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What Rational Inconsistencies Tell Us About Belief Systems

January 31, 2012 9 comments

As many of you know- I don’t see any real difference between faith in traditional religions, so-called cults and quasi-religions and secular religions. All belief systems which rely on the unquestioning faith of its followers are scams perpetrated for the benefit of a few at a massive cost to many.

But have you ever wondered- What does the willingness of true believers to actually believe in utter and obvious bullshit say about them?

Some of you might counter by saying that most people are dumb and while that may be true- it is inadequate to explain the sheer amount of bullshit most believers readily accept. Let me illustrate my point with a few examples-

1. Let us look at the Judeo-Christian creation myth, specifically the intersection of sexual morality in that strain of monotheism and the story of Adam and Eve. Now since Adam and Eve were supposedly the only human couple on earth, wouldn’t any grandkids come through incest between Eve and her murdering son or another son, or the murdering son or another one fucking one or more of the sisters, or through Adam knocking up his daughters?

Now you would think that this rather big problem in the myth would have been obvious to pretty much the first average guy who heard it- but how many people talk about this issue at any length? Isn’t it odd that this story was retained in the myths of three major religions given the excessive obsession of monotheistic Judeo-Christian with shaming anything that falls outside a very narrow spectrum of behavior?

I mean, couldn’t the priests have made up the story such that their god created a few hundred couples? If you are an omnipotent god who can create the universe, what is the trouble with knocking out a few more Adams and Eves while the creation machine is on?

2. Now I will turn my attention to a popular secular religion known as environmentalism. While this belief system has many similarities to Catholicism as other have previously pointed out- it has one peculiarity that sets if apart from traditional religions.

Environmentalism central, but rarely expressed, dogma is- people are bad and must die. While I am very misanthropic and would like to see people die, I do not try to makeup cover stories about saving the world to justify my misanthropic thoughts. To me- it is about revenge and schadenfreude.

Environmentalists on the other hand have an incessant need to make up cover stories to justify their carefully hidden misanthropy. They just have to oppose and try to play spoilsport about anything that might make the lives of someone else better. While the target of their self-righteous fraud covers a spectrum of things from an increase in atmospheric CO2, automobile use, building cities or building factories- the overall narrative is the same. It goes like this- “Doing this will cause horrible problems and kill people”. It is most peculiar that environmentalists are particularly upset when that activity will increase the living standard of non-white people.

They somehow don’t see the hypocrisy of talking about environmentally friendly bullshit when they themselves live in and benefit from very “environmentally unfriendly” systems. But are they really that stupid?

What do you think? Comments?