Are religious people inferior life forms compared to enlightened atheists?

Atheists don’t boast superiority nor they profess of being the enlightened one and Religion plays little to no role in determining superiority nor does it affects enlightenment.

Superiority is a simply a concept made-up by narcissists with a god complex. Superiority doesn’t imply enlightenment not does enlightenment imply superiority, men are not created equal they “were” equal. It’s the inner moral compass that guides you to enlightenment, not your religion or the lack of it.

History has numerous examples where men claimed they were superior to others because of their religious beliefs or the superiority of their religion. But just look, what these superiors have done. From the ulama’s of Islam, who use jihad as a tool to commit murders in the name of God; to the protectors of the faith of the Christ with their of crusades and franchise of conversion; or the god-men of Hinduism with their megalomaniac egos. These over glorified fascist and fanatics have twisted and drained the entirety of Morales and aura of enlightenment from their own faiths.

Just because, you have a different belief system which you consider to be an epitome of enlightenment or a social order that you remark as civilized, doesn’t necessarily makes you superior or enlightened.

Think about it, the Spanish conquistadores present them themselves as gods to the Mayans and Incas, proclaiming to be enlightened and superior to their ancient ways. But these enlightened supremacists destroyed a much superior society. I agree they were barbarians but shouldn’t these enlightened gods have instead helped them overcome that one thing. Or weren’t these enlightened beings as barbaric as them, for slaughtering millions in the name of God.

In fact, modern educated society is also not different in that regard. Men like Jim Jones, Shoko Asahara, Bhindranwale, Joseph Koney, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and much more developed a cult around them which ultimately leads to the death of humanity itself. Hitler professed of Aryan supremacy and look what he did with that supremacy. And only an egomaniac narcissist would think that some people are superior to others. Africans were said to be an inferior race but science ultimately proved that in fact, they are the real forefathers of humans race on earth.

So you see enlightenment and superiority are worlds apart. An enlightened society will never deal with a relative concept like superiority.

Buddha was enlightened but we turned him into a religious figure and polluted his teachings. Krishan was enlightened but he is was promoted to the status of a god, Christ was enlightened and still, millions were slaughtered for his glory, Mohammad was enlightened but we killed his ideology for a ransom called heaven.

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What is Faith

Human beings in a mob

What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a god?

What’s a god to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything?

Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild

 

 Is it an unjustifiable urge in believing someone or observing an obligation to something without questioning its metaphysical existence or autonomy. A placebo inspected by humanity in an endeavor to escape from true nature of things. Or perhaps an ideology or proof of concept for assurance of things hoped for or an evidence of things not seen.

Whatever it may be, one is certain; it is definitely not related to religion. The religious aspect of faith has only been evident from last 7 centuries and is largely responsible for the introduction of the “blind” as a prefix to it. This prefix has poisoned it roots from pagan and dharmic contexts.

I believe that we only show faith in things for which there is no evidence or things we cannot see or have not seen; but as soon as evidence is made available no one dares to speak of “Faith” suddenly it’s substituted with words like confidence, certainty or sureness. The introduction of evidence shatters the charms or aura of faith. Tell me, where is! the talk of faith when it comes to gravity, two two’s are four or that some day one is bound to die. We drag faith out of its coveted shell only when we wish to substitute emotions for evidence.

It aptly said: “The substitution of emotion for evidence leads to strife”, as emotions always change on individual or group perspectives. Hindus may have faith in Rebirth, A Christian may show similar faith in resurrection as a Muslim would in virgins of Heaven or communists in Marxism or an optimist in utopia. But can this faith be defended rationally; No! it cannot be hence it is defended by irrational justifications, propaganda and if necessary by war. Faith has always be equated to confidence on one’s perceived degree of warrant and almost always depend on context. Faith is not only fideism or obedience to a set of rules or statements we must conceive and understand what and why is it required, as having faith without understanding is blind faith which is not true and fair to laws of nature. Evidently introducing “Faith” in a conversation is the best method of avoiding intelligent and intellectual discussions which are resonated by the fact that the root word for faith is “pistis” meaning “to be persuaded”.

Richard Dawkins once said:

” Faith is a process of active non-thinking, a practice that only degrades our understanding of the natural world by allowing anyone to make a claims solely on their personal thoughts, and possibly distorted perceptions as it does not require testing against nature, has no ability to make consistent predictions, and is not subject to peer review”

 

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DHARMA vs RELIGION

Interestingly, oldest religions or dharmic religions as opposed to Abrahamic ones address faith with an undertone of philosophy and argue that faith or belief depends, less on strengths of evidence but more on the weight of idea that it represents. They say faith is courage as well as resolution, it’s steadfast and often leads to enlightenment. They encourage to question faith, investigate its validity as for them it is rooted more in curiosity than on or around god.

Faith for me is all about conscious knowledge, good deeds, obedience, in-depth understanding, convictions in things, determinations in seeking goals and the joy of the drive to enlightenment.

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The Cycle of Faith in Religion Compared to Phases in Life

Faith is a principle of action and power

Whenever we work toward a worthy goal, we exercise faith