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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #36)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 10:32 AM

43. Most "believers" go on telling stories and never make a living at it either...

I do agree that people can get so involved in the role-play that they lose track of it being role-play. This is a problem with acquired learning, we can learn things which aren't true. And the role of religion is deeply rooted and has established mechanisms and positions in society that impose upon our sense of reality. It seems that over millennia these social constructs have achieved and maintained a 'too big to not believe' status for some. But certainly over the millennia the constructs also achieved and maintained a capacity to provide socially useful things for many people even many people who have maintained a capacity for doubt = disbelief

Across seven decade span of my life, I've only known a few people who had formal clerical roles. All the people I knew had doubts about faith. I suspect that may be common. Apparently, even now sainted Mother Theresa, had deep and persistent doubts most of her life. Yet, the institution provided a role in which she did socially acceptable good works.

Of course there are people who exploit human anxieties and various human needs of others. We find them in almost every path of life. Telling stories, trying to get us to respond as if they are true. We call such deceits lies. And lying is done by people from drug dealers to presidents. Yes, there are also degrees of badness for lies. Santa Clauz, the Easter Bunny, Gaia, Turtles (all the way down)... are certainly in a different category than lies that set us up for predation by politicians, used car salesman or Jim and Tammy Baker.

Is our learning capacity simply hackable providing access to role playing exploiters, or does our learning capacity lead us into participating in a great role-playing of human existence because that role-playing provides significant benefits?


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