Oblivion to the emotional clouding of rational judgment.

During times of tragedy, people look for scapegoats to eliminate the negative feelings (violent video games,rape culture“, etc.).

However, it only leads to a loss of freedom, and does NOTHING to prevent the evils which were the reason for the “change” in the first place.

It’s a sad reality that too few see…

(The title of this piece not only is prevalent in many popular “social changes”, but is also the blueprint for religion).

Economics.

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4 thoughts on “Oblivion to the emotional clouding of rational judgment.

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  2. Rugl

    Finding scapegoats doesn’t help get rid of negative feelings. It applies blame to someone or something.

    This can make someone think that “other” members of society should be policed or regulated to keep the scapegoat from creating further problems. This is where society gets it wrong. There are no societal ills. There are personal ills, family ills, or group ills.

    A specific scapegoat (e.g. violent video games, rape culture, etc.) may actually affect one person or a group of people a particular way (usually in combination with an infinite variety of other situational issues) that creates aggression. This can and should only be dealt on a civil rather than a criminal level.

    The whole idea of crime is that it is so damaging that the individual harmed doesn’t get to go after the possible perpetrator, instead society gets to go after the possible perpetrator. Weird, huh?

    Religion is apparently one of your scapegoats. Religion in and of itself doesn’t cause the problems you are referring to. Individuals may sometimes use their religious beliefs to influence others to restrict freedoms or they might use their religious beliefs as an argument to aggress against another, but this does not make all religion inherently aggressive institutions.

    I personally have become a hardcore Anarcho-Capitalist (not just in spite of but) because of my religious beliefs.

    I may be a rarity, but so is my religion. Whenever you find yourself with a mind open enough to learn about a religion that teaches the reason we have all been sent to earth by God was to receive a physical body and be free to make choices to gain experience that we might be judged on the content of our character, let me know.

    I believe that God loves me enough to allow me free will and desires for me to have it. I also believe the devil desires me to be captive and restricted so that I cannot make choices for myself. This is why I feel government is inherently a satanic institution.

    From your other posts on (or maybe I should say against) religion I can tell you are no fan of it or the religious. Part of me understands, and I don’t take offense (that is another choice I can make), but another is saddened by the close-minded state you find yourself in.

    I feel religions are only as good as the individuals that practice them. There are plenty of people that practice (or claim to practice) my religion that are a poor representation of it. I feel that’s probably common among all that practice and religion, sport, hobby, career, and/or expertise. I don’t think all mechanics are thieves because that one guy that stole the headers off my jeep. I just know he was. Over generalization’s a serious illogical misstep.

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    1. codyalanreel Post author

      “Finding scapegoats doesn’t help get rid of negative feelings. It applies blame to someone or something.” Applying blame helps get rid of the negative feelings. That is the purpose of applying the blame.

      I will agree with you, however, that the blame is often incorrectly blamed on “society”, and your description of there only being “families” and “individuals” is almost correct: families are still composed of individuals, and it takes individuals to compose families: the only difference is that the love for the family makes it feel more like one unit than society, which is composed of many different things that individuals don’t like, and the love for family is often stronger than any love that one can have for society. This is what makes “family” feel like more of a “unit” than “society”: it’s “tighter”, if you will.

      “Whenever you find yourself with a mind open enough to learn about a religion that teaches the reason we have all been sent to earth by God was to receive a physical body and be free to make choices to gain experience that we might be judged on the content of our character, let me know.” Why would you want me to do that? Do you want to convert me? I’m not being facetious: I’m just curious as to why you were confident enough to state that to me. There’s no maliciousness on my part: just pure curiosity.

      “Religion is apparently one of your scapegoats. Religion in and of itself doesn’t cause the problems you are referring to. Individuals may sometimes use their religious beliefs to influence others to restrict freedoms or they might use their religious beliefs as an argument to aggress against another, but this does not make all religion inherently aggressive institutions.” Also: “From your other posts on (or maybe I should say against) religion I can tell you are no fan of it or the religious. Part of me understands, and I don’t take offense (that is another choice I can make), but another is saddened by the close-minded state you find yourself in.” You haven’t read my complete thoughts on religion. I’m not completely anti-religion. I’m just against some ideas that call themselves “religious.” Just go to my “Christianity” tab and read more of what I’ve written, because you’re miscategorizing me, although depending on what of mine you have read, I can understand why you would have that misunderstanding.

      Your assessment of my thoughts on religion are incorrect. You are either completely misunderstanding or slightly misinterpreting my thoughts on religion. Please see my category “Christianity” for my thoughts on religion. You’re putting words in my mouth that I have never said.

      I’m not over-generalizing. You’re failing to grasp my problems with specific types of religion, and instead assumed that I am completely anti-religious. You have misrepresented me, and you must read more of my complete thoughts instead of trying to “save” me or “teach” me or “help” me, because you have completely missed the point of everything that I’ve written about religion.

      Harsh, but true.

      Nice try, though.

      “I feel religions are only as good as the individuals that practice them.” That’s just false. Some ideas are better than others. I don’t think a religion could ever justify pedophilia, meaning that if a religion had that included in its doctrine, it would not be as “good” as one that, say, didn’t have that in it. Not all religions are created equally: not in the least, despite people’s feelings about religions. But I’m not really in the mood to debate religion as honestly, I don’t feel it is important enough to.

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