Archive for December, 2012

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.

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