I just can't improve on Pat Condell's brilliance.
I've seen his videos in the past, but I didn't realize he has been so prolific. (I know, I live under a rock). He did this latest video about a month ago and it's awesome, as usual. I decided to do a transcript mainly for myself because I agreed with just about everything he said. So I thought I'd add it here. Thanks Pat, you really did nail what I think! :)
Godless and Free by Pat Condell
Somebody pointed out to me recently that by focusing on what I don't want, namely religion, I'm attracting more of it into my life, which I agree would be a very unfortunate irony if not for the fact that I'm focusing on what I do want, and that's freedom, and lots of it.
You see, I make these videos not because I despise religion as humanity's way of poking itself in the eye with a sharp stick for no reason, although obviously I do, but because I want to live in a free world full of free people who can say whatever they want to say and who can be whoever they want to be one thousand percent fo the time, and where nobody is allowed to shut them up because their crackpot religious beliefs have been offended.
I don't care at all about theology, unless it threatens that freedom, and then I care about it the way I care about rabies or typhoid. So you could say that I'm not so much anti-religion as pro-freedom. Indeed if religion was pro-freedom, I wouldn't have such a problem with it. But then if religion was pro-freedom it wouldn't exist.
Because religion feeds on a broken spirit, and that's why it tries to break your spirit the moment you come into contact with it.
Submit. Obey. Do not question.
Those words should be chiseled above the entrance of every church and every mosque. Because that's the only message religion has, when it comes right down to it - Praise the lord, or else.
The pope spelled it out for American catholics when he told them, "Obedience to the doctrine of the church is the foundation of your faith." That's what he said. There was no mention of enlightenment or spirituality or any of these things, because he's not in this business. He's in the obedience business, the only business where the customer is always wrong.
Clergy are the only salesmen who don't have to justify or prove any of the outrageous claims they make for the product they're hustling, and this leaves them free to engage in the kind of open fraud which in any other walk of life would be a criminal offence.
For the level of investment they demand from us I believe we're entitled to expect actual enlightenment and wisdom in return. Instead, what do we get? We get dogma, crude coercion, and endless empty pieties about the love of a god who clearly loves us the way a violent husband loves the woman sitting next to him with two black eyes. If we step out of line we pay in the most brutal way.
And it's this crass violence at the heart of religion which I believe makes it truly evil, and also furnishes proof, as if proof were needed, that this is an entirely manmade phenomenon with nothing divine about it, otherwise it wouldn't be so damned ugly.
The god of the desert is transparently a false god. He's a puppet who speaks with the voice of ignorant men who are afraid of knowledge and afraid of freedom and who therefore need desperately to control the thoughts of others for their own miserable survival.
They need us to believe that we're less than we are, and to diminish ourselves in our own minds, to feel small and helpless, in need of salvation. So what do they tell us? They tell us that strength and virtue lie in submission. Yes, of course they do. With our faces in the dust we are invincible, isn't that right?
And of course we live forever, either in eternal bliss or in eternal torment, but that's entirely up to us. Eternal bliss requires that you wear a straitjacket of blind faith, not permanently, just from now until you die, whereas living a joyful, humane, compassionate, but godless life will get you horribly tortured for all eternity.
Fear is religion's currency of choice. It's the lowest of human emotions because it's the most crippling emotion and this is why it's religion's currency of choice. It's pretty obvious when you think about it, but hey, don't strain yourselves.
But actually it's religion that has everything to fear because it depends on maintaining the illusion, maintaining the spell, and hoping that nobody manages to burst its artificial bubble of faith, and this is exactly why it wages such determined war on our basic freedoms of thought and speech.
But it's losing this war, because every day more and more of us are waking up to the damage that this nonsense is doing to our world. We can see our societies being twisted out of shape, being injected with false values that pander to bigotry and superstition, and we've realized that this god of the desert has outstayed his welcome and become a liability, and quite frankly he needs us a lot more than we need him.
Because we've moved on from the desert, and we've discovered a few things about the world, and the universe, and our place in it, and we're no longer afraid of the thunder and the lightning. Our world is no longer populated by demons and hobgoblins, and we no longer need to be led around by the nose for the benefit of clergy.
And they know this, just as they know that their god's very existence depends entirely on our belief - belief without evidence and belief that defies reason - and when that belief disappears, as one day it certainly will, this ridiculous god will disappear with it, instantly and forever.
He won't be able to vent his wrath or visit retribution on anyone, because he won't exist. He'll evaporate quicker than common sense in a creation museum, and his vast army of controlling parasitical clergy will find themselves briefly, cartoon-like in mid air, before dropping like fleas into a bucket.
That's what I'm looking forward to, and that's what I'm focused on, and it's why I make these videos, because I think we're better than this. And I know we've got the power to withdraw our belief, and our consent, and put a stop to this nonsense.
All we need is the courage.
Peace and freedom. Let's not forget the freedom.
This is just brilliant. I wish I had the sunny optimism Pat expresses in this video. I can't say that I do, but it sure would be nice if people could find the courage and the wherewithall to break free of the shackles of blind faith and dogma.
I want to point out one thing. The argument Pat talks about in the beginning is flawed. He said that someone told him that by focusing on what he doesn't want in his life, he's attracting more of it. This is called the Law of Attraction and it's completely bogus. I'll write more about it later. Remind me if I forget. :P