate further.

Also, when I visited the website, I noticed there is a Message Forum and one of the categories is “Religion/Spirituality” … in case anyone is interested. 🙂

If you’re like me, you’re probably getting a bit saturated with all the “Trump News” — so I figured a distraction might be in order.

Enjoy! And report back if you so desire.

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