By solely being born to a family of religious tendencies, I oft said things that made the greatest of past bigots roll over and groan. They weren’t my words but fathers. By sheer luck I was born to a fundamental Christian home that prospered according to strict obedience to biblical law as they had the most perfect sense about it. “Every jot and tittle” as they say, was of supreme importance and likely right as father whip would convince even the finest heathens of its truth.
Father partied and played the girls when he was young
Father came to Jesus and his freewill took our freewill away
Now we all obey god or else father whips us with a belt
I can quote scripture I learned as a young child that keeps me close to Jesus
When I am older my children will never see a bible because I don’t think people like being preached or slapped
Mother caught me playing with myself and I am going to hell with all the other filthy people
Jesus died because of me.
When I am older maybe my children will find god on their own. I hope not.
“After the revolution in Russia, Lenin was quick to see the potential of applying Pavlov’s research to his own ends”. See article here about mind manipulation. My wife was sharing some of her prior experience as a catholic and what happens each Sunday. My first thought was Ivan Pavlov, his salivating dogs, and conditioned response. First the ringing bells get everyone’s attention and they line up to do Eucharist or sacrament. The process creates a warm fuzzy feeling and contentment. She said everyone really looked forward to it. Salivation preceding salvation. In the article it delves into techniques used by professionals to help preachers get converts. Well worth the time.
Cozumel is usually a pretty good idea. We stayed at an all inclusive resort with the dive club, and of course while you’re in they try to get you to the timeshare presentation. Usually I won’t go to these, but we had nothing going on for the day so we figured “what the heck”? Get a free jeep for the next day and just say no to everything in the sales pitch. What could it hurt?
I’m a math guy on just about everything, so I did the calculations and we could buy this timeshare for what we were already paying as regular guests. Not a great deal. It was like the Outlaw Josie Wales and Ten Bears. ” I’m ain’t promising you anything extra”. So we walk with our Jeep coupon and the next day go to the counter. With tax and other fees it was $50. $50 for a free Jeep. Hey! This reminds me of church! We had to pay for something you’re supposed to get free. Being an exmo, going to long boring meetings and was a way of life, and getting pressured to do things you don’t want to do is really the way of life. In the end, what was supposed to be free from jesus cost 10% of your income or no blessings. No exaltation, no temple marriage, no important callings. Nada. It’s the equivalent of buying free tap water. Pretty good scheme.
Many thanks to everyone here for sharing your insight, knowledge, and cynical as hell anti- religious wisdom. WP was a big part of my deconversion.