After many years of being puzzled by the inexplicable survival of religion in the 21st century I have concluded that people who are religious don’t listen to the words of religious ceremonies, religious preachers, religious music, or read the words in their religious books.
“An odd thought strikes me:—we shall receive no letters in the grave” (Samuel Johnson)
It strikes me that there will be books written, music performed, art created, films directed, science discovered – that I will never know about.
Everybody has a hobby horse, all that differs is how hard and how far it is ridden.
These are words with no meaning, correspond to nothing in the real world –
– but words which millions of people in the real world have been killed for over several thousand years.
one can read
texts and keep
a straight face
You haven’t passed away.
You aren’t in another room.
We won’t meet again.
God didn’t need another angel.
You’re not resting in peace.
You’re not waiting for the last trump.
You’re not in a better place.
You haven’t been reunited with your loved ones.
You haven’t gone on before.
You’re just dead.
The only question when listening to a religious believer is whether they are a complete idiot or an incomplete idiot. Same with neoconservative politicians.
…is not like the others…
offsets” are as
the old “papal
but less based