Re: playing at suicide

From: Jeremy Bradley (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 04:28:26 GMT

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    At 09:14 AM 10/01/02 -0500, you wrote:
    >On 01/10/02 02:26, Philip Jonkers said this-
    >Is it religion that is ingrained, or the mechanisms that allow religion
    >to flourish? I suspect the latter, and that religion has endured only
    >because it is a facile set of conditions to set up and maintain.
    There is a narratological theory that in the early development of Homo
    (SP), at a time of mass extinction, our 'family' survived because of the
    high percentage of grandparents (and I'm not just saying this 'cos I am
    one). The grannies were useful because they had knowledge, could process
    foods that may have been toxic in their natural form and they could look
    after children etc..
    This last point interests me, children ask questions - why, why, why (and I
    think that they always did). More than average mammal curiosity would seem
    to be one of our distinguishing features. My observation is that when busy,
    or the adult doesn't know the answer, answers may be made up on the spot.
    I suggest that answers to such questions as "why are we here" etc. were
    invented so as to comply with existing social criteria. We thus became, not
    Homo sapiens (wise man), but Homo nerans (story telling man).
    Religion, or spiritual awareness, appears to be culturally specific, but
    universal. Our mob - the One Godders - derive our notions of the powerful
    God looking over us all like a shepherd, from nomadic herders.
    Over many generations these answers would have been refined into a "social
    glue" or a "facile set of conditions". Nevertheless they became truths.
    I think that we get our formative memes from the fundamental stories. In
    the case of the West, it is easy to see that we have derived our notions of
    Truth, Justice and the usanian way of life (no, not from Superman) from the
    Old Testament God. Though I must add that SM was a 'might-is-right' god
    clone and so was John Wayne.
    Conflict then arises when one group claims exclusive access to Truth. War
    is the result of ignorance and intolerance. What we (and I mean WE) have to
    do is generate an acceptance for diversity of spirituality, intelligence
    and behaviour.
    Three cheers for diversity.

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