“Human beings by their very nature are worshipers. Worship is not something we do; it defines who we are. You cannot divide human beings into those who worship and those who don’t. Everybody worships; it’s just a matter of what, or whom, we serve.”
-Paul David Trip
How rude of me, to not even get you acquainted with the name of this blog “Death to Fanatics.” With great pride I can say I came up with the phrase (all by myself, mummy) and if you hadn’t noticed already, it is an oxymoron. Death to _____ is a common saying among fanatics, whether it be directed at witches, traitors, heretics or any sort of unfavourable groups. I find the phrase interesting because I believe it capture the essence of the ironic atheist movement that has sweeping across the world and is a social norm among many online communities. Why it is it ironic? I believe this because the religious fervour that some atheist go to the efforts of calling all people with religious beliefs ignorant, it is almost like fanatics calling for the Death To Fanatics.
Just like how the much hated zealots of Christianity quote the word of God from the Bible, so do the zealots of atheism quote the word of Richard Dawkins (he may as well be God to them) from the God Delusion. Just to get this out of the way I should probably mention that I myself am a agnostic which is basically the closest religious statues of not caring. In my opinion, people will always need to have religion, almost of these fanatical atheist are white and live in a first world country. You don’t need faith in that position, but if you are a low income farmer with a family to feed, you absolutely have a right to pray for a better harvest that year. Just because you don’t have any need for faith because your food and shelter have been guaranteed your whole life doesn’t mean that gives the mental stability and spiritual scaffolding from those that are less fortunate than you. Yes, I know that they’re are plenty of overzealous god-fearing men and women in suburbia, this fact still doesn’t give you the right to be an arrogant wanker with a superiority complex… two wrongs don’t make a right. Overall the most ironic thing is that there are respectful, friendly atheists and Christians who get along, unfortunately you only hear of the bad and not of the good. One both sides of this conflict their are a few bad apples, and we shouldn’t let them ruin the barrel.
“If you worship money and things — if they are where you tap real meaning in life — then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already — it’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story. The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness. Worship power — you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart — you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on.”
-David Foster Wallace
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