The Reach (Part 4)

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Atheism, LGBT


Scratch that Itch:


We as humans all have needs of belonging, love, joy, peace, profession, achievement, advancement, entertainment and leisure.  Throughout our lives, many of us have had a deprived experience with these, invoking desperation to believe in a ‘higher power’ that can make it all seem right.  Someone we can trust.  Someone to throw our short comings, desires, and aspirations upon, wanting desperately to experience a supernatural response to their human demise.  Is the idea of a God the only answer to this itch?  This ‘itch’, is part of every thinking human being on the earth.  It’s in our DNA.  It crosses oceans, culture, religions, race, and creeds to find itself at the center of all that drives us.  Religion quickly monopolizes on the urge to scratch by implying a well constructed and proven way to mask the answer, imprinting primitive methods of non truths to sooth the afflicted.  They give that person false hopes, with their creation of an afterlife; heaven, hell, purgatory (recently reneged), then paint an escape in the loving arms of a nonexistent entity.  It’s quite the sales pitch, actually.  They present an invisible product, an insurance policy of a lifetime (and afterlife), and wrap it with grace, love, and the acceptance of an all loving, but jealous God.  The doctrines, created to give a road-map to how we as humans are to live; what we do, what we eat, where we go and who we go with, who to love, and who to have sex with and in what positions! 

Sound crazy?  I think so…and it’s presented and accepted all around us.  Karl Marx is quoted saying “Die religion ist das Opium des Volkes” or “religion is the opium of the people”.  “It comforts people, gives them hope”, I hear this all the time.  They invoke mystical creations of angels, demons, dead saints that they swear effects their everyday life experiences.  In reality, does this invention of God have a physical existence?  Is he the one that manipulates events of mankind?  Does bargaining with God through prayer actually put ‘feet’ on the answer?  Nay, I say not.  People, yes, fellow human beings, are the ones with the compassion and facilities to help those in need, and they alone are the ones to fulfill them, or not.  Anything else is just a misdirected fantasy of a ‘scratch’ for the reality of the ‘itch’.


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