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Backwards Into the Religion Debate

10 April 2013, 07:22
It looks rather easy to get people riled these days. If I wanted a few hundred comments on my article, here's what I'd do:

First, a provocative, catchy headline - something like: "Why We All Will Burn in Hell."

Next, I'll spout some half thought out ideas (extra points if they contradict each other), string them together, and exclaim that I've solved the world's problems. This works well if you target a specific group of people and make assumptions!

Can you just imagine the lambasting I'd get? It won't stop there though - people would start hammering each other for their comments. Wow-wee, could you imagine the attention I'd get?

But I've thought of another idea. I doubt it will make me as famous, or bring me as much glee, but it might do a little good instead.

My idea goes like this:Religion (or the lack of it) deals with the most important questions we as the human race have to ask. Questions like: Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Now to answer these most important questions, I do research that makes sense to me, form my conclusions and choose the answers that make the most sense to me based on my research and life experiences.

I must draw the conclusion that people put time and effort into finding their way in life. To argue with somebody on this matter is to imply that they are too lazy to properly find answers to these questions, or that they are incapable of understanding the answers that they've chosen.

If I go around thinking that because I've come to the conclusion I have, I'm superior to everybody else who's come to a different conclusion, I may be heading down the wrong path in life.

Perhaps I see flaws in the reasoning of others, but I must think the following before pointing those out:

The interpretation and understanding of the various answers surrounding our most exquisite questions is a personal and fairly private endeavor, one that continues with us through life. And although we should never be afraid to voice an opinion, we need to think more carefully about the consequences (intended or not) of more than what we say. 
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