Sunday, November 22, 2015

Are all religions just... well, bool?

Bool is a new hip term for bullshit. OK. You must believe X,Y, and Z. Because if you do not... well you are sentenced to spend the remainder of eternity in an unpleasant place. Bool. The word will carry on, just like it did before we were. We were not, we were, we will not be, who should care?

All religions are efforts to control people from the grave. What is important is how we live this life. That is all we know that we get.

Treat other people was we would like to be treated. That says would like, not as we expect to be treated. Many of us are so pressured by society that we have come to expect to be treated in specific ways that we do not like, but accept. The people in authority are not in control, but we allow them to treat us like they are. We become to expect it and accept it. It is not right, so treat people like we would like to be treated becomes the first commandment of the atheist creed. Mostly from others, I just want to be left alone to do my thing. This is not saying anything about friends, relatives, but just the general population. We are born to cooperate together to create a great flourishing society without the need to eliminate other people. Telephone solicitors just f-off.

So what should be the second commandment of modern culture? Believe only that which we can demonstrate to be likely true. Some thing are up to us and some are not. That which is up to us are our opinions, our values, our beliefs, our motivations, our motives, our decisions, and our rules of conduct. All else is beyond our direct control, and there is a bunch of stuff that we have some influence over, but not control. We, after becoming adults, have control over our beliefs. We have the power of assent, that is accept or reject any idea. If we have similar beliefs, we can accept the same concepts. The problem arises when people feel trapped in a stone age belief system, that is trapped by stone age beliefs into a stone age belief system. Is that lunatic thinking or what?

So how can one step out of the stone age thinking? Just put down the belief that beliefs are fixed to history. Only some fraction of what I believe is correct, and that is true of all humans. Believing that our beliefs are 100% correct, rather that some of our beliefs are probably correct, some dead wrong, is a delusion created  by our ancestors to control the people. Religion is all about control of the masses.

Amsterdam, has the concept of license, regulate, and tax the deviant behaviors. That may be the way to move forward. They banned religions buildings at one point in there history. Churches became meeting halls. Discussion about some of these issues came into the open. They became a open society, rather than the closed segmented society we have today, which often claims to be open. Open societies are ones which are in the process of change, they have few fixed beliefs. Any topic is not forbidden by law, belief is tolerated, no matter idiotic. The prime directive applies, not to interfere in alien life and beliefs.

But then what do I know?

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