i've had a change of heart on religion
it's something along the line's of seneca's famous quote:
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful"
of course, religion is a crock of shit, but it makes no sense in pointing that out. just accept it. if all of the world's religions were magically annhilated today, poeple would not all suddenly become tolerant loving secular humanists. new religions would simply spring into being to fill the void. because venal intolerant social conservatism and the zealous desire to enforce that on other people is just an unfortunate, undeniable ugly trait of humanity.
religion is a phenomenon of human social existence, and it is never going away. think of people in groups as a sociological experiment: religion emerges from it. always. you need to make peace with the fact it exists... you do NOT need to make peace with the fact that it should dominate your life. the point is to endlessly disallow the religious twits from controlling the government, but you can never eradicate religion, and so ultraconservative twits hellbent on dominating you will always spring anew, and must always be smacked down anew, for all time going forward
and, i actually view the "wise" in the seneca quote to be the defective ones, not the common people
for example, consider the movie "rain man", where the autisitc savant in the movie can read into a 7 card shoe at a casino, but thinks a candy bar and a car both cost about $100. in one respect he is a genius, in another respect he is a moron
same with those who laugh at religion. i call these people brittle literalists, or socially autistic: it's not a matter of how truthful religion is, it is a matter of how useful it is. duh.
it's like going to a wedding and knowing from her past that the bride is a promiscuous slut, and keeping your mouth shut and your face straight when the groom talks about her purity and innocence: you do it out of social intelligence
if the groom were delivering that speech, and some twit stood up in the middle of the speech and said "no, actually she's a crackwhore slut who sucks off 5 guys at a time" is that twit an intelligent person in your mind?
well, he's telling the truth, but is he SMART?
no, of course not. well: same with brittle emotionally autistic eggheads who think pointing out that there is no invisble skyman is supposed to be important!
if some people need to believe in invisible skymen in order to believe right and wrong should be respected, for crying out loud, shut the fuck up and keep a straight face. yes, you and i act moral because it is important for a cohesive society and your own well being. some people aren't so deep thinking as you and i though. so if invisible skymen is what keeps them from raping or killing or buying a paris hilton cd, then for crying the fuck out loud, let them have their invisible skymen!
what's mor eimportant to you? social cohesion? or being brittle and literal about every fucking thing in life? in a way, that's a form of fundamentalism: not alloiwng othe rpeople to think in ways different from you. well, if some guy is a good decent man who never hurts anyone his entire life, but happens to believe in an invisble skyman, i have a WHOLE hell of a lot more respect for him than some venal egghead who has to prosecute the guy just on that stupid point about his life
of COURSE there are rleigious assholes who do great evil in the name of religion. point is, prosecute them, not the religion! not the 99% who believe in invisible skymen and never hurt a fly. get it?
in other words, for the sake of a handful of socially inept eggheads arranging their world according to being 100% matehmatically pure, i am not ready to deny the legions more less literally intelligent their invisible skymen, just for the sake of cognitive dissonance of some fucking egghead. i'd rather tell the eggheads not to be so socially inept, and just shut the fuck up already. we get it. there is no skyman. duh. now shut the fuck up already, because you don't fuckign get the more important point:
yes, you are right. but just like the twit who has to announce to the world that it is a slut getting married to mr. naive and clueless, sometimes being right isn't the fucking point
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.