Sunday February 28, 2021
As I have been studying ancient ruins and the people who inhabited them I am reminded that there was a great emphasis on the afterlife despite no evidence of its existence. Yet, we keep hoping.
There are “mysteries” which have been shown time and again to not be mysterious, yet the rumor and mystery story still exists. Atlantis, The Bermuda Triangle, Mormonism have all been explained and or shown to be what they are or are not, yet people still believe. Why? What is it about us as a people that we would rather believe something that has been shown to be not true or a hoax rather than accept the more reliable and certain?
I can understand how in the retelling of a story the facts get jumbled, the names updated, and what not. When I look at the ancient religions and I compare them to today’s has much changed? Not really. As science pushes back on our ignorance religion has retreated into more etherial realms, but the basic ideas still hold. Most religions still have a priest class that carry out the ceremonies and interpret the beliefs.
It is interesting to me that people can be so anamate and sure in something they can not prove worth a wit.
That belief may be in the form of a religion or a ouija board.
Several decades ago people were playing Dungeons and Dragons. Some people killed themselves over the game. I was never sure why, but I know it happened.
Then we got the reality based games with screens, 3D modeling and controllers. It started out shooting UFOs, then little men, zombies, now ii’s military, assassins, and street hustlers.
Now we have Quanon, which has blended their own reality into the real world. No one seems to say, “Hey wait a minute. This isn’t real.” Well, okay. A lot of people do, but we are seeing more and more people WHO BELIEVE! And that’s dangerous.
I remember a decade or so ago a woman showed up out on Long Island with a long rifle and was going to free the people trapped inside a government building because Glen Beck jabbered on about some wacky conspiracy thing. Then we got the folks showing up at a pizza parlor in DC where it was alleged Hillary was running a child porn sex ring out of the basement. The fact that the pizza parlor was built on a slab of concrete seemed to do nothing to stop the speculation.
Have we lost our minds? Or did we not have any to begin with?
PS The Holy Trinity