Darwin wrote, ” that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.” But parasites exist and those afflicted become unwilling slaves of the parasite When you think about it, ideologies , as far as function goes,could easily pass as intellectual parasites.”Just as Darwin’s insect can infect a fly’s brain, thus directing the fly to work for it instead of for the fly’s own benefit so an ideology can control the human brain to best perpetuate itself.
Consider a man directing a plane towards a wall. Surely this man would much rather go home to enjoy a sumptuous meal with his wife and his children but here he is holding the controls that will lead to his own demise. He is infected by an ideology. He is not only about to lose his life but with it all his hopes, his ideas, and his dreams. No longer can he help his brother or his friends and he leaves his wife with the difficult task of bringing up his children all on her own.
Worse still, can you see a man willingly take his loving wife and his beautiful daughters out, look straight into their frightened eyes then kill them? No man would even think of doing that but an ideology can and often does.
Ideologies show no compassion for humans –or for human nature for that matter– While there appears many types of ideologies– Fascism, Communism tried to crush the human spirit but at great cost we survived those earlier infections but now it seems that ideologies are thriving everywhere and we need to find a way of curbing its insatiable thirst
Ideologies still remain highly active and dangerous to all of us. Remember once you are infected you will do whatever it wants you to do.Question everything, demand material, measurable evidence always. Avoid extremists and what they stand for.
Cheers Andy Mulcahy
Dawkins: “River out of Eden”