Fear, Religion, and Freedom


I never understood the hypocrisy of people who act like they do not have desires, physical and nonphysical. Even religious figures have desires. It’d be disturbing to think of those who deny that fact. Wonder if priests touching children is a consequence of that denial. Asceticism and discipline have negative consequences that we are blind to as human beings, such as judging others for not “achieving similar standards”, but such perfectionists attitudes are inhuman, unrealistic, and, as a result, hypocritical.

Take a look for instance at Israel, where Palestinians suffer everyday because Israelis believe they are more entitled to land then others for whatever reason they can conjure or assert, be it biblical prophecy, the Holocaust, or anti-Semitism. I always feel like these Israeli prime ministers and presidents, like most politicians, love portraying themselves as above-human individuals with higher standards of behavior, ideology, and culture. This is comparable to the superficial culture of Republicanism and Conservatism in the U.S., and the U.K. come to think of it, which I see as another product of attempts by people to abuse their privileges in order to reap more benefits and to live better while tormenting others with outrageous ideas about the “proper” standards of living that they themselves cannot meet.

Ah, ignorance. There is nothing like it.

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.  – Oscar Wilde

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