The Transsubstantiation Of The Eucharist Host
Some things are not only counter-intuitive, they are outright counter-real and counter-sane.
I spent 10 years of my life working in theatre, so I know a thing or two about how to deliberately create an illusion in order to invoke a specific state of emotionality in the audience. A well executed production like that can pretty much "design" the emotional response of their audience - which they will do with a variety of tricks and treats, both mental and physical in nature.
But none of that is possible if the audience is fighting it. They need to sit down, relax, and suspend their disbelief.
Compare with going to the movies: What's the point if not to get carried away by the show? Nobody in their right mind would go and see films like for instance Star Wars if they were going to sit and judge the narrative all the way because it's not possible, not probable, not realistic... It's not supposed to be realistic, you fucknut. It is a fantasy tale that takes you on a ride through a series of emotions. There's a reason why they call Hollywood "The Dream Factory". Watching a movie is like going on a mental journey where you have little or no control, like a dream.
If someone in theatre claimed that in doing Romeo and Juliet they were creating a stage show with the intent of taking the audience through an emotional journey by creating a series of images that anybody can identify with, they would be absolutely correct. If however they claimed that the actual Romeo and the actual Juliet were magically manifested in an actual slice of the actual Verona back in ye aulde days, we would probably think that they were either crazy or some sort of enthusiastic genius working with very strong metaphors.
Because you wouldn't find any audience willing to suspend their disbelief to that actual level.
Enter the Christian ritual of the Eucharist.
How come there are people who believe that the actual flesh and blood of their deity is actually manifested, in physical form, in this bizarre ritual of symbolic cannibalism? (And BTW, how symbolic is the act of cannibalism if you really and truly believe that you are actually devouring human flesh and blood?) You just have to stand in awe of the power that these charlatans wield over their auidence's emotional state. Then you have to - seriously - question the sanity of each and every one of those fucking nutters who are on their knees being a part of this abomination.
I am awfully sorry, but anyone who for any reason is playing along with this idiocy has forfeited their right to be taken seriously as rational human beings in any context whatsoever. They simply cannot be trusted. Just like some psychotic and unpredictably violent mo-fo can have clear moments of absolute rationality and normal conduct towards other people, so can the ritual cannibals appear as sane in more lucid moments. Except they aren't. Nor are they innocent in being insane, such as can be said for someone that's clinically psychotic due to illness. No, they have chosen this shit.
They have chosen to suspend their disbelief beyond the point of sanity.
How and why can that ever be an admireable thing? I find it disgusting.
"The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind." (Alphonse Donatien De Sade)