Funny the world we live in. The one where we humans have dominated this small yet, huge world we live in with this 4 or 5 lbs hunk of cell tissue on top of our heads. This brilliant thing sculpted by thousands of years needing to be ahead of the curve. This massive engine consuming 20% of our caloric intake per day. Naturally in a world where food would normally be hard to come by on a daily basis this engine would want to remain idle whenever possible. Mental shortcuts, napping, sitting down when possible all favorable actions to this giant caloric demander.
So let’s flash forward we are in a world where food is generally reachable and we do not have to hunt down and/or gather our own meal but in return we need to provide another kind of service or product to obtain food/shelter/luxuries. Surrounded by our fellow mankind, the fear is no more about the unknown of attacking animals. We have safety. Now how do we spend our 50 to 90 years of living on earth in this community? Well we don’t want you cause any trouble so we’re going to lead you on to make you believe that you want to get an education. Then tell you that you REALLY want to get a high paying job (that means you have to work a lot of hours) that mentally drains you and stresses you out. But don’t stop there you need to find a mate and reproduce little carbon copies of you and your mate that will drain you and occupy your time further. So what sounds so wrong with that? Uh well there is where your brain, that lovely engine, is already running on a couple cylinders so it wants to be lazy or restraint on other matters in your life. What does this mean? Well you’re gonna be more willing to take the mental shortcut. Anything that can be hand fed to you, tailor made and pre thought out FOR you. You just need to watch this “News” channel for all your opinions on certain issues.
Wait, wait Brendan now you just seem like a looney. I’m not like this, I’m educated and have my own independent thoughts and opinions. This maybe true but from what I’ve seen it’s easier to just accept the tailor made thought and just have “faith” that it works than do the research and come up with your own answer.
To me the problem of religion comes down to a few points that a couple smart (or truly stupid) individuals came up with to control the masses. The social aspect of human nature. We are not the strongest nor the fastest but damn we are smart and a group of humans are even smarter so naturally we are social animals with deep innate traits to long for human acceptance and interaction. Next, the laziness of the brain. Again you’re working 40 hour weeks in a bland cubicle with co-workers you hate, causing you stress than coming home to 2 or 3 kids that have to be at ten places at once. Not only feeding said brain….uh….SHIT…sugary breads and meat without the vital vitamins of fruits and veggies (but hey you get those from your pills right?). So yeah your brain is in no mood to want to think out complicated life issues like “Where do we go after we die?” or “Is there a God?” No your brain will prefer just saying “John 3:16.” Money. It all comes down to this. Even if the preachers realize that this religion thing is total BS why would they give up their power and respect that they get and DEMAND from society? Tax-free donations and congregations buying priests houses and cars? Yeah sounds a good career to get into. The religious are embedded and in bed with the people in power with the money why on earth would they willing admit that their whole thing is a hoax? These people are defending God, religion not because of their “faith” but because it’s their CAREER! 40,50,60 year old preachers worked their whole lives for that job and then it’s out of date….so they go work at McDonalds? Yeah right.
Finally we have history to tie it together. Why is Christianity the major religion in the US of A? Well because it’s the right one…duh. Wait it was settled by pretty much ALL christian european nations? Ah that might have a little thing to do with it. Then the Western nations saw the biggest economic boom to expand world power and so the people think they’re on top of the world and so their religion MUST be right but god granted them the power position. So what about China. What about China? Oh that before Christian missionaries that China was an atheist nation (and still is) Confucianism is a guideline for life and doesn’t demand the worship of a “god.” If one religion is “right” wouldn’t it and its dogma be spread to all beings with the capability for understanding this greater being. Well no. No it was only spread to a small fraction of the world (big fraction way back when because the “world” was considered to be the Mediterranean) until modern discovery.
For me it’s simple to see. Simple to believe if you want to hear and see the truth.
I’d like to quote Fight Club:
“Tyler Durden: Listen to me! You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you. He never wanted you. In all probability, he hates you. This is not the worst thing that can happen.
Narrator: It isn’t?
Tyler Durden: We don’t need him!”
and to go a little further into the scene
“Tyler Durden: First you have to give up, first you have to *know*… not fear… *know*… that someday you’re gonna die.”
Little did I know the powerful effect Fight Club would have on me years later. Still everyday I’m learning more and more how brilliant the movie is on a social level but what it keeps telling me on a personal level that I need to be the person who I am on the inside.
Until my next rant!