Learn why pretending, prayer, and passion are the tools of self-hypnosis. See how it contributes to a culture of ignorance and hate. Find out what you can do to reverse this trend.
The Western religious worldview uses prayer as a part of their tradition. It is often a public act that demonstrates your devotion to the particular sect. Pretending necessitates ignoring reality. It erodes our ability to use reason and common sense. People learn to defend their beliefs against any fact that contradicts their worldview. That is why pretending is so harmful.
The major Western religions are those of Abrahamic or Semitic traditions. (1) These are the three most popular religions on the planet, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But, what’s important to know is that these religions didn’t start with Abraham.
The Roman Empire created the Abrahamic tradition from earlier traditions they acquired with their occupation of the Meditrainan region. They took all the doctrines, rituals, mythology, and superstition to create the new “Universal Religion.” It includes Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mythology stretching back to the beginning dynasties of King Shamshi-Adad of the Assyrians and the early Egyptian period of 3150 BCE. The acquisition includes over 100 different religions from this area.
Today, their immense size makes them a dominant influence on the “cultural narrative.”
Prayer as a Tool for Ignorance and Hate
Prayer is a concept that is a fundamental part of Western theology. It is a socially acceptable act to demonstrate acceptance of a higher power in many social situations. You swear to tell the truth in many legal proceedings by invoking the name of God. The act of pretending with prayer and passion is a set of powerful tools for programming. The three major religions of the Abrahamic tree use this form of self-hypnosis extensively.
“An act of the virtue of religion which consists in asking for proper gifts or graces from God. In a more general sense, it is the application of the mind to Divine things, not merely to acquire a knowledge of them but to make use of such knowledge as a means of union with God. This may be done by acts of thanksgiving, but the petition is the principal act of prayer.” ― The Catholic Encyclopedia (1911)
The process of salvation is the result of a magical process. We can break down this methodology into the components of “magical, mystical mental, appropriation.” Here’s how this process works in Christianity. The devotee reaches out magically with the power of prayer, which is a mystical connection to the divine. This mental process uses various formulas depending on the sect to obtain or appropriate the preferential treatment of your Higher Power.
The recipe may include repeating the prayer a specified number of times or using a “secret” name to invoke the power of the divinity. Depending upon the sect, it could be “using a name for God.” The formula may also be part of a structured ritual which may include ceremonial cleansing “baptism” by water.
This magical and mystical process enables you to obtain salvation, healing, or material wealth. Magic is the central process of providing these things via the approval and power of their imaginary friend. One of the primary products is obtaining afterlife rewards while avoiding afterlife punishment.
People pray for various outcomes, from physical healing to winning football games. Here’s how it works. When healing occurs, the person who prayed gives credit for the healing to their imaginary friend. If the person dies, they don’t blame their imaginary friend for not intervening. Instead, they blame themselves for not being devoted enough.
The same thing happens concerning prayer and the football game. If you win, it is because your imaginary friend helped you. But there’s a dilemma when both teams pray to the same imaginary friend for victory. What’s a God going to do? The winners praise their imaginary friends. The losers blame themselves for not being good enough to win their imaginary friend’s favor. You never blame your imaginary friend for not helping. It is a logical fallacy that promotes a culture of illogical thinking.
Phenomenology, Prayer, and Passion
As mentioned earlier, the Abrahamic religions aren’t new. They are the rebranding of earlier traditions from the Mediterranean region. These were the mystery religions of Assyria, Babylone, Egypt, and Persia. The initial branch of this tree is Judaism. It took all of its traditions from Babylonian mitigated dualism.
Christianity took Babylonian dualism and added the dying god traditions. Doing this helped to differentiate Christianity from Judaism. Islam spun off its interpretation from this compilation. These religions have their roots in the philosophy of Phenomenology. However, most people in these religions don’t know it. This unmentioned underlying philosophy helps perpetuate a culture of ignorance and hate.
Phenomenology is a philosophy asserting that reality exists “only when” someone experiences it. If someone doesn’t “experience it directly,” well, then it doesn’t exist. The idea is that all things only exist when we perceive them with the senses. It is a philosophy that assumes humankind is at the center of creation and control, whether that control is known or even recognized. In this philosophy, a select group of “chosen” people control all phenomena. It is a culture based on the supremacy of one group. This supremacy finds its basis in ethnic, racial, or religious sectarianism.
We can summarize phenomenology in answer to the philosopher’s question. Does a tree make a noise when it falls, and no one is around to hear it? A Phenomenologist would answer, no, the tree would not make a sound if “I” weren’t there to listen to it. Because, for them, the tree does NOT exist until they experience it. Therefore, reality exists only through human perception and experience. If man perceives it, then it exists. If someone doesn’t perceive it or experience it directly, it simply doesn’t exist.
Some leaders use this philosophy to rationalize their treatment of those less fortunate. They teach the unbeliever exists only to benefit the more worthy and wealthy, those who are “chosen.” The chosen people are deserving because they have a connection with Deity. Because their imaginary friend choose them, they can justify their actions over the less fortunate. The unbelievers, who do not have this Divine connection, are less than human. They exist when the “chosen ones” weren’t around to experience them.
This kind of thinking makes it acceptable to exact unjust punishments on those not in the group. After all, unbelievers aren’t real people. They were just temporal beings. They existed for the use of the divinely appointed superiors.
A cult of self-appointed “chosen ones: underlies the fracturing of culture in the modern world. It spawns the war between Christians and Muslims. One side thinks the Muslims are unbelievers, and the other thinks Christians are infidels. Thus, they can kill each other with their imaginary friend’s approval.
We assert this philosophy is errant. We disagree with the view. Just because you do not experience something directly does not mean it doesn’t exist. We argue that everything in physical reality exists whether you are there to experience it or not, including all people, regardless of race, social, or economic status. They are real and tangible, not just figments of imagination. We hope that most people agree that the phenomenologist’s view of reality is incorrect.
Why Pretending Creates Ignorance and Hate
It is a well-established point that facts and things can exist whether anyone believes in them. Belief is irrelevant to the factual basis of reality. The philosopher’s question is, does a tree make a noise when it falls if there isn’t anyone around to hear it? If we apply our newest analytical tool, a fact can exist whether anyone believes it.
So, yes, if the tree makes a noise when it falls, it makes a sound regardless of whether anyone is there to hear it. Contrary to the phenomenologist’s point of view, we assert that man cannot affect reality (physical or spiritual) by the power of his thought. Prayer and pretending are worthless enterprises. It is merely pretending and putting on a show.
However, this show does have a purpose. It is part of the technique of self-hypnosis. It’s a process that came with the rebranding of Western theology. It is as effective today as when the ancient mystery religions first devised it. Its use in systematic indoctrination enables it to overcome logic and common sense.
The Slippery Slope of Prayer and Passion
Pretending is a slippery slope. If you can believe your imaginary friend exists, you believe anything else associated with it. This kind of thinking is what makes people lifelong customers of mythology. It can become an identity that blinds them from using common sense and logic. But, this is where the slippery slope becomes dangerous.
They use the argument against their philosophy to prove their imaginary friend exits. The assertion is if things can exist outside of my direct experience, so can God. Unfortunately, this doesn’t hold up to logic. We can prove that other things exist outside our physical sphere using physical evidence. But, the lack of evidence for Gods is not proof of their existence. There are three ways to approach the subject of God; faith, experience, and reason. Some people choose one, and many use all three.
It uses phenomenology to support the efficacy of prayer. It links directly to our emotions and passions. Then it uses the argument against phenomenology to justify contradictions in its theology. For example, Western organized religion has an outward face of peace and religious holiness. But, its practices are biased, prejudiced, and discriminatory.
“Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.” — David G. McAfee
Ignorance and hate go hand in hand. If you subject yourself to enough groupthink programming, you can substantiate any paradox, which is why pretending is harmful. Many people are born into this type of thinking. They are subject to programming as children. This programming becomes the basis for skewed thinking. They learn to trust their spiritual leaders and shun any facts or opinions that threaten their worldview.
Others accept religion during times of crisis because people in crisis are vulnerable. They accept the illogical out of the need to find answers. They become customers and advocates for denial. They hope that prayer and pretending will provide solutions to their problems.
When you don’t get what is needed, it is their fault; they did not pray hard enough because you didn’t pretend with enough intent. It teaches people to blame “the unbeliever” because they are the ones causing their problems. It breeds ignorance and hate in equal measure.
Most people want a world where we live in harmony, peace, and prosperity. Instead, we live in a culture of inequity and inequality. Western thought bases the culture on leveraging many for the benefit of a few.
The philosophy of phenomenology justifies treating people as less than human. Some religions use it to justify gender discrimination ethnic and racial bias. It keeps this worldview in place to promote ignorance and hate. The root of this negative programming is mistaking mythology for facts. Regular exposure to groupthink manipulation perpetuates negative stereotypes and values.
(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia