May 29, 2013

Becoming Extinct

An artist rendering of Kepler-62e
I watched the latest SciShow video today from Hank Green where he talked about the history of the earth's climate and how its is rising exceptionally for the past 100 years. And I just watched an episode of Hannah Hart's "Hello, Harto!" in which she visited Drumheller in Canada, a site that has the most dinosaur bones were found in the world.

And of course with my twisted mind doing its thing, it made me think of our own extinction event.

We all read the textbooks and watched documentaries from Discovery Channel: that the sun will one day start to expand and be a red giant and will eat up our home planet and eventually killing every living thing in it. In science fiction novels and movies though, humans are particularly successful in escaping planet earth and colonizing other planets. "After Earth" is an upcoming movie that has that exact same plot.

May 24, 2013

The Pope wants unity: and that's what we need

Pope Francis said yesterday that even though we don't believe in a god, we should still be considered as good people. He further explained that all good people will be redeemed by Jesus and will live a prosperous afterlife and eventually we'll all meet one another in heaven.

Now, being an atheist, and being free from religious beliefs, his statement about heaven and being redeemed by a deity means absolutely nothing to me. I like to do good because that's the right thing to do. My moral compass is based on how our society can survive. It should be my best interest that I don't harm anyone, I don't exclude anyone, and I would really try to help anyone.

So even though the promise of afterlife don't appeal to me, I think the Pope and I share a similar goal: for humanity to be united.

In 2010, the previous pope, Pope Benedict XVI compared us Atheists to Nazis. Him saying that made me angry, and a lot of atheists like me got angry too. There's a stark difference of what Pope Francis is saying today about us atheist. He is accepting us as members of society,  but more importantly, he is encouraging his followers to accept anyone as well who do good, whatever their beliefs are.

I think this is a small step towards unifying ourselves. We shouldn't be separated into religious groups, we shouldn't be excluding anyone just because they don't have the same beliefs, and we shouldn't be harming each other. We are all humans.

We may not agree if god exists or not, but we all know that we exist. We should all keep it that way. We should all move forward as one, and support whatever will keep us moving forward into the next centuries, millennia, and beyond.

May 7, 2013

Politicians have the slightest idea on how to run this country

I went to town two days ago and everywhere I go there are these banners and signs and different kind of ads for politicians, and even if you are someone who has no idea what the Philippines is, you'll immediately figure out that the election season is going on.

See, banners and signs are alright. They're there, and no one is forcing you to look at them. Loud vehicles that blast cheesy jingles of the politicians are annoying, but they're alright too, except if you're the one driving behind these campaign trucks. What really got in my nerves two days ago are these f*cking motorcades.

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