Candy crush is a complete waste of time.

Somedays ago I felt that I need to stay away from my own daily routine for sometime so I started to play Candy Crush (CC) on my wife’s iphone. From the start I had a bad feeling about this game, since it does not satisfy any criteria of a game, at least from my perspective. However, it was a good time to put away my prejudgment and start to play the game. I started playing the level of 85 and I could win that level with the first or second try. Then the level of 86 stroke, which was a hard one. It took me almost a day to win that level, and then the next level, ie. 87, was an easy one.

As I felt from the beginning there is no hierarchy  in the levels, and it is also extremely boring. Levels are all look alike and it heavily depends on the initial condition. After playing 3-4 levels I could not see a single benefit and enjoyment this game might offer. It is a complete waste of time, your smartphone battery, and focus. I am surprised and disappointed to see many people willing to merely wast their time and energy for something like this. Sleeping is far more better practice than psuedo-games like CC in my opinion. I was hoping that people could use technology for something useful for the world and themselves instead of wasting away their time.

Religious apathy is not a good thing!

Recently, I came across this article at the NewScientist journal, which I find arguments nonsense. The article starts with saying that ” Across the developed world, people are losing interest in god without becoming atheists. That’s a good thing “. The article continues and in the middle of article mention that ” Most of the unaffiliated neither accept nor reject religion: they simply don’t care about it.” Although I accept the fact that people are getting oblivious to religion, I don’t see why it is a good thing! From both practical and philosophical point of views, neither loosing interest in religion, nor not-caring about it is a good thing.

First of all, as I mentioned earlier [1,2,3], we act based on our beliefs which mostly is induced in us by our culture. So, we may not think of our belief system, but it is there and it is shaping all and every decisions that we make. Since most of our communities, if not all, have been developed based on religious cultures, I could safely say that most of those beliefs are religious in its core. Believing in monogamy, in the western communities, is one example which has its root (partly) in the religion, I believe. The bottom line is that, we are not disregarding the religion, we are just getting ignorant about it. As if, we are programmed and we do not care much why we do or do not do certain things. I believe that this is very dangerous for human being, although it is very desired by political leaders. By any standard, this is not a good thing, at all.

Secondly, believing and not believing in religion (I consider atheism as a religion of its own) make huge practical impact on our daily life. For example, whether believing in afterlife or not, really does matter in our daily life. Hence, we should care, and we should be interested to the origins. Otherwise, we just make some random walk, based on others’ beliefs. We should be curious about why we, as human-being, are here and where are we going. I believe that, in general, we are getting more ignorant about ourselves, and it is not a good thing at all. HOWEVER, it is crucial to understand that we should learn to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way instead of taking military actions against each other. Religious conflicts should lead to formal discussions rather than wars.

Religion is a gift of human intellect over the course of history that we should cherish. Unfortunately, for many years religious dogmatism gave rise to countless wars and murders, which hides the true benefit of religion. Of course, dogmatism is not unique to religion, and any other type of dogmatism will be harmful, including science dogmatism! As you can see, although people are getting less religious, as the article pointing out, wars and murders are still there, unfortunately. Violence has become such embedded in our societies that some scientists postulate that human is violent by nature.

PS: The article also points out that “Morality arises from the workings of our social brains” which I don’t know how such a conclusion is made. Evolutionarily speaking, I would rather argue that the same brain who has given rise to the morality has also given birth to religion (forgetting any supernatural source of religion, that may or may not be there).