Quite the kerfuffle from the last post on how organized religion brainwashes people in ways that lead to self-sabotage and destructive behavior. Lots of comments from people who think I’m out to get religion, or failing to recognize the many good things many religions do. Those are really not the issues.
I have no problem with people believing whatever they want and have no desire to be the thought police. I recognize that many religions do much charity work. My only role here is to point out a couple really important things:
The basic premise of organized religion is flawed. These “sacred texts” that people believe are personally written by God, were in fact written by men, have been revised over time, and contain many errors, and inaccuracies. (Not to mention a lot of barbaric savagery.) The stories they perpetuate are so outlandish, no rational person not brainwashed by memes could reasonably believe them.
Unreason is running rampant in the world today, and that is very dangerous for us all. If you build your purpose and values around false superstitions from the Stone Age and Iron Age, they’re not going to serve you in the real world today. You have to stay in touch with reality.
There may be an afterlife. There may be a heaven. I don’t know and neither do you. Neither does your Rabbi, Priest, Minister, or the new Pope. It doesn’t serve any of us to pretend that we do. The only way to protect yourself against mind viruses is to be willing to dispassionately consider new evidence and arguments using reason and logic. And no rational person with an unimpeded mind could buy the stories they’re selling.
The basis of organized religion’s mind control recruiting tactics is creating worthiness issues in your psyche. The premise is that you are flawed and conveniently, they have the only road to salvation. By convincing people the only real reward is in the afterlife, they cause them to needlessly suffer and sabotage themselves in the real life. And that’s what my work is about. It causes me great pain to see people sabotaging their own health, happiness and prosperity because of mind viruses they aren’t even aware they are programmed with.
I hope you’re watching all the sensational media coverage of the new Pope with a critical mind, and noticing all of the lack memes that are flying around.
The Cardinals picked a guy from South America to be Pope because that’s really where their base is now, there and Africa. It’s no coincidence: these two continents are the poorest, so membership is on the rise there. In places like Europe and North America as education and the standard of living rise, the number of believers is declining. The more educated a society is, the less religious it is.
It certainly was a brilliant marketing stroke picking Jorge Mario Bergoglio. (And other than Scientology, Apple, and Nike – no one has better marketing than the Vatican.) By all accounts he really does seem to be a well meaning human being; someone who really has dedicated his life to helping the poor. And by choosing to name himself after Francis of Assisi and be “the Pope for the poor,” he feeds into the “it’s noble to suffer and be poor” meme that the Catholics have taken to the bank for centuries.
What organized religions brilliantly do is create worthiness issues. You get programmed that you are not worthy and deserving, so from that point forward your subconscious mind puts the brakes on anything that starts to look like it going to bring you inordinate happiness or great wealth.
As you see with Pope Francis, they like to romanticize being poor and insinuate that wealth is evil. (Even though the Vatican is one of the richest entities on earth.) You get programmed that money is bad, and then when you start to make too much of it, you feel guilty and your subconscious works to bring you back to an “acceptable” level of wealth.
Consciously you strive for more, but the subconscious works to sabotage you. And in that battle, the subconscious always wins.
While religion is a major cause of this programming, they’re certainly not alone. Governments also need you to be needy and work hard at keeping you as an indentured servant of the state. (For more on that, read chapter one of Why You’re Dumb, Sick & Broke, & How to Get SMART, HEALTHY & RICH! And for more on why someone would choose victim-hood, you’ll find some insights in chapter four.)
Much of this negative programming from organized religion and governments then gets widely transmitted as memes through the data-sphere: TV, radio, books, blogs, movies, social media, etc. You’ll also see how that takes place in my book. On the next post, we’ll explore some other causes of worthiness issues that come from how you were raised. Until then, please keep sharing your thoughts below.