Ain't post'n much lately but enjoying the comments. As a cheap way to get a post up I'm highjacking byronious's El Torino thread. # Max wrote, …the good vs evil fixation is a hard one for people to shake. I kind of think there’s the well adjusted and the seriously disturbed. The well adjusted aren’t particularly noticed while the seriously disturbed get all the juicy press. Me- I idle back and forth from not too well adjusted to slightly disturbed- kind of like an old truck with a significant need for a tuneup. Useful when conditions are right, but always close to the brink of disaster. # Perezoso wrote, Yeah I am fairly disturbed as well. But for a few years in 90s I attempted to like adjust: went to Church, etc. I am now quite convinced religion (specifically monotheistic), though, yes, it may result in some good, is really a nearly Reichian type of mass delusion. As when the tsunami struck in 12/04: Xtians all were saying it was God; some muslims said it was Allah etc. If that is the case (and most moronic fundies and catholics seem to believe that), then “God” is no different than a malevolent, evil force (one could maybe try to see tidal waves or earthquakes via pantheism or hindu metaphors, but still same issue). I think there was an old Star Trek episode (or more) sort of like this. Of course there may be pragmatic reasons to support the more intelligent types of denominations, but Billy Bob baptists are really, as f-n insane as radical muslims are.
Max writes: From this point forward I'll only consider Dostoevsky's take on Christianity. I figure if anyone could draw some validity from it it would be ol' Fyodor. He was focused most of his career on the dialectic between the two types of freedom; freedom to choose to do the right thing vs the wrong, and the eventual "freedom in Christ". Most professed Christians and proselytizers fail the first test badly; i.e., they don't really believe in this choice. Without honestly passing the first test, though, you're excluded from any chance at the second. That's why it's often necessary to hit bottom to find God, and why a rich man has the chance of getting to heaven that a camel has to get through the eye of a needle. I assume this basic idea is fundamental to all paths of spiritual development (Huxley's perrenial philosophy) and Dostoevsky just expressed it in the terms that were most understood within his millieu. So what about me- how am I doing on the first test? Lousy to be honest- and the why is interesting. I don't truly make this choice because I fear "evil." Maybe because it's been drilled into me that evil exists and is waiting to draw in the unwary and overly bold like a Florida alligator waiting in the canal getting curious what jogger tastes like. If I was destitute, homeless and hungry and had no family and friends it wouldn't be so hard to look the first freedom in the eye. Seems that even I, with my meager paycheck to paycheck subsistence, have grown way to fat for that needle.