A rhetorical question, mostly... But it seems worthy of some thought & discussion.
What direct threat exists to anyone's person regarding the beliefs of someone else... Really?
Say you're a Hindu... What is it about that Christian that is threatening?
Say you're a Christian... What is it about that Muslim that is threatening?
Say you're a Muslim... What is it about that atheist that is threatening?
Say you're an atheist... What is it about any "belief" that is threatening?
... The permutations & combinations everyone can ponder and exhaust on their own.
But it doesn't stop there...
Say you're a Republican... What is it about that Democrat?
Say you're a Democrat... What is it about that Republican?
Say you're a Green-Party-Follower... What is it about those "other guys"?
... Again, the permutations & combinations are quite numerous to exhaustively cover, but the single over-arching pattern is still there.
It seems to me that all the "belief-system" rhetoric is really just a bunch of marketing hype to get people to "choose a side". And the "right answer" seems to be to not choose a side.
And interestingly, stating such a position becomes yet another "side to choose from". A side that is threatening, divisive, and with the potential to grow into an "institution of B.S. self-supported by misconceptions and rationalizations".
Makes certain statements throughout history become rather profound, like "We have nothing to fear bu fear itself".
Ponderings of the morning...
This message has been edited by ever-a-newbie on Jun 18, 2011 12:44 PM