A people is not a transitory sum of individuals. It is not a chance aggregate. It is a reunion of inheritors of a specific fraction of human history, who, on the basis of the sense of common adherence, develop the will to pursue their own history and give themselves a common destiny.
While we’ve no evidence that this has happened to Man before – the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1–9) is lore, not evidence – the Science-Religion Cycle both makes sense and is something of a favorite with both futurists and science-fiction writers. Frankly, I find it quite plausible.
Either your beliefs matter or they don’t. Do your beliefs matter? Or are you one of many, many, many sorts who claim beliefs but stay silenced by the fears of opprobrium? If you’re the latter what does that say about you?
Or, maybe it says more about your beliefs – not the content thereof, but your actual understanding of them. Maybe you don’t really believe in what you think you do. Maybe, that belief or yours is just a convenient placeholder and placard for what you really believe.
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I know it’s hard to believe, but a Democrat – a quite progressive one for the time – once said this:
At the heart of that Western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man, the child of God, is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any Western society.
— Robert F. Kennedy
Yes, Robert Kennedy said this during his 1966 address to the students and faculty of he University of Capetown, South Africa. Of course, this was just a few weeks shy of 50 years ago and in the intervening decades the Democrats and their Liberal and Progressive adherents have degenerated to the point where the very mention of God or religion – except to deny the former and lambast the latter – is anathema to them.
No, no longer could or would a Democrat describe Man as the child of God.
So too during the Left’s fall from vestiges of Americanism it once had, did they decide to revile most forms of mention of the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings, demanding instead a collective ethical consciousness that places non-sexual individual liberty subservient to both the State and the collective.
Much of life and almost all of geopolitics and diplomacy is based upon faith. The actors involved has to believe that others will hold at least somewhat true to their word. The question, sometimes an existential question, is how much can one rationally believe.
Which Is Easier To Believe In?
Well, which is easier to believe in, that the Ayatollahs ruling Iran will allow their semi-secular puppet government that we’re negotiating a nuclear deal with to abide by their word to “The Great Satan” or the Easter Bunny?
Of course, Obama says, “If Iran cheats, the world will know it.” In this, I think the boy is right though, himself, less than truthful through misdirection and omission.
If Iran Cheats, The World Will Know It
Yeah, If Iran cheats, the world will know it…when Hamas, Hezbollah, or some other Iranian proxy detonates a nuclear weapon in Tel Aviv. And that, Ladies, Gentleman, and any of you Libtards who might be reading this, is far, far easier to believe in than either the Ayatollahs’ honor or the Easter Bunny.
Believing in God(s) is crazy! Just ask any Atheist; they’ll be happy to tell you that doing is contrary to all reason and logic. Their science has the universe explained and doesn’t rely on some “Magical Sky Daddy” for it’s creation.
Yeah…And Believing In God(s) Is Crazy?
Yep. The Godless are all about science, reason, and logic – except when they throw out every law of physics currently described by Man in order to explain the creation of the universe. Then they take the absence of God(s) on faith and brook no heresy.
And really? Multiple toroidal dimensions – I think the last count was 11 in order to make their math work – and intersections of dimensional membranes? Really? How is that more than pushing the question back another layer or two instead of answering it?
Reams and reams of paper filled with equations, all predicated upon a particle (graviton) that they can’t even find the other particle (Higgs-Boson) that they think might allow them to eventually figure out to find it, are supposed to be more reason-based and logical than, “So mote it be!”
And Theists are supposedly the crazy ones. 😉
Explaining Atheism is easy; it’s the absolute faith in Nothing. In the old days we simply described it as Nihilism and, if and when their anomie grew problematical, sent them to sanitariums where they could do no harm.