I think our lives are a journey to understand the sub-optimal events in the context of the above-optimal goals
we can’t sink to the lowest common denominator, we have to reach together for the highest
but we have to know what we are reaching for and agree to be in relationship to achieve it.
and one of the highest goals is eliminating the sub-optimal conditions and events – because they are predictable and preventable – we have to stop pretending to not know what we know.
We have to bring in all the knowledge we have accumulated and analysized and turn it all into understanding.
So it’s not that we need to act with coddling towards each other sensibilities, but make sure everyone’s sensibilities are robust enough to handle reality.
And people who cling to religion, are not robust enough as individuals, for the naturalist basis of reality.
we need to understand history, about social, political and religious forces and how it impacts history
the story of humanity, what we’ve done, what we’re capable of
naturalism is the assumption that the world and universe are natural with natural causes and rules
and that by observation, testing and experimentation, over generations and thousands of individuals who have been consumed with tedious data capture, data analysis to understand trends and relationships, but building up a body of knowledge that is time testes and always adjusted for new data and new promising ideas
this is the robustness of the natural world
whereas religion, is generally invented by one or a few people, and spread by the word or the sword – competing in the social forces marketplace of ideas
and as an idea, religion’s only purpose is to control the masses through rigid gender roles, limited education and strict behaviour code enforced through threat of punishment or promise of reward.
Basically, the masses are like single celled organisms, – stimuli response
much like the call and respond sing song of church services
it’s not so much existing, as following a script laid out for you – regardless of what your genuine self would like
so this is why christians say with all honesty, if gays want to get married, then live as if you are straight and be married
and they are confused when we point to the law of our secular land and say, equality under the law means we can form relationships based on love, whatever form of love we can get into relationship with
they beleive in obeying and they are obeying their god and not the secular law of the land
but they have confused these things, because they haven’t lived an existence where they weren’t in compliance with the social norms that are legally recognized.
And they do not understand challenging authority and saying, the spirit of the law is bigger than the letter of the law – so let’s change the letter to align with the spirit of the law.