posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 02:00 AM
People tend to act based purely on emotions.
Sometimes internal intellectual constraints prevent behaviors, but that is pretty rare.
I suppose we all dress our emotionally based action with ideologies [religions, politics, etc.]
But religion assumes that if it comes from what they think is their God it is automatically good. [Some people do a similar thing with other
It becomes a shut-off of one's moral compass, instead of applying
The Golden Rule, 'How would I feel if someone treated me this way?'
It frees people to do careless or even horrible things and dismiss the moral consequences from their minds. That is operating at the level of
shoeleather. Shoe leather does not have to think, it just does what it does.
When people act like shoe leather they shouldn't be able to hold up a shield/facade claiming humanity. It is a lie. Hypocracy.
If you divorce yourself from humanity, you are not human, regardless of your DNA. Hair has human DNA, but I don't treat it with great concern.
If God [or a religion] doesn't want one's mind, it doesn't want the whole person. A thing without a mind is no longer human. It is degenerate.
The Golden Rule also helps you not to act stupidly when dealing with other humans. If you take as a rough initial estimate your own thinking and
attitudes you have some idea of how someone else will respond to actions you may take. If you don't consider that, you operate as an idiot, always
suprised when people get upset by your aggressive actions. Empathy is actually a very important part of a highly advanced nervous system. Lower
lifeforms have much less of it, with some exceptions when dealing with their own young.
Because religion is so pervasive for humans around the planet and all those people assume [even with all their conflicting viewpoints] that if it
comes from God [their religion] everyone gives it a pass.
I think Religions and their members need to be held accountable.
If psychopathic talk is the endlesslly repeated litany for a religion it needs to be exposed as a harbor and re-inforcer of mental illness.
People in a civilized society have to be held to certain humane standards, which are only breached under well defined situations.
It takes work and effort each day, but usually becomes easier with practice.
If you don't demand some minimal level of standards for people, then they will operate at the level of animals and hide it behind whatever social
facades are available.
I am a science fiction buff.
My idea of the best society is one where the people are intelligent, savy and tough, but when some higher goal or purpose is presented they will
sacrifice of themselves for that higher purpose. But the purpose is clear, well presented and well thought through. It is not mysterious or cloudy, it
is brilliantly clear and dazzling. It is in a word beautiful. People go above and beyond the call of existance to create beauty in the Universe. But
not just surface beauty, but deeper aesthetics, like beauty of design, efficiency, cleverness.
I guess I don't understand why/how people would follow something as murky and obscure as most religions seem to be. Maybe all the mumbo jumbo is