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Interestingly, religion and science agree that there is a “brotherhood of humanity.” But once again, the two diverge sharply in reality. With religion, it’s just lip service, usually – and hypocritically — accompanied by commands to ostracize or murder those who look different.

The flight from fear of death leads into the waiting arms of the cleric, always willing to give fake comfort and to craft bogus, cookie-cutter eulogies.

But beyond philosophy and in the real world, religion comes dangerously close to being a mental illness, and here we find another of its exemptions. People can have delusions, as long as they are the accepted ones, just as people can consume drugs, but only the government-approved ones.

It would be a pity for humanity to have come so far, just to be done in by our inability to abandon our primitive stories.

Nice is comforting, but the truth makes us free – free to think and act independently of imaginary entities and miraculous stories. That freedom is too much for some people. But nice stories, if preferred to truth, can lead to Crusades, Inquisitions, and all kinds of human misery for those who refuse to believe.

The message of “Click”: nobody gets out alive. Morty has plans for all of us. Until he appears, let’s make sure that we are living our own lives, and not pouring the energy of our days into fulfilling someone else’s agenda. Let’s pay attention – to kids, health, family, friends, surroundings, whatever – and keep our finger off the “auto-pilot” button.

Back in the day, the insane were considered evil, possessed. You had to beat, torture or drown the demon within. But the torturers were delusional themselves. And with the psychotics who were hearing voices, where was the line? Countless ancient prophets heard voices and were honored. How about Joan of Arc? Joseph Smith? Apparently being REALLY earnest is essential to having “authentically” heard God’s voice. Also, what God is saying has a lot to do with it

Monogamy isn’t the answer for most people. Only a lucky few get lifelong, sexually satisfying relationships. So lust leads men to some pretty undignified behaviors. It’s fine to appreciate feminine beauty, but maybe, for men, less panting and more dignity are in order. On the other hand, what do I know?

I’ll make a deal with religious believers: you stop vilifying me, and I’ll stop saying things that result in you causing YOURSELF to be offended (but we can still ridicule each other). They’re just words.

Good behavior, 365, is not complicated. But it is hard as hell.

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