The Spiritual Inferiority Complex.
Religious people, especially those who have signed up to some kind of organized religion - the bigger the better - seems to suffer from some kind of inferiority complex. It’s like they can’t comprehend what an amazing animal they are. In many ways this is the path even for many outside the spiritual world, or in fringe communities like UFO believers, Wicca and even inside and outside supporters (aka voters) of political organizations where their master, the president or prime minister or whoever it might be is the supreme leaders and isn’t someone who should be question.
I’m generalizing a bit of course, but let's take a look at the normal conservative christian who goes to mass or tent meetings and reads the good book everyday before sleep (and probably masturbation). If something great happens to this person, something out of the ordinary (getting a new job, being offered a nice gift etc), or just amazing weather the same day as that planned picnic… it’s the work of the lord! But if something terrible happens; another war, a storm, rain, slipping on the ice, crashing their car, someone in their congregation being exposed as a child molester - they blame the devil. IT’S THE WORK OF SATAN!
You get the idea.
What bothers me so much about this is how this kind of people plainly refuses to take responsibility and/or just accept how nature works. If your grandma slips on ice and breaks her leg it’s maybe because YOU forgot to put sand outside the door. If someone is gives you a nice gift it’s probably because YOU mean something. If that god fearing elder in your church rapes a kid it might because YOU sensed something and didn’t do anything about it. Maybe the weather turned out so nice because it just happen to be that way, not because of thy heavenly father.
What’s the problem? Just take (or partly) responsibility for the crap that hits you or accept that shit happens, or praise yourself for planning that picnic so good or getting gifts for being such a nice human being. In my eyes you might even have voted for a political party that lowered the budget for psychiatric care causing someone with pedophile tendencies to not get the treatment they needed, and so on. What you did ten years ago will affect what happens today, even if you with tears in your eyes regrets your action. It’s too late.
Of course I’m not saying it’s your fault for what a child rapist does next door, but action create reaction - and if you’re avoiding to take responsibility, even the slightest, for what you’re doing in life, it will be all kinds of consequences. Some is easy to live with and a few here and there will be much hard to cope with if you know you could have done something.
If you do something good it’s because of YOU and not a god, and if you do something bad it’s because of YOU and not a devil. Good and Evil in the form of supernatural entities was created to made life simpler for primitive minds.
There’s no reason to avoid yourself in this bizarre, absurd, fucked-up thing called existence.
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