Bothered by Religious Beliefs

Question of the Day July 15 2012 ~ Religious Beliefs

What Religious Beliefs Bother You? Explain.

I have an empathy with most of what Torch wrote.

Bother is an odd term.

Religion doesn’t bother me, and some ideas that are attached to many religions are a concern to me, in what they do to the minds they infect.

To me, a human mind is free only if it is able to question everything.

Any pattern that prevents the questioning of any set of assumptions is a danger to the mind infected by it.

To me all such patterns are dangerous pathogens.

They do not “bother” me, any more than does an influenza virus, and just like viruses, I study mechanisms to remove them from the human population.

Every human has their own approximations to truth – call them beliefs if you like. I have mine.

The very strange thing is that the more I know – the less confident I become about many of the things I once took as facts.

It seems that as children we awaken into a world of cultural certainties.

It is only with much experience that some of us get to the point of questioning all of those cultural certainties, and reducing them to probabilities.

I see religions as a form of mimetic life, a parasitic mode of existence – much like viruses in a sense.

It doesn’t “bother” me.

It is what is.

I accept that.

And religions (as fixed sets of beliefs) have no place in my long term future vision for humanity.

I want people to be free to make their own choices.

That necessarily requires that they are free to question everything.

I don’t presume to know where any such questioning will lead any particular mind, I care only that they have such freedom.

Anything that prevents people from that freedom needs to be eliminated.

That is all.

What people then do with that freedom is then their choice.

I make my choices.

I dance with the consequences of my own and all other choices.

Seems to be that is all any of us can do.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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