I am starting a new thread, because I do not want to be blamed as an alleged monster making fun of cripples and this accusation was getting out of the scope of the discussion about soulmates.  

I claim:  Every religious and other irrational belief and every behavior based upon such beliefs are so preposterous and ludicrous, that this justifies ridicule and making fun of it.   This is independent of who is afflicted with the irrationality and of the reasons to behave irrationally.   

This ridicule is principally justified by the irrationality.   Hurting the feelings of the misguided believers is not justified, so the ridiculing has to be restricted to be done in a way, that they do not know it.

I told about having been to Lourdes and discreetly having a good laughter about the weird spectacle of the irrational religious behaviors.    This does not imply laughing about the unfortunate and tragic situation of cripples and sick people.    They have my compassion and my sympathy.    

The evaluation of a person's situation and the evaluation of a person's method of coping with a situation are independent.   Compassion with a person's unfortunate situation does not require automatic respect for weird coping, no matter if the coping is the belief in a miracle at Lourdes or in homeopathy or any other woo-woo.   

The availability or lack of having a choice is the decisive difference:   Becoming sick and crippled is not a choice.   Making a fool of oneself by going to Lourdes is a choice.   It is this choice, that justifies the laughter.   

What about the Darwin award?   Are the people, who have invented it also monsters?   Does their laughing at weird ways of getting killed really preclude their having compassion with the dead persons and those grieving?   

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And Stilicho, the ardent Christian, burned the Sibylline books shortly before the decline of Rome accelerated greatly. According to the poet Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, all disasters which were to befall Rome was caused by this most Christian act. 

History seems to favor Roman paganism.

I see nothing Christian in Stilichos' career as commander of the Western Empires' army. And his destruction of the Sibylline books may just be siding with his Nicene friends.

The Darwin awards are an invaluable reminder that the circumstances of our deaths just may end up defining us.  They may very well have saved my life numerous times when, just as I seriously considered a very dangerous dare, I shuddered in fear of my last thought being the hilarious headline that would be my epitaph.

I see it as my duty to point out to fundies, at every given opportunity, that their grandchildren are very likely to look back on them with shame.  This cannot be done without pointing out the ludicrous nature of their delusions.  Even though I can't persuade the fundy that I'm ridiculing, the observation of that ridicule by other fundies very often curbs their eagerness to publicly defend their bizarre doctrines.

Shame them at every given turn!

That is a new angle of looking at the Darwin award, which has never occurred to me, because I recoil from any physically risky behavior without needing a reminder.  


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