Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Posted by Zek J. Evets at 12:01 AM
I'm thinking there's a secret organization of uber-intelligentsia who participate in clandestine meetings debating the nature of religion and how it reflects on the collective IQ of humanity.
And they call it!
Seriously, I was in class a few days ago when someone was talking about indigenous cultures and their religion. Somehow the person managed to get off-topic into some random statement about how, "I personally think anyone who believes in God is an idiot."
Only in San Francisco would this not incite a full-scale riot. As it was, a massive debate did ensue, and I surprised myself with this trinket of wisdom inspired by Søren Kierkegaard, "How is it more foolish to believe in something than to believe in nothing? Can we not just agree to our differences? Or does the religion of nonreligion require unanimous consent? Some people believe in God, and are still, magically, intelligent. Get over it."
The most shocking part about this is that I'm not actually sure if I believe in God! Despite being raised as a Jew, both culturally and religiously, I find myself unable to fully believe, to maintain the depth of faith required in these modern times. (For more information, please see my post: [A religious conversation at Union Square])
But whatever. It was more than pleasant to rub a well-crafted argument in the face of self-righteous pricks. My face still grins in pure smug-infused joy at the memory.
However, this is beside the point. The point is that as much as I am for the religion against religions, I am also incapable of refusing to believe in... something. Be it God, Allah, Jesus H Christ, or Shiva The Destroyer of Worlds.
It seems like too often we merely replace one form of intolerance for another. First religions persecuted heretics, then heretics became established religions which began persecuting yet others who believed differently. Now we've come full circle where those who claim no religion actively disparage those who do. It seems that all hierarchies are overturned through the inexorable march of time, even the most well-entrenched...
For me though, I just don't like the condescension. Maybe God exists, maybe God doesn't exist. Does it matter? Only if you let what you believe affect how you act towards others, in which case you're a damn hypocrite. Whether your faith is in Buddy Jesus or Science, religion is religion, and it shouldn't make you -- or keep you from being -- a good person.
As it stands, I'm still uncertain about God. And if she exists she'll just have to get used to it.
**Author's Note: I do not really believe that Atheists want to eat babies, or condone cannibalism in any form. Also, I don't really give a shit what religion you are, just as long as you don't eat my babies... because I'm hungry!***