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The God(s) Must Be Crazy!

20 Jun

The God(s) Must Be Crazy

2017 June 20

Anyone still believing in the primacy of a mystical, superstitious, utterly unproovable by any objective means, are the real crazies.
I can’t hope to equal the excellent treatment of religion Yuval Harari gives it, in his fantastic book, Sapiens“: p.210:  … all social orders and hierarchies are imagined, they are all fragile, and the larger the society, the more fragile it is. The crucial historical role of religion has been to give superhuman legitimacy to these fragile structures. …
… two distinct criteria:
1. Religions hold that there is a superhuman order, which is not the product of human whims or agreements. …
2. Based on this superhuman order, religion establishes norms and values that it considers binding. …
p. 228 The Worship of Man:…if we take into consideration natural-law religions, then modernity turns out to be an age of intense religious fervour, unparalleled missionary efforts, and the bloodiest wars of religion in history.  The modern age has witnessed the rise of new natural-law religions, such as liberalism, Communism, capitalism, nationalism, and Nazism.  These creeds do not like to be called religions, and refer to themselves as ideologies.  But this is just a semantic exercise.  If a religion is a system of human norms and values that is founded on belief in a superhuman order, then Soviet Communism was no less a religion than Islam.  …
p. 195 It’s for your own good:…  Evolution has made Homo sapiens. like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature.  Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, ‘we’ and ‘they’.  We are people like you and me, who share our language, religion and customs.  We are all responsible for each other, but not responsible for them.  We were always distinct from them, we owe them nothing.  We don’t want to see any of them in our territory, and we don’t care an iota what happens in their territory.  They are barely even human. …
p. 242 Blind Clio:… Ever more scholars see cultures as a kind of mental infection or parasite, with humans as its unwitting host.  Organic parasites, such as viruses, live inside the body of their host.  They multiply and spread from one host to the other, feeding off their hosts, weakening them, and sometimes killing them.  As long as the hosts live long enough to pass along the parasite, it cares little about the condition of its host.  In just this fashion, cultural ideas live inside the minds of humans.  They multiply and spread from one host to another, occasionally weakening the host and sometimes even killing them. – can compel a human to dedicate his or her life to spreading that idea, even at the price of death.  The human dies, but the idea spreads.   ….  … Successful cultures are those that excel in reproducing their memes, irrespective of the costs and benefits to their human hosts.  …  Similar arguments are common in the social sciences, under the aegis of game theory. Game theory explains how in multi-player systems, views  and behaviour patterns that harm all players nevertheless manage to take root and spread. …”
p. 236 The Worship of Man: “… in all frankness, how long can we maintain the wall separating the department of biology from the departments of law and political science?

I would like to refer to my first entry in this blog, “the sun in the sky” in which I suggest that where I suggest like everybody alive (who isn’t an alien)  that all of the molecules in my body (well, almost all of them) come from the sun, and eventually, very likely, all of my molecules will go back into that fascinating transmuter of matter, the sun.

I should also like to remind the reader how I suggest that modern multinational corporations match scientific tests for life, in the blog “the Corporate Entity – you’re trained to NOT think of it as alive“. 

It now occurs to me that our sun also satisfies these tests!

Reminds me of “Living on the sand” by Colter Wall.  I love that song!

When I listen to it, it in turn reminds me of Dean Cassady in Wayward, keeps on waking up on the sand in Chapter 10. Stranger.

Love the planet, reject religion or make reverence for the planet the cornerstone of your religion.