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What If: All You Can Imagine

 

WHAT IF

All You Can Imagine

By K.K. Stewart

 

 

Copyright © 2014 K. K. Stewart

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the express consent of the author.

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Preface

 

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire.

That’s the essence of this ebook; ask questions. All my questions begin with the words – What If. We can barely go through life without asking what if about something. We are always questioning, always imagining.

I ask some deep, fundamental questions within this book, from the most basic style choice question, to more controversial, offensive and thought provoking questions about life and God. But as you read on, bear in mind the following words:

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

 

 

Table of Contents

 

What If Sometimes Life Just Happens

What if I had just…clueless about winter stuff?

My “what if” career woes…

What if there were a Facebook for dogs?

What If.What Now.Beyond 2012

What if we relied less on hope?

What if I didn’t trust God when I’m in pain or suffering?

What if Jamaicans spoke only patois?

What If I’ve Already Missed the Will of God?

What if you needed to pee during an earthquake?

What If There Was No Google?

What If God Did Not Exist?

Final Words

About the Author

 

 

[]What If[
**]Sometimes Life Just Happens

 

Growing up I’d hear my colleagues say “what if your nose was a door post, where would you put the hinges?” It was a bit of an upsetting query because surely there’s no way my nose would ever transform into a door post, so why on earth would I wonder about that? Although I note we do spend time wondering about many things in reality. I’m 100 % guilty of always reflecting and thinking, if I had just, or what if were to do this or that. It gets a bit frustrating at times. But one day I thought, you know what, I’ll just get my frustrations out in writing, as I always do. So I decided, I’ll write a book about it. Maybe that will get it out of my system. I also wondered, what kind of “what if” stories do other people have. I’d love to hear their stories and share mine with them, so voila, my what if blog began. It started off as a blog, but I wanted to grow it into something much larger, hence this eBook.

There’s so much I reflect on about my life, and I wish the outcome had been different. If only I had a different attitude if I had just been a bit more patient, and the list goes on. But despite all my should have, would have, could have, whatever was ever meant to happen, happened. One day, it finally hit me, sometimes life just happens. So, get over whining and pining already. We may think we ought to have full control because we are in the driver’s seat of our lives, but sometimes we don’t have full control of the situation; there are circumstances often beyond our foresight and beyond our control. Even if we feel bad about certain outcomes, we just never saw those end-results coming, so we didn’t know how to stop them. So why not have some fun with what we have experienced?

One famous what if question many people ask is ‘what if I were to win the lottery?’ Well, all I can tell you is that if you don’t have a ticket, you don’t stand a chance. I once bought a pick 3 ticket with the numbers 2,7,3 but just my luck the winning numbers were 3,7,1. So, I almost won the lottery, but almost doesn’t count. If I had just played a 1 instead of a 2, I could have won. But you know what, sometimes life just happens.

 

 

[]What if I had just…clueless about winter stuff?

 

I moved to Canada in Fall 2011 and faced a major culture shock in learning the price of winter boots, and winter jackets. Being from a tropical island, I never had a need before to wear winter boots and winter jackets and had no prior guidance, so I was completely clueless. I became friends with a girl who advised me to purchase a good pair, despite the cost of around $120 including tax. I thought no way, absolutely not. I am not spending over $100 on shoes. What’s so special about them that I need to pay over $100? I told her I planned on buying all my shoes and clothes from Walmart.

Well, I didn’t end up buying any winter shoes or jackets from Walmart but came across a few stores that sold boots for the prices I was seeking. At the time, I thought all “boots” were winter boots, so I bought two pairs that were each $20. The black pair looked good, but then they started to crack a bit. Then, a male classmate compared them to his shoes, so I couldn’t get over thinking that they looked like male boots. So, I decided maybe $20 was too cheap, but $50 didn’t seem too bad. The $50 boots looked really hot, and they were high all the way up to my thighs, so I thought they must be good stuff for the winter. Not quite. I introduced them to my friend, and she made me aware that they were that high so women can wear them with short skirts. Hmmm, that makes sense, I thought. By then I knew I seriously had to do better at getting the right winter boots. So, when I saw a pair referred to as “winter boots” at Old Navy, I figured I’m good to go. They were so cute, and at only $40, the price was right. I felt even better when a lady by the cashier mentioned seeing them in another store for $80. I thought I finally hit the jackpot. But as the days grew colder and colder I realized my choice wasn’t so good after all. The cold was surely making its way into my boots and onto my feet. If I had just listened to my friend when she told me to buy a decent pair of winter boots, it would have been a better decision, even if it cost $120.

And while all that madness was going on with the boots, I was busy spending a fortune on jackets. Every time I noticed a winter jacket selling for a reduced price, I bought one. I had no idea one or two was enough, until speaking with an older woman one day who mentioned that she had two, and she had been living in Canada her whole life. I had bought one that was going very cheap for just $50, then realized two months later that it had a faulty zip. I saw one that looked so elegant it was hard to resist, then I saw one that was perfect in every way, then I saw one that would work better on a day when it was only mildly cold. I wasn’t sure if I should go with black or grey, so I bought them both, and I went on and on until I ended up with seven winter jackets. Yes, seven.

Now back to the boots. After all my mistakes, I eventually bought a sensible pair of winter boots on sale from Old Navy. I still didn’t pay $120, well at least not on one pair, but with all the boots combined, I had spent way over that amount. So, I ended up with five pairs of winter boots, yet only one can withstand -15 degree temperatures or worse. If I had just listened to my friend, I could have saved all that money. But at least now I am set for all winters to come, and I can reflect and laugh out loud about it. Wish I had done things differently, but sometimes life just happens. So, I face the winter like a diva with several jackets and boots from which to select.

 

 

[]My “what if” career woes…

 

I often questioned what if I could have progressed much further in my communications career if I had made better choices along the way. I questioned how come God never felt I deserved a job in advertising or with UNICEF as a children’s advocate.

Instead, my first job landed in my lap after my former University program coordinator recommended me for the job. So, without even applying or knowing that the company existed, I interviewed and got the job as an Executive Assistant, then soon moved up to the post of Corporate Communications Specialist.

While in that role I got a call from an advertising executive who offered me a job as a copywriter, but I turned it down due to guilt in having just started a new role. Quickly enough, I felt dumb about that decision because I soon left the communications role due to feeling intimidated by a boss who had belittled me every chance he got.

I then went on to a publishing company where my tasks included editing, but also data entry, scanning, and photocopying. Having just graduated with a first-class honors degree, I was on my “high horse” and saw the administrative tasks as demeaning. As I am sure you would guess it, that job did not last long. Upon leaving I told my boss my true feelings, and she informed me of plans she had to make me lead the marketing functions of the company and wished I had come forward sooner in letting her know how I was feeling. Again, I felt that I had made such a huge mistake, and very often I’d ask myself what if I had just worked well and communicated my feelings earlier to my boss, then my communications career would have taken off.

I then moved on to a temporary role as a writer in a public relations company. The management was very pleased with me and offered me a full-time role as an Account Executive. I expressed dissatisfaction with the salary, and the offer was retracted. Once more, I wondered what if I had just taken the lower salary; then my communications career would have taken off.

It seems I had blown every chance I got to have a blooming communications career. Then I later found myself working in client relations and investor relations. I enjoyed the role and having that feeling of ownership — having a portfolio of clients whom I viewed as my clients. But I also felt like a failure. I looked at the accomplishments of other communications graduates who were now working as communications specialists, and some were even consultants, while I seemed to have changed fields.

It took me a long time to discover that it is all about perception. Despite having published two novels, and having had several of my articles published in newspapers from I was 16 years old, I still felt that my communications career was a waste until it hit me that all along I had been succeeding, maybe not as a communications specialist, but as a Writer. It also hit me that while I did not have the title communications specialist, in my client relations role I was always “communicating” with clients. More importantly, I realized that all along I had been gaining new and varied skills, becoming even more equipped for the diverse work force.

 

 

[]What if there were a Facebook for dogs?

 

One day I was having lunch with a group of friends, and one of my colleagues, who is apparently just as crazy and imaginative as I am, joked that he’s going to create a Facebook for dogs. What a lovely idea. My mind then began running wild, imagining how such a site would be.

I started to imagine that some people would put up profile pictures of their dogs and express their views on politics and religion while pretending that those are the thoughts of their dogs. They would take on a greater level of confidence in expressing all their taboo feelings, speaking through their uninhibited dogs.

Then there would be other people who would get super creative by dressing up their dogs to look like the animal versions of themselves. Some would have their dogs converse about cats they’d like to tear apart, and juicy steak bones they’re looking forward to eating for dinner. There would be dogs on Facebook representing various races and nationalities, so they’d be having written conversations in French, English, Mandarin, German, you name it. It would be so cute to see little Irish dogs making comments like “feck off,” and the Rasta dog jammin in Jamaican patois.

Maybe some people would want to take it a step further by having a Facebook cat invasion to create some Facebook drama between dogs and cats. I wonder what they’d argue about besides…,actually, I have no idea what they’d argue about, but I’m sure their owners would think of something.

Love it, love it, love it. Cheers to Facebook for dogs!

 

 

[]What If.What Now.Beyond 2012

 

I wrote the following article at the end of 2012.

Many people all over the world went through much of 2012 wondering what if the world comes to an end this year? Others wondered what if we experience some major occurrence at the end of 2012 that leads to a new world order in 2013. So now that December is almost over and the world is still very much intact, I wonder what now; what happens beyond 2012?

Leading up to December 2012, many persons all over the world anticipated that as per the Mayan calendar, the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012. People anticipated worlwide catastrophe. Some even thought that maybe global warming would lead to this worldwide catastrophe. I remember back in Easter when the weather in Canada made a sharp jump from freezing temperatures to a more summer-time +20 degree Celsius temperatures. It was reported to be one of the warmest winters in Canada. As I sat having tea with my neighbour one afternoon, she openly wondered if the warmer temperatures that year was a sign. She said she didn’t believe that the world would end on December 21st, but wondered if we would experience something major and if it would result in us starting a new, better world in 2013. Her fantasy made me think of the story of Port Royal, and I too started to wonder if a new world order was on its way.

Port Royal was once known as the “Wickedest City on Earth.” It was a haven for privateers and pirates – lots of drinking, prostitution, and killings abounded there. Then on June 7, 1692, a massive earthquake hit Jamaica, and over 2,000 residents of Port Royal died that day as a result, with up to 3,000 more deaths from injuries and diseases in the months that followed. Many people viewed the occurrence as God’s punishment on such a wicked city. Today, Port Royal is a quiet city, unlike the place that it used to be.

Well, no worldwide environmental catastrophe occurred, and the world did not end on December 21, 2012, but for many persons, it’s just as well if it did. I don’t recall any other year where there were so many tragic events worldwide than in 2012. Just to name a few, there was and continues to be the bloodletting in Syria. As at the end of December 2012, the death toll stood at approximately 40,000 people. Back in October, my former university colleague was killed and burnt in Jamaica. She was four months pregnant. Also in October, a woman in New York who was eight-months pregnant, was stabbed to death on the day before her wedding. Beneath her body was a note which stated that until the DC sniper is released from prison, more pregnant women would die. Just a couple weeks ago, on December 14th, 20 children and a few adults were shot and killed by a lone gunman at an elementary school in Connecticut. On that very day, over in China, a man used a knife to injure 22 children and one adult. These killings remind me of the Bible verse Luke 21:23 which reads

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Death is an ever-present reality these days. Times feel less happy than they once did, but for those of us who still have life, we must go on. Those who have suffered loss have to find a way to cope. Those who currently hurt in the midst of war and destruction must also find a way to manage or possibly escape. I’m not sure if there will be any further predicted world end now that humanity has survived 2012, but one thing is certain, it’s no great solution to curl up in our homes and refuse to stop living. So, we have to go on with our plans and dreams and continue to have hope for a better world and better circumstances.

 

 

[]What if we relied less on hope?

 

For five years, I held on to hope and faith concerning a particular life-changing event, which, to my hurt and disappointment, did not work out. So, it led me to question hope, but as I started my research on that, I ended up finding that my question was more on the issue of faith.

So, what exactly am I talking about? Let’s first define these terms to get a bit of clarity. The Oxford English Dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for something to happen, and it defines faith as complete trust or confidence. So, with this context, for those five years of my life, I had the expectation and desire that things would have worked out, and I had complete confidence that it would.

At first, I became angry about having “hope” when things didn’t work out. I was incensed that I had expected a positive outcome, and so I asked myself the question, “what if we relied less on hope?” I started to think of the many situations where we apply the concept of hope, such as when we tell a friend “I hope you will have a good day,” or “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow.”

I laughed as I considered these statements. I thought to myself; we have no control over the weather, and most of the time when we “hope” that others will have a good day, we won’t impact those persons’ day. We have no control over what obstacles those persons’ may experience on that day, but being the humans that we are, we “hope” anyway. I laughed as I considered how at work we tend to start off the body of our emails with “Hope you are well.” Having hope about a client’s health is not going to impact whatever the reality is, yet I “hope” anyway.

In all these questions, something became evident to me. Two things in fact – faith and fate. I kept seeing the answers can’t change the outcome; different to reality, and I thought, oh so fate is a big part of my unfortunate setbacks. I realized that there is little escaping “hope” because one way or another, you must have expectations and desires in this life, even if at the very least it is that you will wake up the next morning. Or on the contrary, for those who don’t want to wake up, they could have a desire to die. I further realized that for those five years I had not only hoped but had held on to “faith.” I trusted completely that things would have worked out as I had planned, so I did not make adequate preparation for Plan B, in case things did not work out.

To be honest, I was the kind of person who always had so much faith that I thought that it was all I needed to achieve whatever I wanted. But this setback reminded me of something. It reminded me that God is in control, and not me. While faith is good, it is even better to be conscious of our limitations. This is where fate comes in. The Oxford English Dictionary defines fate as the development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as decided in advance by a supernatural power.

So, my setback helped me to realize that all along my faith had been misdirected. I needed to put my faith in God, and accept that I do not have complete control over my circumstances, and as such will not receive every desire, I have in this life. Now I still hope, but while I do I pray and ask God for His guidance, I no longer lean on my own understanding, but trust that God knows what is best for me, and whatever that best is, I choose to accept it. When he closes a door on me, I know it’s because it’s not His will for me, and I accept that and patiently wait for Him to do His will in my life.

 

 

[]What if I didn’t trust God when I’m in pain or suffering?

 

Following my last post on the question of hope, a friend on Facebook asked me how would she convince someone to trust in God when all they feel is pain? And how can such a person have hope when they don’t even have the basic necessities?

Good questions, and here are my thoughts:

If for example, you chose not to believe that God existed, would it help you to accept your pain and suffering? Does getting rid of your belief in God make acceptance of evil and your suffering any easier? Or, if you do believe in His existence, then why wouldn’t you trust Him? Why wouldn’t you have hope?

If you feel that He does not exist, then what is the reason for your pain? Right now, it appears that you blame God, so in His absence, who deserves the blame? Or is the issue more being upset that He is allowing your pain? Have you considered that maybe there is a reason or purpose for your pain? For example, Jesus Christ, who was without sin, suffered, but it was not without purpose. He suffered so that sinners would have hope of salvation.

Moreover, God never promised that we would not have to endure pain and suffering. In fact, His Word in 1 Peter 4: 12-13 tells us:

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We also see in John 16: 33:

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So, suffering ought to be expected, and it is no reason or basis not to trust in God.

And as unfortunate as suffering is, it has sometimes proved to effect something positive. For example, a lady on a radio program testified that before 911 she did not believe in God. After 911 when her boyfriend died, she cursed God for allowing it to happen, and it was at that moment she recognized that if she was blaming God, then she must believe that He exists.

In a personal radio interview, a fellow author commented on how kind some very poor people were on an island that he and his wife had visited. The radio commentator in response mentioned how incredibly kind people were after the passing of Hurricane Ivan, and he concluded that sometimes we need devastating events to remind us to be kind. How funny is that? I’d also like to share with you an online article that highlights how suffering sometimes provides an opportunity for heroism and compassion in others. The article also mentions that scientists have said volcanoes and earthquakes contribute to the existence of life on earth (See http://www.broadcaster.org.uk/section2/transcript/suffering.html).

And what about people who have great wealth and security, but still choose not to trust God? If they do not trust God despite their wealth and security, then how can a suffering man justify not trusting in God due to his pain?

It really is up to the individual. Look at good old Job. God allowed the Devil to kill Job’s kids, take away his livelihood and make him diseased, and while Job’s friends and his wife encouraged him to give up his integrity, curse God and die, he still trusted God. And you know what happened next? God multiplied all that Job had. Job never stopped trusting in God despite his pain and suffering.

Why not have hope also that the pain will one day end? Jesus’ Christ’s resurrection happened, despite his sorrow. So why can’t we trust and have hope that our suffering and pain will end?

Pain and suffering are never easy, but it is not a good reason for not trusting in God.

 

 

[]What if Jamaicans spoke only patois?

 

One night on a dinner cruise, a woman asked my husband and me where we’re from and when we responded Jamaica, she asked us what language do we speak in Jamaica. My husband told her that English is our official language, but that we also speak a form of Creole called patois, which is derived from the languages of several cultures including African, Irish and Spanish. She further asked if English was taught in our schools, although I think she meant if English was our language of instruction. The question had surprised me and was one of many queries I’ve received over the last two or so years in the context of people not realizing I’m Jamaican due to how I speak. I’m led to wonder how is it that such a large percentage of individuals do not realize that Jamaicans speak English? I started to imagine the various contexts in which it would be kind of interesting and hilarious if in fact we spoke only patois.

For example, can you imagine if the Jamaican prime minister had a meeting with President Obama and greeted him saying: “Yow wah a gwaan bredrin? How tings? Bwoy tings a Jamdown hawd enuh. Jah know star. But yuh dun know, nuh watch nuh face, mi pudung a wicked plan inna mi manifesto. The crime rate high to rahtid, but mi soon bring it dung”.

For those who didn’t understand, the above is a hypothetical account of Jamaica’s prime minister asking president Obama how are things and assuring him that while things are challenging in Jamaica and the crime rate is high, she/he has a manifesto in place to bring things under control.

Here's another scenario -- what if back in high school when we were being taught English Literature, the teacher had addressed the class saying: “Yow class, dis mawnin wi a go read page tutty seven from the beautiful ones nuh bawn yet.” (Translation – “hello class, this morning we are going to read page 37 from The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born”.) Or, you know how the teacher would sometimes call on someone to come up and explain what she was saying or work out a math formula? What if the teacher said, [_ "hey gal cum up yah so come tell di class wah X +Y x 3 equal." _] (Translation "Hey girl come here and explain to the class what is the answer to X +Y x 3"). I think we would have spent more time laughing than learning.

One young man from the UK once asked me if I was “trying to speak that way,” and expressed surprise that I didn’t sound like two of our co-workers who are also Jamaicans. So, I explained to him that not all Jamaicans speak in the same way, like how not all persons from the UK speak the same way.

It’s very puzzling to me that even if someone felt that English was not Jamaicans official language, they would expect that we cannot or should not be able to speak English. I highly doubt that when people meet persons from China, they react, “I didn’t know you were from China, you speak such fluent English.” So, what’s the difference with Jamaicans? If we are speaking to someone who does not understand patois, why should we speak to that person in patois? Yes, we will speak to our fellow Jamaicans in patois, but if it is a formal setting, or if conversing with an English-speaking foreigner, we’ll speak English. The Filipinos, the Indians and the Chinese do it too.

Jamaica has a population of over 2.5 million people spread out over 14 parishes. We can’t all speak and act identically. I for one do not use expressions that end with the word “claat” when I’m upset, overly excited or surprised. It’s more likely that I’d use the F-word if I’m that frustrated (though I try my hardest not to curse), or if I’m super shocked I may say “mi rahtid”. Not all Jamaicans greet with the words “wah a gwaan”. Some of us are fine with “what’s up” or simply “hey”. A lot of Jamaican men will say “dem time deh” to mean goodbye, but not all Jamaicans use that line. Some say “likkle more”, and myself among others simply say “later” or “bye”.

Note also that some categories of people in Jamaica have their own versions of Jamaican talk, such as the dancehall DJs and Rastafarians. Many of the terms they use are unique to regular Jamaican talk.

Speaking of Rastafarian, my husband commented that so many persons all over the world know of Bob Marley and are familiar with his songs, which were in English for the most part, so it is strange that so many persons would think that Jamaicans do not or cannot speak English.

Anyhow, I think it would be extremely humorous if Jamaicans spoke only patois.

 

 

[]What If I’ve Already Missed the Will of God?

 

I saw this question posted on November 14, 2013, on the Facebook page of [+ Christian Lifestyle Magazine+], and my first thought was, how on earth would I be able to miss God’s Will? Isn’t it His will? His Will shall be done, so why on earth would I miss it? Then when I read the question again I was even more puzzled, I noticed the word “Already.” I thought to myself, what do you mean by “already missed the will of God?” That to me implied finality like you can’t undo the wrong.

Then I read further and realized the statement – “Learn from the Past but Don’t Live in It.” So, I figured OK so it isn’t saying you have no hope, you already missed God’s Will. I still wondered, though, why would there be any question of missing God’s Will? I saw where Christian Lifestyle Magazine referred to this issue being explored in a book called Live Before You Die. So, I looked up this book on Amazon and got a look inside and saw where the author Daniel Kolenda explores how God’s will can co-exist with humanity’s free will. Interesting perspective.

This question’s meaning came clearer for me after reading Romans 1:19-24.

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I love and appreciate this scripture because it makes a point to me that I had never considered before, and I think a lot of people overlook this point. It makes the point that God made His Will obvious to us, he never kept it secret, but we still wanted something else, and so he gave us the sinful desires of our hearts. So, apparently, you can miss God’s Will for your life, but not because He never made you see what his Will was, but more because you chose something else and He allowed it.

But as Christian Lifestyle Magazine stated on their Facebook page, you should “learn from the past, but don’t live in it.” You can miss God’s Will, and you may have missed it “already”, but you don’t have to miss it forever.

 

 

[]What if you needed to pee during an earthquake?

 

Of all the earthquakes I’ve experienced, none of them has ever occurred while I was at home. The very first one I experienced was when I was in high school, and all the others happened while I was at work.

Whenever the earthquake came, it was always one massive panic and scramble. The very first one I went through was back in around 1992 when I was in 2nd form (grade 8). In all the commotion, one of my classmates jumped from upstairs a two story building to the ground. Fortunately, she wasn’t hurt. I guess it was just one of those moments that took us all off guard.

In the work setting, my co-workers and I often found ourselves pushing through the exit and running down the stairs. These days we are advised to just get under our desk when an earthquake comes. So, I wonder, what if an earthquake catches you by surprise as usual, but this time you need to pee badly?

You were in the middle of typing an important response back to a client and was just about to hit ‘send’ when there comes this big rumbling and shaking. You can’t rush to the bathroom because your earthquake survival training taught you to take cover under your desk. So, what do you do? How about you just pee on yourself? Sounds like a good idea, but what would happen if it was just a small earthquake, no buildings falling, no damage period? What happens then?

So, the quake is all over now, you come from under your desk, and it’s obvious to everyone what just went on with you. What do you do? Tell them you knocked your water over on you just as you were about to run under your desk. It could happen ;-).

I guess the moral in all of this, is don’t hold your pee so long that by the time you need to go, you have to race to get to the toilet and risk peeing on yourself in the process. While you’re pondering this scenario, you may want to put some additional planning into your earthquake survival preparation. Don’t overlook these basic things.

 

 

[]What If There Was No Google?

 

When I think of all the things we rely on Google for or all the things we can gain from it, I can’t help but wonder what would we do without Google?

To start with, we use Google to search for just about anything, to the point that if we don’t know the answer to something, we suggest to “Google it.” While there are other competing search engines, it is very unlikely that you would hear someone say “Just Yahoo it” for example. Within the search setting, we search not even just for terms, concepts and explanations, but we also search for images, addresses, trends, you name it because there’s Google Images, Google Maps even Google Earth.

Google is beyond just a search engine. Recently I’ve come to learn about so many other tools within Google. For example, there is Google Adsense, which is a cost per click (CPP) feature that allows you to get paid by Google when viewers click Google ads that are posted on your website.

There is Google Analytics, which allows you to see the statistics of how many viewers are visiting your website.

There is Google Webmaster Tools, which helps you to see how Google views your blog and identify any problems that you may need to address.

There is Google Adwords, which is a tool that allows you to search keywords that are popular within search engines, to help you with determining how best to optimize your website with keywords that will rank higher in search engines.

There is Google+ which allows you to be part of a circle of friends and acquaintances, who you share your stories with.

There is Google mail, otherwise known as Gmail, which is a highly-recommended email version to have when conducting business. It also has larger mail size capacity.

There is Google Docs, which you can use to save documents and share within a team setting.

There is the Google owned blog platform known as blogger, where you can build customized websites mainly for blogging.

There is Google photos, which is a cloud platform that uploads your photos online, but keeps them visible only to you unless you choose to share them.

Recently I even learned of Google Rater, which is an online job system where you are paid to evaluate Google websites.

Seriously, with all the various possibilities out there with Google, what would we do without Google? What if there was no Google? I guess we would rely on other search engines, other SEO tools, other statistic tools, other online money making tools and other social media tools, but somehow it just wouldn’t be the same. There is something very special about Google. We seem to be better off with it than without it.

 

 

[]What If God Did Not Exist?

 

This question is not to try to prove or disprove the existence of God, but rather to consider what life would be like without God’s existence. Have you seen the movie God’s Not Dead? If not, then you should. It would give you some good arguments regarding God’s existence. Bottom line, there is no proof of God’s non-existence, so non-belief is really a matter of choice. Regardless of your belief anyhow, here’s a glimpse of what life is like if no one at all in this life believed in the existence of God, or if he genuinely did not exist.

Firstly, it signals finality. No life after death. No heaven. You live, and you die, and that’s the end of the story. A lot of people fear death, but for those who consider a life beyond this physical existence on earth, it is less threatening. An even bigger consequence is that scientists have indicated that even the universe will eventually exist no more. You can simply research this online and see the many articles written on this. The universe is expected to expand, the galaxies will grow farther apart and eventually all stars will burn out, and all matter will collapse. With no God, such a life seems meaningless. We just have a temporary existence on this earth, then we die, and eventually the universe dies, and all goes back to the state of darkness. Is there any meaning to such a life? A detailed explanation of how absurd such a life would be can be found at this website http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-absurdity-of-life-without-god.

If God does not exist, then you face all sorrows and misfortunes alone. Surely, we could expect greater levels of suicide, or at best increase in sickness, as people would have no faith in a God to help them. Some people tend to call on the “Universe” to grant their various wishes. But really, calling on the Universe for help is just like calling on God but using a different name. Or if you use the term your “higher self” it must be God within you that you are referring to. Without God’s existence, any supernatural god-like qualities that you imagine exists within you, can’t logically exist. So, you face your problems, your sickness and your ultimate death alone.

Many writers have also theorized that without a God there is no basis for morality. This makes sense. God represents good, and the holy scriptures outline consequences that humanity must face for evil actions. Without God, anything goes. Why would any man have such significance or superiority over other people as to convince us to live a life that is considered moral? If there is no God, then the concept of good versus evil is blurred. Also, without fear of a God, then people with evil intentions have nothing as a deterrent. No need for a conscience.

I will close off this discussion by walking you through a poem written in 1768 by the French writer Francois-Marie Aronet, otherwise known as Voltaire. Voltaire had made the comment “Si dien n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer” that is, if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. In his poem, Voltaire asked questions such as whether your children would be more obedient, whether your wife would be more honest, whether your renter would pay any better, for not believing in God. He spoke of how belief in God served as a deterrent to crime and there being hope of justice. Voltaire had written this poem in response to the publication called The Three Impostors, which Voltaire considered to be atheistic in tone, and thus very dangerous. You can see the original French poem, as well as a rough English translation at the following link – http://www.whitman.edu/VSA/trois.imposteurs.html.

 

 

[]Final Words

 

I hope you have enjoyed this short eBook. I hope it served to do as I intended, to entertain you, as well as to exercise your mind to various possibilities in this life. Thanks for your purchase and thanks for reading. I will be grateful if you leave me a review.

 

[]About the Author

 

K.K. Stewart is an author of several published works, covering different genres, to include, fiction, non-fiction and children’s picture books. She holds a Masters degree in Communication for Social and Behavior Change.

 


What If: All You Can Imagine

Looking for a book that provokes thought? Expand your mind as What If: All You Can Imagine shows you questions you may have never thought of, or give you answers you never perceived previously. We can barely go through life without asking what if about something. We are always questioning, always imagining. While the book takes a bit of a philosophical outlook on things, it also gives light humour that the average person can enjoy. The questions range from basic style choice to more controversial questions about life, and even about God’s existence. As Albert Einstein once said “the important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” The book also gives a brief taste of French Writer and Philosopher, Voltaire's views on one of the most critical questions that continue to provoke humanity. As he once told us, "judge a man by his questions, not his answers."

  • ISBN: 9781370998623
  • Author: Karlene Stewart
  • Published: 2017-02-24 17:20:11
  • Words: 7139
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