I sometimes feel sorry for people of faith when I see the manner in which religion is depicted in the popular media in Britain. Invariably, Catholics are the target and they’re portrayed as insane, devil-worshipping paedophiles who’d be better off in a lunatic asylum. It’s unfair because of the 5 billion + of the world’s population who are religious, most practice their faith peacefully and just get on with their lives, but in the grubby old UK the media love jumping down the throat of anyone who professes a belief in anything other than money and soft-soap liberalism. Such baiting is also highly hypocrital because those who take the cheap shots belong to a far more dangerous and irrational cult: The Cult of Life.
This cult is distinguished by the following features:
It demands unquestioning obedience of its adherents.
Any members who come to their senses and speak out against Life are liable to vituperation, excommunication, social ostracisation and accusations of insanity.
Members of this cult (estimated to be around 7 billion) believe anyone who does not share their beliefs is mentally unbalanced and damned to unhappiness.
Criticism of the cult’s belief-system results in extremely emotional and aggressive responses; reason is generally disdained in favour of emotion and cliché, the following of which are typical:
‘You have to take the good with the bad’ (It is never specified why this is so. Why, for instance, Nothingness should not have been left in peace, when there was no need of good, bad or anything else.)
‘Can’t have an omelette without breaking some eggs’ (Generally, the broken eggs are not those of the speaker, are broken out of sight of said speaker, and speaker sits down at life’s table ready to tuck into omelette with a hearty appetite.)
‘But then the species would die out!’ (Everyone’s gotta go sometime, and the word ‘species’ is just an abstraction that deflects attention away from the real suffering of individuals.)
‘But things are getting better all the time’ (Wrong. The amount of real individual suffering is constantly increasing, contrary to what percentage merchants like Steven Pinker would like you to be believe with their finessing of statistics. Statement is also mere reflection of speaker feeling not-too-bad at moment of utterance; pronunciation may not occur when speaker is feeling bad.)
‘Get a life!’ (We have one, that’s the problem.)
‘Stop thinking so much!’ (A sad reflection on life is that as soon as you start to think about it, it becomes problematic. Advice essentially amounts to ‘become a satisfied pig, like everyone else’.)
‘The show must go on’ (Really? Must it? It didn’t go on for eons until biochemistry started its black magic, and if humanity ends the universe will roll on for eons more. What exactly is the show accomplishing? Who’s writing the script? And excuse me, but it seems that quite a lot of the extras, as in all of them, as well as the 'stars', are being killed.)
‘But we’re programmed to reproduce!’ (Speaker here is referring to DNA molecule, the insidious puppet-master of the Life Cult, a strange chemical agglomeration that manipulates its marionettes for its own mindless survival, with no concern whatsoever for welfare of said puppets. More dangerous than Great Cthulhu Himself. Do not approach.)
In conclusion, members of this cult can be quite dangerous, as they look and sound normal, may approach you in an affable manner, and generally claim to be concerned with your well-being. Do not give them money and do not let them into your home or, more importantly, your mind.