Archive for July 14th, 2010

Belief

In recent years, I’ve watched myself grow increasingly cynical and almost hostile towards irrational belief systems. This trend had me worried for a while… at best, it’s not nice to become cranky when people mention their beliefs, and at worst it appears to stand in direct conflict with human rights’ freedom of religion. I’m a most fervent supporter of human rights; that I might not actually adhere to what I fight for is a disturbing thought.

Before I go into details, let me briefly explain what I mean by a “belief system”. Any religion fits into that, obviously. But so does homeopathy, cloudbusting and pretty much anything that ends in -ism.

What I absolutely do not mean are atomic beliefs, that is a belief that stands on it’s own, or individual beliefs, that is a belief that you as an individual hold but that isn’t generally shared by others.

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