It always seems like I'm biding my time. The world was lucky when I was born without the greed gene. Imagine me as one of those slick salesmen, or worse yet, a politician. I was born to be gentle and honest, and I feel emotional pain every damn day, because of injustice, ignorance and just general meanness that surrounds me. If only everyone believed that once you're dead, you're dead. Then if we all realized that we were dealing with a limited time on earth, we might actually begin to treat each other with more respect and kindness. But it's not just a belief in an afterlife, or the greed gene that makes folks ignorant and mean. They have to be taught to be mean, and they have to be told that it's okay to be ignorant. Not only is it okay to be ignorant, but one is encouraged in our society to flaunt their stupidity. We've come to a point in our country where every fact must be disputed. In other words, the facts are in the global warming is real and man-made. Now we have fools like Gov. Marc Rubio saying that if global warming is real then it must be God's will and we should just let things be. Hmmm.
Okay, I'd like someone at sometime to explain to me how one actually hears a god speak to them. Most Americans I know cannot even speak English correctly, never mind Spanish or French, so how are they going to understand the communication of a supernatural being that no one has even seen? At least not in the last thousand years or so. Oh jeez! I'm thinking too much again. The key to faith is to stop thinking and just (make) believe. It's not about reality. It's about your own worldview and whether everyone else shares that worldview. If they do not, then they must be heretics and sinners. Ah individualism. Such a non-Christian idea. No wonder they call believers sheep and Jesus the shepherd.
We know enough about our mind that we most likely will never figure out how consciousness works, but somehow believers are able to get communiques from supernatural beings and interpret their meanings. Then these believers feel that it's their responsibility to spread those beliefs around. They like crowds I guess. They're not content to let other live freely, and think freely. Believers feel that those around them should think similarly and they're willing to change our laws to reflect that. I would think that if one if confident in their beliefs they wouldn't feel a need to convince others to believe the same way. There is safety in numbers though, and if one surrounds oneself with like-minded thinkers then one will always feel safe. But feeling safe just by keeping oneself closeted from reality...is that really safe? Couldn't reality rise up some day and smack these believers right in the face? If they were raised to believe the way they do and have never left their comfort zone, then they will most likely live in the fog of faith for the rest of their lives.
Just my humble little opinion that seems to differ from everyone else in my life. Talk about feeling left out of the crowd!