Hugh Sifu: [00:00:00] Hey, everybody. Thanks for listening to Thoughts of a Random Citizen. Today, I'm starting a little three-part mini-series about religion and consciousness. The third episode in this series will be an interview with a meditation master from Italy named Davide. As religion is a difficult topic to penetrate to those individuals with previous bias, I just encourage everyone to keep an open mind. Remember that at the end of the day, facts and logic rule it. Happy listening.
Hugh Sifu: All right, guys. Welcome back to Thoughts of a Random Citizen. I'm your host, as always, Hugh Sifu. In today, I have quite an interesting episode. Not really. Maybe. We'll see. It's up to you, guys, to be honest. It's an episode that, while I promised, would have facts or something on the last one. It's just going to go back to another one of the thoughts that I had the other day, and this one was quite interesting. I wanted to start with a little bit of a precursor to let everyone know that any time now, and in the future, I speak in regards to religion, I just want people to know where I'm coming from in that aspect of the fact that it is a book, in meaning the Bible, that is a collection of knowledge from ancient times. It is a book that if you actually open it up and read it, promotes one thing above all else, which is treat others with respect and love one another.
When you shit on the Bible, which you have every right to, understand that what you're shitting on, and [00:02:00] what you're saying is so evil, is something that's sole purpose is to teach everyone that you should love each other equally. When I have a conversation with somebody and it's, "Oh, my goodness. I'm not religious at all," I typically don't care. It's not for me to judge or do anything.
Usually, I bring up the conversation depending on the person and how aggressive they may or may not seem. If they seem open-minded, I'll bring up a conversation because it's beneficial for me and them. Essentially, I always go back to the fact that, "Have you ever read the Bible?" 9 times out of 10-- Actually, I've never had one person say never be the 10th, unless they've gone to Catholic school, but that's a whole another can of worms.
They always, from my inquiries say, "No," they have not read the Bible. Then it just makes me follow up the question with, "Well, do you understand that the Bible," the New Testament specifically, "Is completely about treating others with respect and love one like you love yourself." That's literally what it is. Then, besides that, when I bring up religion in the future, it goes back to the fact that, essentially, all of the Biblical texts are almost identical to the Islamic texts or the Judist's texts, the Old Testament, specifically.
They incorporate teachings of ancient Buddhism, Confucianism. All ancient religious texts are almost mirror images of one another, spoken in parables for you to understand, in a broader aspect, of how, when humans do something, there are connotations, good or bad, from those things that they do. If you do hear background [bleep] right now, [00:04:00] it's because a [bleep] is just [bleep] banging on a [bleeps] drum right now. It's really [bleep] me off.
Anyways, you probably can't hear it. That leads me into the main preface of this podcast, which is we start, in meaning the Bible starts with the fact that knowledge is a bad thing. What if that is and was our end is we are warned in not only the Bible but other religious texts, ancient knowledge texts, if you will, it doesn't have to be religion. People freak out about religion.
Religion while it has been used by corrupt individuals to control the masses, religion at its core is one of the best things and best teachings across societies. No religion goes and says, "Yes, just murder people and treat them terribly." No religion says that. When people are anti-religion, I'm like, "You obviously don't know what you're talking about." Because usually like they say, it's this terrible thing when it's just not people. Anyways, I'm sorry, I'll go away from that.
It's the fact that religion says that picking the fruit of knowledge was the bad thing. Maybe knowledge was bad because it allows us to create our own future. However, knowledge isn't bad if we are conscious about our own future, but I don't think that that's what we were going for. It's the fact that we are unconscious with our futures.
Think about when you're in a nightmare. If you're in a nightmare, and the realities in the dream change as quickly as your subconscious allows it to, and then throw that and thrust that into reality, [00:06:00] our knowledge in how we move society forward with the technology we create allows us to change our reality as quickly as our subconscious allows it to. Meaning, we're creating these technologies, and we're unsure of what is going to happen in the future.
Whereas otherwise, we could determine our own future with a consciousness, with understanding, with not just a mindless quest for more knowledge to be obtained without any idea of where it's taking us. The reason I think that knowledge can be bad is because when we obtain that state of knowledge without the right virtues or consciousness to ground us, then we're essentially allowing our nightmares to take control.
It could be a good dream, but when you let your subconscious do what it does, it's like a dream. It changes. Our realities change in the snap of an instant. To clarify, when you obtain that level of knowledge to completely allow you or us to dictate our own futures, then reality will change as quickly as our knowledge can implement change, which our unconscious mind will dictate.
Meaning, when you let subconscious roll with ultimate knowledge, we can create a nightmare for us in an instant and be completely unaware until we are immersed in it. Like the parable of picking the forbidden fruit, the fruit of knowledge. Instead of saying it's stupid that God didn't let us do what we wanted, maybe it is instead suggesting that by not being conscious of our actions, supreme knowledge can lead to things as quickly as the unconscious allows, as quickly as our subconscious does in a nightmare.
As the parable would go, [00:08:00] we didn't know why we wanted to pick the fruit of knowledge. It's just that we did. Perhaps, it's only saying that knowledge for the unconscious mind is the danger. That's pretty much it. I just thought that that was a good thought. Maybe, you guys would like it. Hopefully, I can talk to an expert on the matter in the future. Other than that, have an excellent rest of your week, guys, and I'll talk to you next week on the Thoughts of a Random Citizen.
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