Although good folks can disagree, some matters are of too great a sociological and political importance, and one of those matters is theism. This is not some innocuous, vaguely beneficial pastime for the vast majority of the world’s thinkers – theism, and its religious incarnation, is inherited from the primitive practice of haruspicy, the studying of chicken entrails for specious symbolism. From that irrational, utterly vacuous start, has come all of the faith traditions of the allegedly civilized world. And along with this follow-the-leader nonsense, the social toleration of arrant projection and staggering illogic, comes the other side’s accommodationism – the look-the-other-way, find-the-good-in-people, the unsaid avoidance, the uncommunicative smile while the believer goes off into gasbag pomposity.
And of course, it so much mor ethan this – religion becomes tribalism so “ewish” people imagine themselves fundamentally different and opposed to “Arab” people, “Christians” estranged from he common humanity of “Muslims,” in complete rejection of the science that establishes our species-wide transcendent unity of action and purpose.
Yet late-stage modernity, a fractious band of individualistic consumer-antagoniats, has no real sense of epic survival, so it persists in allowing irrationality home in its families, in its marriages, in its institutions. Rather than initiate potentially ungovernable social problems, we let so much nonsense, inanity, unsupportable claptrap go unchallenged – from our parents, in our prison-like schools, in our kindergarten-like workplaces, from our insane preachers and “thought-leaders.” With the advent of climate change, and the dissolution of political progress, and the rampaging effects of the greed Gold Rush from the world’s rich, the time for meek and protective unconcern is over – social reality is going to shudder and list as the doleful effects of so much irrationalism-inspired misrule. Life will become much more serious, and there will be much more consequence for getting matters right, as right as our rational faculties will allow, not for chicken-entrail blithering and heedless patting-of-them on the head. No French Revolution-style violence need eventuate – ahti-theist social shaming should do the trick.