“It is startling to realize how much unbelief is necessary to make belief possible. What we know as blind faith is sustained by innumerable unbeliefs.”
— Eric Hoffer
It takes a lot of work to maintain a system of belief. Religious believers are proud to make the claim that they live by faith. They blindly follow that for which there is an absence of proof. This lack of proof extends to any fact that contradicts their closely held beliefs.
Is Unbelief Necessary?
The short answer is yes. Unbelief is necessary. Unbelief is a requirement for those who hold mythologies and superstitions as superior to facts. Unbelief is a term that applies to those with a worldview that denies accepted scientific facts, common sense and logic.
This is not to be confused with the term non-believer. This latter term is a derogatory term used by the deeply religious for those who do not believe in their mythology.
The term believer applies to those with a worldview that relies on the mythologies and superstitions dating back to Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian and Assyrian mystery religions. These religions have not disappeared simply rebranded as into the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. There are over 3 billion people who meet weekly to receive programming to sustain their unbelief.
Why Unbelief is Necessary
The modern world exists because of a mountain of scientific discoveries. Many of these discoveries directly conflict with the mythology of the religions of believers. So, believers spend a great deal of time and effort trying to ignore or rationalize away the facts that contradict their beliefs.
Believers often meet weekly to reinforce the boundaries of their beliefs. Still, the modern world is full of examples of why their belief system is flawed and inaccurate. That’s why defending unbelief is stressful.
The mental stress from keeping up unbelief causes a psychological condition known as cognitive dissonance. This condition triggers the “fight, flight or freeze” reaction to danger to any idea that contradicts the belief system.
This is a tactic which many organized religions use to keep their members. This is an effective tool for mind control. It is amazing to consider the number of facts, and aspects of logical thinking one must give up to keep their mind from considering the facts. This is why it takes so much effort to handle the stress.
How to Spot the Need for Unbelief
Here are some things to help you determine if you are under the spell of unbelief. Sadly, systems of thought using unbelief as a central theme is easy to find. That’s because unbelief is at the foundation of the world’s dominant religious paradigms. However, not all religions are harmful. For example, Taoism and many forms of Paganism have the least barriers to becoming a freethinker. In fact, many encourage the development of your own path.
So, unbelief is not central to all spiritual beliefs. You can tell the difference quickly. If system conflicts with science or other facts, you know you are dealing with unbelief. This is especially true if the tactic of unbelief is central to the paradigm’s legitimacy. If a belief system needs to defend against facts and logic, that is a system of unbelief.
Bate and Switch
This is the classic “bate and switch” tactic. The bate is the promise to meet your internal need for spiritual exploration. But they divert our attention to Afterlife promises. The dead never complain. Some also make promises of prosperity. But, when you don’t get rich. They tell you haven’t donated enough. They use these tactics to keep you a paying customer. And these are just part of the common brainwashing techniques. They also use groupthink manipulation tactics to shape your values and behaviors.
Does this above situation sound familiar? This is what Western Organized religion or the Abrahamic religions use as its primary strategy for attaining and retaining customers. And, that’s why we know these religions as the fast-food of spirituality. They need you to believe the analogies of their mythology are facts instead of metaphors. If they can do this, they have a paying customer. Is unbelief necessary to sustain cash flow? Yes it is!
None of this has anything to do with meeting your need for an inner quest. Religious stories, doctrines or beliefs are a poor substitute for a true spiritual quest. These are nothing more than distractions. You can spot those who use these ploys because they all use the same sales tactics. Here are the three main tools they use:
1. Above all membership and allegiance to a Supreme Being, (God or Gods)
2. The justification for what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior and values
3. Required belief in the afterlife, or life after death with either rewards or punishment
Fear and Anger
As mentioned above cognitive dissonance results from programming in fear and anger. Triggering the “fight, flight or freeze” reaction is an important element. Using fear and anger as triggers is a primary tool to keep people under control. For instance, fear is a tactic of demonizing people or ideas conflict with their paradigm. It makes them unacceptable without understanding the content of their position. This gives another reason to ask, is unbelief necessary to justify fear or anger?
Fear brings the problem of evil to the forefront of the conversation. The problem of evil is a sensitive subject for those with a dualistic mindset. And, so it is a sensitive issue to those in the Abrahamic Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). A dualistic mindset is one that is black and white, good versus evil.
Here’s how it works. First, you create a problem. Then you provide the solution to the problem. For example, the problem is eternal damnation in hell for those not worthy. Then the solution is to join the paradigm which provides an eternal paradise. All it costs is your time and a sizeable portion of your income plus your support. This support includes acting to protect the belief system with violence.
So, the Afterlife becomes both the goal and the excuse. It’s the goal of membership and the excuse to hate who don’t believe as you do. This is another reason why unbelief is necessary. Now you can also become angry at those who hold a different worldview. And, your religion gives you the excuse to commit gender discrimination or violence. In this way, believers can have a clear conscience.
Above all, don’t let any organized religion pressure you into membership and unbelief. Regrettably, there are cultures in which their religious ideologies are firmly in the control.
If you live in such a community, one must learn to project an outward effect of assimilation, while remaining open-minded. Learn how to “see” through the programming. Learn how to find resources and partners who can support freethinkers. Ask yourself, is unbelief necessary to be a part of this group? If it does, find another healthier group.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia