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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-31-08 03:16 PM
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57. Well I ended up answering my own question by post 25
Edited on Sat May-31-08 03:19 PM by Uncle Joe
from post 25.

"I believe faith is a literal DNA ingrained requirement for survival. From Al Gore's

"The Assault on Reason", he compares faith, fear and reason to a game of rock, paper and scissors. Reason trumps faith, fear trumps reason and faith trumps fear, and they literally take turns dominating in society.

I believe this goes back to the dawn of time, the ability to reason would give one an advantage to survive but if a predator approached and you thought about it too long, you would get eaten, so fear is ingrained as an instinct to survive as well. But if you stayed afraid all the time, you would never come out of your shelter and so faith was required to overcome fear. If you walked about with blind faith again you would get eaten or walk off a cliff so reason was needed to temper faith, until fear took over again.

I believe this societal and personal conflict-ion is what leads to the emotional distress many people experience from people in different stages."

But to to take it a step further and answer your question, see below.

"I wonder how we ended up in this awful situation that we're in now. I wonder how the citizenry could be so stupid to allow this to happen."

I believe reason turned in to science, philosophy, history, mathematics etc. now all of these things are good but they can and have been abused. What for some is exhilarating breathtaking change or progress, to other people is nothing but destruction of everything they know and are familiar with. So I believe people of faith have similar concerns, "those people with reason influence our lives" and the world is getting worse because of it.

I've mentioned reason and faith, their is an old Norse myth about the mischievous god called Loki who basically lived to cause strife.

I believe the analogy for Loki today would be fear, and the demagogues use this to divide the people of faith from the people of reason. Today that would be Cheney/Bush and this is why we need to engage the people of faith to help restore reason because faith trumps fear. But reason would be wise to be sensitive to the needs of faith, or fear and corruption will continue to reign.

That's my two cents worth anyway. :)
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