17 thoughts on “Bill Reynolds”

  1. A very sad story of struggle and mental suffering , how we struggle to be free and wonder if we are still behind more subtle bars , or maybe moved from one closed prison to a more open one. The Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale about the Emperor’s clothes is one of the best ever written because it contains a truth about human nature.
    Recently we have had the great service of remembrance ten thousand marched past the Cenotaph , they all appeared to have religious zeal but I suspect most of them were not Christian believers , so what was going on? Was it the worship of the dead? was it the substitution of the nation for the idea of God?
    When I was a boy my dad used to get quite angry when the cup final crowd sang Abide With Me it’s ridiculous he would say soon they will be cursing the referee.
    When Princess Diana died I watched the funeral aghast — what was going on ? what were these crowds seeking?
    Nicolas Humphrey partly answers this : ‘ Trout live in rivers ,gorillas in forests , bed bugs in beds , humans in Soul land ‘ because our time traversing self fears death. Humphrey contends that the creation of the self enabled civilization but also created the fear of death.
    How many times have you watched people talking to gravestones? How often do we say I do it because it’s what my wife would have expected of me?
    ‘ We shall remember them ‘

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    1. I was just reading the wiki on the emperor New clothes. The logical fallacy explanations was very well worded. “The story is about a situation where “no one believes, but everyone believes that everyone else believes. Or alternatively, everyone is ignorant to whether the emperor has clothes on or not, but believes that everyone else is not ignorant. Enter religion…

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  2. Extremely well written Bill! I would think part of the reason you would also want it to be true (whether you consciously thought it or not) was because you didn’t want to feel like you were wasting your time all those years but that you didn’t want to believe all the people you know and cared for could have been so wrong and self deluded.

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          1. Yes, I am quite an expert on reaching faulty conclusions, but I have plenty of company. Granted it’s supposed to be allegorical, but I just don’t see what looking for a “man in a room” has to do with justifying atheism.

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            1. Deception is a strong word — deception is willful. Isn’t it more probable that people, being people, are partly wrong but partly right?

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            2. Deception is tradition. People go along with the hoax, same with Santa and other traditions, even when they know it’s false. It is a setback to keep altering g realities. The god hoax has deeper psychological games at play.

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