yesterday was the national day of reason- for those who might have missed it. one of the yahoos- stewart or colbert- had on about atheism catching on in europe- colbert i think. been having interesting discussions around here about whether or not we need the IDEA of god so that we aren't too full of ourselves and arrogant- enough to destroy ourselves and the world. i wrote this great post in my head yesterday while sitting in the car waiting for my sister. sigh. it tied all of these things together and was entertaining at the same time. i can't remember it. so- you get the half baked ramblings of a chick who hasn't had her morning coffee yet- and is pooped from too much exercise. hey- any movement is alot for a couch potato. :)
my take on the whole thing is- and i am disclaiming right now (even though my one adviser keeps telling me i don't have to and shouldn't) that if you believe what you believe and don't hurt anyone else with it- groovy- i reserve the right to look askance at religious folks. i don't believe that an idea of god- even without belief- is necessary. i would hazard a guess that most of the world's religions have a lot more folks who 1) believe because they were brought up to; 2) believe because- hey let's err on the side of caution; 3) don't really believe but cling to the idea or 4) are zealots and try to force their beliefs on everyone. then there are the rest of us who believe whatever.
divajood put forth the stoic idea- idea without necessarily belief- because we are not all powerful and succumb to our own arrogance. i agree that we are not all powerful, and that as a species we are arrogant, cruel, hateful, etc. but i would also put forth that religion has been around for a few thousand years now. we have had the idea of many gods and 1 god and 'god in three persons- blessed trinity' and we are still arrogant, cruel, hateful, etc. as for needing the idea of god for comfort- that was brought up by someone recently- get a teddy bear. i mean really. it would at least be something tangible to hold and would listen as well as an alleged spirit in heaven somewhere where we can't see, hear, or touch.
if you believe and go to church or whatnot- and that's your bag- fine. besides, i love the constitution and it says you have a right to worship how you please- as do i. i will defend that right for you- as i would defend the proponents of the second amendment. just not for the same reasons as either.