I have no close friends. The people I know are scared.
I have no close friends. The people I know are scared. Not really afraid of me. I’m a non-threatening little wimp. Most of the people I know would be afraid because of my convictions about religion. Afraid because of what religious indoctrination and traditions they value would proscribe as punishment for my convictions.
Let’s be clear. As I have said many times, I am not a young man and have always felt this way. For clarity and without the pretense of diplomacy, religion is the greatest threat to the progress of humanity and always has been. On this conclusion, history is quite clear.
Without doubt the most polarizing, separating and segregating human activity anywhere on earth is the same. We humans worship. We are indoctrinated, without evidence or accreditation with myths that lead us to believe that we are blessed, chosen, of the one true faith, have the one true god, follow the one true prophet. We “know” that everyone else is condemned, in need of redemption, salvation or extermination. All believers have their doubts and are therefore scared. Will they get their reward?
This inevitably leads directly to the structure of religious history being one of distinctly immoral activity on levels that are only produced by ambitions created in divine providence. Study anywhere and this is what you find. This stuff isn’t just ancient history. This stuff happens globally right now. Today.
I’m not even going to go into the problems that religions create that can be seen in any three month period of recent mainstream journalism. Yet they put themselves out there as the arbiters’ of morality. The people that are afraid don’t know that you are good unless you accept your indoctrination as reality and fear retribution for not tolerating the dishonesty.
Well, I don’t tolerate the dishonesty. If you are a real member of a congregation, I have no problem telling you things that make you uncomfortable, question your intelligence, dismiss your morality or that might offend you. I’m not afraid of divine intervention, purgatory or damnation to hell. I think it’s sad that the religious of this world are. Even the general non-congregate can be comfortable with the traditions of divinity and therefore, uncomfortable with me. I try to be diplomatic in my convictions, if only not to alienate these acquaintances. They too are afraid.
In religious circles I would actually be labeled apostate, heretic, blasphemer, sinner, infidel and the insulting “godless”. In most of the world I could be convicted of a crime and in a very large part of the world could be put to death. For my convictions. I certainly would be condemned in even the most benign and tolerant of the sects and cults that have identified themselves morally superior religious organizations.
The only thing about religion that I cannot condemn is some of the wonderful people who are members of them. I find them in the exact same percentages as wonderful people who are not members of them. The religions teach that this is impossible. The good people are members and the bad people are not. I find this to be the most insulting assumption to come down through the ages and consider the organizations that have propagated this myth to be the most noxious on earth. All of them.
Then we come to the practice of devotion to one’s own creed. If modern day criminal law were applied to the past generations then the most common motivator for crimes against humanity would be the devotion to one’s religion. Of this I am quite certain. Devotional activity is suspiciously similar to mental illness and definitely delusional. Voicing these conclusions scares people. And I know why. Religion.
Religions are what I call kingdoms of the “r’s”. I have found them all to have the same priorities.
- Real estate
Religions, in their arrogance, boast of the charitable work they have done throughout the years but, a critical study of even this history finds that the accomplishments are below the available resources and more importantly, motivated by recruitment and growth driven by proselytism. The promise of spirituality.
Spirituality is the denial of individual psychology and the abandonment of responsibility for emotional health. When I am emotionally invested in something or someone I prefer to understand it as opposed to surrendering myself to it. Religion demands emotional surrender and has been demanding total surrender. None for me, thank you.
So my acquaintances are afraid. Of me and my morality, values and convictions.