Originally posted by AThousandYoung
I am not looking for any answer, nor am I looking for what it "should" be.
Everyone else, excellent points. Thinking on this I don't know whether I had any reasonable basis for implying whatever I implied.
You didn't. It's not christianity per se... it's the religious frame of mind that predisposes folks to seeking authority figures and trying to maintain the status quo at all costs.
I have previously (somethread else) mentioned a book by Julian Jaynes called "The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind". This book deals with how we become hardwired to accept & even seek out authority figures. It all ties in together. It's a biological predisposition, of sorts, passed on through cutural behaviour... survival of the least adventurous.
However, as e.e.cummings once wrote:
"pity this busy monster, manunkind,
not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victim (death and life safely beyond)
plays with the bigness of his littleness
--- electrons deify one razorblade
into a mountainrange; lenses extend
unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish
returns on its unself.
A world of made
is not a world of born --- pity poor flesh
and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical
ultraomnipotence. We doctors know
a hopeless case if --- listen: there's a hell
of a good universe next door; let's go"