The Religious Mind

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toombaru
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The Religious Mind

Post by toombaru » Wed May 26, 2010 7:54 pm

The conceptual mind evolved to look for patterns.
I can find faces in clouds or oriental rugs where no faces exist.
It emerges and exists within what appears to be a cause and effect world.
It is an inveterate agent-detector, looking for purpose and intention in the world it perceives.
And it will find them.....whether or not they actually exist.
It needs to string cause and effect together to make its tapestry make sense.
Those phenomena that it cannot easily explain are attributed to non-human or super-human agents in the world....lacking the limiting human qualities such as bodies and mortality...but in full possession of mind and intention.
This perspective humanizes the world and from it originates a consensus understanding that these imaginary agents are a real and inescapable part of the way things are.
All imaginary gods......(and all gods are imaginary).... bolster the sense of separation and keep it secure in the confines of self.
If you are to ever grasp the essence of the Ultimate Understanding....you will have to get over this religious thing and stop thinking that there is something out there that can diminish who you are.
Tell your god or gods that it's been fun.
And tell them to not let the door hit their butt on the way out.
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