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Christianity Johnson on 17 Nov 2008 01:53 am

Instead of seeking “religious harmony”, let’s heal the delusion

The 2008 TED prize went to Karen Armstrong. Here is her acceptance speech:

The description of the video says:

People want to be religious, she says; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion — to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

Now her wish has been granted:

World asked to help craft online charter for religious harmony

A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions.

The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at www.charterforcompassion.org springs from a “wish” granted this year to religious scholar Karen Armstrong at a premier Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California.

Her central tenet: “The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony”

If that is the goal, then here is what we need to do: We need to heal everyone who suffers from the delusion called religion, so that we can all face the world as rational human beings. Religion is a psychological illness. In this disease, otherwise intelligent humans start to believe in imaginary “gods”. Once they believe in these imaginary friends, they begin talking to them. Then they come to believe that the “gods” are talking back to them. They begin to believe in all sorts of irrational superstitions like “prayer”, “faith healing”, “speaking in tongues”, “medical miracles”, etc.

The entire proposition of religion is ridiculous. It is a psychological illness, and the only merciful response is to cure those who suffer from it. At religion’s core is hatred of those outside each sect. The way to end the hatred is to cure the disease. The entire human species will be better off when we realize that, and begin behaving as a rational species.

If you are religious and would like to start recognizing and curing your own delusion, this free book can help:

- Whywontgodhealamputees.com

2 Responses to “Instead of seeking “religious harmony”, let’s heal the delusion”

  1. on 17 Nov 2008 at 1:56 pm 1.Hermes said …

    Religion, beyond the propaganda about it being important for some utilitarian purpose, is a net-negative on societies. Look at the facts;

    * Crime rates.
    * Health.
    * Education.

    If you take all these and other social issues (both positive and negative) into account, societies that have lower levels of religiosity tend to be better off than ones with higher levels.

    Don’t believe me? Look for yourself;

    http://www.adherents.com – Religious statistics

    http://www.nationmaster.com – Most other statistics

    Alternatively, you could look at the work of Phil Zuckerman. His book “Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment” is available on Amazon as well as in many larger book stores;

    http://www.amazon.com/Society-without-God-Religious-Contentment/dp/0814797148/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226937252&sr=1-1

  2. on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:48 pm 2.Hermes said …

    Armstrong noted (~12:45) that; “Our current situation is so serious at the moment … any ideology that doesn’t promote a sense of global understanding and global appreciation of each other is failing the test of time.”

    I like her work. The video has many insightful comments in it.

    Yet, she still clings to the possibility that there is a baby in that bath water worthy of being saved. Instead, the water is a haven for dysentery, ebola, leaches smothered with a dash of perfume.

    The ideologies in religions aren’t complementary. They are exclusive and divisive demanding submission or eradication.

    Global understanding doesn’t come at the edge of a threat from an ideology. Appreciation of differences doesn’t come from bigotry — the bigotry woven into the texts of many religions.

    Religion has failed the test of time.

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