posted on Oct, 31 2007 @ 01:05 PM
dodgygeeza is quoted only to provide a context for my comments.
Originally posted by dodgygeeza
What if all religion was put here to stop us from advancing any further and remaining ignorant slaves to something that hasn't ever been proven to
exist? [snip] Why MUST we believe? Because we will all burn if we do not. Most people believe out of fear.
belief system, regardless of its name, has identical functions for the human mind. The sole purpose is to provide some framework on which
to hang a world view that a person can find comforting and that provides some "answers" to mysteries.
Call it what you will; religion, paranormal, spirituality, wiccan, aryan power, agnostic.....all of them perform the same function.....to provide some
explanation for the world and our existence.
Humans don't believe things from a "fear" motivation.....it is simply impossible to not
believe something. Individuals may claim to be
totally "open minded" and be completely willing to consider any possibility; yet, be totally unaware they are simply espousing a "belief
The fear occurs when people start experimenting with different beliefs and become confused, somehow afraid that another person has the "right"
beliefs.....the usual result seems to be a "rubber bumper" type life...bouncing from this new idea to that new idea, generally latching onto the
newest, coolest, or fullest bandwagon available. Until the next one comes along....and then they're off on a new ride....
What really pains me is, the belief that humans and our intellects are at the top of the food chain, everywhere, is disregarded. Rather, it seems the
popular "fadisms" have us low on the totem pole, serving some kind of superior intellects.....Odd, that idea. But I suppose if people want to feel
like lab rats....be my guest.