Archive for November, 2018

The ultimate gift that keeps on giving

November.25. 2018

As you might have suspected, I’m addicted to Daystar and when that’s not available, I watch GEB, so perhaps it’s an addiction to ‘Christian’ TV.

No, I haven’t been ‘born again.’

You could call it research.

I’m doing research. I’m fascinated by the human condition, in particular, the various methods of mind control being practiced by people on their fellow human beings.

Again, not because I want to utilize any of these mind control techniques myself but so I could avoid being entrapped by any of their methods of enslavement.

In my research, I’ve come to the conclusion that religion is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving.

What other gift will make people give you ten percent of their income willingly?

And how in the world do  you make them come back every week, listening to you spout nonsense after nonsense about fantastical scenarios that would make Lord of the Rings sound like a dull unimaginative school essay?

It’s not easy, but with the right elaborate mind control techniques, you can do just that.

The folly of man.

Or man’s incredible gullibility.

To be taken in by all this ‘refi.’ (I propose a new genre of fiction called religious fiction, much like science fiction.)

But milking money from their super duper foolish flock is just one of the gifts that religion gives to these con men.

It also gives power, instant power.

The minute you don on that robe, you’ve become God’s representative, a ‘father.’

You could be a mediocre nondescript individual that nobody would give the time of day to, but the minute you don on that robe, you’re a special member of the community, to be looked up with respect and reverence.

But there’s more.

For the more nefarious inclined, religion gives you the perfect cover to commit dastardly deeds.

Like preying on young children.

Not only can you prey on them with impunity, but you’re protected by the code of silence.

So does that imply that all ‘religious’ leaders are phonies?

Probably not.

You might find perhaps .1 percent of them who are really sincere.

Trouble is, if they’re really sincere, then they’re truly insane, to actually believe all the nonsense they’re preaching every day.

Next, a short summary of the nonsense, the methodology behind the gift that keeps on giving.

Song of Longing

November.21. 2018

I discovered Leonard Cohen many years ago.

I remember the first time I saw the white album in a dusty shop in a small town in Borneo, the one with the halftone pic at the front and Marianne at the back.

And finally getting the record.

And I haven’t stopped listening to him since.

What was it that drew me to him?

His ‘Book of Longing’ says it all.

Longing as in a sense of incompleteness, a sense that there’s something missing but you don’t know what it is.

Here’s my favorite song of his, possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

 

Truth and happiness

November.18. 2018

I’ve been catching Andy Stanley on Daystar on Sundays. The man is an unusually enlightened Christian.

Today, he talked about a concept which seems to be universally true.

Most people do not want truth, they want happiness.

When presented with facts that are true and ‘facts’ that are false, they will usually chose the option that gives them happiness.

This is at the heart of all the conspiracy theories out there.

Many of these theories are way out wacky and yet people still prefer to believe them over real facts.

This is because stories that reinforce their worldview and their prejudices are comforting. And comforting news make people happy.

Whether the stories are actually true or not are of little relevance.

This is an important tool for politicians.

Facts don’t matter. What matters is saying things that people want to hear.

Interestingly enough, you could make up over 6000 false ‘facts’ and as long as they make people happy, they will continue to believe and support you.