Confused, Destructive, Contradictory and Primitive

24 12 2008

Just some of the words I’d use to describe Religious ideology. 

Religion: A primitive version of philosophy based on arbitrary claims of the supernatural characterised by a rejection of reason and man’s mind as the ultimate guide to morality and survival, and also characterised by an adoption of faith, dogma and seemingly idiotic traditions.  Religious devotees can be sometimes be spotted in our comunity afflicted with personality disorders characterised by symptoms of guilt, fear, low self esteem and paranoia. 

I came across an short article today entitled “Pope wants humanity saved from Homosexuals”.  

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/23/2453837.htm

When I was a kid, I thought the 21st century was going to be wonderful, advanced etc, like the Jetsons.  But I was wrong because now I know just how much human potential is been missed out on.  Progress has slowed to a crawl.  As a research scientist I see first hand how incredibly regulated and stifled the research industry is.  Gone are the scientific and medical leaps of the late 19th century.  Now science is almost monopolised by governments.  Universities are inefficient and stagnant (new or controversial ideas don’t get a chance when government’s control the money for research).    

When I was a kid I had a very open mind.  I also totally respected adults.  I was wrong to show so much respect for so many cowards and sheep.  It’s hard not to be resentful about this sometimes.  It’s hard not to get frustrated when you hear people mindlessly slinging off catch phrases they’ve absorbed at random through popular culture – with no idea what half of the concepts they use actually mean. 

I am starting to worry about the future of this world.  I’m starting to think it’s actually true that we’re like the Roman Empire riding on the back of Greek thinking but slowly falling to the barbarians. 

I have noticed that my letters to the editor with a pragmatic or utilitarian line of argument usually get published, but that if I write a letter where I tie political issues back to ethical or metaphysical principles they will not get printed.  We live in an age where philosophy is rejected and scorned.  However the reality is that every single person has their own ideology/philosophy.  They may not know it explicitly, but it’s a human necessity.  Ideas are absorbed from the culture, family, school, media. 

Unfortunately people do not seek to iron out contradictions in their thinking.  They are taught mind-body dichotomies are inherent, that reality cannot be known, that conciousness proceeds existence etc.

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