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19th-Jun-2007 02:27 pm
How do we know that Christians are delusional?
19th-Jun-2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
I hope you realize how much I so fuckin' less-than-three you.
19th-Jun-2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Of course, I believe this is right on the money and this all makes perfect sense to me. However, like many things, the ones that would benefit most from the message are the ones most likely to completely ignore it, and actually be put off by the notion that they are "delusional". There's little that's rational about our retarded pygmy race, and we are frequently reminded of that. People are happy to accept the delusion because it gives them comfort in their own mind to believe that there is a better end and purpose to their unacceptable mortal life. It's the simplest thing to believe in an eternity of no suffering and endless knowledge when you "cross over" rather than deal with mortality and limitations.
19th-Jun-2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'm usually quick to defend the condescending tone of a lot of contemporary Atheists, but for some reason, this one puts me off quite a bit. I agree with what is being said, but not so much the verbal tone used.
19th-Jun-2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
i like it, then i don't like it
19th-Jun-2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Entertaining but sadly he never got around to the Buddhist Bubble of Delusion. The true arrogance hear, IMHO, is the idea that we can step out of our delusions.

I'm all for questioning our superstitions and will freely admit that I still have mine, but so do those who cling to science and of the four billion people referenced, most live in some other religious bubble.

Adherents of various scientific theories always seem to be losing their raising and duking it between themselves.
20th-Jun-2007 06:05 am (UTC)
I'm confused about how on Day 1 you can plead for prayers, good thoughts and healing energy to be sent to someone you care about who is going through a rough time, and then post this on Day 2.

Scientific studies show prayer doesn't work. So why plead for you readers to send good thoughts or prayers someone's way?

I'm hypocritical, too. I'm Atheist 99.99% of the time, but when I'm truly scared for someone I care about, I just can't help but hope.
20th-Jun-2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
What's to be confused about - just because I don't believe it doesn't mean someone else doesn't, and even if it won't help, it certainly can't hurt.

For the same reason I'd ask someone to wish me luck - because if I can know that someone is thinking of me and sending me good energy, it makes me feel better.

I see nothing hypocritical about that. Hope and faith are not the same thing.
20th-Jun-2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
When someone sends you good energy, is it some spiritual/magic mechanism that somehow makes it affect your situation in a real way, or is it just that your personal knowledge that someone cares about you is making you feel good? I would say that the former's magical thinking is delusional.

Remember Dumbo's feather? Is your feather (or good thoughts being sent your way) really magical to you despite science? Or are you fully aware that it's just a normal, non-magical feather, but holding it reminds you of friends, so you hold it to feel better?

I guess I'm just trying to determine whether your Hope is magical thinking, or a tool for self-comfort that you know isn't magical.
20th-Jun-2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
It's the comfort of knowing I am being thought of by someone that has a vested emotional interest in me. Tool for self comfort - I like that!
20th-Jun-2007 07:31 am (UTC)
I love it... and think I'll post it and ask for responses.
20th-Jun-2007 07:32 am (UTC)
That's pretty lovely in its clarity.
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