This situation is not a first in history, yet it is definitely one where civilians are exposed to a lot more information than before.
The fact is that, this “wobbliness” is true across the chessboard, occupying the economic; politic/defence; demographic; education; health and religion squares. I defy the best minds (objective, rather than allegiant) to work out the best strategic play out of this one…
This post is, in fact, a short reflexion on one of those cells: Religion/Faith.
• Atheists are compelled to “help” civilians out of their belief systems.
• Psychologists are bending over backwards to attempt to explain the need humans have for Faith and belief in a higher power.
• Notable scientists, both monotheist believers (Christian, Islamic, etc…) and non monotheist believers (Agnostics, Atheists, Wiccans, of-no-specific-denomination, etc…) are beginning to mind the impact their advances have on civic stability.
• Religion, excepting fanatics, keeps mostly quiet and minds its own business.
In all cases, it is my personal opinion, that the unprecedented strategic move here would be to attempt an unbiased, objective, balanced debate to reach consensus. Nothing short of a miracle.
Prominent scientific and religious figures have attempted this in the recent past, only to see their efforts thwarted by a few fanatic Atheists whom, let’s face it, have always known better than all of us put together.
As Atheists go, there is one in particular that calls Agnostics: “fence sitters” _referring to their tactful and diplomatic stance_ because they are neutral enough to let others make their own belief-choice.
As Knights on a chessboard do, mainstream Atheists are excellent at dropping dung-bombs on a square and jumping in unintuitive angles to avoid having to “pick it up”. They are known to jump in awkward angles to both:
• undo the work organised beliefs have done during centuries to maintain social order and;
• avoid the consequences.
All disciplines seem to lack communication and emotional intelligence skills. Yet Atheists, mainstream ones in particular, are doing more damage than the current global situation can realistically take.
There are publications, which in many cases, have helped me put things in perspective. This one by Hume is an obvious classic: http://amzn.to/T6kDYZ.
To our relief, the game depends on much more than these few _somewhat self-serving_ mouthies so it is with hope that we still manage to organise ourselves to support each other in this economic crisis. In fact, there are a few Atheists I know who would serve as an example to most of us in this respect. Mostly because they are able to self-govern in ways that even organised religions would struggle with.
They also happen to be very aware of the emotional needs of those around them, gracefully honouring their own lack of belief in a higher power.
If you are an Atheist I would very much welcome your thoughts yet please avoid the “I know best” format. Please mind everyone else’s preferences and the bigger picture.
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