What makes the "hardcore" religious so... "hard headed"?
I remember not too long ago watching a news clip that showed two people talking about political parties. No matter how one of them tried to proclaim that either party can be wrong at any time and asked if the other person would side with the right party if the time came, the other kept saying that she would never change her party affiliation, she is a democrat and will be a democrat never a republican.
And i thought....
Hey, that sounds like religion!
What is this mindset?
And why so strong?
This mindset can be considered as Pride:
# a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
# satisfaction with your (or another's) achievements; "he takes pride in his son's success"
# the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
# a group of lions
# be proud of; "He prides himself on making it into law school"
# unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)
With pride comes intentional "blindness". A pride in ones country shows how they support the country's views and actions, but are those views and actions right? One can support them but that does not make them the right views towards certain goals, like a global goal of being humane and the idea of "peace". The same with Religion, and Party Affiliation. What once used to be a source of morals and hope, now has become a clan in the fight for "I am right and you are wrong".
That must be why pride is a philosophical deadly sin.