brainwashed

I remember my mother telling this story to her friends.

“When Marvin was very young, I didn’t cut his hair, and it got long, curly, and blond, and when we would ride the bus, many times we had to stand in the aisle.

“That put Marvin close to a sitting passenger, and occasionally, a person would smile at him and say ‘Little girl, where did you get such beautiful blue eyes?’ And Marvin would answer slowly ’God gave ‘um to me.’”

I didn’t know it at that time that I didn’t have a chance to choose what I thought was truth: I was already brainwashed. It seemed adults were right about everything.

Children believe what adults tell them as being true, specially when their care givers are faithful to what they believe is true.

I loved my dear mother and how she cared for me. I was lucky to be her child.

In the early 1990s, a good friend, who lived in Australia, out of the blue, recommended I read The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins.

I read it and relaxed because it gave me more than enough reasons to ignore the magical idea of original sin and gave me the reasons why there was no need for a creator-God.

Understanding why a God was not needed to create the earth and its inhabitants sets us free from magical characters full of magical ideas and happenings.

All that was needed was a Big Bang and a lot of time.

Richard Dawkins, thank you.

Also, The Blind Watchmaker makes it easy to conclude this life is the only life we’re going to have. It’s up to all of the plants and creatures to figure out ways to enjoy it.

Was there a God responsible for the Big Bang? Anyone has a fifty percent chance of being right when answering this yes or no question.

I feel the odds of a supreme God being real as depicted in the Bible wishful thinking. Yet, I can’t know for sure, so I’ll go with the odds real magic doesn’t exist and put my faith in nature and science.

not knowing for sure

Is it that no one can prove or disprove there’s a punitive and loving God who knows all and keeps records of every thought, word, and act of every human?

Is the possibility of such a god rewarding those who believe in it with eternal joy in a heaven and punishing all of those who did not believe in it with eternal torture and will even torture forever those who never had the opportunity to know about its story of repentance and redemption a dramatic and compelling story? It really is. An eternity of pleasure or pain, what will it be earthling?

What is more likely to be real, an all-powerful and all-knowing God who is loving and punitive toward its creations, or is this just another story built of the words of a made-up god which was created by humans in order to band people together and to give power to the folks who created the god-story and to make these creators the natural leaders of this band of believers?

So, what should a person think?

Since both extremes (“There is a God” and “There is no God”) are beliefs and cannot be checked out to find what is the case, is it that both of these beliefs must have some amount of faith to maintain the beliefs?

If so, does this make atheism a type of religious belief, but one without the religious trappings?

Is this where agnosticism (the idea that nothing is known or can be known about any supernatural entity’s existence or nonexistence) is a more logical stance for those not able to know for sure about a god’s existence or non-existence?

Is living a life of not knowing for sure when it comes to something which cannot be known for sure a logical and desirable place for observation?

Is the best thing about agnostic thought not having to convince others they are wrong or right concerning God’s existence or defend anything concerning religion?

 

be persuaded

Is it that we can be persuaded more easily by listening to a story than by being told why something should be believed or is right?

Is this because we are naturally more open to narration than we are to argument and opinion? Is this why stories are so popular among preachers, politicians, teachers, and writers?

Are all four sellers? If so, are all selling nothing but ideas?