PostHeaderIcon A Plea For Sanity

If you have not encountered the Canadian philosopher Stefan Molyneux, it is time to get acquainted. This resonates with my current worldview on so many levels:

…let me know how his timely message strikes you. ◄Dave►

3 Responses to “A Plea For Sanity”

  • Larry Andrew says:

    A voice of reason. I intend to share his message. Thanks for this great post.

  • Troy says:

    For many years, I accepted the notion that the real danger of religion was that the devout belief in things that could not possibly be true promoted “magical thinking” in lieu of rational thought.

    Now I begin to realize that an even worse element is that religious belief deifies the notion of a controller. Ergo, if the ultimate being is a controller, then how good must it be for each of us to attempt to control those around us. How much more god-like we become in so doing. The greater our capacity to control others, the “better person” we must then be.

    Then think how much stronger is the person who dares let others be what they wish, asking only to be allowed the same in return.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Troy

    • ◄Dave► says:

      That is an interesting perspective, Troy. For me, it is their need to convert others to their particular flavor of magical thinking, which necessarily creates an ‘us vs. them’ dynamic between sects of these busybody ‘controllers,’ that is the greatest evil of religion. This also somewhat explains why it is not illogical to equate secular political causes with religions. True believers in anything, with a strong need to convert others to their cherished beliefs, are insufferable.

      As I have said, I deem it no less than a crime against humanity, to inculcate trusting helpless children with magical thinking, before they have had a chance to develop a rational mind capable of critical thinking for themselves. Yet, once that dirty deed is done, personally I could care less whether an adult irrationally continues to believe in Santa Claus, if he would just shut up about it, and not insist that I do so, or try to shame or demonize me for not conforming to his model of the world.

      Those without the humility to worship their deities and causes peacefully in private, without pestering others who just wish to be left alone to live their lives as the wish in peace, deserve no respect whatever for their public piety or political activism. Those inclined to employ violence in such endeavors, simply need to be eradicated like the vermin they are. Else, as Stefan suggests, there is no future for civilization. ◄Dave►

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