When does believing crazy stuff actually become crazy?

When does believing crazy stuff actually become crazy? November 15, 2019

You’ve likely run into the idea represented in this photo illustration before, but it bears repeating.

religious faith insanity christianity hallucinationsFor some curious, historical reason, religious faith is allowed a special place in modern cultures, distinct from almost all other completely unverifiable human belief systems where the believer is automatically and reasonably assumed to be a little if not a lot nuts.

In religion, though, believers are somehow given the benefit of the doubt when proclaiming the existence of invisible beings and realms, and their general sanity is widely considered at least passable and maybe even exceptional.

Why is that?

Possibly it’s because ancestors of our species countless millennia ago, for now-forgotten reasons, began the habit of believing in deities, and like all pleasurable habits, just find it hard to break (plus, the instinct by now may somehow be embedded in our DNA). Add that to the fact that billions of people in the world actually believe that what they believe about gods and demons is actually, materially true, and then we’re talking about a mindless addiction more than a fun habit.

Nonetheless, if your Uncle Bob were to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner this year, say, and proclaim that the world was going to end at 12:01 a.m. the next day, heralded by the simultaneous arrival of a divine messenger from the cosmic void, I strongly suspect most of you would roll your eyes or at least figure Uncle Bob had started his hard drinking long before he got there — and that he must be at least a little bit crazy.

But if, instead, Uncle Bob were to recite some similarly uncorroborated predictions and epithets from the Bible before everyone dove into turkey and dressing, well, that would be alright, right?

That’s what this illustration from the Atheist Global Facebook site is about.

It’s saying, maybe believers ought to think a little more closely from time to time about the veracity of what they’re habitually thinking.

Cartoon/Atheist Global

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