It’s Sunday. Delusions galore. This morning I awoke early and flipped on the TV and was astounded at the number of channels that had ‘preachers’ pimping religion to the insomniacs of the nation. Amazing. Pathetically numerous. People must be listening [and sending in their faith checks] to these con artists because so many channels featured these televangelists. Lots of people all across the land hurting, empty, lonely and/or delusional. What’s wrong with America?
Then there are the tens of millions of Americans who drive to their local houses of worship today to ‘get’ much of the same. Many will leave assured of their salvation, even though they will need to return next week for validation of the same. Apparently, salvation is like the guy with the spinning saucers: renewal is the key ingredient in the gig. Whatever happened to once-and-done?
DELUSION: noun: (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary.
Then there are the climate-change deniers. And those who cling to the right-hand edge of the political spectrum. Or, do I repeat myself?
A recent survey found that those to the right of the political center watch the History Channel while those to the left enjoy the Science Channel. Seems clear to me: past or future? It begs the sociological question: can society ever regress or is that oxymoronical? Do animal species ever regress or are they wired for evolution. Are we? Who can name a society that both flourished and regressed?
Clearly it is delusional to ‘believe’ that our nation, a diverse nation of 350 million people, would be best served by returning to the ideology, philosophy and societal conventions of past generations. One need only examine the cultural practices of the Taliban in Afghanistan and other societies under radical conservative theological law. Stifling suffocation of The People and any progressive ideas.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on the other hand, moved Turkey forward and into the modern political, cultural and economic position in which it finds itself through his insightful decisions to secularize and modernize his beloved nation- quarantining the religious zealots to the mosques. Turkey ranks higher in GDP than any Muslim nation, even though it has no oil or gas reserves.
Richard Dawkins in his book, The God Delusion, demonstrates the improbability of a supreme being, even though 92% of Americans do believe, according to a 2011 Gallup poll. Interestingly, though, only 73% are ‘convinced’ that God exists. That 73%, however, seemingly like to control our society based on their ‘beliefs,’ much like the Taliban, Shia and Sunni.
So, to answer the question I posed in the title: Same old, same old.