Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Crimes Against Humanity

In my humble opinion, most of the problems faced by humanity today can be solved through education. Education can teach us that we are all in this boat together and that we're very similar to one another, education can make us aware of global warming, and education can teach the poor how to better handle themselves; say, how to use contraceptions. However, getting to this ideal scenario is not as easy as it may appear. There are roadblocks to overcome.

One of the basic problems stems from the fact children tend to lock on to the very first thing they're being told for the rest of their lives. It's probably an evolutionary thing, given that a child that obeys the warning to be careful with heights will be the child that survives to raise more descendants. However, it also means that our children grab whatever bullshit we might be feeding them with and hold on to it quite jealously for the rest of their lives. Say, a child born to Catholic parents is almost surely going to grow up thinking of Catholicism as the ultimate truth, while a child born to Muslim parents is virtually guaranteed growing up to become a Muslim.
Obviously, children are very susceptible to this bullshit acceptance disease. Which is exactly why educating children the right way is of the utmost importance and exactly why educating them properly as of a young age is of the utmost importance. The issue at hand is pretty simple yet highly important to the future of humanity entire: do we teach our children to become the inquisitive, thinking and questioning people this world of ours needs, or do we teach them to become mind numbed robots?

This is exactly why I get annoyed whenever I see kindergarten photos of my very young nephew wearing Kippa (yarmulke) and lighting up candles for the Sabbath or something similar. I have been told it's nothing and that all the kids do it, but that's exactly the problem: it's not nothing but quite a big something, and let's face it - the vast majority of this world children, numbering more than a billion, have no idea what the fuck a Sabbath is. These activities mess up with the kid's head for the rest of his life, and it brings society to the situation demonstrated by research showing how Israeli schoolkids think it was okay for Joshua to kill all the people of Canaan because they would interfere with Jewish worship.
After all, I'm being told, "we're all Jews". But are we? Ignoring my own opinions about my own religious identity, I very much doubt my family's Judaism. Sure, they consider themselves Jews, but they're not the world's greatest believers to say the least; they pick and choose what religious rites they want to stick to, and their picking and choosing has much more to do with contemporary Israeli culture than it does with proper Judaism. In short, they're not thinking of what it is that they're doing, they just stick to the herd.
What they don't do, however, is present the child with any sort of a viable choice: by the time he would be able to choose for himself his brain would be so very washed the option of making a choice is highly unlikely to occur to him.

Thus the majority of this world's human population continue to commit crimes against younger humanity, ruining their brains up for life in a process that is virtually guaranteed to filter down through generations. No one gains out of this brainwashing ritual; no one gets anything out of being a Jew, just as no one gets anything out of being a Christian or a Muslim. Every benefit they might think they're getting out of religion can be easily acquired without it just the same. The only beneficiary of this exercise is religion itself and its survival.
And the only victims are all of us, people.


Uri said...

Aren't there studies that show that religious people live longer or something?

Moshe Reuveni said...

I haven't heard of these, but I can imagine there might be. They certainly have an afterlife, which I don't.
Then again, even if they do live longer, it is better to live in the Matrix than to open your eyes to the world?
[Not that I think that highly of the Matrix]

Moshe Reuveni said...

Sources that like to remain anonymous have brought the following to my attention:

So, Uri seems to be correct. Still, I'd prefer to go with my lack of belief in stuff with no evidence to support it.
For a start, the research doesn't say what it is in doubting that makes you die younger. I would argue you can be just as happy and fulfilled, if not more, by accepting the world around you as it is.