Sunday, April 16, 2006

Consensus

Thanks to my-space.com I was just afforded the displeasure of reading a rather long and vainglorious affirmation of the insipid and shallow belief in a supernatural entity/force that was, in this case, referred to as *god*. It is my firm belief that such an affirmation, via my-space messaging no less, is a rather blatant display of theist-egoistic-insecurity. Yes, that seems to be a contradiction but so is every assertion and belief put forth by these individuals and so is every argument spent on behalf of such inane premises. I find that *egoistic-insecurity* covers the characteristic rather well actually; for the majority of these individuals, evangelicals and fundamentalists most especially, present themselves with egregious egoistic smugness and moral superiority but I always sense that deep within their essence there lies an insecurity and uncertainty that belies their false pretenses. Their sureness and composure seem to be nothing more than a weak attempt at hiding their true sense of uncertainty about the world and circumstances in which they live; an extreme form of self delusion and denial of the most important and relevant of issues – those of reality and existence.

I find it rather revealing that such individuals find solace and comfort in numbers. When ever you find that one is forced to resort to “consensus,” then one has nothing to back their argument with whatsoever. One is doing nothing more than pandering to the majority of individuals that “feel” or have “faith” in the very same, intellectually dishonest and inherently false, beliefs that they are straining so hard to vindicate and justify. I find such actions intellectually reprehensible, immoral and embarrassing.

11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I'll go ahead and burn you the new Ben Harper then, and we can decide later which other ones you want. Hopefully everything works out so I can go home for Tom's birthday.

I didn't believe him either, it took him forever trying to convince me & then I heard Zuma barking in the background.

JustinOther said...

Have you ever noticed that the biggest bully in school and the most insecure person are one in the same? Humans have a defense mechanism which will cause them to act the exact opposite of how they feel. Another example:

Quite often, those who are vociferously anti-gay harbor homosexual thoughts / feelings.

I'm not saying that this is the case with all, but it is a recurrent theme in life. We learn from an early age (in fact it is likely a survival instinct) not to show insecurity or weakness. We build walls around us to protect ourselves from being seen as weak. Organized religion can be one of those walls. "I find my strength in god" is one I hear a lot. Some may believe that, others likely subconsciously get their strength (build the wall) from (belief in) god.

JDHURF said...

justinother,

You made a good point with the school bully and the homophobes, I actually used the logic else where, good insight. Very relevant and insightful response, thank you for commenting!

Robb Pearson said...

hi jdhurf . . .

I very much enjoyed -- and thoroughly agreed with -- what you stated regarding religious fundamentalists: "Their sureness and composure seem to be nothing more than a weak attempt at hiding their true sense of uncertainty about the world and circumstances in which they live; an extreme form of self delusion and denial of the most important and relevant of issues – those of reality and existence."

On my own blog I recently wrote a piece highlighting much of the same sentiment. I'd give a summary here, but it's been such a long day and I'm wiped out. So it's easier if I just submit the link to the piece I wrote. Click here to read. (it starts off with an excerpt from a story in the Bible, but then I segway into a semi-humanist interpretation of it, per my own personal perspectives)

Enjoying your blog, by the way.

Be well.

ROBB

like a dirty french novel said...

Amen to that!

I don't quite understand the unnecessary desire to have blind faith in the subjective.

"One is doing nothing more than pandering to the majority of individuals that “feel” or have “faith” in the very same, intellectually dishonest and inherently false, beliefs that they are straining so hard to vindicate and justify." Well said.
I'm not sure I can find a proper justification for religion other than a tool of controlling the masses, impeding intellect and improvement and ensure continuous global unrest between the over-zealous.

Stardust said...

One is doing nothing more than pandering to the majority of individuals that “feel” or have “faith” in the very same, intellectually dishonest and inherently false, beliefs that they are straining so hard to vindicate and justify. I find such actions intellectually reprehensible, immoral and embarrassing.

I have been saying this often in my posts and comments on other atheist blogs. These people need numbers to validate their own beliefs. If they can get enough people to say they believe, then they can better pretend that their delusions are true. I think deep down most don't believe that a god exists, and is why the persecution complex so often kicks in when criticized even though christians are by far the majority in this country.

JDHURF said...

robb pearson,

I am glad that you both read and enjoyed my blog post and blog in general. As you can tell I have been neglectful of my blog for a while now and I have not yet visited your blog but I intend on doing so soon.

likeadirtyfrenchnovel,

I likewise do not understand the desire to have strong and unwavering *faith* in the subjective but there are many irrational behaviors witnessed throughout human nature that simply does not coincide with reason and rationality. I also see no legitimate reason for religion to exist, in many ways it is merely a tool used to console those with existential fear and foreboding of a material and random universe.

stardust,

I completely agree with you.



Thank you all for stopping by and commenting!

The Jewish Freak said...

Ditto for the religious bumper stickers.

Elizabeth said...

I'm glad you like the cds. I think his new one is probably my fav too, but I don't exactly have a fav. I'm glad you had a little concert in your car, that's the only way to do it!!!

elijeremiah said...

I read this and commented on it on MySpace, but I thought I'd also say here how much I enjoyed reading it. I agree 100%, and you're a talented writer.

Quote: "[Religion]is merely a tool used to console those with existential fear and foreboding of a material and random universe."

What an awesome quote!!

I also agree with justinother's remarks about homophobic people harboring gay feelings themselves.

elijeremiah said...

That should read "many homophobic people", so as not to imply all of them.