Cultural Delusions and the Information Age
So about a week ago, there was a thread here: New Pentagon Weapon to Destroy Religion.
It talks about a Pentagon virus to be spread through a flu vaccine that would target the areas in our brain responsible for propagating religious
beliefs. It was going to be used on Muslim countries. Later, it was proven to be a hoax.
It got me thinking about the fact that the way my friends and I think has changed so dramatically over the past few years, in the direction that would
be suggested by this vaccine, that I even had a nightmare about this. In my nightmare, there was no freedom and there was no faith. I remember going
into a dark alley and asking a cloaked figure "Where is God?" and the figure replied, "God only exists in the past." He was suggesting that I would
have to time-travel to find Him.
As a lot of us probably know, Richard Dawkins has gone so far as to call religion delusional. This is based on the idea that religious beliefs are not
empirically proven, but based on faith.
One thing that Richard Dawkins fails to understand (and I even e-mailed him about this) is that the main driving force of religion is culture, not
belief in God. God just acts as a symbolic representation of the culture in question, be it Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox,
Episcopalian (why am I having a hard time remembering this one, it is what I grew up as) or whatever.
One thing that Richard Dawkins also fails to understand is that this same delusional thinking is present in Atheist culture, gay culture, feminist
culture (to name a few on the far left), and in politics as liberal culture, conservative culture and even national or regional cultures.
The reason it is considered "delusional" is because it has no basis in empirical evidence. As much as Democrats in America can pretend to base all of
their beliefs on science, the truth is, they are beliefs, and our science is not advanced enough for them to be considered anything other than that.
So, in essence, Democrats and Atheists are just as delusional as Christians, etc. (although maybe a little less so).
Let's return to the original subject at hand: the CIA virus that would theoretically eliminate religion (which turned out to be a hoax). Well, does
the delivery method really matter? What if something, say the internet and the ability to be connected to facts, combined with its tendency to speed
up human thinking processes (especially male) acted as a force doing exactly the same thing?
One thing people don't seem to realize, is that something that targets delusions based on religion would also target cultural delusions, even those
present in Feminism, Atheism, Liberalism, etc.
Well, let's take a step back. Although I have no proof that the internet is capable of doing this to the general population, I have reasonable proof
that the internet has done this in my life. I have gone from being a linear thinker with high cultural delusions to a spatial thinker with very
little. It has given me many headaches.
And the most recent result of it is very interesting. When I have tried to watch the news, be it a conservative or liberal station, I don't understand
the people talking and I have to shut it off. Maybe politics in America has become so polarized that both political parties are completely out of
touch with normal people?
I used to be really into politics, but now I really don't care. In fact, the only thing I notice about both sides is their tendency to use
misdirection and manipulative tactics in order to promote their political agendas, agendas which, by the way, probably aren't the ones they really
So the end result, at least for now, of being freed from delusional thinking (not something I tried to do, and not something I claim to have
accomplished completely) is not one which anyone on any particular side would expect (since every side would, by definition, be a delusional
perspective on reality, and every side, by definition, would consider its views immune to delusional breakdown).
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