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This Swine Spurns The Pearls, Alright
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This Swine Spurns The Pearls, Alright

These flipping demagogues, they always use the teacher-student mode as their normal conversational style—when discussing with anyone who addresses them in any way other than as a sycophant, they respond with references to ‘scholarly’ works that purport to explain the error of that other person’s ways. It is rude, as is any form of condescension, and it indicates a cold, calculating mind that is always playing defense, never actually letting their thoughts be the words they say. I would feel crass and mean to address others in this way—it is uncivilized and pseudo-modern.

It stands to reason that demagoguery has recently begun to specialize in the art of offensive conversation, live or on-line, and in the latest marketing (and campaigning) techniques—no failing, unmasked con-job has ever fought more desperately to retain its dignity. We have the massive (and global) revelations that many priests and sports coaches were attracted to their ‘calling’ by a less-than-godly urge and we have the ridiculous attempts of ‘Fundies’ to hold up their creation myths as competition against the theory of evolution.

Their greatest strength is their offensiveness—they say (and think) things the rest of us would blush at, verbal tactics that reveal their total ignorance of the spirit or character of the things they speak of, yet leave one at a loss as to where to begin to correct them. And being that wrong about things scientific, they then have the balls to come back with their own pseudoscience ‘proofs’ of their idiotic convictions. Then they say ‘idiotic convictions’ isn’t a very ‘freedom-of-religiony’ way to talk, when the point is this: Religion does not manufacture actual proof, only earnestness. If they want to believe in something that isn’t true, that’s religion. If they want us to respect it on an informational level, that is theocracy.

That men of the cloth (and women) are generally more ungodly than the average Joe (or Jane) is a cliché that we find as far back as Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’, written 630 years ago. This is the power of magic thinking—if they’re wrong, they don’t matter—but if they’re right, I could be in serious trouble—better go along with them, it’s a safer bet. And that becomes an even stronger motivation when the rest of your village is already on the priest’s side—and in fear for their ‘immortal souls’, or perhaps simply not up to arguing with the whole village over it.

Then there is the ‘Santa Claus’ effect—we get to lie to our kids at pet gravesides, tell them comforting fantasies about an afterlife—and we aren’t lying to the kids, because we believe it ourselves. We don’t have to admit that nothing makes any sense, that we live and then we die—and no one knows why or what for. We can be certain that God has plans, and we are involved, which makes our lives very meaningful. Isn’t that nice.

So, yeah, I’m not going to argue religion with believers, or even demagogues, unless they get all puffed up about their religion being the reality of life. And atheists would not be alone in this feeling—any religion that insists it is the only true religion is being rather rude to all the other religions. There is no way to prove which religion is right—so for the purposes of dealing with reality, let’s just say that they’re all wrong (not around the kids, mind you) and let religious freedom return to its defensive position, keeping the peace while we all try to do a little living.

By definition, there is no contact between faith and fact. If something can be proved, or photographed, or shook hands with—then faith would not be necessary. And this leaves most reasonable people in the position of respecting the ‘good vibes, decency, civil, even generous behavior’ aspect of religion, while letting go of the obviously untrue creation myths that satisfied their ancient forebears. There is no shame in admitting that simpler people of simpler times needed stories and magical beings to give their world continuity, sanity and purpose. The philosophical riches to be gleaned from the inner journey, and the golden rule, are far and away more important than the ancient legends that, except for the Fundamentalist, are now the fodder for multi-player on-line video games. To yearn towards unity, fairness, equality, and happiness—these are good things, and enrich our lives. But they do not need to come with all the baggage of the beliefs of primitive, fearful dogmas from days ancient and ignorant. And if you choose to believe something that has no basis in reality, have the intelligence to recognize that other people may see things differently. And, maybe even, the good manners to allow that other people have as much right to their beliefs, or lack thereof, as you have to yours.


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Bobby 1  

Yes I read the whole article. I never try to force anyone to do anything, everyone has their own free will and its up to them to choose what they believe in. The reality of what I believe in has to do with what I have experienced , which make me an eye witness. So if someone goes to court and there is an eye witness who saw everything that happened (whatever that may have been) then their testimony is heard in the courtroom and if found to be creditable then that can be used as evidence to prove the reality of what they saw ( experienced) . What I am saying is there is reality in what I believe in because it came with an experience that has changed a life for the good, because I choose to accept it as real not forced to. I hope you to will have an experience that will make your life better also.

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  about 9 years ago
Bobby 1  

What about when you have an experience with God that results in change of life for the person?

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  about 9 years ago

I'm assuming that would be a good thing. For example, Alcoholics Anonymous includes faith in its 'steps', insisting on the recognition of a higher power, but without any specifics. And many people have used that mind-set to help heal themselves of alcoholism, day by day. One friend of mine had a near-death experience and felt completely changed, and much more spiritual, afterwards. But he did not expect me to feel the same way, or believe in any specific faith--he was only excited about his own 'awakening'--which seemed to make him a much happier person. So, if your life has been changed through faith or experience, enjoy that. Just don't expect everyone to interpret your experience the same way--that's all I'm trying to say.

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  about 9 years ago
Bobby 1  

I dont think everyone ones experience will be the same we are all different . The experience is the key and its results is a life change for the better. Now that being said if you go see a movie and it was a great experience wouldnt you want to share it with others or would you just want to keep it all for yourself?

  
  about 9 years ago

Would I offer to share a great thing? Yes. But like all things, if I offer something and I'm rejected or ignored, I let it go. You can't force people to act or think in any specific way. Are you sure you read the whole article? We seem to be talking at cross-purposes.

  
  about 9 years ago
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