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As the source for all beings is OMNISCIENCE, we must understand that if we TAP this source effectively then accomplishing our goals is a definite. Always think with a CLEAR HEAD and never navigate through your EMOTIONS! Don't cloud your movements! Breathe Life and Love Daily! with +Cheryl Clarke 
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"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?"
-- Epicurus, 341 BCE - circa 270 BCE

#religion #atheism #antitheism  
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Something I posted elsewhere, but felt like sharing here:

Are believers unwitting sociopaths by virtue of doctrine?

Pardon the hyperbolic language, but I can't really think of a better way to put it that still accurately conveys the point; the natural conclusion of the doctrine of many religions (notably Christianity and Islam) is such that the vast majority of humanity would be condemned to eternal damnation, whereas the "saved" would be ostensibly living in blissful paradise at the right hand of their respective god(s). What kind of person would be OK with this? How could someone live for eternity in bliss knowing that most people to have ever existed are suffering endless torment, the majority of whom are guilty of nothing other than having never been exposed to the religion?

To clarify, I don't believe that people who are religious are suffering from a neurological or psychological disorder -- I don't think religion literally makes someone a sociopath. My question is really about the disconnect of empathy, hence my use of the term.

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That could be one aspect. But more notably, Statism is generally drilled into kids' heads by indoctrination methods in State schools, and the violence inherent in the system (Monty Python reference duly noted) is ignored.

As long as you follow the rules, you can benefit. This benefit must necessarily be at the expense of others, but the winners don't need to feel bad because they earned their reward and the ones who suffer deserve it for not being obedient.

The 'empathy disconnect' is cognitive dissonance, as the people who support these systems can be very good at heart, but a) they have been indoctrinated to not see the downsides, and b) when forced to see the downside, they have been given quick and easy response that resolves the cognitive dissonance discomfort, such as 'they deserve it because they didn't follow the rules.'

Above all else, both religion and government posit the existence of a righteous authority that exists outside of each individual, and this supernatural belief creates places for regular human beings to occupy and aggregate power, and the more power, the worse the type of person attracted to the position.

Both utilize the 'all good people follow the rules that the good authority dictates' indoctrination.
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"The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth."

"Man does not become man, nor does he achieve awareness or realization of his humanity, other than in society and in the collective movement of the whole society; he only shakes off the yoke of internal nature through collective or social labor... and without his material emancipation there can be no intellectual or moral emancipation for anyone... man in isolation can have no awareness of his liberty. Being free for man means being acknowledged, considered and treated as such by another man, and by all the men around him. Liberty is therefore a feature not of isolation but of interaction, not of exclusion but rather of connection... I myself am human and free only to the extent that I acknowledge the humanity and liberty of all my fellows... I am properly free when all the men and women about me are equally free. Far from being a limitation or a denial of my liberty, the liberty of another is its necessary condition and confirmation.

"The freedom of all is essential to my freedom."

- Mikhail Bakunin


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