Born into religion, remain in religion; average.
Born into religion, remove self from religion; learned.
Born with no religion, remain free of religion; lucky.
Born with no religion, join a religion; Idiot.

Basically, alright I get it if you're religious born and raised, that's what you grew up to believe, I don't like it, but it makes some sense.

If you grew up religious and decided you didn't agree with it, more props to you, you used your head. (Or maybe you're just rebelling to rebel, I can't get into all the details about every possible scenario.)

If you grew up without religion, you're lucky.

If you were lucky enough to be born without the brainwashing of religion, and then fell into some stupid guilt feeding religious trap, I have no sympathy for you.

Believe logic, not emotions. I'm sure we'd all love to have our sins washed away like they never happened, see all our friends and family when we've died, and live in our own little paradise. That's all it is though, something we'd like, not something to believe.

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Comment by Wesley on October 14, 2009 at 1:16am
I think religion in some part was born out of attachment to and for our loved ones. Its very hard to let them go. The greater the love the more it hurts when they are gone...... So we invent a place for them to go after they die... We know their body we have to invent an invisible body for them too. I don't think its just greed that creates the idea for imortality. We still desire their counsel, wisdom and support after they are gone. I can easily see 'part' of our religous roots coming from just such thoughts.
Comment by Shine on October 14, 2009 at 3:42pm
I think that many people in today's world fall into (or stay involved in) religion for the social group it provides. However, I think that majority of religious converts are struggling with some problem in life. In past times of widespread religious fervor such as medieval Europe, the severity of life due to constant conquests, incurable diseases, and rampant social injustice drove the masses to cling to the promise of a enjoyable afterlife. Many extremely devout people today are also suffering through something terrible, whether it be a degenrative disease, inconquerable poverty, addiction, or other oppressive circumstances. Modern life may be immensely better for the vast majority of us, but there are still people who struggle through horrible circumstances.

My point is that it is calamity that often drives previously nonreligous people into religion rather than an intellectual deficiency. While I agree that those who chose religion freely may seem the most egregious in their blind faith, I cannot withhold my sympathy as I do not know the circumstances which drove them to cling to irrationality. I cannot in good conscience fully condemn someone when I have not had to live their experiences.
Comment by Nix Manes on October 15, 2009 at 4:46am
Believe logic, not emotions.

This is not exactly on point, but interesting none-the-less. If you listen to a story from WNYC's Radiolab program called "Overcome By Emotion," there is a mention of a man who was debilitated by "logical" thinking. After this guy got a brain tumor removed, he could only act what he called "rationally." He ended up not even being able to buy a box of cereal in the supermarket because he kept making comparison after comparison between all the boxes, trying to determine which one was best. The path to tap into his brain's emotional centers was severed when the tumor was removed. The overall point being that we have to use emotion at some point in making decisions because some of the choices we make are impossible otherwise.

Just something interesting to consider.


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