5th March 2009

“What is it about faith that makes people eager to commit suicide so long as it enables them to commit mass murder while they're at it?”

Larry Beinhart

4 Responses to “5th March 2009”

  1. Mamma D Says:

    It’s kind of funny you say that. I was just pondering this scenario today and I haven’t been able to come up with an answer.

    The only reasoning I can see is that, when someone truly believes in something, with all heart and mind, then it IS right. (Regardless of what the decision is.)

    I can’t think anything else!

  2. AtheistAdvocate Says:

    The ones who perpetrate this type of act are non-thinking people who have been brainwashed into believing it is the right thing to do, and that their reward will be glorious.

    If these people would stop to think, they would conclude it is wrong and that there actually is NO reward awaiting them.

    The illiterate and uneducated people who are impoverished and undernourished are easy targets for this type of brain washing and dogmatic programming. It is their version of the 401K plan!

    🙂

  3. Bob Says:

    The people that flew the planes on 9/11 were not uneducated nor impoverished. People come to believe in some fairytale & regardless of how absurd it may be they are willing to kill and/or die for it. That’s the history of religion (at least the ones that trace themselves back to Abraham)

  4. critic Says:

    …when someone truly believes in something, with all heart and mind, then it IS right.

    Yes. Sadly, you are correct. And, as Bob pointed out, these believers are not only the ignorant and poor – as is commonly assumed. Believers are also well educated and intelligent people.

    How is “thinking” supposed to clear the mind of these deeply held beliefs? Beliefs ingrained since childhood and frequently reaffirmed by the leaders of the believer’s society and religion are not likely to be erased by a bit of contemplation? I see no solution.