Pharyngulaic Morning

I hope this helps explain my disdain for god-belief and religion in general.

Now, granted, there are times when I wish I had blind trust that things would work out. Lacking such, I sometimes get frustrated before even takin' a stab at a thing I know, from experience, is highly unlikely to go the way I want it to go. But the problem I have is not having any faith in the one thing that truly needs it; myself.

I almost want to post the whole essay cuz,
man, can PZM say it straight and true! I'll just leave y'all with the two paragraphs that hit home the hardest and most relevantly.

Enjoy and Happy Monday! {-;

That's backwards. The problem is that we have a well-regarded institution that is practically a mandatory component of public life that demands that people believe in the unseen and unknowable, that insists on an exemption from critical thought, that routinely proposes nonsense and expects its adherents to swallow it hole on the basis of traditional authority. O'Brien writes as if critics of religion think the only flaw in religion is biblical literalism, and that we think all religious people are fundamentalist kooks. This is incorrect. I think it's obvious that even the most rabid fundamentalists pick and choose which parts of the Bible to worship, and pluck out whatever turd fits their inclination from that foul nest of inconsistencies; and I don't care whether the religion is some soft and fuzzy grab-bag of noncommittal platitudes that fosters all kinds of humane and charitable activities. It still bears the damning necrosis at its core.

The problem is faith.

Faith is a hole in your brain. Faith stops critical thinking. Faith is a failure point inculcated into people's minds, an unguarded weak point that allows all kinds of nasty, maggoty, wretched ideas to crawl into their heads and take up occupancy. Supporting faith is like supporting people who refuse to be vaccinated: they're harmless in and of themselves, they may be perfectly healthy right now, but they represent fertile ground for disease, and they represent potential severe damage to the social compact. When you're in a culture that worships Abraham's insanity, you're fostering the nonsense that enables the Son of Sam.

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  1. The problem is faith.

    Faith is a hole in your brain. Faith stops critical thinking. Faith is a failure point inculcated into people's minds, an unguarded weak point that allows all kinds of nasty, maggoty, wretched ideas to crawl into their heads and take up occupancy.


    Ok. At first glance, I do not believe this at all. I think you can have faith in many different things and have many different ways of thinking and STILL know what is right to do from an intellectual standpoint.

    Just like I say to my right-wing friends who accuse me of being against the troops because I want to know and learn about the whole Heditha matter without blindly saying they are innocent....

    You can be for the troops and realize that some soldiers do bad things.

    You can hold both of these thoughts in your mind at the same time

    You've given me something to think about, MB. I've said it here before. I was not raised going to church and am not educated in the way of the church, any church at all.

    I'm still learning.

    Thanks.

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  2. None of this is facetious: Thank you for commenting controversially on this particular post.

    I think your experiences make you an Innocent, Blue Girl. Faith has neither built you up, nor knocked you down.

    If I could give any advice to one who's "still learning", it'd be keep doing what yer doing. You have got it down, and, certainly from my POV, it's working wonderfully well.

    Have a beauty day, eh.

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