December 9, 2011

Mental mushiness is the problem

Pudding or brains? (image: Wikipedia)
At Why Evolution is True, I found a quote that is dear to my heart:
I suggest that the willingness to believe in fables and superstition makes one more resistant to believing things that are true, especially when those things fall into a category, “science,” that can be perceived as a threat to belief systems based on superstition. [My emphasis.]

I take this a step further (okay, a few steps). I think the reason Americans can't think anymore is because they believe in god. That's it, short and sweet.

If you think fairy tales are real, you can no longer judge anything soberly or clearly. Belief in gods throws a blurry shroud over reality. That is the idea: to separate believers from reality and ensure they show proper fealty to their overlords, the priests and imams and popey guys. It's a racket.

This is why there is such a stunning lack of judgment in America: everyone believes in gods and angels. Jeebus can't turn wine into blood but religion can turn brains into chocolate pudding.

Pudding image: Wikipedia.

2 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

"The Addictive Personality"

http://www.nytimes.com/1983/01/18/science/the-addictive-personality-common-traits-are-found.html

I would suggest also that a high number of religious fanatics also would include addictive personality types.

writenow said...

Their conclusions seem odd, particularly calling this a shared characteristic of addicts:

"A high value on nonconformity combined with a weak commitment to the goals for achievement valued by the society."

Sounds like they're beating up hippies, or something. Makes me wonder about their other conclusions.

But I think you're right, Annie. Religion is an addiction. I also think religious people are masochists. They love to kneel and lick the boots of authority figures. Instant orgasm.