What a fascinating discussion so far on the underlying programming we can get infected with. And usually aren’t even aware of. Last post we looked at the role of parenting. Today, let’s look at another group of integrated mind viruses: religious beliefs.
Of course most people get their religious beliefs by age eight. They are passed onto them by their parents, and whatever religious entity they expose their children two.
Kids born in a cult, grow up believing in it. Why wouldn’t they? It’s all they know. Of course most of the major organized religions are cults as well, so their followers have the same devotion to or veneration of the leaders of their faith. A charismatic megalomaniac cult leader like Pat Robertson is really no different that a David Koresh or Jim Jones.
So if someone is born in Minnesota, they simply “know” that Lutherans have the truth. If they are born in Iran, they “know” that the people in Minnesota are infidels. And if they are born in Tel Aviv, they “know” that both of the other two are wrong. Yet if the same girl born in Minneapolis had been instead born in Tehran, she would “know” a different truth.
Yet most people are completely oblivious to this reality. They sit in smug condescension, because they know that they alone have the "real" truth. Many fundamentalists are no better than a washing machine programmed with a rinse cycle. They might as well be mindless automatons, because someone who doesn't use their rational thought, is no different than a machine which has none.
Even atheists can suffer from the same issue, by the way. If they are raised in an atheist environment, they generally grow up to become atheists simply because that is the programming they received at an impressionable age.
So what about you?
Are you the same faith as your parents were? How much critical thought have you really given to your religious beliefs and how you obtained them? Have you ever done any serious study of other faiths? And Atheism?
Please give that some real thought and share your insights below. (Special prize to the first idiot that says they have the real truth because scripture says it's so!) And next post we will look at your beliefs about money.