18th March 2012

“Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof.”

Ayn Rand1905 – 1982

4 Responses to “18th March 2012”

  1. archaeopteryx Says:

    I’d add to that – faith can also be a commitment to beliefs in spite of evidence that they are wrong.

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I had a blistering and painful example of wanton full on stupity in my home for dinner last night. A dear friend was explaining her support of the new high school.

    Erupting with the talking points of the pro school side she would not hear of any counter argument. She has bought in without examination completely.

    Her reasons for, are foremost, an anticipated increase in our home values, and to a lesser level of interest the fact that state is chipping in half the cost:free money.

    When I said to her our school was basically just getting a new building to replace the not so old old building that we didn’t take care of, that we were already a leader among North American schools and that the plan doesn’t include any mentions of academic improvement, and that we have doubled the tax burden we pay in the last 10 years (to include a large number of seniors living on yesterday’s dollars), she was unmoved.

    She even added that it is her intention to send her kid to private school. So her only concern is what she gets out of the expenditure of other peoples money. Many of whom are stretched money tight already. She actually complained that she isn’t taxed enough.

    She has committed herself to a narrow set of beliefs that are selfish, arrogant, and unkind. She advances on faith, ignores dissent or rebuttal, and mindlessly crushes anyone in her path.

    So who here thinks she is a good Christian? Well she attends Sunday service regularly, she professes her faith at every opportunity, and she is often a lot of fun, helpful, and friendly.

    Faith is like blinders to a horse. It prevents you from seeing in all direction except one. It even brags about this fact.

    The danger of faith is pervasive and infests all aspects of human experience. Faith in god is an opposing committment to faith in man. When you speak of “our god” you can’t avoid the exclusion of others.

    Religion must end if the human species is to ever realize its potential.

  3. Xhim Says:

    Ok. But is unthinking commitment to one’s own viewpoint limited to religious viewpoints?

  4. Dan Says:

    Of course not. Other examples abound…