Fundamentalists in any form make me uneasy. Not only do I g et a feeling I'm dealing with someone who's a bit mentally unstable, but the ARROGANCE of being RIGHT is scary. I am using the term fundamentalist as a critical label.
Here's the Wikipedia definition "Fundamentalism
is often used as a pejorative term, particularly when combined with
other epithets (as in the phrase "Muslim fundamentalists" and
Richard Dawkins has used the term to characterize religious advocates
as clinging to a stubborn, entrenched position that defies reasoned
argument or contradictory evidence.Others
in turn, such as Christian theologian Alister McGrath, have used the
term fundamentalism to characterize atheism as dogmatic."
they mention Richard Dawkins. To me, Dawkins is just as
'fundamentalist' as those he criticises. You catch the glimpse of that
same scary passion that makes you uneasy. Yet, when he keeps away from
'belief' meddling, he's just the most wonderful speaker!
The thing about 'belief' is that it's just 'belief'. Beliefs
are patterns we weave about ourselves or about others because that's
the way WE understand stuff. We can assume things will work out in our
own personal understanding of our lives if we use the patterns we have
woven. It is possible to know the difference between knowledge and
belief and keep them separate, but use them together. Belief is a
personal survival tool.
Fortunately, I have never got
tangled up in any dogma, creed or religion - I have always seen the
trap. Yet I believe a lot of things that haven't been 'proven' by
science. I believe in the healing power of touch, of love. I believe I
have the choice to think positively, or be a victim. I believe that the
idea that science knows everything - or ever will - is not true.
believe consciousness is vast and can be explored - and has been for
thousands of years. I believe Homo Sapiens Sapiens is not simply an
animal, but has 'added value'.
I believe the Universe is a living
creature. I believe we have lost touch with it.
I believe that
'science' is becoming the new Religion. I believe the terrifying
technological weapons created by science at work is doing as much harm
to the world as any other religion ever did before it.
believe the good will outweigh the evil in as much measure as any
I think everyone should be allowed to believe what
helps them survive sanely - and HAPPILY.
I think we should avoid fundamentalists, meddling, and confidently believe our own stuff.