I am going to describe to you a process in my own terms. I am all about and for the Authority of Reason, but I am completely against any other structure of authority and I will explain why. Structures of authority extract authority from human beings. They essentially extract god from human beings in the form of authority. They are up down relationships in which one person gets to judge and punish another because of status. I am up here and you are down there so the rules are different for us, and I benefit from them. I am closer to our god than you are…
Structures of authority do our thinking for us and we begin to rely on them, and then we stop thinking for ourselves. Once we know longer suspect them or are suspicious of them, once they have gotten used to listening to them and doing what they say, they can start slipping other information in there that they shouldn’t be doing or saying because they don’t have the authority to do it. Immoral or incorrect things.
Structures of authority attract psychopaths and they all eventually become corrupt. Psychopaths feel innately superior and deserving of anything they want, so they gravitate towards structures of authority without even thinking about it. Once they are in that office they abuse their authority. Now you are in an up down battle with somebody with more power and a better reputation so the temptation is to acquiesce and say, “I guess this is just how things are.” Psychopaths have to do their will psychopathicly. Ask yourself, why is it that child molesters keep on getting into positions where they can molest children? Because they have to get close to the children in order to molest them. What incentive do they have to protect others from themselves? What incentive do they have to reveal their intention and true nature? You have to be able to recognize them for yourself. So you make a structure of authority to do it for you. You give the government the authority, your authority, to snoop on people, but a psychopath gets into that structure of authority and abuses his power against, you guessed it, you.
The only way to prevent this is for every person to be able to recognize psychopathic behaviors and be able to confront the behavior of the psychopath and win. Everybody needs their authority put back in them, they need god put back in them. They need their responsibility put back on them. You do this by educating them highly and equally, not just in the usual subjects but also in psychology, philosophy, and ethics.
Moral authority does our moral thinking for us. The moral authority has a reputation for being moral, right? How else could they be a moral authority? They are apriorily moral. Scientific authority does our scientific thinking for us. Judicial authority does our judicial thinking for us. Legal authority does our legal thinking for us. Presidential authority does our presiding for us.
What I find so interesting about the majority of the Atheists online, is that they are not scientists or analytical philosophers or psychologists themselves, they accept received knowledge from those sources. What they do is select a source for what is true. As they receive knowledge from those sources they mistakenly make the fundamental attribution error about themselves. F.A.E. is thinking in terms of essences. They feel that they are increasing in sciency-ness, they feel very scientific about themselves. With each factoid they accept they reify to themselves that they and science are becoming closer and becoming one. They feel that their scientific authority is increasing and that they are increasing in stature and expanding their authority. They in turn expand the authority of science thinking that they are expanding their own authority.
The curious thing is that they are conflating Atheism with science and correctness and themselves. If a new idea is presented to them that they have never heard or it doesn’t come from the right source, they reject it. They even reject things from scientific sources that falsify them. It is a very fascinating phenomenon. They are not science, and they are not debating scientifically, and they are not doing science. Their authority, their god, has been separated from them. I am about putting god back in people.
Some of the Atheists online are man-hating women that see religious authority as masculine authority and reject it and want to remove all masculine authority, some of them are anarchists, some of them are pagans, some of them are people that have been traumatized by religious people and have come to associate their trauma with religiosity and god hate.
Many of the Atheists on line are control freak parents trying to control what their children are exposed to and trying to influence their children to grow up being hostile to religiosity and concepts of god. So what is going to happen? When you create a meritocracy of god hate how does the next generation make their parents proud? By being even more contemptuous than the last generation of religion. I refer to this as a puritanical pursuit, all puritanical pursuits are dangerous because purity can never be attained. You can approach purity but you can never attain it, so by it’s very nature it is obsessive and compulsive.
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry, repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety, or a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Symptoms of the disorder include excessive washing or cleaning, repeated checking, extreme hoarding, preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts, relationship-related obsessions, aversion to particular numbers and nervous rituals such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room. These symptoms can be alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress. The acts of those who have OCD may appear paranoid and potentiallypsychotic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_disorder
Puritanical pursuits are not aware of the law of diminished returns.
In economics, diminishing returns (also called diminishing marginal returns) is the decrease in the marginal (per-unit) output of a production process as the amount of a single factor of production is increased, while the amounts of all other factors of production stay constant.
The law of diminishing returns (also law of diminishing marginal returns or law of increasing relative cost) states that in all productive processes, adding more of one factor of production, while holding all others constant (“ceteris paribus“), will at some point yield lower per-unit returns. The law of diminishing returns does not imply that adding more of a factor will decrease the total production, a condition known as negative returns, though in fact this is common.
How many of you know that when Hitler was a youth he war a cornflower in his hat to show that he was in favor of a “pure” Germany? Remember to this simple concept, aseptic environments are also dead environments.
So what will happen if Atheism continues on its present course and is successful? Let’s say that they manage to get rid of religion and bring everybody to the tower of babel so that it can do everybody’s thinking form them. Science without conscience. Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason will start a youth program, to start exposing children to science and contempt for religion at a younger age. Their will be no structure of authority to check the Scientific Authority. When these youth grow up they will be prejudiced against people that are religious or even spiritual. They will harass them in the work place and get in other positions of authority. They will edit their consideration sets to preclude information from anywhere but certain sources. This will leave them blind to other options, thoughts, and relationships. They will work like a secret society to further their agenda believing themselves good and incapable of wrong, arrogant in their certainty that they are correct and that science can tell them what to do. Rewarding their members for being ruthless and vicious towards differing opinions.
In the end they will defeat themselves, I have foreseen it. That is what happens when you indoctrinate people into what to think and not how to think, you emasculate the brains of your progeny.