Interpretation, Presumption and Progress. Mentality Uprooting.

Equality is an idea that has been around for a long time now, and has been the subject of many discussions. But why is it so hard to achieve?

If one was to stop a stranger in the street and ask them “Do you feel women should have the same social rights, salaries and political opportunities as men?” you are almost always going to be met with a “Yes, of course”.

Consider your reaction then if they were to say no, would you take their stance even remotely seriously? There are no reasons one could give to justify a negative response without admitting an opinion that women are inferior. I would challenge anyone to submit an idea to the contrary.

Why is it then that despite this seemingly overwhelming opinion that the above factors should be equal across both genders, we are still ‘fighting’ for equality?

I feel that the core of the issue does not dwell within the realms of finance or politics. It is within a very deeply ingrained ‘understanding’ of gender roles that have been in place for centuries. You do not need to be an expert of history to see what I mean. In fact, you can get everything you need by witnessing likely reactions to the following scenario:

A man is walking down the street and is struggling with some heavy objects; a woman approaches and offers her assistance in carrying them”.

This is not an unlikely situation, and is certainly simple enough. However, there are some ideas that need to my considered to make my point.

Let us consider the ‘macho’ side things. This is a man who is engaging in an activity that could (or certainly did) go towards determining his worth, the demonstration of strength. No one can deny that even within the society of today, guys can be very touchy when their physical prowess in under any sort of scrutiny.

The above male could well be feeling very uncomfortable right now. Not only is he struggling with the carrying, he is struggling in front of a woman (the ones who were typically impressed by such things and were considered weaker) and to add to that she offered to help him!

If the male did indeed feel this way about her offer, how long do you think it would have taken to process this? Seconds at the most I would wager, this was an almost immediate reaction. A negative one based on insecurity.

This does not apply to every guy who could be in this situation, I am merely stating a possibility that no one can deny may happen. I for one do not feel threatened in such a way and would be glad of any assistance.

Let us look then at the female mentality that may occur in the following:

A woman is walking down the street and is struggling with some heavy objects; a man approaches and offers her assistance in carrying them.”

A role reversal, but instead of applying an archaic mentality I shall explore a very modern one. I don’t think anyone can deny that this reaction is possible as well.

I think we have all witnessed at one point or another, an instance where a woman has been ‘offended’ by a guy’s offer of assistance. I can’t imagine being far wrong by guessing this sort of reaction takes place by taking the “I don’t need a man” mentality just a little too far.

But it is a possible response none the less, and will continue to be so. If my point isn’t clear at this point I shall summarise

In both scenarios, a fellow person has offered sincere assistance to another who is thought to be struggling, but due to centuries old conditioning in regard to gender roles they have been refuted. As people, we need to take a moment to really consider a person’s intent when they offer to help. Is it really likely to be gender based?

Likewise, it is important how we approach someone who may be having a tough time; coming across as arrogant or pretentious may aggravate them and lead to a complete backfire.

These are reactions that have been ingrained for many years and as such, will take a while to uproot. It is important we consider this when considering what is likely to be a sincere proposal.

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God and his omniscience. The sinister implications.

It will not surprise you to know that in order to be a “true” believer you must agree with two fundamental properties of God.

First, he is omnipotent. There are literally no limitations on his capacity in any sense whatsoever. He can (and did, according to scripture) create a universe from nothing, using nothing more than his will. It can be assumed then that he could reverse this decision at any moment of his choosing, with no effort at all.

The second property that one must believe is his omniscience. If a being is omniscient then he/she/it knows everything that can be known, regardless of the tense concerned. It follows then, that if one knows everything then one is unable to learn, as there would be no knowledge left to attain. It could also be said that an omniscient being is unable to forget, as this would end the omniscience entirely.

If God is omnipotent then all things are possible. If God is omniscient however, then he is unable to learn or forget anything, undermining his omnipotence. These two qualities can not exist within the same being at the same time.

In the instance of man, God knows everything any person has said, thought and done. In addition to this he knows everything they are going to say, think and do. I shall explain why this troubles me.

Should God exist and be omniscient then he must know all of the events contained within the life of any given person, before those events take place. He knows not only how everyone has lived their lives (thoughts, actions and speech) so far, but also knows how the remainder of us are going  to live our lives.

It is this understanding that leads to a chilling conclusion. Our lives are pre-determined. If our actions can be known before they take place, then what possibility is there of committing an act that God is unaware of? If he knows that these actions are going to take place, then surely it must have been he who decided that in the first place.

This leads to the following. If our actions are pre-determined  by God, then we live under the illusion of free will. In truth, we are simply acting out a script that has been written for us.

Illusionary free will also happens to be a quality of a perfect dictatorship.

So, when it comes to our judgement why are we held accountable? Free will is not a luxury we possess so how can we do anything other than Gods will? If we are sent to hell to face the eternal fire, who is really to blame?

Thus we reach the major point of this blog. If one is to believe in a divine creator then he/she must accept that God is all knowing (as well as all powerful), by doing so you resign your free will and agree to live out a script. You must also accept the possibility that you have been “designed”, given a purpose that results in you being damned for eternity.

…and there is nothing you can do about it.

I  for one, refute this contemptible prospect.

 

 

A note about this blog

It is worth pointing out that I am not a journalist or a professional within the writing sphere; nor do I need to be. This blog will serve the purpose of putting forward the questions and ideas that occur in regards to numerous topics of importance, topics such as the existence of God, equality between men and women, equality as a species, the death sentence and what justice may or may not be.

This is not a place for me to try and prove that I am ‘right’ about anything, I want to provoke discussion, heated or not. I want people to question any conclusions I may have about any of the above and to explain any counter points in a controlled and informed manner.

I believe that in order to achieve a real harmony amongst our species, to be able to honestly strive towards fulfilling the potential our intelligence demands, we need to endure a conflict of sorts. We need to butt heads over these topics. We need to reveal the flaws contained within the logic of opposing ideas and iron out any negative social implications our points of view may contain.

Mankind will never achieve a state of equality unless it can first agree on the direction on which in must strive. So long as we bicker without conclusion then we will always suffer the poor to starve, women to seethe at silent injustices and for religious figures to wield imaginary authorities.

Let us begin.