"Reason should be destroyed in all Christians" -- Martin Luther
"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He must approve of the homage of Reason rather than that of blindfold fear." -- Thomas Jefferson
[this post is pretty much aimed at one particular person, who will likely never read it. So why bother? Just needs vent... Sorry if the shoe size matches your'n, too.]
Got a little asschap yesterday from watching the reaction of a person who found out I see things a bit differently than they do.
What a pitiful sight, to see an otherwise (nearly) rational human being stand there, mind closed, shaking their head and smiling condescendingly, as if only they have the answers, as if only their way is right.
My beliefs have root in months' worth of cumulative hours of contemplation, meditation, and examination, concentrating on comparative aspects both general and specific.
Yours? Someone Said. Pre-packaged and forcibly spoon-fed to you since infancy, not only was your "belief " programmed in, but you were also brainwashed to shut out even the POSSIBILITY of entertaining another thought-line.
Mine are backed by more science, philosophy, and intelligentsia than yours ever had or have hope of attracting.
Mine may be wholly metaphysical. Yours are totally irrational, shallow and downright nonsensical when taken literally. (Were it taught symbolically, mystically, or qaballistically I might be one of its most ardent students.)
Yet you stand there shaking your head, saddened that--what? That you don't think for me? That I don't see only what you would have me? That I broke mold and set forth on tangential thoughts of my own?
You've never even come CLOSE to allowing yourself a glimpse of an idea that might deepen, broaden, and solidify your own faith, let alone an ulter one.
I imagine you walked away shaking that dormant grey matter inside it's arid casing bobbing above your shoulders. I'd already turned my head away-- so see, I AM like you, because NOW I'LL NEVER KNOW!!!
Sorry, but if you've never given credence to questioning your dogma-- no matter what it is (Kraft is better than Hellman's; God has a penis; orange juice is panacea)-- then I hold no regard for your stance. That doesn't necessarily mean for the belief in and of itself, just for your blind, unquestioning, maniacal adherence to it.
Well, I feel better now, folks!
Unidentified tintype, ca 1850s
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