Monday, December 24, 2012
Atheism - a crime against Humanity
In my life working in the Church, I seldom see anyone approach a priest or deacon and question God's existence. However, while surfing the net, I see thousands upon thousands of blogs, twitter accounts, facebook profiles all voicing all kinds of questions and comments regarding God.
Why is this?
The internet provides a sense of anonymity among its users. One can be anyone online. With so many screen names to choose from, one can simply pick one and do whatever - granted TOS rules allow them.
Because of this, atheists have taken the internet as their temple, so to speak. In it they gather and pat each other on the virtual shoulder in an attempt to get support they normally would not get in real life.
Now back to why atheism is a crime against humanity.
When I write that atheism is a crime against humanity, I do not necessarily mean that it is some entity that abuses humanity in ways similar to Nazism and the like. What I mean is that it robs humanity of humanity.
Human beings are distinct creatures on earth. They are aware of themselves, can think, express themselves via language and other means and feel emotions. Human beings can also think in abstract ways. Their brains can think beyond the physical parameters of this universe.
As children, we went through many stages of development. Piaget gave us certain terms that define these stages. Infants begin to use their sensorimotor intelligence which allows for them to combine their sensory input with their motor skills in order to make sense of the world. They assimilate this information and compare it with what they already have processed. Those ideas are accommodated or adapted to old ideas or even replace them to make new ones.
We thenbegin to use emotions and apply them in appropriate settings by means of self-regulation. As we advance in age, we begin to "experiment." By means of preoperational thought, we go through the static reasoning, irreversibility, conservation and animism stages. In static reasoning, we reason that nothing changes around us. In the irreversibility stage, we reason that nothing can be undone. Conservation is the idea that a substance amount remains the same even if its appearance alters. Animism is the belief that all things are alive in nature, including inert objects.
Play during these years is extremely important. Archaeologists have found toys dating thousands of years which shows that playing with toys has been a part of human development since man has walked this Earth. During play, children can use their imagination. This, alongside animism, helps the child's cognitive abilities expand. Without this kind of play, children will not develop creativity and abstract thought. They will solely rely on physicalism as their platform to form thoughts and ideas. Abstract art, music, even geometry would not be possible since neither exist in the physical realm.
This is where atheism would be a crime against humanity in the developmental sense. Atheists do not believe in God or the supernatural. They do not allow themselves the ability to process ideas that are not relative with the physical realm. Atheism would foster a world based on static reasoning and conservation.
Logic and reason are fine. They serve us well. The key word is 'serve.' These concepts exist to benefit us, not the other way around. We do not exist to be logical or rational in a sense. To be human is to sometimes do the opposite of what logic and reason tells us. This is how we experience "thrills." This is how we learn. In a world that is stoic in nature, we would not have amusement parks, music, dancing and other forms of entertainment. We would find those "illogical." Any such attempt to try these activities would go against one or more logical premises.
Concepts such as emotions, affection and love would not fit in a logical world. They cannot be measured empirically and are based on introspection so they must be disposed of. It is no wonder why Spock's race stresses the purging of all emotion. Emotion is seen as irrational and illogical. The Vulcans in the series often mock human being's for possessing this "inferior" trait that, according to them, makes them unfit.
Atheism is on the road to this absurdity and repression of humanity. In a world where atheists would dictate rules and scripts for society, we would see the mental state of individuals plummet. People will be repressed and will go mad without the ability to use imagination and abstract thought. Ironically, the Vulcans at a certain age go mad due to repressed emotion and "Vulcan nature."
The vision that atheism and humanism have for the human being is not a good one. It is one deprived of humanity. It is a pseudo version of human nature that is destructive.
VMAT2 shows that we are hard wired to seek God and the supernatural. Our brains are wired to think beyond this universe and into the unknown. Philosophy, religion, music, art, even physics and mathematics would not exist if we suppress this part of our mind to look beyond the physical.
Atheism would be a crime against humanity. It will destroy the human race completely, or leave it incapacitated biologically and psychologically speaking.
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