Second Concept: Faith
The next in logical progression is faith. If you want to control the masses, you need to offer them more. Beyond safety of the flesh, you secure them
from the great black teeth of death itself.
How many have been utterly manipulated by this belief that something better awaits them? It paints a beautiful image, it offers a promise of hope. No
matter how bad our present circumstances, greatness awaits us.
We follow a particular path.
I'm not saying that there is nothing beyond this life. But the promise of knowledge and protection in the hereafter is quite a potent way to dominate
Look at how many were slaughtered for the crusades? The witch hunts? For the sake of evangelizing the world? It appears that "God" kills more people
than anyone else.
For more recent examples look at The People's Temple,The Family, Heaven's Gate, The Branch Davidians..
While we're on topic, check out this movie.
It offers a terrifying look into how religion is being used to manipulate people around the world.
Look at all of the things we have done to others in the name of religion. Tortured, killed, raped, brainwashed.
It's all in the breeding. We raise our children to follow an ideal path. Of course this path is corrupted by our bias. So the children almost always
end up following in our footsteps. Each successive generation the hold becomes even stronger. When you're raised to think a certain way, when you see
all other alternatives as evil, you have a very narrow point of view. This can be used to manipulate the masses further still, using them as puppets.
If you believed you were doing God's will, what is man's law? Nothing. Man has no authority over God, so you go with the big man upstairs. But, who
determines God's will? Who disseminates God's master plan? Men. Men who often times, seek power, and authority. What people way to rule than stand
at the foot of God and pass down divine edict?
No matter how much blood is shed, or how many tears are cried, and how much gold fills their cauphers, they still want more. These men of God are so
eager to slaughter those heretics and blasphemers. It is the will of Heaven.
You can argue for or against religion. However, the fact is, religion has, many times, been used by people who seek power to manipulate the masses,
and persecute the outsiders. Once again, like our "Illusion of Safety" those who don't follow the program are the enemies. Do you see a pattern
emerging? I do.
So, they promise safety in this world, and beyond that, should we succumb to the abyss, they can promise us safety, security and freedom in the
hereafter. Why worry about our torments of this world, when an eternity of pleasure awaits us on the other side of the veil?
When men who seek power become the voice of God, beware. Only heartache can follow. No matter what atrocities you commit, as long as you do them in
the name of the almighty, you're golden.
The fact is, men desire power. With time, you can have it, so long as you can wear the guise of authority, there is nothing you cannot make a man do.
It is not God they have faith in, but your word. Your unquestionable
word. What fool dare stand against thee? Arguing with you is arguing
against God. God is greater than any man or kingdom, for no one else can promise you eternity.
No one besides, the preacher. But of course we can trust him. He's a man of God. A man of great faith. God wills it! Ha!
These preachers, so pious, so modest, build for themselves castles of ivory and God. But not for them. Of course not. But for God. The creator of
everything needs more power, and trinkets, and money.
When man takes the place of God, you must wonder when his flesh was replaced with ether, and his blood with everlasting flame?