why we fight
I posted this on my blog through myspace but thought to get some feedback from all of you. We have all talked about why we participate in discussions and why we stand up for rationality and ideas and I thought to address it again. This is largely due to an example told to me today about someone who left christianity not because he thought about it, but because he was to lazy to work it out and figured that a non-chalant acceptance of agnosticism would be ok, despite the fact that he doesn't know what that means.
Here is where american laziness concerning ideas is fully manifest. I wonder what would happen if everyone was this lazy concerning their belief systems? I'll tell you, nothing would be accomplished. Ideas are what drive us, they are how we view the world, how we interact with it. To not care at all, to view the acquisition of ideas in a haphazard way is to abrogate your right to complain about the world and, in the end, ignore the particularly human way of living.
But in fact, not everyone would behave this way, so what is left is a large group of people who don't care to take the time to study and are apathetic and those who do. Therefore, what ends up happening is that passion rules the day, not logical argumentation.
The effect of this is shown in the U.S. to perfection: the rise in laws being passed having creationism (despite its complete lack of scientific backing) taught alongside evolution in the classroom, faith-based charities getting federal funding and thus eroding the separation of church and state, children being raised in a cycle of hate like in godhatesfags.com, and the psychological abuse of women promoted by a religious heirarchical mentality.
Some might accuse me of being going to far in my criticism of ideas and in fact, I know of a few. When did criticism become an evil? When did blind acceptance of ideas become a moral good?
People need to wake up and start asking questions. Hundreds, if not thousands, are dying every day to promote their ideological stance. If more of us don't start asking questions and accepting the responsibility that being a thinking creature entails, we'll all end up at the mercy of those who did care and believe me, it won't be a good world to live in.
Every one of your relationships to man and to nature must be a definite expression of your real, individual life corresponding to the object of your will. -Erich Fromm