A to Z Challenge: Giants, Cults, and Coincidences (C)

Cardiff Giant – is currently on display as America’s Greatest Hoax, this fake fossil is 10-feet tall with 21-inch feet from about 1869. P. T. Barnum was so impressed by its popularity, he had a copy made. It was a fake of a fake, but people still paid to see them, knowing, but not believing, they were fakes. Apparently, people could not be persuaded that this was not a real giant like the one in the Bible called Goliath. Given proof to the contrary, they still believed it to be a real fossil and paid to see it. Even with irrefutable proof, people will continue to believe what they want.

Cults – are:

  1. How members of large religions refer to smaller religions or denominations (Mormon, Scientology, Amway, Order of the Solar Temple, Heaven’s Gate, Jonestown).
  2. How I refer to all religions due to the us versus them thinking; intense brainwashing/indoctrination; criticism and humiliation; fear, anxiety, and paranoia; controlled information. Also, beliefs in heaven, hell, angels, devils, gods (living and dead), reincarnation, trinities, transubstantiation, and the list goes on and on.

Membership consists mostly of manipulated and deluded people and especially children.

Coincidences – The word used to name the reason for actual events that people who believe in one or more gods do not believe in. This is the opposite of everything happens for a reason. The best-known homages to a coincidence are shit happens, and it is what it is. Maybe these could be shit caused by god. See the law of truly large numbers to take a deep dive into this term.

 

23 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: Giants, Cults, and Coincidences (C)

  1. “People believe what they wanna believe and it makes no sense at all…” — John Cougar Mellencamp.

    I don’t believe in coincidences. I just don’t. I’m not sayin God, maybe energy, maybe energy is God. I dunno. I believe what I wanna believe and I don’t believe in coincidences. 😛

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    1. Okay…. more to come on that. I forget which letter. It’s in one of them. Maybe I need to study up on synchronicity and coincidence and write something about it. Not this month. 🙂

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  2. I use the term synchronicity to describe what some call coincidence. Synchronicity was a term coined by Carl Jung. I’m familiar with the law of truly large numbers, but in my experience science simply hasn’t figured it out yet. There is, imo, an energy, a synchronicity, if you will, that we’ve all experienced at least once, if not often. I experience it often. It happened just last night when my daughter sent me an ALL CAPs text telling me I have to watch a certain show on Netflix. At that very moment I was watching said show on Netflix. It happens to me all the time. I could go on and on, but let me just say this. We’re human, we have no clue how consciousness works, how the universe or multi-verses really work. Until science figures this out, I’m going with my instincts,my own experiences. I’m not religious. I use the term mystic because it preserves all the possibilities and that, my friend, is a beautiful thing…the ever expanding mysteries of our existence and the universe. Thanks for this post, it has me thinking about the magical world we live in!

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    1. Thank you. I agree with virtually all of what you said. My only issue is when you said “no clue” regarding consciousness. We have clues (not much more) and are working on it. Sam Harris is overboard with it. And yes the universe is full of wonder and mystery. Absolutely! There are gaps. I feel no need to fill them with a deity until science bail me out. For now, I am okay with ‘I don’t know.’ Thanks for the great comment.

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  3. Why this overwhelming need to believe, In anything really? The natural man is the believer, not the other way around. The Bible gives trophy’s for doing what most people can’t help but do. Everyone wants a belief. Weird

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  4. I live in the town where the original Cardiff Giant has been on display since I don’t know when. Most people come here to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, but if only they knew that little over a mile away the Cardiff Giant waits.

    When I was a kid and my parents would take us to the Farmers Museum (home of the Cardiff Giant), I would race through the museum to see two things: the Cardiff Giant and the skeleton that was on display in the doctor’s office. Something in us likes the scary and macabre, don’t you think?

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    1. Oh, I definitely think we are attracted to macabre and mystical and mysterious things. That defines being human for me. Thanks for the info. Now when I go to your town, I will make the trip to see the Giant. But it is cold up there now, right?

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