Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pathetic Beliefs of Humans

It's a losing battle. People would rather believe in a collection of fairy tales that contain ridiculous and evil notions such as eternal hellfire and brimstone for "God's" supposed beloved creations, rather than science. Humans need to believe that their lives mean something, that terrible things happen to "innocent" little kids for a dam good reason, that they are important, that they will live forever, and that they will see their loved ones again. Otherwise, most humans just cannot deal with every day life, the unknown and the eternal separation from loved ones. In the words of Karl Marx, "Religion is the opiate of the masses".

2 comments:

chumpson said...

Jon, I agree that human beings seem to want to have a sense of meaning in their lives. If your life doesn't mean anything, then does anything you do matter? Says who?

If there's no purpose to your life or mine, then does it matter what we do? How we treat people only matters insofar as it affects us directly. The universe goes on regardless of what I do. The Earth will still orbit the Sun until the Sun flames out in a few billion years. Even if I could change the Earth's orbit, why would that matter? It would just be a different circumstance.

If everything you and I do results in a pointless outcome, then how can the specific outcome matter? Pollute the Earth? Doesn't matter, because it's just another outcome. Abandon your wife/kids? Doesn't matter, as long as you think it makes your life easier. Lie, cheat, steal, and kill? Doesn't matter as long as you don't get caught and convicted (given our current laws). Good and evil? They don't exist and are simply a matter of opinion for each of Earth's ~7 billion inhabitants.

To me, that "world view" leaves you with the luck of the draw, much like the claims against Christianity, etc. You have no control over your genetic background or early life circumstances, and those factors clearly determine how your life turns out. If you draw the short straw , you're screwed. If you are fortunate in your circumstances, it's just happenstance and you should enjoy the short ride. In other words, "shit happens" and then we all die. If more of that shit hits me, then that's "tough shit" for me! I have no recourse in a life I didn't ask to live...

Chuck Doswell said...

That is the typical worldview of the believer ... if there's no deity, then there's no reason to live a decent life. So what you're saying is the only reason you have to be a decent person is either the carrot of eternal life after death or the stick of eternal torment after death. What a sad worldview that is to me. Being a decent person matters to me because this is the only life I expect to have and I want it to be something worthwhile. I'm not so egocentric that I can't imagine life going on without me. We all make choices ...