Change Is Scary
I know why the teeming millions are so reluctant to give up their gods. It’s because they’re chicken. And why shouldn’t they be? The world is a scary place, and it just gets scarier when you realize no one is going to save us.
Of course, the thought of simply failing to be “the chosen” species, simply not being any longer the one thing that made us(*) special for all those long centuries, is pretty hard as well.
And that whole “living forever in paradise” thing is probably pretty hard to let go of.
The god concept is a literary tool designed to cow and comfort frightened savages who didn’t know any better. That human beings are a blight upon this planet should be obvious to anyone who takes so much as a fleeting glance at the wreckage we’ve strewn about at every available opportunity. And nothing lasts forever. You don’t have to be very smart to recognize these simple truths.
So buck up, theist folks. Even if you like to point at the so-called “extremists” and tell yourself that you’re better than them, you’re not. You’re still choosing to believe things that are completely and utterly indefensible. On top of which, you are enabling the extremists because your so-called “progressive” beliefs share the same foundation as their dynamite fueld rampages. You are all, in a word, insane. The sooner you snap out of it, the better.
As an added bonus, when you choose to think for yourself, you get to be a moral creature. Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually quite cool. You see, as long as you make decisions based on the fear of punishment or hope of reward, you are essentially a coward. It’s actually *way* cooler when someone chooses to do the right thing even when they know damn well that being a complete dick is always an option.
(*)Us, of course, is a highly subjective term. Perhaps many “progressive” theists sing the song of embracing diversity, but throughout the ages theists have largely sought to restrict membership to their exclusive club, “the chosen,” based on such trivia as skin color or wealth. But as soon as one stops clinging pathetically to the big, strong god fantasy, one truly does get to embrace diversity. It goes without saying. Once you realize you’re not special, you’re no longer condescending to every other living organism on the planet that we all share. Truly beautiful things can happen then.
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- October 23, 2005 / 5:27 pm