If this is to long to read for someone, I ask for folks to at least read the bolded parts and respond to that.
There is quite a few ideas and concepts that I want to bounce off fellow atheists here. Are these ideas just a conspiracy theory? Quack science? Unevidenced or evidenced? Or is there something there, new (to me,) ideas that people generally just do not talk about out of lack of awareness or perhaps even fear?
A lot of the ones I want to ask or talk about are centered around the base concept of: if so many people have gotten something so wrong as god and the major religions, what other commonly held beliefs, ideas, cultural rules etc that are completely wrong that I am not even aware of, or just beginning to suspect?
When I first started on these boards and other discussion groups like it, I already knew god/religion was very likely not real. I have since learned with the help of people here that believing in god is a lot like believing in santa Claus, but only for adults. I have even begun to understand the why and how this mass delusion occurs and continues to perpetuate, why even fact, logic, sound reasoning cannot penetrate the "armor" built up to protect these, obvious to me now, insane and unworkable ideas like the various bibles. I have even begun to understand the underlying human psychology upon which these false ideas perpetuate and rely upon.
Back to my original question: much like how various very powerful religious entities work (often times very effectively) to keep people blind to the truth of the utter nonsense that is most all major organized religions, are their possibly even greater ones at work, perhaps even more insidious workings most of us (including me) are not even aware of? If I ask the wrong questions or have the wrong debate will these controlling powers that be notice? It is so easy to index the written word on the web. Could asking the wrong questions or bring up the wrong topic actually bring harm to me or others that participate?
Obviously this is a case by case basis based on the question, (if my thought or question is truly nonsense, obviously no harm will come to me or others.) Others may be a truth but no controlling organization that would care about a discussion taking place in some tiny corner in the almost endless internet discussing it.
Another way a question can be dangerous, we may already know the answer, but considering the answer could perhaps lead to madness? Sort of like nihilism but times 1000? Could a thought be so dangerous a person ceases to be same, to change in ways that can be very negative? Perhaps even overwhelm the fundamental drive to live and survive?
A benign example of some of what I am talking about:
There are quite a few security apparatus (this is my professional industry now for the most part,) that rely on large scale ignorance.
A more well known one in security, thus making it more benign, (I think?!?) is the example of: the many issues around public airport security. (I won't go into details, but I think most folks here are aware of this on at least some level.)
Any and all input from you guys would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.
I finish with a favorite quote of mine: "Question everything."
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