On 04 Jan 2014, at 02:44, Chris de Morsella wrote:
Exactly – the comforting fairy tale wins out every time, because it
can say whatever it wants – after all who is checking lol -- and so
can be customized and tweaked until it provides that culturally
tuned comforting warm blanket of – essentially unquestioned --
spiritual foundationalism. People seek easy pat “answers” to the
hard questions… and really who can blame them.
Getting the comfortable framework in place supplies them with their
pre-made answers and so solves the evolutionary problem posed by
self-awareness, and the ensuing awareness of one’s own inevitable
demise…. And the attendant psychological paralysis that opening this
recursion of questions leading to deeper questions poses for the
individual who may at any moment become lion food on the Savanna.
Best to get an easy pat “answer” that addresses the dilemma and
provides a comforting happy tale for the individual who can then
focus on the day to day business of actually surviving another day.
Much easier instead to market the self-contained doctrine that side
steps all the mess of actually trying to work it out replacing the
blood sweat and tears of actual enquiry with some divinely inspired
story/book, which one questions at peril of life and limb (at least
in much of human history).
I would not say that it is ok;
it is the way things seem to play out, but I for one do not think
this is Ok… and I realize you were not assigning any value to the
I am just OK with your description/conclusion. It does not mean I am
OK with them at all, 'course.
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