As a theist, I don't need to pretend that atheists are incorrect. They are clearly about as out of touch with reality as a person can possibly be. They live in an elaborate world of fictions. The only reason they don't recognize this themselves is because their fictions are very useful, powerful and dangerous. The dangerous parts are the areas that reveal how far out of touch with reality they actually are. However, they devote a great deal of energy to spinning the terrible downsides into visions of 'progress,' heroism, or forms of supposedly noble social sacrifice.
The strengths which they develop for themselves have become a curse that makes them just intelligent enough to trick themselves into remaining convinced of their correctness, but not bright enough to see how harmful that 'correctness' has become. For example, they focus on the reasoning it took to invent powerful weapons or modes of transportation, but ignore the downside that they are now trapped inside of an inescapable arms race, which has forced them to produce weapons of mass destruction just to survive. They are proud of the reasoning that led them to create mega-industries while ignoring the planetary devastation this has unleashed.
Their reasoning has NOT led to an intimacy with reality, but an isolation from it, enabling them to destroy elements of reality which those who actually know reality intimately could never bring themselves to harm. Even their principal tenet is 'First isolate, then analyze.'
People who know reality would never harm it, no matter how enticing their own minds might make this seem or what promises this might hold for them inside a futuristic imagination. Atheists live in fictions while truly believing that theists are the ones living in fictions. There is no remedy for this mental error except the abandonment of its logical basis, since it has reasoned itself full circle into a thought labyrinth that sees its own reflection in its 'opponents' but refuses to acknowledge it or claim it as their own. They project their own delusions upon others. This condition has become every bit as inescapable as the terminal arms race that reflects the fatal flaw of its errant foundation. Both must be abandoned if they have any hope of surviving.
"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5).
· 10 months ago