11th January 2012

“As soon as a religion fails to meet human needs – or even to connect with its audience – it begins to die. History is strewn with the wreckage of once vibrant faiths that became irrelevant.”

Oliver Thomas

7 Responses to “11th January 2012”

  1. Xhim Says:

    Can’t argue with that.

  2. Capt'Z Says:

    and many that will one day become so.”

  3. archaeopteryx Says:

    I hope this is true but I have my doubts. Some people seem to be able to handle cognitive dissonance far too well for their own good.

  4. Dan Says:

    Actually, I think we’ll all be just fine if many of the world’s religions continue to persist, as long as they don’t ever regain a hold on the lives of doubters and others who choose to be irreligious. My reasoning is this: those of us that seek to understand how things really work irrespective of myths and superstitions will have an easier time “selling” (literally and figuratively) the fruits of our knowledge to those who don’t care to understand science and reason. To them, we’ll just continue to be selling miraculous technology.

    Arthur C. Clarke’s third law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    But of course I’m biased because, in my current job, I’m a salesman of automated biotech equipment to lab technicians, and much of this applies specifically to me and most of my customers.

  5. The Heretic Says:

    Dan, I would agree with you if they didn’t constantly start wars over who has the ‘real’ invisible friend. Theists and their hate/dogma can be quite dangerous.

  6. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Coincidence Dan? I sell electronic, electro-mechanical, and pneumatic components to manufacturer’s of, among other things, automated biotech equipment. Coincidence that I think our comments are often in a similar vein, that we’d both sell Clarke’s magic.

  7. Dan Says:

    Wow, it really is a small world! You gotta smile at life’s little coincidence’s. 😉