© Copyright 2003, Sean Sinjin. All rights reserved. Edition 1.2
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On a seeming tangent, the border of insanity is reached when the perception of reality degrades to a point where memes are improperly conjoined without a valid reason for their affiliation; more simply put, insanity starts when incorrect information is believed to be factual. By this definition, believing in an ethereal entity is insane—no less insane than believing a rabbit rules the universe. If you are one of those who maintain a faith-based perspective of the world, it may be difficult to understand or believe that you are insane, but insane beliefs propel an individual into insanity. Other memes (factual or not) that you may acquire, can be built upon the incorrect memes of religious belief, allowing the construction of a large and precarious knowledge structure in your head that is entirely dependent upon a few incorrect base memes. Religion propagates insanity.
For example, there are no spirits, ghosts, demons, witches, magic powers, psychics, astrologers, curses, etc. These are nothing more than fantastical entities and concepts that some misguided humans have fictitiously conjured up, and they persist even today as the culturally-propelled extrapolations of our ancient instinctual curiosities to have the unknown explained (e.g., fire, lightning, thunder, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, meteors, etc.), and unrestrained exaggerations of our most primitive fears of predatory creatures (which includes us).
All of these fabrications are the result of grossly inaccurate interpretations of inexplicable phenomena by the ignorant, or by those who desire the focus of love that shines on the seemingly wise, and are willing to lie to get it. One must accept that coincidences happen all the time in nature and that it is ridiculous to interpret improbable occurrences as some form of divine intervention. Any person who wittingly claims to have psychic or supernatural abilities, or professes their affiliation with any form of ethereal being, is simply a fraud, period. There are no exceptions.
Ultimately, there is no god, or gods, or any other version of a conscious creator, no miracles, no previous life or afterlife or reincarnation, nor has there ever been any of this. All of these concepts have been created by humankind in the desperate attempt to explain and give purpose to the world around us; and the proof is already in your head: look under “mythology”. Is it possible to discredit the beliefs of thousands of other religions, both past and present, and in the same light believe whole-heartedly in your own version of an all-powerful creator entity?
If your proof is the sheer number of believers in your particular faith, then you need to know that there isn’t a single religion that represents more than half the population of the planet, so no matter which religion you subscribe to, there are more people against it than for it. If you think that perhaps our religions may be wrong but there at least must be some conscious entity to have started it all, then your fear of death, judgment, reality, etc. is defeating your logic. Well, something must’ve started all this? Correct, the Big Bang, which was no more conscious an act than a meteor-strike.
If you still resist, recognize that resistance for what it is: your cognitive dissonance is keeping you ignorant, and insane. But how can so many people be wrong? For the same reason the Earth isn’t still thought of as flat—humans are continuously evolving the capacity to truly see their world and the worst thing we can possibly do is to stifle this improving perspective with oppression and denial. Because of human nature, new perspectives are intrinsically difficult to digest and are always met with great resistance, but as many of our heroes of a time past knew, sometimes being right means standing alone.
What about the afterlife? Reincarnation? Sorry, we all have to die, and then we are no more. Every lie you’ve ever been told about an afterlife or rebirth is exactly that, a lie. There will come a day that you cease to exist in this universe. Where did we come from then? Re-read this book from the beginning. Won’t anarchy reign when people stop believing? Too late; a lot of people are already unencumbered by the deceptively moral tenets of religion, despite that they may still have some limited beliefs. Because religion itself is founded on manipulating with lies, fear, ignorance, and denial, religion therefore is anarchy, for nothing defines anarchy more than the proliferation of unmitigated nonsense. Feel disappointed with what reality has to offer? Mother Nature gives only life, the rest is up to you. Feel vulnerable? Welcome to reality. Feel angry for investing so much into nothing? You most definitely should.
You may choose to completely object to, resist, and deny everything you have just read. Rationally, you know all of it to be true. It’s that pit in the back of your mind that has been there from the very inception of your concept of “faith”—that pit is “doubt” in the credibility of religion’s root meme: an ethereal entity. You need to ask yourself, why would a loving and infinitely wise ethereal creator impishly and perpetually hide from us in order to test our commitment to it? What does it gain by torturing us with all this confusion and doubt? If faith is its primary test of piety, then this entity seems to favor the more docile among us, for the very attributes of curiosity that make our species ever-more intelligent, is contrary to the whole notion of faith. Seems we are to be punished for asking questions that challenge faith.
This concept of “faith”, however, is remarkably “convenient” as a tool for religions to be able to maintain their power. What better mechanism could there possibly be for keeping people subdued than to implant supernatural fear into their psyches, to the degree that they even fear questioning anything that religions teach? Faith is denial and ignorance in disguise, and religion is its vessel. Stop being a victim. How much more of your life are you willing to invest in deceiving yourself with the biggest lie in the absolute whole of history?
Clear your mind.
Does that statement make more sense now?
The truth is, life is awful, when compared to the magical wonderland of religion. Humankind’s beautifully evolved intelligence has come at the price of billions of lifetimes spent in skewed perceptions of realities, pursuing affiliation with gods that never existed, in a desperate attempt to surmount reality with reason and to seek protection from our primal fears. Religion evolved to fill this role of a strong parental figure for its members. So deeply ingrained is our desire for a protector (an extension of the role our parents played to us in childhood) to save us from the unknown, that even considering the lack thereof can be terrifying.
From the beginning of recorded time, we have willfully hidden our heads in the sand to avoid the horrible truth: we have no one to protect us, and we are eventually going to die forever. These fears have allowed religions to manipulate our perception of reality for eons, enslaving us within a shell of denial and ignorance in exchange for the artificial relief of the terrors of reality. Religion provides the placebos of hope, justice, safety, and purpose, when in fact, reality guarantees nothing.
The scales of reality are obscenely shifted to a paradisiacal perspective when viewed through the lenses of religion and, similar to what a drug-addict would experience, there will be some very painful withdrawal symptoms when those lenses are removed because religion is a highly addictive and very unhealthy meme drug; a “virtual” narcotic. Once those religious lenses are removed, however, the damage done to the mind and body is exposed, and the repair of that damage can begin. Do not believe for a second that all is lost without a god. Most everything that you may have learned within a religious context will still apply if you just replace the concept of a god with the concept of you. “Spirituality”, for lack of a better word, is a very real and genuine need that can be fed from within. If you want to believe in something, believe in yourself. We are amazing creatures and have every right to honor and worship ourselves.
The need to worship stems from an instinctual need for communion with something “more” than ourselves. Pursue the communion recourse with your fellow humans instead and you will find equal if not greater satisfaction of this need than worshipping a vacant ethereal entity could ever provide. You may also come to realize that despite your previous efforts at worshipping an external being, it was indeed yourself that you were worshipping all that time, for these god entities that we worship only really ever existed as an abstract concept in our minds.
Embrace nature to soften the transition to an atheistic perspective, because nature made us what we are and our ancient affiliation with it can provide great comfort and meaning at a “spiritual” level. As well, expect to deal with fear at first because being godless requires great courage; it redefines what it means to be brave, for virtually all people who lived before us had the illusion of the afterlife to comfort their minds. But fear of the unknown, like all fears, will fade in time until once again life can feel comfortable, but without the need for a god. Stand tall and be free from the addiction to the false allures of religion.
But isn’t religion mostly harmless? Absolutely not. Religion introduces concepts and behaviors that intercept logic, and replace it with futility, fear, prejudice, and ignorance. To truly understand atheism is to understand that anybody with a belief in the ethereal is insane, no matter how slight that belief may be. Once you finally and truly understand that a belief in any form of ethereal entity is exactly as insane as believing that a magical rabbit runs the universe, then the walls of tolerance to the waste, futility, falsehoods, tyranny, hypocrisy, and danger of “harmless” faiths, quickly become transparent. There can be no practical level of religious tolerance, for any false information presented can be built upon and exacerbated into a much larger falsehood with potentially worse consequences. If our DNA was as faulty and skewed as our H-Freak, we’d all be horribly disfigured.
This argument is not meant to imply that we should now pursue a course that is the polar opposite of religion. As with any matured societal construct, there are some aspects to religion that are healthy and beneficial to the species: religion provides societal order, and also addresses the need of humans to have a structured and meaningful perception of reality. The thing that all religions attempt to accomplish but fail at, due to ego-introduced inappropriate memes, is the careful balancing of everyone’s happiness—not to mention a very long history of needless suffering and death wrought by conflicting religious perspectives (holy wars, genocide, etc.). It’s important that the portions of religion (or even cultures for that matter) that are lies, be exposed and vanquished in order to limit the people’s susceptibility to being manipulated by their fears, and liberating them from the tyrannical dictation of egomaniacal spiritual leaders.
This pursuit of ultimate happiness is what all religions claim to accomplish for its members, but in reality fails in this cause due to the ease in which any of religions’ tenets can be distorted to suit whatever agenda is being sought by tyrants, making the prevention of tyranny nearly impossible. How many countless examples in history are there of tyrannical acts (e.g., wars, genocide, etc.) and yet these acts were still found justifiable within a religious context because those rules suffer from extremely flexible interpretation? The fluidity of the manufactured perspective that religions fester makes any form of religion-based leadership a precarious and unpredictable beast, and therefore exceptionally dangerous when in control of mass power.
Recognizing and extracting only the good qualities, and removing all that is fiction from religion, would diminish it simply to a unity of people coming together for positive social interaction; or rather, communion. Religion is simply communion that has been tyrannized. Life can be equally beautiful, if not much more so, with a more accurate reality perspective than one of blind worship. Only with the whole real truth can we finally live in peace and happiness, since only the true reality perspective can remove the false prejudices we have towards each other that were created by incorrect religious memes. The beautiful feeling that many claim to have from a spiritual oneness with a god is the feeling of totality of universal knowledge and union with an entity greater than oneself. This feeling can also be achieved with a godless reality perspective (to be explained later).
There are many people who would basically agree that religion is all a lie but who still choose to publicly profess the virtues of faith. These people believe that religion does more good than harm in adding quality to most people’s lives, saving people from some pains, maintaining order, and increasing the moral plateau of society. This is denialistic and hypocritical to say the least. All people have the right to know the truth and they deserve the chance to find purpose and happiness within the context of reality. Virtually all those who have invested in a religious perspective can be saved from further wasting of their lives. The wanton ignorance that religion imposes on its members is an affliction that anyone can overcome.
But isn’t religion an excellent model for teaching one how to be good to your fellow human? Quite the opposite, really; it is nearly impossible for those people with a faith in an ethereal god to ever truly perform a pure act of altruism. In their minds, they are forever under the watchful eye of their overseer and thus their apparently genuine acts of altruism are somewhat tainted by the fact that their motivations stem from the desire to gain the favor of their god. This is no more altruistic than returning someone’s lost parcel in exchange for a reward. True altruism is beyond the ability of faith-based people to comprehend since they can never escape the judgment of their god and hence never have the opportunity to exercise a rewardless act of altruism. The religiously endorsed tenet of “love for your fellow human” may appear to be a generous and altruistic redemption for religion, but is fundamentally still a selfishly motivated act fueled by increasing favor with a supreme being.
Let’s attempt to fully justify the need for vanquishing the religious perspective from our planet. Imagine a perfectly normal rabbit that happens to wander by your home every day. You playfully tell your child that if they speak nicely to the rabbit, it will add years to her life. Your child approaches the rabbit and speaks to it for a length of time. She tells the rabbit many nice things in the hope of making the rabbit happy so that in exchange, it will extend her lifetime a little more each time. Every time the rabbit comes by the home (or another rabbit that looks like the first), the child will indulge in voracious unidirectional conversation with the rabbit. Many years pass and soon enough the child has grown into adulthood, but yet still eagerly awaits each arrival of a rabbit in order to once again converse at it in the selfish pursuit of extending her life.
This whole routine is nonsense, and has been from its very inception: the useless squandering of many, many months’ worth of life in the pursuit of trying to get magic out of a common rabbit. How ridiculous this must seem that someone could honestly expect a reward out of all that conversing with a powerless, confused rabbit. Ridiculous…and wasteful. Do you see where this is going? The rabbit could have been a dog, or a tree, or a rock, or…a god. It doesn’t matter because whatever the chosen object is, all of that effort was for nothing. A misguided suggestion at an innocent age has lead to an entire life of routinely wasting time and effort in the exhaustive pursuit of the unattainable. It makes no more sense to talk to rabbits than it does to worship gods that do not exist, and that is one major reason why all ethereal entity-based religions need to be vanquished. As nonsensical as our story is, if you were to replace the word “rabbit” with the concept of a “god” in our story, you now have billions of people all over the planet performing this ridiculously wasteful ritual of trying to get magic out of nothing.
There are hundreds of other reasons why we need to vanquish the notion of a ethereal being, but most notably: self-perilous fanaticism, the tyranny of the religious leaders, wars founded on religious beliefs, the mandate of artificial prejudices and barriers imposed by religions against people of varying attributes (such as ethnicity, race, gender, hair length, etc.), a multitude of psychological stresses that need not be suffered (e.g., guilt for healthy self-indulgences like sex, masturbating, etc.), intellectual and educational suppression, etc. The list is as impressive as it is offensive. The mechanism of denial that has served religion in the past in order to keep out radical memes, now only serves the purpose of concealing and ignoring the truth, and it must not be allowed to continue to poison the health of the H-Freak.
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