FPQ29: Holy Crap

Fandango provocatively asks…

“Do you agree with Thomas Jefferson that it doesn’t matter or hurt you if people believe in many gods, in one god, or no gods? Why or why not?”

Yes, I agree with him. Beliefs don’t hurt me, or anyone else. Actions (including speech) are what hurt people. Until we devise a mechanism whereby our thoughts can travel through the air and zap people with sensations of pain, or create a situation of libel, loss of income, etc. we’re safe from rays emanating out of people’s beliefs in the supernatural or whatever.

Now, I know people are gonna say, but but but… folks take direct actions based upon their beliefs in god/s. Do they really? How can we prove this? I think that people do what they want and then justify it with a belief system, or sometimes they don’t even bother. This is why we find so many cases of blatant hypocrisy and inconsistency ~ it’s because people are doing as they please, as people have always done and always will do, and then trying to cobble together some coherent rationale for their actions after the fact.

It’s not their belief in god/s that caused the problem. It’s their behavior.

10 responses to “FPQ29: Holy Crap

  1. One’s beliefs always affect his actions. It’s none of my business whether people believe in God, or something else

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  2. Especially when their action is to legislate their beliefs into laws, thus attempting to impose their religious beliefs and will upon what was intended to be a secular society.

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  3. I like your take on this, Paula! People also do stuff in spite of their religion. People do stuff in spite of their morals. The religious have not cornered the market on human frailty. But this is why we have things like mercy and forgiveness: We know we screw up.

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  4. I’m not convinced anyone truly believes in gods anyway. The concept helps compartmentalize their relationship with their spiritual consciousness, and the various myth cycles distract them from knowing themselves, and off they go, passing the tribal knowledge along to the next generation and never really making sense of it all.

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