My sermon on religion: Unsolicited advice to the sane victims of Islam.

From September 16, 2012, just after Benghazi. I may come back to this sometime soon, because Islam is a particularly brutal example of the intellectual and spiritual ossification that results when a high-C tyranny achieves a relatively-stable state. What would stable Marxism look like? Just like that. That’s worth exploring someday. –GSS
 

When Man Alive was first published, a number of people were distressed that I didn’t take a harder line on religion. My reason for doing as I did was pretty simple: Although I am a very strident atheist, and although I have nothing but contempt for theology and for all religious apocrypha, I like, respect and admire many people who say they are religious — including my own Best Beloved, my wife, Cathleen Collins.

I care a lot less about what you say you believe than I do about how you actually behave. If you are capable of leaving me alone to live my life as I choose, I don’t care what you say are your reasons for behaving as you do. By contrast, if you claim you are in agreement with my own ideas about the nature and structure of reality, and yet you cannot manage to keep your nose out of my business, then I care a great deal your actual behavior, regardless of your putative agreement with my philosophy.

This topic is of moment this week because our friends in the lands infested with Islam have put on another display of the impotent irrationality that is represented to be the substance of their religion. I don’t make fine distinctions about anegoistic doctrines: Whether your claims are based in religion, in politics or in some absurd academic dogma, if your behavior is atrocious, you are engaged in self-destruction in spite of your self.

We go through all this in the video, but the solution to every problem posed by anti-human dogmas is four-words simple: Fuck you. I quit. When the sane believers of every sort of doctrine work up the nerve to say those four words to their would-be masters, the world will be a better place overnight.

As always, the audio-only version of this video is linked below, or you can find the SelfAdoration.com podcast on iTunes.

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  • Absolutely! Doesn’t matter in the least to me what other people do, believe or hope for… if it doesn’t impose anything on my life. If their belief and happiness depends in any way on force, fraud or theft, however, then we have a big problem.

    Some silly woman once told me that I should not carry a gun because the sight of it “offended” her and made her uncomfortable. I told her that was her problem… then I asked if she would strip down to skin if I told her I was “offended” and made uncomfortable by the fact that she wore clothes. She got really nasty after that…

    I quit listening to the would-be masters a very long time ago. And I decided that people who are “offended” by those who refuse their beliefs, or even speak against them, are obviously insecure in that belief to start with or they are only looking for dominance and control, not agreement with their philosophy.

    • > then I asked if she would strip down to skin if I told her I was “offended” and made uncomfortable by the fact that she wore clothes.

      I love it! Don’t get sucked into playing the other person’s game.

      > And I decided that people who are “offended” by those who refuse their beliefs, or even speak against them, are obviously insecure in that belief to start with or they are only looking for dominance and control, not agreement with their philosophy.

      Agreed. Obviously, very few people think as you or I do, and yet we can manage to make it through the day without constant reinforcement or approval.

  • Did I ever share this article with you? I carry a gun – Get over it http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/2012/07/30/editor.html

    But, in the end, I live and therefore I am. I don’t need any other person’s permission to live or defend myself. I don’t need anyone’s vetting of my intentions or sanity, nor approval for the self defense tool I choose or how I carry it.

    I don’t NEED to explain myself. I don’t NEED any reasons at all.

    • I loved that essay. I linked to it here.

      A lot of what we’re looking for from other people will come about when they begin to realize that self-defense cannot be delegated.

      • LIFE cannot be delegated. 🙂 People must realize that they can neither delegate someone else to live their life, nor assume that delegation from another… whether by force or voluntarily.

        The delegated life is slavery/death by another name.

        • > The delegated life is slavery/death by another name.

          Indeed.

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