Reality, Religion and Freedom

Aug 31, 2006 at 12:45 PM
As Richard Feynman famously said in the wake of the Challenger tragedy:

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

This is why any one of us must take everything the media says with a good dose of salt.

We live in reality, like it or not, and in our current world, there are those who have fallen into the trap of religious superiority.

The belief that your own religion is the only true religion, and therefore you are the only true people is back. Religious fervor is highly dangerous. It engenders, often enough, the secure knowledge that deaths of non-believers in your one true religion are all right, perfectly reasonable in light of your divine mission.

In ancient times, the aggressive nature and willingness to murder women and children and kill in cruel and unusual ways was called barbarism. Barbarism is back. History is repeating itself, and I find the world yet again to be fast becoming an unsavory place to be a free thinker.

War does not quell religious fervor, it never has. The only thing that has ever quelled the urge to smite all infidels has been the urge to instead live peacefully beside them, because there is something good to be gained from the relationship. The children of those who are blinded in their urge to gain access to infinite glory will hopefully return to reality, to recognize the insanity of it and settle for a peaceful accord that allows both sides the freedom to do as they please for the benefit of all.

Attempts to smother another religion in any way are sure routes to both sides of that conflict losing all freedoms, either in the retribution for wrongs or the attempts to shut out danger. You cannot destroy your religious enemy to make them go away. You can only find ways to live together in peace. This is why war is not the answer to the current conflict.

I would like to remind everyone of this excerpt from point #18 of the common sense guide to living, The Way to Happiness, called Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others:

If all the brightest minds since the fifth century B.C. or before have never been able to agree on the subject of religion or antireligion, it is an arena of combat between people that one would do well to stay out of.

Hear, hear.