Frank Apisa wrote:
This religion business is, at its essence, a joke. Frightened people pretending to know the nature of reality...pretending to know what existence is about...based on thousands of years old ravings of relataively unsophisticated, unknowledgeable, superstitious ancient Hebrews.
Every fiber of my being aches to realize that humanity is still stuck in this place....in this mindset.
Religious dogma is an aggressive and effective thought virus (meme).
In general, it's amazing to me how accurate the analogy is between memes and thought and viruses and bodies. Memes even have lethal strains which are so aggressive that they are excised by society to defend itself. And then there are other strains which are relatively benign, allowing carriers to host them and spread them for generations.
It seems that parasitism and symbiosis are as prevalent in the thought world as they are in the physical world.
Symbiotic memes which don't offer real world benefit probably only persist as long as the emotional fertilizer that fuels them is available.