Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wonder Why Wednesday - Mental

Wow, not sure what that Tuesday post was all about... must be the solar eclipse.

It's just effing everyone up left and right apparently!

Also, wow!

Of course you could say that it doesn't *really* have anything to do with anyone's mood shifts or existence-changing events, that we just pay more attention to what's already there during those times, but on the other hand...

"There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy", Shakespeare once wrote, and truer words were never spoken.

Who's to say that the moon really doesn't cause us to lose our minds when it's full, for example (the root of the word "lunatic" is, after all, "luna" - the latin for moon) , or that being near fire or water or up in the sky doesn't completely alter our bodies from the physical to the mental? And if someone feels that strongly that it's true, who are we to tell them they're crazy? People have every right to belive exactly as they please.

Then again, things like the 2012 doomsday prediction are getting ridiculous... they've even got a movie coming out about it!

It's one thing to feel in tune with the universe, it's another entirely to freak people out.

Todays Wonder Why...

Where do we get off thinking someone else's ideas are nuts but our own are perfectly valid?

I think it all has to do with personal faith and the need to be birds of a feather.

Whether someone is in need of assurance, sympathy, or just in a misery-loves-company state of being, there is often acceptance and relief to be found through things like conspiracy theory and uniting for a common cause, and of course religion and spirituality.

Astrology can do a lot for people because it's so easy to hear that it'll all be better tomorrow, and maybe that belief is what bouys them to truly *have* that better tomorrow. Read the rest of the horoscopes and you'll find they all pretty much pertain to you too, but if you need your spirits bolstered and that's going to do it for you, who am I to judge?

Religion, well... religion is so subjective as to be nearly impossible to fathom, but I think it all boils down to the same thing, namely needing to feel like we're not just floundering out here in the black. If your religious beliefs involve all-knowing deities and mine are more along the lines of Flying Spaghetti Monsters, so be it!

Lots of people just want *something* believe in or belong to, though, and unfortunately sometimes that means doom-and-gloom theories like the 2012 foolishness get a foothold, and paranoid theories on how everyone's out to get us run rampant. But, as long as they don't try to foist it on others, whatever people choose to put their faith in is their own choice. I just have a hard time understanding people who actively choose to be so negative.

It doesn't make them bad people, of course... I'm paraphrasing poorly (as usual) but someone very smart said "Sometimes they're just good people with bad information".

Too true.

The one exception to that? People who just refuse to open their eyes and see reason, like Birthers, who refuse to believe President Obama is an American citizen, despite completely valid and proven evidence to the contrary. Yeah, and the Earth is flat, too, kids.


1 comment:

Julie said...

Those Birthers are really incredible aren't they? Also, FSM RULES!!!