Fundamentalists Are Simply Afraid

I dislike all forms of fundamentalisms -- religious, political, and ethical.  Fundamentalism stems from fear.  A person who insists on his or her own beliefs without contradiction is a person who is afraid.  They cling to their beliefs because otherwise the world would seem chaotic and without order. 



Look at any fundamentalist -- my God is the only god, my politics are the only politics, what I think is right is the only way to think of right and wrong -- and you will see someone who cannot accept even the tiniest of possibility that other people might think differently.



In many ways, we ought to pity the fundamentalist.  A person who has enslaved himself to an idea, merely to find security, is crying out for mental freedom.  But of course, it is up to them to free themselves. 
Seraph1m Seraph1m
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People who claim to have no faith, actually have faith in Human evolution from animals which no one has any proof for because no one ever saw it happen.<br />
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The Jewish Bible known as Torah has accurately predicted the exact date of the assassination of Yitschok Rabin with his name and stating it would be assassination.<br />
This was not found after the fact but was actually predicted ahead of time and he was warned about it ahead of time.<br />
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Thousands of years Torah also stated the proper number of stars in the universe which modern science can only confirm these days in the 21st century.<br />
There are many other examples of modern science in Torah which proves it's from G-d.<br />
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Job and Isaiah never said anything about unicorns.<br />
What they describe is not a horse with a horn growing out of it's head which is what a unicorn is according to ever fairytale that ever featured them in their stories.

Posted by jonothano on Jan 24th, 2012 at 2:04AM <br />
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in a way i think it's the atheists who should be pitied. By snobbishly saying that 9 out 10 people are wrong about religion and have lived with a lie in their hearts. How can 90% of the populations be so wrong about something? they can't. Atheist are somewhat even more stubborn than us religious. <br />
Look at atheists-----my thoughts are all right, my words and actions are revolutionary and true. Everyone else is stupid and ignorant for believing in something as elementary as God.<br />
Atheist cling to their beliefs because their pride doesn't allow them to be wrong. Because they feel they can always think ahead of the rest of the world they're NEVER wrong....<br />
yea right <br />
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jonothano, i love when a believer starts talking about atheist, he immediately lumps himself into "i believe in god category" and then shows us the numbers. now do me a favor put yourself into the "my god crowd" and run the numbers .........yes that's right now you believe a large chunk of the people on this planet are wrong and dillusional and living with a lie in their hearts. you see my friend your almost and atheist , you just have one more god to go........unless of course you believe in all the gods that are on this planet............think about it...............or don't

in a way i think it's the atheists who should be pitied. By snobbishly saying that 9 out 10 people are wrong about religion and have lived with a lie in their hearts. How can 90% of the populations be so wrong about something? they can't. Atheist are somewhat even more stubborn than us religious. <br />
Look at atheists-----my thoughts are all right, my words and actions are revolutionary and true. Everyone else is stupid and ignorant for believing in something as elementary as God.<br />
Atheist cling to their beliefs because their pride doesn't allow them to be wrong. Because they feel they can always think ahead of the rest of the world they're NEVER wrong....<br />
yea right

I agree with this story. Fundamentalism is basically a defence mechanism people of some kind of 'life struggle' utlize out of insecurity for either something to believe in, or for identity.<br />
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I've seen the concept of political fundamentalists brought up, particuarly liberal. It's not the liberals people need to watch out for, it's the radical progressives. Your Communists, Anarchists, Marxists etc. Most people seem to think 'liberals' are left wing, they aren't, they're centre-left, I'm talking about the REAL left wing here.<br />
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Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not reinforcing my own political views in this post out of bias, even if it looks that way. I'm bringing this types up for a reason. You see when the 'progressive left' want to 'educate' those that don't see things exactly the same way as them, they genuinely use condescending remarks to try and make the 'uneducated' feel less intelligent, in a partronizing way, to 'bring them to the other side'. It's a low tactic, but lexis in the phrases they use include things like "wake up", "open your eyes", and they claim that their side is the only way to 'critically think', to 'think freely', to 'think for yourself', to 'question society', to 'free yourself'.<br />
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Of course the irony being, if you commit yourself to a radical wing, or radical anything fundamental, you will end up following that religiously. Whatever your 'side' says or does, you will adhere to militantly. The problem is now, your rational thought is now corrupted with that, because you're surrounded by them so much, you undergo 'group polarization' which reinforces these opinions into your new identity. You will only ever see or talk about things from this 'fundamental perspective', and will find it very hard to see or think outside the box from what you've been controlled to see or think. Surrendering your freedom to trust 'leaders' that claim they have your best interests post-struggle, religiously committing yourself to texts.<br />
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So, how is this critically thinking? How is this being free and thinking for yourself? How is this waking up? Now you're enpowered by delusions, because in the mist of your struggles, you've become convinced it's the only way, rather than finding the power in yourself to make a change to your life without the need to be controlled like this.<br />
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I'm using the hard left wing as an example, because they always seem to be ones to use condescending and patronizing insults to belittle those that don't follow them, and then end up becoming the monster they hate. I'm sure the radical right wing conservatives do it as well, so I don't want to be percieved as bias, I'm just saying I've personally seen Communists, Marxists and Anarchists do it more.

amen !!!

forlorn3 (and anyone else who agrees with forlorn3) Check out the experience/story with video "Soccer Pla<x>yer Kicks Owl To Its Death" and look at the comments for it.<br />
2/3 (or more) of those posting say that the "animal abusing soccer pla<x>yer' should be tortured to death for kicking the Owl (and they do not know that his kick actually is what killed it, but even if it WAS) which later died.<br />
I have NEVER EVER seen anyone EVER scream against those supporters of vengeful cold blooded murder, say anything against their own hypocrisy in demanding the death penalty for such things while in every OTHER case claiming they are supposedly AGAINST the Death Penalty.<br />
This kind of hypocrisy is what makes all animal rights types nothing but mindless fanatics and as 'fundamentalist' as anyone can get.

forlorn3, I agree, but only if the defendant's already been executed.

It drives me mad when people refuse to open their minds to the possibility that their beliefs are unjustified.<br />
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People dont question anything. like...<br />
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Why do "accidental" murderers only get a few years in prison, when a jewel thief gets 30 years? Surely a life is infinitally more precious? Our country cares about the economy much more than it cares about people.<br />
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Also, why are pills (extacy) illegal? I have never seen a fight in a single big raving nightclub ive been to, only happy friendly people, wheres there are always fights in places where people just drink. <br />
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Also, newspapers and the media control so much of what we think and feel about things. They ignore important things like the third world, instead focusing on trivial things like victoria beckhams new haircut. They are really the unelected leaders of our country, because they control public opinion. They are all biased.<br />
How do most people know that Brazil exists, for example? Most people have never been there, but they dont question the accuracy of it when they see a documentary. And the war in Iraq. I think theres a lot we arnt being told. <br />
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Also, why do we accept high taxes, and the country and the nhs getting worse and worse as the cost of living rises? If even 1 in ten of us protsted at the same time, there would be 6 million people outside downing street. They would have to listen then.<br />
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People just accept everything, and dont truly believe that they can change things. We can. <br />
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Our country is run by middle classed old men. Their lives dont reflect ours, so how can they possibly relate to us? the needs of a young single mum with 5 kids?<br />
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I could go on forever, buti need to get off this bloody computer!

I didn't answer that 5 times... That's kinda weird... I have had a couple margi's though...

Answer this question: Why would an oak tree, after it has been stung by a certain type of wasp that has laid an egg on it, create what is known as an "oak apple" to house and feed the larvae after it has hatched? Don't count out creation... Call me a fundamentalist if you will, but I can't shake all the evidence...

Answer this question: Why would an oak tree, after it has been stung by a certain type of wasp that has laid an egg on it, create what is known as an "oak apple" to house and feed the larvae after it has hatched? Don't count out creation... Call me a fundamentalist if you will, but I can't shake all the evidence...

Answer this question: Why would an oak tree, after it has been stung by a certain type of wasp that has laid an egg on it, create what is known as an "oak apple" to house and feed the larvae after it has hatched? Don't count out creation... Call me a fundamentalist if you will, but I can't shake all the evidence...

Answer this question: Why would an oak tree, after it has been stung by a certain type of wasp that has laid an egg on it, create what is known as an "oak apple" to house and feed the larvae after it has hatched? Don't count out creation... Call me a fundamentalist if you will, but I can't shake all the evidence...

Answer this question: Why would an oak tree, after it has been stung by a certain type of wasp that has laid an egg on it, create what is known as an "oak apple" to house and feed the larvae after it has hatched? Don't count out creation... Call me a fundamentalist if you will, but I can't shake all the evidence...

Awesome statement, we need to learn to agree to disagree!!!!

Ummm So WOW...<br />
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I see that people came out in full force. I think commenting parties were stirred by stating that "those" people don't think for themselves. Some people have a very defined moral and ethical code, great for them. However, I think that people just need to hold themselves accountable for what they believe and allow others to make decisions for themselves. I just think that people want to scream because they don't agree.... Fine, don't agree... its what makes the world go 'round. Perhaps it would be more advantagious to embrace our differences instead of creating more "us and them" situations... Perhaps it would be better if we didn't try to impose our values and beliefs on each other. I say go find like minded people and sit around patting each other on the back for being right and QUIT telling everyone else how to live. This has been the problem since the dawn of time. <br />
Why can't we all just get along?

The crazy thing about creationists is that they have to convince themselves that thousands of scientists, universities, research programs, and text books on geology (earth history), biology (evolution), astrophysics (solar history, and chemistry (radioisotope dating) are completely wrong. That includes Nobel prize winners, Harvard, etc. All wrong.... Wow, talk about faith!

SORRY IF I OFFENDED YOU, PEOPLE THAT MURDER, RAPE,MOLEST INNOCENT PEOPLE DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY, AND WE WOULD ELIMINATE OVER CROWDED PRISON SYSTEMS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN WITH YOUR HEAD STUCK IN THE SAND, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT INNOCENT PRISONERS, I AM TALKING ABOUT PRISONERS WHO WERE FOUND GUILTY, WITHOUT REASON OF DOUBT. IT MAKES NO SENSE, THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY ACTS OF VIOLENCE TOWARD THEIR LOVED ONES THEY ARE NOT GIVEN THE PRIVILEDGE TO RECIEVE A PARDON FROM THEIR GRIEF, THEY LIVE WITH IT EVERY DAY. I HAD A SISTER MURDERED BY A SICK MAN , THERE WAS SOME JUSTICE THE BASTARD SHOT HIMSELF TOO!!!!! MY OPINION

Wow Mother what a distorted point of view you have.<br />
So we should put people in jail to die? not feed them?<br />
And where are taxpayers paying for abortions? <br />
Get a clue, go talk to REAL PEOPLE that have had REAL ABORTIONS and see how many of them had one paid by the government.

Thank God for the freedom of our right to be a free thinker, i am a consevative and very proud to be, i cannot believe the liberal side of our politicians. If i could be president for one week. The first agenda i would stop abortion, i feel if you want an abortion, you pay for it, do not make taxpayers pay for your choices not to use birth control. common sense.Also our prison system stinks. The taxpayers are paying for the incarceratd hair cuts, food, dental, entertainment, etc. It is so wrong when our seniors have to make the choice between food or medicine, think about it. Who is paying for Charlie Manson to eat and enjoy entertainment, he should be put out of his misery. i just think it is wrong for the way our country treats our seniors, when the true criminals get a free ride at the expense of the taxpayers. And you are a taxpayer right!!!!!!

Very well said, couldn't say it better myself. My dad is a fundamentalist type thinker. He's afraid his whole world will break down if he's wrong. Not so much a religious fundamentalist but a conservative political one. Thanks for the story.

I agree! Aren't we supposed to be intelligent, free-thinking creatures? Why are so many people content to take the easy route and do and think as they are told, and never question anything, no matter how much it might benefit themselves and the world around them!!?? Drives me mad I tell you!