I've been thinking about this for some several days now, after inquiring to members of what it is that frightens them about the "conspiracy theories"
In every other forum, there are skeptics and believers; fanatics and naysayers; pooh-poohers and adamant champions. People don't generally come to
"conclusions" on these forums (collectively, we mainly just discuss - although there is, naturally, lots of insulting, condescension, eye-rolling,
indignant huffing and puffing - behaviors which I freely admit I have engaged in when I get frustrated and bewildered by the thought processes of
The Religion Forums (this one, the Conspiracies in Religion forum, and the Creationism v Evolution forum) have a peculiar flavor all their own,
however. This, I attribute to the "unknowability" of the REALITY that we all seek to know.
We CAN know if Republicans will turn out to do such and such, or Democrats this and that, because we see the results as things unfold. But with
Religion, there is SIMPLY NO REAL EVIDENCE to go on.
Some believe in modern-day miracles, some in modern-day seers and prophets and channelers, some in ancient, mistranslated collections of texts, some
in none of the above. Many of us have pretty well-developed ideas; there are very few who are completely UNAWARE of ANY religion - in fact, I'd
venture to say it's impossible to be alive and over the age of 12 without SOME knowledge of Religious tension and actions in the world.
That given, it brings up a couple of questions that so far, barely anyone has answered when I've asked them.
1) TO THOSE UNWILLING TO READ OR LISTEN TO ANYONE
WHO DISPUTES YOUR
BELIEFS.....to read (or listen to or watch) material that disputes
your beliefs, challenges your religion, might shake your faith, and suggest that those you 'follow' are "wrong", or worse - are LYING - I ask you
Have you thought about your reason(s) for refusing to entertain gainsayers or oppositional material?
God knows there is EVERY degree along the continuum readily available to those of us on the internet (at least in free countries) to explore
"religiosity/spirituality"...from the most extreme atheist nihilist to the most pious, devout zealot, and everything in between. So, it can't be due
to lack of exposure or access to information.
Are you AFRAID of something?
Or do you just not care to spend your time and attention exploring further than your current comfort zone?
I don't mean to put anyone on the defensive. I'm simply wondering if any of you who haunt these forums have thought about
your motives and
your choices. I know I have. It's been challenging for me to dig into faiths that in my gut make me uncomfortable, but I've done it anyway.
Have you done so, with as open a mind as you can muster? How was the experience for you? If you have NOT done so, but yet you come to these forums,
what is your purpose here? To learn, to evangelize, to condemn, to judge, to convince?
2) TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING: WHAT IF YOU FOUND OUT, ABSOLUTELY, THAT YOUR 'FAITH' is UNFOUNDED?
What would that "mean" to you?
What would it "do" to you?
Emotionally, physically, logistically, practically, socially - in your sense of self and your life. Would it "change" you?
Would it be an upheaval? A loss? A release from bondage?
I suppose you all get the idea.
I'm hoping to hear some honest, soul-searching answers from you all. Asking you to stretch your minds enough to consider the questions
least. And explain to me, as best you can, your thoughts about it.
edit on 10/13/13 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)