Storybook land is the name of an amusement park in New Jersey. But, it is also the name of a psychological mental disorder. Make sure you don’t expose yourself to the source of this disease.
What is this Psychological Disorder?
It is the obsession with an imaginary construct of reality that distorts thinking. This disorder manifests as a superiority complex and mindset making an imaginary construct superior to any facts or evidence to the contrary. It makes people susceptible to groupthink manipulation tactics. Thus, providing those who are authority figures can use their leadership position to brainwash and promote any type of agenda.
When people are in this mindset, it creates the need to protect these boundaries against anything that threatens this unhealthy worldview. It substitutes fiction and mythology for facts, evidence, and logic. The result is a type of self-hypnosis that becomes a slippery slope. The more the individual exposes themselves, the more likely they are to accept extremist points of view. Who would do that? Well, you would be surprised to find out how many people do just that.
Every week almost one half the population of the planet gathers to pretend. Pretending isn’t a bad thing when used correctly. Children spend a lot of time in their imaginary worlds of play. Adults need to play as well. However, children do not create rules or values that run a society. We teach children not to allow their imaginary friends and enemies to override their common sense. In other words, don’t run out in the street because your imaginary enemy is trying to catch you.
The problem begins when adults allow the preoccupation of mythology to override facts and reason. See what it is and what you can do about it. This is the problem. This is where the danger begins. People routinely subject themselves to groupthink manipulation tactics. Thus, reinforcing the strength of this psychological disorder. It all starts with pretending an imaginary story is true.
Imagination is a powerful tool. Everything in our modern world originates from the imagination of a creative person. They use imagination to design and create things that have substance. However, using your imagination to fixate on fictional mythologies is dangerous. This leads to the problem of confusing fictionalized accounts with facts.
So, what is the difference between living with imagination and living in an imaginary world? It is simple. When you use your imagination to create things, the results materialize and are measurable. If you use imagination to create things, it leaves empirical evidence.
The problem occurs when adults substitute the facts provided by science and evidence for mythology, that’s the problem. When you create institutions and laws to run people’s lives which come from mythology and imaginary beings, you leave behind a trail of negative things. For instance, killing other people because they don’t believe in your imaginary being. That is a negative consequence of living in storybook land. In short, it is mythology presented as fact.
When mythology takes precedence over science and reason you create laws that cause harm. It justifies the denial of basic human needs like food, water, shelter, and medical care, these are negative effects of living in an imaginary world. It provides excuses to commit unspeakable acts of violence. It spawns racial, ethnic, and religious genocide. It’s the reason for gender discrimination and subjugation. And, it promotes mythology over scientific knowledge.
The fact is, you can trace most of the wars and conflicts of the war to those who hold fanatical or extremist religious views.
What Can You Do About Storybook Land?
1) Fix Your Programming
Many people inherit their religious beliefs. They grow up being indoctrinated from an early age. They have no choice but to obey, assimilate and accept the doctrines of mythology. If this is you, then you are not responsible for being subject to groupthink manipulation. However, you are responsible for fixing your programming. Now more than ever, you must learn to become a freethinker and not a follower. You must do the following.
- Turn off the religious programming on TV and radio.
- Stop going to religious services.
- Stop supporting the machine of organized religion.
- Start questioning the cultural narrative.
It’s important to realize intelligence is not a safeguard against the power of groupthink manipulation. People in our most highly regarded professions are not immune to cultural programming techniques of organized religion. Indoctrination starts in childhood and continues through adult life. This is why learning to question the cultural narrative is so important. The right questions will open your mind to the facts.
2) Speak Up and Speak Out
We have been told that it is proper to be tolerant of people who have deeply held religious beliefs. Religious freedom begins with being free from religion, not tolerating its intrusion into the fabric of society. So, it is time to confront those who want to use religion as an excuse to promote inherently destructive ideologies. It is time to speak up and speak out. Being tolerant is what allows their extremist ideas to become accepted.
When you speak out, one must learn to be pro facts and not anti-religion. Learn that the dominant cultural narrative is used to protect certain religions. It all depends on where you live. The three religions that dominate half of the population of the world come from the Abrahamic religions (1). These are the religions of Semitic origin, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
Be careful when speaking up and confronting those who hold their mythology as sacred. This is because speaking up and pointing out the errors of their worldview threatens their identity. In many places, the laws of land protect the rights of people to promote the dominant religion. So, pointing out errors and making fun of their imaginary friends and enemies is an infringement of their rights. They protect storybook land.
Realize it is acceptable for them to discriminate against you for promoting unacceptable points of view. For instance, if you try to practice Wicca openly across the street from a church, you are likely to subject yourself to open objections and even violence. So, be safe and measured when confronting the dominant religious mythology.
It is perfectly fine for people to have their religion but it is not appropriate for them to use it as a smokescreen to deny other people their individual rights. Nor should you allow them to use it to create laws that govern society. Don’t ignore the use of religion to promote discrimination and prejudice.
If people want to live their lives in storybook land, they need to know that their beliefs have negative consequences. If they are open-minded enough to engage in the independent research of their beliefs, point them to the process we call comparative analysis. This is a scientific method of comparative religious study. Again, be careful. Those with deeply held religious beliefs protect them with violence if necessary.
3) Don’t Confuse Religion with Spirituality
We are spiritual beings having a physical experience. We are consciousness and awareness confined to a biodegradable container. It is in our nature to explore the unknown and seek answers. Don’t accept the easy answers of organized religion for the revelations of your path.
The inward quest of consciousness and awareness is what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey (1). This has nothing to do with religion or religious mythology. Spiritual exploration is an authentic inward journey it differs significantly from the counterfeit of organized religion.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia