it’s the fear, the fear of the dark

Look, I’m probably one of the least qualified people to talk about this, considering that I hide the fact that I’m a pagan under the catch-all term ‘free thinker’, in the sense that I’m free to think whatever I choose to. Also, I’m super incoherent these days from work crap, and everything is just my own opinion, so getting insulted and butthurt only hurts your own butt >.>

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
– Karl Marx

I’m not saying that religion is bad, and honestly, it’s easy enough to replace ‘religion’ with any other societal issues these days. You can just as easily substitute ‘religion’ with ‘consumerism/materialism’, heck you could put ‘pop music’ in the equation if you wanted to. For instance, ‘pop music’ is the opium of the people – in the sense that we idolise too quickly, putting celebrities on pedestals and eating up all the tabloids, we love catchy, brainless tunes with stupid pointless lyrics and addictive hooks. Similarly, we can say ‘consumerism’ is the opium of the people – look at the masses of people slaving away at jobs just to buy the newest fads, queue for hours to buy the newest iPhone, falling in debt just to fuel their desires for material goods.

Religion can be great; people do selfless things in the name of their deities, putting in hours and energy into charity work. Hopefully out of the goodness of their hearts, and not trying to buy their way into the afterlife, but who can judge another person’s soul? (That is Ma’at’s role in the underworld, not ours.)

Because what happens when we start judging? We forget that we are mere mortals and think we are worthy enough to mete out punishments and play judge even though we have no right to act as some sort of moral authority. Sure, we can guide and influence, but punish? Really? Let those without sin cast the first stone, and all that jazz. We’re sinful creatures, let’s face it. Sure, you may not have committed any crime, no lies has ever passed your lips, but is your mind pure and innocent? I highly doubt that. I mean, I’m just a normal person, and damn, my mind is one dark place. It’s like Bane saying ‘you think the darkness is your ally, but you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it.’

Religion has been warped by so many different individuals, turning something that is meant to uplift into a tool of malice. Isn’t that just cowardly? Hiding behind the shield of ‘religion’ to carry out your base desires, to pretend to know what your deity wants. What deity commands their followers to stain their hands with blood? (Probably the Old Testament God, considering how merciless he is when he decides to wipe the entire world and chooses to save only Noah and his family, plus two of every animals, because wtf, what did the animals do, that you had to kill all of them except 2 just to carry on the species? Like, dude, you’re an omnipotent deity, why not do as what Zeus does, just smite the crappy people with lightning bolts? Sure, that would take forever, but maaaan, what is time when you have all the time in the universe.)

I blame organized religion because individually, we are all fine, our logical capabilities are working on point, but put a bunch of people in a group? Collective IQ goes down the drain.

Research led by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that small-group dynamics — such as jury deliberations, collective bargaining sessions, and cocktail parties — can alter the expression of IQ in some susceptible people. “You may joke about how committee meetings make you feel brain dead, but our findings suggest that they may make you act brain dead as well,” said Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, who led the study.

“We started with individuals who were matched for their IQ,” said Montague. “Yet when we placed them in small groups, ranked their performance on cognitive tasks against their peers, and broadcast those rankings to them, we saw dramatic drops in the ability of some study subjects to solve problems. The social feedback had a significant effect.”

And you know how some people are just charismatic and great at oratorical skills, and they have immense influence on people and their way of thinking, which is one reason why Hitler was so popular back in the days, before he went around mass murdering people just because they were different from his ideals. Like, fuck, what’s wrong with having diversity? Inbreeding only causes more IQ drops, didn’t you take science, Hitler?! Or were you too busy doodling lackluster scenery during science classes?

I think part of my incoherency here stems from the fact that I have a lot of feelings on this matter. I’m hardly an impartial party here. How can I be, when I base my life around the notion of ‘live and let live’, and yet so many times, people won’t leave other people alone? Why must you disagree with people through violent methods? What’s wrong with beating people at their own game? That would make defeat even sweeter, wouldn’t it? Like, ‘hah, you think you’re good at this? Well, I’m better’.

People created religious inventions
To give their lives a glimmer of hope
And to ease their fear of dying
And people created religious intentions
Only to feel superior and to have a license to kill

People created religious inventions
To give their lives a glimmer of hope
And to ease their fear of dying
And people created religious ascensions
To subject the others and to enslave, just to further enrich themselves


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