Drop the Divinity

I suspect this post won’t gain me any followers. I can only hope to hold onto the small brave handful I already have, but life is risk. Is it not?

I am going to speak to, about and against religion. Not spirituality. Not the relationship you have with your God. Just organized, fundamentalist, dogmatic and admit it or not, judgmental religion.

There are thousands of sects in Christianity alone. Most of whom believe that they have the only path to heaven. If you belong to one of these religious groups then by mere statistics, you are wrong. If there were only 5000 religious groups and there actually was only one path to heaven, then 4999 of you are wrong. Honestly your odds are very bad.

So why does anyone believe in their own faith so vehemently?

I think it’s because of one thing. Divinity. Why is that a problem?

The birth of almost every religious group is always founded on the divinity of their God. This means that at the very start, you are separated. You can not hope to live up to the expectations of the divine. You can not hope to be anything like the divine. You exist on a much lower spiritual plane. The irony here is that many of you still believe you can speak for the divine, but this is off point. What I’m getting at here is that when you start by creating a separation, you continue to do so by separating your beliefs from other beliefs, your religion from other religions and in a very real sense, your connection to the rest of the world. You have created something a gang. A class system. A tribe if you will that believes so strongly in one separate idea that you will not only defend it with your life but use it as a sick kind of providence to kill others with.

What in Gods name gives anyone the right to kill others? Your Bible? Your Koran? The Damapada? These are great books. Holy books. But are they being read to get closer to God or to get further from the heathens that don’t belong to your sect?

So suppose, just suppose that you dropped the divinity portion of your belief. Hard to do I know, but just think about it. Look at all the great spiritual leaders throughout history. Jesus, Gandhi, Mohammad, Buddha and so many more. Look at how they lived. They did not separate themselves from others. They were not caught up in some idea of their own divinity. They loved people. Inspired people and their message was always non-violent, open to all and peaceful. It was simply a higher level of understanding what it is to love.

So what God awful thing would happen if we just stopped believing in our guy being the one and true divine God? First of all, we may better understand that the path these great spiritual beings took up is obtainable. Not just an ideal but rather a path that anyone of us can take up that will lead us closer to understanding what it is to be spiritual in nature. What it is to truly understand divinity within us all. What it is to love unconditionally and what it is to live on a higher spiritual plane.

Without this all encompassing idea of separation we would be free to come together and share what is really divine in all faiths. Love. There is no war, hatred, jealousy, bitterness or death in that word.

Rather it is the foundation and cornerstone of every faith, every religion. So why is it not the very cornerstone of our lives?

Drop the Divinity and get on with the business of love.

Altered Time

So often when I’m writing an instrumental, I don’t really know what it’s about until it’s done. It’s rather like waking up from an odd dream…the meaning of which can only be deciphered once you’re awake.

Such was this song. While traveling recently something happened to change a course. Time, while initially was traveling in a predictable direct fashion, was altered if you will by an event. An unexpected meeting. An intersecting if you will, who’s origins can be traced back many months, but who’s end could never be predicted.

Now that I’ve totally confused everyone, including myself, I’ll shut up. I hope the end result is much more worth listening to.

Paul Solves World Peace!

You know, I’m not an engineer. Ok, so we have that straight right? And perhaps because I’m not, I don’t realize the kind of engineering “outside of the box” radical thinking that it must take to design a bathroom shower that is higher than like five feet. It must be some kind of technological wonder than man can just not fathom. Oh some have tried certainly. Take this photo for example… Ok, good idea. Take a pipe, bend it upward. But then DOH…he bends it back down at the end. This took all weekend.

shower-head-extension-hoseSo ok, this is not the end of the world. This is an uptown problem. There are much more important issues we should concern ourselves with. I get that. So, ok. World Peace. That’s one worth thinking about. Let’s see. Yeah ok. Here’s how to solve world peace. “Everyone Stop Fighting”.  We good?  Ok, can someone get back to work on the shower head?




I have several problems however I have always acted as my own therapist. This would have worked out fine had I been more qualified. This is a problem. I have several problems…

911 and the Fear of the Truth

Today is the 14th anniversary of the 911 attack. The most devastating event in American history in so many ways, that a thousand blogs can not describe the changes that took place that day and in the United States since.

When I think back on the days just subsequent to the attack, I remember very clearly this struggle to find out who did this and why. As a nation we were desperate for an answer and in that desperation, we took at face value everything the president and the media fed to us with barely a hint of doubt. Who was Osama Bin Laudin? Most of us had never heard his name before. The back story we heard about him fit the crime and so we embarked on what we still call the “War Against Terrorism” and every government office, airport and even the public library began tightening up security. Red, yellow and orange alerts kept everyone on edge for a few years until we literally got tired of being afraid.

Now several years later and we vow not to forget. But exactly what is it we have not forgotten? My point here is what is the truth? Unless you’ve lived under a rock (which may not be that bad an idea) you have certainly seen pictures like these. This


flight-93-crash-siteis a photo of the underside of the plane that struck the second tower with an inlay of what the United Airlines plane really looks like.

The photo underneath is a picture of a big hole in a field in Pennsylvania where flight 93 was said to have crashed. No bodies, no debris and no airplane. Nothing at all like the hundreds of photos we’ve seen of plane crashes.

Then there are a host of photos from the damage to the pentagon, most of which were taken by firefighters even before the roof had collapsed. Here again, no plane. No debris and countless photos diagraming the size of the opening leaving no room for wings to have entered the building.

So I guess my question is, what are we most afraid of? Another attack on our soil, or that there was a mass execution of thousands of Americans followed by the mass deception of millions?  I’m asking this question not because I am a conspiracy theorist. I’m not. I don’t believe in theories. I believe in facts and frankly everything that I have seen and read and heard from interviews of countless eye witnesses, many of whom were on the scene firefighters, do not match the story we are all expected to live with, tell and re-tell to our grandchildren.

I would like to know what really happened, who is responsible despite my fear of the truth. Even if the truth is even more horrible than the one we have. I for one, suspect that it is.




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There seems to be an ever increasing push back from the religious fanatics  right lately. Certainly in regards to their issue with LGBT marriage but even more disturbing, their idea that their beliefs belong in government, politics and in YOUR shit life.

I’ve not had a rant about this in some time but I’ll warn you…I’m due. But let’s at least start with some civil discourse.

You have freedom, in this country, of religion. This means you can believe whatever fuckin crazy ass shit what you want, live how you want to live and celebrate your religion with other crazy ass like minded individuals. The only restriction is that you may not restrict or infringe on anyone else’s rights. It’s really quite simple.

I don’t care what you believe. Truly I don’t, and I would like the same courtesy from you. But we don’t get that with the fundamentals do we? No. And do you know why? Because they have convinced themselves that they are doing what God wants…(#spoiler #rantcoming) Let me say this to everyone who has ever tried to justify their bigoted, hateful, misogynistic, greedy, and corrupt hearts by hiding behind some notion of God.

First, you do not speak for God. You have simply convinced yourself that you do. You do not know what God wants you to do. You simply have decided that you do. You can not prove that God even exists. You simply have convinced yourself that he does. All the judgment, prejudice, hate and fear comes from you. Not God. Not the devil. You.

So when you deny loving human beings their rights, you are going to be stopped. When you try to bomb abortion clinics, you will be arrested and prosecuted. When you are in contempt of court for denying people their rights, you will go to jail. When you put a bullet in a brave young girl because she wants to go to school, you will be an enemy of the entire world. Harsh isn’t it?

And by the way, in the United States we don’t need to ask you to separate church from state. We’ve already established that over 200 years ago so you may want to just get with the program already.

Lastly since it seems that the hard core fundamentalists of every religion seem to shout the loudest, let me tell you what I think about God in a quiet voice.

Understand, I like you, have chosen to believe this. I don’t claim to know. That’s the difference.

But if there is God, he would show up in our hearts as kind, tolerant, loving and creative. He would show love and compassion to all, not just the one’s he agreed with. He would give us grace in the form of love for each other. He would help you heal the hate inside you rather than bag on you like I’m doing. He would be hurt when we hurt ourselves and joyful when we laugh. Above all, he would be the voice inside you that feels compassion and give you strength to act, only if you act in love.

So…God Bless.