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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-31-08 03:38 PM
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44. They accept their ignorance, whereas religion is the ultimate hubris
Belief is based on a cocksure claim of understanding beyond question what's going on out there. To dismiss people who at least admit their limited understanding and continually strive to know more is tiresome silliness. From this ridiculous worldview, certainty without proof and conservative unwillingness to accept doubt are somehow infinitely superior to the humble and orderly attempt to figure things out and live with uncertainty while keeping an open mind.

The mind reels at the elaborate and self-congratulatory mental contortions people use to depict fear and rigid ignorance as somehow ethically superior to evolving rational thought.

Sure, there are asshole non-believers, but there are plenty of asshole believers, too, so this doesn't prove a thing. Obfuscatory psychobabble rises to new heights when it equates secular fact-finding with burying one's head in the sand with. Belief is the mortal enemy of thought and springs from the abject fear of the unknown. Belief seeks to kill thought, while thought seeks to keep the questions alive.

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