Thursday, August 15, 2013

2065 : Believe me, because Jesus told me so !!

I have been reading up a lot on how the human brain creates the illusion of the world around us. One of the most fundamental aspects of being human is believing. If we stop believing, the world around us will spook us to death.

Religion, dogma and just plain faith works on harnessing this basic hardwiring that our brain is hooked on to.

Like today morning, my lovely sister called me and gave me this passionate spiel on the efficacy of homeopathy :-) I have said it before and I say it again - that piece of humbug quackery does really work in some cases, and I shall not debate that at all, but is it remotely rational or scientific? Now thats a different leap of faith. And speaking of faith....even urine therapy works, and Ajmer Baba is beatifically gifted, and cow dung pellets in your tea are definitely the next elixir for an eternal youth.

The power of faith/belief is immense, and it can in turn act as a turbo boost to propel you in the direction of the faith....and thats what possibly causes the magical outcomes.

On a related note, its worthwhile remembering the fascinating Electric Monk from Douglas Adams. Unfortunately in the business of belief I am autistic and cursed. I have just no capacity for any sort of belief, and that makes this world a spiky six flag ride.

I wish I could really buy a Electric Monk :-(

The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.

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