I can see the writing on the wall if no one else can. People think that we are entering an atheist state, where science is finally going to be used to
promote healthy policies and there is a progressive agenda focused on improving humankind. It is truly a great time.
But that is not where we are headed. The poor economy is leaving those under 30 unable to have the resources to support themselves or defend
themselves against older bullies with money, family power and religious power. If there is a religious zone somewhere in the U.S., for example, people
don't have the money to escape to more idealistic places. They don't have the clout to fight back against blatant lies, even about creation - that the
Earth is less than 10,000 years old.
I believe that God could work through natural processes to make creation, and that could take billions of years. That is because I am a moderate. But
that line of moderation has been crossed. Religious people are now taking the idea that the Earth is only 10,000 years old as more mainstream. And
with the economy preventing people from fighting back, this could be the predominant viewpoint. Not anyone can afford a liberal arts education
anymore. In fact, the liberal arts college I graduated from in 2010 has since taken steps to become more like a trade school.
When it comes to helping people, religious people don't do it right because they base their moral values on superstition, instead of simply focusing
on helping people. They don't bother with that - and instead focus on the very things that they pretend to hate, like materialism, and helping
themselves at the expense of others.
Examples of this include the blatant racism I hear from religious people around me, and the tendency for them to make an argument without any basis
and say it's true - and get this, do you know where the justication comes from?
The Big Stick. This is where someone says something that is patently false, and then enforces their viewpoint through having more power or money than
the people that rightly point out the flaws in the argument.
This is the opposite of the Big Encylcopedia philosophy where debates are actually had, and a legitimate point, or a point at all, is taken into
consideration and a rebuttal issued. This is mainly the fault of the liberals, as they are the ones who started ignoring criticism. The problem is, in
the end, liberals are going to lose out if no one listens to the other side, because they are the ones in the minority power-wise and they are the
ones with the legitimate points (in a lot of cases, at least) that will be ignored.
So we are moving from a Biggest Encyclopedia mentality to a Biggest Stick mentality.
The House of Representatives is the most extremist it has been in history, and I suspect the Senate and the Presidency to also follow, unlike other
people who suspect another Democrat in office - look at how much irrational hatred of Obama there is, and you can see, irrationality runs the day and
will get the votes this time around. I suspect someone similar to Bohner in the Presidency.
The bottom line is that our policy is not going to be based on what is best, but what people with limited intellect and experience but a lot of power
think is best - enforced by the use of force. The powerful could be religious leaders trying to teach science, unethical, closed-minded goons trying
to enforce ethics or the rich trying to make policy for the poor they have no experience with.
When it comes to religion, I expect hard-line Muslims to take over, because no one is stopping them and they can take advantage of the religious power
vacuum brought on by Atheists. In fact, the policies of the last decade, although leading to legitimate criticism, have left over people not willing
to take the steps needed to stop a legitimate threat (this time) with ISIS and other Islamic radicals.
Religion is going to see a major comeback, far more radical than anyone has seen it in our lifetimes. Science, even though proven true, will be
decried as false. We are seeing a rise in this sentiment with Young Earth creationism being taken seriously, something that has not been taken
seriously, even by devout Catholics, for decades if not a century.
edit on 06amSat, 06 Sep 2014 05:03:01 -0500kbamkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake
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