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God , Religion, and Alternate Realities - A Logic Based Analysis

Latest update: February 4, 2022. Page URL indicates original publication date; meanwhile, times change and the updates continue.

This article discusses much more than God and religion, it is more in the philosophical and metaphysics realm. An alternate title for this page could be: Some Random Theories as to Our Existence.

What Is and Is God Real? Is Religion Valid?

Logic does seem to indicate the existence of a Higher Power that some call "God". This, religion, and other possible realities are analyzed.

Galaxies in just a tiny sliver of our universe.


We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe, until Copernicus and Galileo got us straightened out on that. We now know how large and how old the universe is. For us to have thought we were the center of the universe was the height of conceit.

The same logic applies to the existence of a Higher Power. It would be the height of conceit for us to think we are the most superior beings in the universe. Do we really think that humans are the most powerful and most intelligent entities in a 13-billion-year-old universe that spans 93 billion light-years? Logic practically screams there are more advanced civilizations and much more intelligent and powerful entities out there.

Then there is the matter of technology. We live in a 13-billion-year-old universe. On a cosmic scale, there is not that much difference between 12 billion years and 13 billion years. It is perfectly logical to conclude that there were civilizations a billion years ago that were as advanced then as we are now. We've seen what our civilization has accomplished in the last 200 years; imagine what those older civilizations have accomplished in the last billion years. To us, what they have accomplished and what they have done and can do would literally appear to be God or magic to us. So from our perspective, there are probably thousands or even millions of civilizations out there we would be forced to consider as godlike or god(s). They might even be worthy of the name; not only has there been a billion years of technological advances, there have also been a billion years of advancement in the social sciences.

So the question becomes, what is humanity's relationship to those civilizations and the individual entities therein? What is our relationship to these higher powers or what many may call God?

This brings us to religion.


God is God. Religion is man-made. Many believe in God, but have not chosen a religion. One can believe in God and not be religious.

Religion is a branch of philosophy. It is our attempt to comprehend our relationship with a Higher Power or what many call God.

Let's face it, humanity has always been a mess; but we do keep trying. Being man-made; many philosophical hypotheses, religions, theories no doubt have mistakes and errors; being contradictory to each other, they can't all be right. It is unfortunately the nature of reality and our species.

Humanity being humanity, we all know we are capable of making monumental mistakes. We do so now, and we were no doubt doing even more so when we first invented religion. Religion, itself, may or may not be a mistake; but there is no doubt mistakes are included within each variant.

As a side note, most non-religious people do not object to religion per se. What they object to is the classification of religious statements as facts, when in fact they are theories or a philosophical hypothesis. There is nothing wrong with adopting a philosophical hypothesis as being the most plausible theory of reality and then living one's life based on that theory. The conflict comes from the practice of calling a hypothesis or theory a fact or certainty; as opposed to calling said hypothesis a plausible working theory that one wishes to base their life.

In other words, people who follow our man-made religions should want to acknowledge their beliefs as working theories and should always be examining them for ways of improvement. What a religion tells one to do or not do is not being stated by God; it is being stated by other humans. A person owes it to themselves to always question and examine what one is being told. For that matter, it doesn't hurt to reexamine and question one's own thoughts and actions now and then; self-awareness is always a good thing.

Maybe we will know the true answers someday. Possibilities range from:
  • We are ignored or possibly not even aware of; after all, the universe is a big place.
  • All 7.9 billion of us are indeed being benignly monitored and interacted with on an individual basis; a billion years of technological and societal advancement makes practically anything possible.
  • Then there are all the possibilities in-between; some of which may not be so benign, or so empirical evidence would seem to indicate.
We just have no way of knowing yet.

Some Random Theories as to Our Existence

  • If any of our invented religions are on the right track, Christianity is probably the best bet; this is due to incidents that could be perceived as empirical evidence.
  • We are all lab rats in some entity's science experiment. Considering all the non-human-originated bad things that continually happen to us, the empirical evidence to support this theory appears almost overwhelming.
  • We are in school or training for some benign and/or other ulterior reason. This would be another explanation for all the obstacles and problems thrown at us.
  • We are some entity's pet; the equivalent of an ant farm in a kid's bedroom.
  • We live in a hologram, source and purpose unknown.
  • We are each an artificial intelligence. A billion years of technological advancement certainly makes it plausible that an artificial intelligence could be designed that doesn't know it's an artificial intelligence.
  • We are real.
  • We are alone.
  • The universe doesn't care.
As some have no doubt noticed, some theories can be combined with other theories. Another theory is:
  • If something can exist, then it does exist.
A good, close look at the universe, nature, and reality in general seems to substantiate this. There is a good possibility that the theories listed above, and more, are all actively in existence somewhere in the universe. Which one are we? Opinions vary.

Thoughts on the Existence of an Afterlife

  • Just because we want something to be true, doesn't make it true. However, some of the above theories could be used to support the hypothesis of an afterlife.
  • If one accepts the premise of an afterlife, then the existence of a fore-life is equally possible. To think that one's current life is the beginning or first life is the same as the aforementioned fallacy of the Earth being the center of the universe or humans being the most superior entities in the universe.


In keeping with the philosophy and tenor of this page, this article is merely a hypothesis and just the theory or theories of one or more individuals. And here is a well-thought-out science article about What God, Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness Have in Common.

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Best Quotes - Inspiration, Life, Philosophy, Change, Humor, Self-Help, Success, Strength

Latest update: January 6, 2022
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Lists of over 100 quotes, one-liners, sayings; funny, philosophical, life, insults, inspirational, success, change, more. For both knowledge and entertainment; also useful for Facebook, Twitter, memes, Pinterest, wall signs, office desks, bikes, bumper stickers, car windows, etc.

Actually, there are more than 100; new ones keep being added. You don't have to read them all at once; maybe a couple sub lists a day keeps the doctor away? Many of these random quotes are absolute truths; many of these quotes merely reference truths. Many of these quotes and one-liners are about life and philosophy; many are just for fun, insults, and entertainment. Some are original; some are well-known. Some will change your life; others will just make you fall down laughing. Some are understood immediately; some could take days. Many are indeed just humor and other entertainment, but some are serious. This can kind of be a thought-provoking exercise actually. If a quote or one-liner isn't funny, then is it serious? Only you can decide.

Sigmund Freud

Quotes List One: Reality, Humor, Life, Philosophy, etc.

  • Time and Space. Can't live with it. Can't live without it.
  • Being informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.
  • Live in the now.
  • Laugh at your problems, everyone else does.
  • Socrates asked too many questions.
  • Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
  • Black holes are where God divides by zero.
  • You are obviously a fine human being in your own right. And I mean that.
  • I don't know what your problem is, but I bet it's hard to pronounce.
  • If you observe this vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner, please try to think of it as one more anomaly in the cosmic order.
  • So many stupid people. So few asteroids.
  • I didn't believe in reincarnation in my last life either.
  • Excess is never too much in moderation.
  • I didn't say it was your fault, I just said I was blaming you.
  • I'm really easy to get along with once you learn to worship me.
  • Honk if you want to learn sign-language.
  • Bricks and rainbows, otherwise known as Life.
  • What do the letters in FEAR stand for? False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.
  • Let’s debate your existence. You take the negative.
  • Never believe generalizations.
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  • Admit it when you are wrong. It makes life so much easier.
  • The generation of random numbers is too important to leave to chance.
  • What holds attention determines action.
  • The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.
  • Proof evolution CAN go in reverse.
  • You’re a mess. But that’s ok.
  • Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
  • Does anal retentive have a hyphen?
  • It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.
  • Existence is a gift.
  • Existence is hell.
  • Hope, but never expect.
  • Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the "m" is silent.
  • There are times when it is better to just not care.

Quotes List Two: Humor, Inspirational, Life, Philosophy, Tech, Laments, etc.

  • With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.
  • Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.
  • I doubt, therefore I might be.
  • There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.
  • People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.
  • Actions indicate priorities.
  • Be someone who makes you happy.
  • Even my dog knows to reboot before calling tech support.
  • Honk if you've never seen a gun fired from a moving vehicle.
  • It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.
  • Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.
  • Thank God I'm an atheist.
  • Never knock on Death's door. Ring the bell and run. He hates that.
  • Some days it's just not worth gnawing through the leather straps.
  • Driveway doesn't go all the way to the road.
  • In a battle of wits, I’m unarmed.
  • If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the precipitate.
  • Sometimes I am almost overwhelmed by my incredible perfection.
  • If you're happy and you know it, see a shrink.
  • Do not judge a person's story by the chapter you walked in on.
  • Be good to others for no reason.
  • Vegetarian: Indian word for lousy hunter.
  • One-celled organisms out score me in IQ tests.
  • What? Am I here?
  • I don’t have ulcers, but I’m a carrier.
  • No Way Out.
  • Lost in America.
  • Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.
  • Worry. God knows all about you.

Quotes List Three: Reality, Inspirational, Humor, Philosophy, Life, etc.

  • Hope is what you have left after reality has taken away everything else.
  • I'm Canadian. It's like being American, but without the gun.
  • Be happy. It drives people crazy.
  • You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
  • This bumper sticker intentionally left blank.
  • Person of Interest.
  • I’m not fat, I’m just easier to see.
  • The way nature is constructed, no living entity has any rights; just like non-living entities.
  • Life’s favorite chew-toy.
  • Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.
  • The meek shall inherit the earth after we're through with it.
  • A single thread of hope is still a powerful thing.
  • Lawyers have feelings too, allegedly.
  • People like you are the reason people like me need medication.
  • So many cats. So few recipes.
  • Just remember... If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.
  • Eat right. Exercise. Die anyway.
  • Don't make me mad. I'm running out of places to hide the bodies.
  • On your mark, get set, go away!
  • The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
  • I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability.
  • You don't need to have it all figured out to move forward.
  • To err is human, to blame it on somebody else shows management potential.
  • Let the past make you better, not bitter.
  • If you hate a person, then you are defeated by them.
  • Liberal Arts major. Will think for food.
  • Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
  • Adjure obfuscation.
  • What we need is a patch for stupidity.
  • Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn't figured out yet.
  • Procrastinate now.
  • A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.
  • Wherever you go, there you are.
  • Luck favors the prepared.
  • All that has passed and so shall this.

Quotes List Four: Inspirational, Universe, Life, People, Humor, Philosophy, etc.

  • The best proof there is intelligent life in outer space is the fact it hasn’t come here.
  • I’d stalk you, but it’s been a long day.
  • The Tribbles are coming.
  • We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
  • Just because I don't react, doesn't mean I didn't notice.
  • You have delusions of adequacy.
  • I love you more today than tomorrow.
  • An experiment in artificial stupidity.
  • I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
  • A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, the hell with it.
  • People who think they know it all really annoy those of us who do.
  • Well at least the war on the environment is going well.
  • Churches only worship the prophet margin.
  • Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
  • We are all lab rats.
  • Perspective.
  • Due to lack of interest, tomorrow has been cancelled.
  • Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. Sometimes not.
  • If you don’t like the way I drive, then stay off the sidewalk.
  • My feminine side is lesbian.
  • Just say NO to negativity.
  • I thought I was indecisive; now I'm not so sure.
  • The winner of the rat race is still a rat.
  • Never get into a fight with an old person, they have nothing to lose.
  • I never thought I'd miss Nixon.
  • If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
  • I love animals. They're delicious.
  • The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
  • A wise man once said nothing.
  • Dying is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
  • It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.
  • In order for opportunity to knock, one must provide a door.
  • Don't let he future and the past rob you of the present.

Quotes List Five: Humor, Life, People, Philosophy, Politics, Reality, Humor, etc.

  • I haven't been ignoring you; I've been prioritizing you.
  • It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
  • Squirrels: Nature's speed bumps.
  • Armadillos: Texas speed bumps.
  • If a man states an opinion and there is no woman to hear it, is he still wrong?
  • Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
  • You've survived 100% of everything in your life so far, so there is a pretty good chance you will survive whatever is next.
  • Ever stop to think and forget to start again?
  • If you are going to be "weird", be confident about it.
  • God is my co-pilot, but the Devil is my bombardier.
  • I don't have a license to kill, but I do have a learner's permit.
  • I bring joy whenever I leave the room.
  • It's never too late for an apology.
  • A couple di-lithium crystals short of a warp core.
  • Why does Hawaii have an interstate highway?
  • Taxation WITH representation isn't so hot either.
  • Earth First! We'll strip-mine the other planets later.
  • My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her (or something like that).
  • Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
  • Stop repeat offenders. Don't re-elect them!
  • If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0.
  • Happiness is not trying or finding, it's deciding.
  • Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
  • It's up to you.
  • Why not?
  • We repeat what we don't repair.
  • All I ask is the chance to prove money can't make me happy.
  • He who smiles in a crisis has found someone else to blame.
  • Don't dumb it down.
  • Entropy always wins.
  • The past, the present, the future walk into a bar. It was tense.

Quotes List Six: Life, People, Politics, Reality Humor, etc.

  • It’s never going to be perfect, so just get it done.
  • Friends come and go, enemies accumulate.
  • Opportunities come and go, problems accumulate.
  • Vote Democrat - it's easier than working!
  • Vote Republican - it's easier than thinking!
  • You can ignore reality, but reality won't ignore you.
  • Wanted: Meaningful overnight relationship.
  • Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.
  • First things first, but not necessarily in that order.
  • Old age comes at a bad time.
  • I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian.
  • In America, anyone can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
  • Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.
  • You're never too old to learn something stupid.
  • I'm an old person. Cut me some slack.
  • Exist on your own terms.
  • Beer: It's not just for breakfast anymore.
  • I’m tall, but I’m worth the climb.
  • I need someone real bad. Are you real bad?
  • The more you complain, the longer God makes you live.
  • Why do the Flintstones celebrate Christmas?
  • Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
  • Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
  • Life would be easier if I had the source code.
  • Hang up and drive.
  • Polar bears club baby seals.
  • God must love stupid people. He made so many of them.
  • Know when to walk away. Know when to run.
  • I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
  • I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom; until we see them in the rear view mirror.

Quotes List Seven: Humor, Life, Reality, etc.

  • Do they ever shut up on your planet?
  • The trouble with life is there's no background music.
  • Sometimes a perceived problem turns out to be a gift.
  • Quoting one is plagiarism. Quoting many is research.
  • Don't measure my intelligence on your ability to understand me.
  • You! Off my planet.
  • I'm not tense; just terribly, terribly alert.
  • My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.
  • There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
  • If you are what you eat; I'm fast, cheap, and easy.
  • Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
  • Warning: dates on calendar are closer than they appear.
  • I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.
  • Sarcasm is just one more service I provide.
  • Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
  • Embarrassed about something? They'll get over it.
  • Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.
  • I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
  • Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.
  • Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you weren't asleep.
  • Most of what you worry about will never happen.
  • Suck it up aka man up.
  • I have a super power. I never quit.
  • I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil twin.
  • I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?
  • You say I'm a bitch like it's a bad thing.
  • Earth is full. Go home.
  • How do I set a laser printer to stun?
  • Chaos, panic, disorder - my work here is done.
  • Getting on your feet means getting off your butt.
  • Some things are more important than money. And they all cost money.
  • Never argue with reality.
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The fatal flaw of logic is it presupposes awareness of all relevant premises.

Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

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Self-Help List of 100 Beautiful / Positive / Happy Words in the English Language

Latest update: May 18, 2021. Page URL indicates original publication date; meanwhile, times change and the updates continue.

Words are added from time to time.

The Most Beautiful and Nicest English Words in the World

Actually, there are more than 100. These happy and positive words in the English language were contributed by writers for writers in a project of mine awhile back These words show that the world can indeed be a positive, happy, and wonderful place. This list has also been referred to as the nicest, most lovely, sweetest, stunning, greatest, and most beautiful words in the English language and world. Most of the words are standalone, some are contextual. Just the mere act of reading this list can make one feel good.

Greetings Love Healing
Serenity Mellifluous Hug
Empathy Peaceful Joy
Life Caring Sharing
Friend Forgiveness Trust
Kindness Lovely Cure
Exquisite Soothing Hope
Thanks Welcome Acknowledgement
Compassion Sympathy Tenderness
Synergy Synchronicity Serendipity
Perfection Chocolate Champagne
Ethics Honesty Integrity
Simplicity Complexity Recursion
Music Art Humor
Discovery Insight Revelation
Beautiful Pristine Glorious
Freedom Privacy Independence
Home Shelter Food
Gorgeous Awesome Amazing
Success Prosperity Money
Faithfulness Loyalty Ally
Sunrise Rain Moonlight
Elegance Symmetry Balance
Wonderment Appreciation Gratitude
Plethora Plenitude Bonanza
Communication Interaction Mutuality
Courtesy Respect Graciousness
Mom Dad Child
Remembering Forgetting Awareness
Optimism Destiny Expectation
Smile Hello Please
Happiness Sweet Karma
Dalliance Efflorescence Eloquence
Beginning Ending Closure
Yes No Chance
Euphoria Elixir Cherish
Goals Aspirations Accomplishments

And last, but not least; whether it be a loan application or accepted for a new job:

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Scope and Meaning of Metaphysics - Examples - Thinking Outside the Box

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What Is Metaphysics and the Metaphysical –
Science / Philosophy / Spiritual

An artist's rendition of metaphysics - Source: NASA

The Undefined Science

Metaphysics – not even Stanford and Wikipedia can agree on neither a succinct nor an encompassing meaning or definition for metaphysics. This is because:
  • The definitions and meanings of metaphysics and the metaphysical keep changing.
  • The study and science of metaphysics includes an almost unlimited number of subcategories.
  • The most respected minds in academia, the sciences, and even in the general population are continually unable to reach an agreement as to the perfect meaning or definition.
  • There are disputes as to what does and does not belong in the study or category of metaphysics and the metaphysical.

One definition or meaning for metaphysics could be the sciences and non-sciences that cannot be put in another category are put into the category of metaphysics. However, this meaning or definition would not be complete; because there are sciences that are studied and categorized in other categories that are also included as a part of metaphysics and the metaphysical.

For certain disciplines, the discipline is a subset of metaphysics; and metaphysics is a subset of the discipline. In other words, each is a subset of the other depending on the context and/or the parameters used.

An example:
A. There is the philosophical part of metaphysics.
B. There is the metaphysical part of philosophy.

What is Metaphysics and the Metaphysical -
Thinking Outside the Box

Problems can have more than one solution.

The scope of subjects such as cosmology, ontology, physics, philosophy, existence, time and space, astrobiology, perception, etc are generally undisputed as being both part of metaphysics and outside of metaphysics. It all depends on the subcategory of the main subject being addressed.

Other examples and subjects continually being associated with the scope of metaphysics include paranormal, astrology, New Age, spiritual, meditation, wisdom, karma, determinism, fate, shaman, unity, reiki, psychic, mind and matter, meaning of life, feng shui, etc.; the metaphysical and quasi-metaphysical list can be a long one.

Metaphysics is the perfect place to “think outside the box”. One is allowed to research any theory or hypothesis you wish. You are allowed to follow any chain of logic to wherever it goes. Combining what first appears to be unrelated subjects to derive unusual metaphysical conclusions is perfectly acceptable. In other words, the scope of metaphysics allows one to explore and experiment without constraint.

Philosophy vs Metaphysics -
Perception / Perspective / Reality

What Is Spiritual Metaphysics

Spiritual metaphysics versus religion. What is spiritual metaphysics? It is similar, but not the same as religion.
  • What is religion? Religion is where one makes up whatever they want.
  • Spiritual metaphysics on the other hand, attempts to base its conclusions on logic. As humankind's logic and thinking abilities evolve, so does spiritual metaphysics.

Metaphysical and Philosophical Thoughts, Quotes, Ramblings, Examples... And possibly a little scattered humor.

  • In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
  • With all that goes on in life and reality, the only possible conclusion is we are all lab rats.
  • Most everything means nothing.
  • Time can sometimes cure a problem all by itself. Though can be an excellent excuse for procrastination; it is more often than not, not a wise choice.
  • Free will exists. But it is limited. And it is more limited with some than with others.
  • Sometimes one can actually choose whether a problem exists or not.
  • Belief is the death of intelligence.
  • The fatal flaw of logic is its presumption of being aware of all relevant premises. However, awareness of all relevant factors is seldom the true situation. The best one can hope for is a probable prediction.
  • No one belongs here more than you.
  • No one belongs here less than you.
  • One of the most important lessons a person can learn in life is that other people are as real behind their eyes as you are behind yours.
  • Miscommunication can cause more problems than all other factors combined. Always examine a perceived negative statement twice; it may not be negative at all. Give others the benefit of the doubt. 
  • Life is an iterative process.
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