Most people tend to avoid discussing personal beliefs. I think that’s usually a smart move, since most (religious) people tend to misinterpret a non believers direction of understanding and probably launch some kind of jihad or crusade in the process. Of course, I might be overgeneralizing things here, I have friends and close ones who are particularly deep rooted into their belief. They still haven’t gone bananas over my own set of ideals, especially when I ask a lot of question about their own beliefs but that’s probably the way to go.
What I have become extremely tired of recently is the constant preaching of dogmatic beliefs from religious groups in the hope that my soul can be saved from eternal damnation and that I can join them in paradise. I’m sorry, but if heaven will be populated with people like them, I’d rather risk eternal damnation and hope that there is an after dinner party I can enjoy after the ride is over. It was never the religion that turned me off from my own, it was always the people that occupy it that gets on my nerves.
Has anyone ever had the Jehovah Witness, Mormons or even Seventh Day Adventist come up to you and try and sell you their brand of belief? Ever find that extremely annoying? So much so you’d give a wide berth to them like they carry a combination of the plague, leprosy and Ebola all at once. Usually if they came to my door, I’d make some snarky comment half naked with my bath robe open going on about how I’m about to start a ritual sacrifice and they could join in and help if they want. I think I’m officially on their “not to be visited” list because they haven’t come knocking on my door in a long time.
The thing is, you can always avoid people like this in real life. All you have to do is keep a wide berth with your eyes close and your fingers in your ears going “Mmmmmm, I can’t hear you. Mmmmm.” and they would usually take the hint. At least until you walk into a tree or fall down an open manhole because you had your eyes closed and hand over your ears, then they swarm over you claiming their God would prevent things like that from happening to you. Why did you think I was doing that in the first place? It’s your God’s fault that happened.
On the other hand, what you cannot avoid is when people like that in real life start appearing online. First up, I’m all for freedom of speech. Of course, when you start putting freedom of speech together with hardcore believers, what you get is the classic “I have the freedom to say what I want and you should do and whoever doesn’t agree with my point of view can just sod off, shut up while I think of ways to launch a crusade on your ass”. So much for freedom of speech there.
Second of all, when two beliefs start dishing out against each other, other people get drawn to it for some reason. Maybe because it’ll always be staring at us in the face and there is no real way we can avoid it by closing your eyes and humming. We tried that in World War II and the Israeli/Palestine conflict and they don’t seem to be taking the hint. So what happens? Perfectly reasonable people with better things to do get drawn into saying what they think should be done to resolve the problem…leading up to the first point. It’s one thing to lambaste each other until you’re happy with the outcome, but don’t pull other people into your little “Religious Rumble”.
Third of all and most importantly is the dissemination of information that would otherwise be based purely on the abstract perception of written words and cultural hierarchy. In simpler words, no one knows for sure that whatever was said is really true. You may say that whatever was written in the Bible, Quran or Torah is true, but if you’re going to give the circular reasoning that it’s true because God said it’s true and that’s written in your holy text, you’ve got another thing coming.
So what we have are sites like this about how their religion is good and how perfectly reasonable their abstract dogmatic laws are. More likely than not, this would go back to the second point which would go back to the first point and leave people like me suffering from a headache because we still have to sift through the muck to find something worth reading. It never ends.
Personally, I’m tired of all this religious preaching. This loony business to take a subjective belief and make it your world has given the real world more grief and headaches than I can name. What I can only hope is that overly religious zealots would start wiping each other out because their belief differ while people like me replace the current curriculum in schools to exclude God from the subjects and replace something much more substantial…like evolution, so that future generations don’t have to suffer their life by running into trees because they closed their eyes and hummed loudly whenever evangelistic preachers are around. Of course, that would be an ideal world where no one takes each others beliefs so seriously.
Unfortunately this isn’t an ideal world. Oh well. Mmmmmmmm…