By Mark W. Gura, CW Brown, Rosi Guastella
“Most People Are Drowning In Their Delusional Ignorance Without Knowing That Their Suffering Was Created By Themselves.” Jakusho Kwong Roshi.
This is why churches use music and visuals and theatrics. This is why Jim Jones and David Koresh used music. Music excites people, hypnotizes people, puts them into a state of trance. Sermons do the same, but they are passé because they don’t work as well. Psychological holes need to be filled. Music, visuals, mass-hypnosis, does the trick. The words make people believe the claims that are floated into the air. People attending the service with an open mind are soon swayed. Even the cynical mind can be indoctrinated. Psychology is reinterpreted as God. Then the money flows into church coffers, and people are convinced that God is working in their lives. Christian rock, Christian shows, Christian theaters are mass indoctrination machines. They loosen you up, provide good feelings that you think you need to be happy, so you can get through the doldrums of each week.
Elvis’ “devil’s music” worked the same way, it hypnotized people, but it did not give them a dogma. Christianity had dogma to spare; it just needed a vehicle. Modern music did the trick. Add sensory overload, community mass-hysteria, comradeship, majestic visuals–voilà. The non-skeptic brain interprets all this as a meeting with God. Even if you are depressed, even if you are nobody, even if you are suffering from ethnic discrimination, or you’re an atheist–hypnosis and mass indoctrination work. It might just make you a believer. Be careful.
Think about how this worked thousands of years ago, sans the technology. Is there any wonder that people unfamiliar with science, long ago, thought that they met God or his representatives? Take European peasants from the Middle Ages, or Middle Eastern caravan drivers, or just good-hearted people that don’t know any better. Add the most awesome music you’ve ever heard possible, add theatrics, with lights, or psychological phenomenon designed to make the brain chemicals run. Thousands of years ago, and even now, people under the influence of profound subjective experiences swear that they are experiencing God, that God is touching them with beautiful rays of love and light. I felt it too. I stood there, the stage lit up, beautiful visuals of villages, decorated in Christmas fashion, synchronized with guitars, drums, angelic voices. The singer stared at me, tried to pierce me, assisted by music. It overwhelmed me. The people next to me were holding hands, connecting with the music. The musician with the long hair, lights cascading through and over him. He looked like Jesus. My conscious mind knew it was all mass-produced, a commercial illusion, but the primitive part of my brain was fooled. I now understand why people fall into cults. In reality, this was mass hypnosis. As I stood there, I looked around, the people around me were in the same state. We were hypnotizing one another.
Afterward, had I had a problem, had I had been lost, or vulnerable, these religious entrepreneurs would have used my technologically induced trance state, would have told me that God was responsible for uplifting my mood. Electro-wonder would have been pumped into my brain, over-hyped. If I believed it “He” would be there for me from then on, as long as I continued to get my dose from the show, daily, and forever. Then, they would promise me salvation, after death. I would be promised a post-dated check which is cashable after death.
Fortunately for me, I feel inoculated against religious indoctrination. Been there and done that. I am an atheist. I became an atheist because I studied religion and found it to be a lie. I now know that there is no evidence to support the supernatural claims made by religion.
I experience happiness and wonder, but I know this does not come from gods, fairies, or unicorns. All healthy humans are able to be happy, by simply being, by learning to be happy with reality as it is. It’s a matter of training the brain to accept simple things, without needing to crave for extravagant things. No God is required. Religious claims that are foisted on the brain and believed without evidence are delusions. The danger in being faithful to delusions is that we become dependant on myths for our psychological sustenance. I would rather be happy with reality.
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