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Absolute certainty

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Although I'm an atheist, I prefer to think of myself as an agnostic fundamentalist. In other words, I don't know, I don't think anyone else knows either, and anyone who disagrees with me is a filthy infidel swine. I'm sorry about that last bit, but apparently those are the rules. Of course it's fun to speculate, and it's been human nature ever since the first caveman watched an eagle soaring above the clouds, and thought to himself, "I wonder what that tastes like. That might be nice with potatoes and gravy." We've always speculated about what might lie beyond the stars, an activity not unlike theology, only without all the cast iron certainties. And it's fun to speculate about the big questions, like the meaning of life, because you never know, somebody might actually come up with the answer. So far, nobody has, which would explain why there are so many expert opinions on the subject. But there's just something about human beings when it comes to the unknown, that we don't seem able to just wonder about something and speculate creatively, maybe have a bit of fun with it. No, not us. Instead, we like to decide beyond all possible doubt without a single shred of evidence. We prefer to nail our colours to the mast before we even know if there's a ship attached to it. And often we'll defend that position to the death. Now, if that doesn't qualify as serious mental illness I would love to be briefed on what exactly does qualify, and why. It's unfortunate that many people on this planet seem to believe the very first thing they're told, and stick with it for the rest of their life. Not only does it remain unexamined, but any attempt to challenge it is taken as a grievous insult. Clearly those early few months and years of life are a very sensitive time, and whatever ideas are imprinted into the soft putty of the unformed mind at that stage stay there pretty much forever. And yet, for some reason, here in the civilised world it's still perfectly legal for us to indoctrinate our children with the most hateful and divisive absurdities it's possible to imagine. And imagine them we have, creating in them not young vibrant healthy inquiring minds, but rather stunted little freakish bonsai minds that are no use to anyone but a bloodsucking preacher. We not only allow this abuse, we actively encourage it. We throw public money at it, when we'd be better off subsidising the tobacco industry because that does less harm. At least cigarettes carry a health warning. How about a mental health warning on the holy scriptures? Especially now that, for the first time since the middle ages, faith and politics go together like sex and violence, only this time space age weapons are controlled by stone age minds, and right now, especially in the Middle East, things are shaping up quite nicely to blow us all to kingdom come. Except that no kingdom is going to come, because this is the kingdom, it has already come, and we're already living the dream. Religion knows this, but it doesn't want us to know it because then it would no longer have any reason to exist. So instead, it seeks to place itself, to position itself between us and our experience, a self-appointed filter. A parasite. Now, maybe that's OK with you. Maybe you're fine with that, because maybe you don't want experience. Maybe you prefer dreams. Maybe you want your head to go to that special place where God wreaks vengeance on anyone whose lifestyle you don't personally happen to approve of, and where Jesus strokes you like a puppy dog. Well, if that's the case then you might as well take drugs, because you're already on the most dangerous drug there is. Absolute certainty is a drug that can make people do the strangest things. It's the devil's drug, and you don't want to be around anyone who's on that stuff, because they're no longer in control. You can see it in their eyes. The drug is controlling them, so that suddenly no action is too callous, or too spiteful, or too cruel to be justified. And if you get hooked on it, and if you keep taking it, you too could wake up one day so full of righteousness that suddenly the only thing that makes sense to you any more is somebody else's death. And you'll realise that your mind is no longer your best friend. So if somebody offers you absolute certainty, they're going to make it sound attractive, and you will be tempted, but just say no. Your mind, and your children's minds, will thank you for it, and that really is an absolute certainty. Peace.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 16 seconds
Country: UK
Language: English
Producer: www.patcondell.net
Director: Pat Condell
Views: 1,783
Posted by: patcondell on Sep 30, 2007

Recorded April 13th 2007.

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