Welcome to the Cry of the Buzzard and an especially warm welcome to the aspiring freethinkers amongst you. This name for site was inspired after I was out one day in the countryside with my head full of the mental fog of human life. I was suddenly awoken to the beauty of the nature all around by the haunting cry of a Buzzard soaring high above. This moment inspired a revelation that much of humanity seems to also be sleepwalking through life in an irrational fog of beliefs, faiths, emotional attachments and instincts.
The purpose of this website is to simply share thoughts and reflections about the world with others who find they are also drawn towards such contemplation.
Would we live in a world so influenced by irrational religious beliefs, patriarchal entitlement, bigotry and a celebration of unconstrained greed and consumption if humanity were to actually wake up and this mental fog was to clear? In common with many aspiring freethinkers I am motivated to strive towards such a goal but there is sadly little indication that collectively humanity will awake from its slumbers!
Since the website was launched in May 2011, inequality between the rich and poor in the so called developed world economies continues to grow. Greed and self-interest exhibited by the plutocrats that so distort democratic freedoms and the cult of celebrity are still feted in our media. Corporate pay in boardrooms is still increasing exponentially whilst the standard of living for the majority continues to fall. Humanity’s obsession with consumption is exhausting the world’s resources at an unsustainable rate which will leave a dire legacy for future generations. This is having a devastating impact upon the other species with which we share our fragile planet and rapidly altering the ecosystems upon which all life depends.
Religious fundamentalism, in defiance of all science and rational thought, is actually intensifying in parts of the world, amplifying divisions, intolerance of minorities and justifying sexual discrimination. Even in the “so called” developed world, patriarchal institutions still seek to undermine the realisation of true equality for women and LGBT people by subversively influencing accepted cultural norms.
Atheists and freethinkers are actively discriminated against by prevailing embedded religions insisting on unconditional belief rather than rational analysis of evidence. In some countries actively expressing a lack of belief can lead to imprisonment or even a death sentence. Even in the so called “land of the free” it is virtually impossible for a freethinker to get elected to political office.
There are however glimmers of hope. The rise in social networking has created a forum for the exchange of rational thought between freethinkers across the globe. It is far harder for embedded self-interests to control the dialogue and the exchange of ideas and impose their views upon society. This is creating an unprecedented opportunity to challenge the more obvious absurdities played out by humanity and for sympathetic groups of people to organise and contact each other. In time, maybe it will be possible to create a critical mass of rational thinkers that can start to wake humanity from its slumbering. Time will tell!
The Cry of the Buzzard invites freethinkers with enthusiasm and an appetite to challenge the dogmas and absurdities they see around them to get in touch. I love to hear from like-minded spirits who wish to contribute to the creation of a more rational, kinder, and compassionate world and above all a genuinely democratic and inclusive future. In particular this site welcomes the thoughts of the young freethinkers of this fragile world who will have to live with the dire consequences of the irrationality and selfishness of current and previous generations.
It is time for a new age of reason. “A Certain Lack of Faith”
http://www.cryofthebuzzard.org/index.php/philosophy/34-aclof Most of the articles on this website are relatively short. I have however felt that the observed irrationalities in the world around us and in particular the peculiar nature of the human psyche deserves a more detailed and considered work.
This work looks at the strange propensity of the human mind to make extremely strong emotional attachments to people, objects and ideas, often in complete defiance of rationality. As part of this analysis it looks at one of the most powerful attachments, that to religion and investigates how and why this has such an impact. This analysis reveals some startling evidence that challenges the very foundations of the Abrahamic based faiths and Christianity in particular. It also reveals that some “wisdom traditions” should not be so easily dispelled by fellow atheists as being without any merit. It is argued that some of these traditions can reveal valuable observations about the nature of humanity that are still as relevant today as they were when they were written up to 3000 years ago.
The work also challenges the illogical acceptance and even celebration of unconstrained greed and inequality in many of our societies. This model of unconstrained capitalism inflicts misery upon the vast majority of our populations, undermines democracy and in environmental terms is completely unsustainable. Despite the absurdity of this approach revealed by the recent global financial collapse and with its predictable catastrophic environmental consequences for future generations, this model remains virtually unchallenged in political discourse. This work seeks to explain the strange properties of the human mind that makes such an obvious absurdity virtually inevitable.
Readers can either read the work from the philosophy menu item or download it as an eBook for a nominal sum by following the links below:
Thank you for taking the time to visit this site, and do please get in touch. I would love to hear your comments and ideas about how we might build a more rational and sustainable world together.