Framing the frame

When Nietzsche said that god was dead he had no idea that a bunch of atheists and humanists would be helping theists to apply CPR to its corpse, but here we are. It was gone, right?
Yet go on Face Book and Twitter and here we are still arguing about whether it exists or not. . And we can still fill an auditorium with eager listeners anxious ( I guess) to find out if this god thing is still around. Yet its dead, right?. An alien coming in might say that, well he may not exist but he ‘s sure important to these folk.
And a while ago we humanists acquired buses to spread the word that “you can be good without god”. A priest, watching the parade smiled since he saw these signs as a good advertisement for god and I had to agree with him. A bus goes flashing by and we are going to evaluate its validity? Every advertiser tries to get a quick message into our unconscious , by bypassing our conscious sensor.
Fact is, most people are not interested in talking about religion, they just want to get on with their lives. They have their jobs, their I phones, etc.
Those few who do, however, find a steady supply of humanists, eager to joust with them. On the social networks, dedicated theists and annoyed humanists continue on about whether such a thing as a god exists or not. And one of our favourite beefs is that they are not playing by the rules, they are not thinking logically. . We humanists keep complaining that the theists are not responding rationally. .

OF COURSE they are not responding rationally. Do we really think that they–on their own– discovered that a dead corpse, three days rotting, suddenly stretched, got up on feet without a battery in sight? (even Frankenstein knew you had to pump juice into it ) and. who today can believe our hero made wine out of bread?
No, this absurd fantasy did not develop from rational investigation, but is the result of what I call “mal-education”– before young students could mature, religious zealots fed this poop into their eager, curious brains, which were looking for a good story anyway. That plus the centuries of literature, painting and music, all devoted to extol the hero of this story has cemented this belief into otherwise intelligent brains.

So how do we help them free themselves from this irrational fairy tale? Well, first, let’s not keep talking to them in their frame. (Don’t think of an elephant), there is no god in our world.
Beyond that I am stumped. Perhaps if we just ignore the chatter it will go away on its own. Science keeps feeding them indigestible chunks of knowledge Chunks they cannot ignore. No one tries to pray away cancer, they utilize the same scientifically derived technology we all use– antibiotics, cat scans, the rest. As science keeps creeping into every part of their lives it must be increasingly difficult for them to hang on to their faith.

And us? STOP these malicious attempts to teach unsubstantiated nonsense to the young. Outlaw junk science of all sorts, including creationism. At least force the church to teach its own stuff on its own. We should never allow our money to be used to distort the truth—surely we at least owe our young students that. Let us not let another generation fall victim to chicanery while we stand by.

We have to kill the seed since we cannot seem to kill the weed.
Cheers
Andy
“Don’t think of an elephant”{ is. of course a popular book ,authored by George Lakoff

About Monist

Hi, my name is Andy Mulcahy . I consider myself a monist and I am retired from steam engineering lo,these many years ago, and the Portland Cement industry. I have evolved into a Humanist-am a member of the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and The Humanist Association of Canada.
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