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Hello, everyone.
It's so nice to see you all here.
I would like to discuss with you,
matters of belief,
           opinion,
           and faith.
If you please,
              would you,
                       

think.


Think very hard about what you believe.
Now, go back.
ask yourself,
        Why do I believe this?
   Was it that I was told this from birth?
      Did I accept it without question? Was I told not to ask?
  If I had been born into another life, would I believe this?

Did I find it for myself?
   Was there any evidence?

I do not presume to tell you what to believe, friends.

I ask only that you find it, for yourself, with eyes wide open to any possibility.

Please, think for yourself.
Do not simply accept what others tell you.
some musings~
Spoken word, because I would love to give this in a speech and just mumble it out loud to yourself and the visual accents will be a bit of a guide.
I am just tired of people indoctrinating their kids and forcing their beliefs down their children's throats.
"No questioning our god(s) dear,"
You're free to believe whatever the hell you want, but just please stop brainwashing people.
Question everything, and find what you believe for yourself.
Don't just take what people tell you.
Please.

Critique is always welcome. :)
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XtremeOverdrive Mar 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I've always hated seeing people do that. My mum and dad have always told to believe in what I want, not what they want :XD:
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Puppy-eater Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Just another thing that makes you awesome. :)
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XtremeOverdrive Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aww thanks Alexi :hug:
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paladinofmana Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really weird, because I just woke up from an unintended extended nap to write about matters of Belief, Opinion, and Faith.
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Puppy-eater Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
:highfive:
I browsed your extensive essay which reddit would surely appreciate but I haven't read it fully yet because I'm doing Art History.
These things are really starting to bother me. Probably because little else is happening in my life.
Like, do you remember Hannah Rose? She's a lovely person, but I started talking to her about belief because we were studying the renaissance in Art History so we were talking about some myth or another. She started talking about being a catholic, and all of it was 'We don't believe in divorce. We believe that Jesus is the savoir. We don't believe in abortion.'
The group mentality of it agitated me. Because Hannah is such an intelligent person, but she still let herself be bible-washed. :shakefist:
Hannah hadn't come to those conclusions, the Catholic church had told her to and she just went along with it.
And that's so wrong to me.
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paladinofmana Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Organized Religion is pretty much a bad thing. With any group of people, you are going to need a leader. And when a leader claims authority by divine right, that is when the corruption and horrors start. I'm sure you understand, but I'll provide my common example anyways.

Group without Divine Right

LEADER: And so, we can clearly understand the earth is flat

FOLLOWER: Hold on Sir, I have evidence here to suggest the Earth is in fact, a Sphere.

LEADER: That is silly. What would make you think that?

FOLLOWER: My evidence, here, let me show you!

Either A or B Happens.

LEADER: Bah! That can't be right, you must have got it wrong.

[At this point, the leader would either be replaced once most of the group understand how the Earth can be proven to be a Sphere, or, The follower leaves the group, with no negative effects]

Group with Divine Right:

LEADER: And so, we can clearly understand the earth is flat

FOLLOWER: Hold on Sir, I have evidence here to suggest the Earth is in fact, a Sphere.

LEADER: That is silly. What would make you think that?

FOLLOWER: My evidence, here, let me show you!

LEADER: You would believe such garbage over the word of your LORD? Who are you to tell us that he, Almighty, is Wrong?

FOLLOWER: But, my evidence clearly shows that it is a Sphere, here, let me show yo-

At this point, he is either shut up, or shot up. Heresy. The God of the Old and New Testaments, and his followers, are Drunk with Blood. [link]

(Link to a website for a book I've not read yet, but done by the same guy who wrote the skeptics annotated bible. [link]

((Do you Reddit? xD))
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Puppy-eater Mar 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I know. Trust me. This drives me mad. The thing is, they can't be flexible or it would debase their power and their holy book. and just argh! :shakefist:

skeptics bible not available outside USA.
Well thank you guys who made that. That was really considerate of you.
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