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The Dallas-Plano Atheists Meetup Group Message Board › Per Tues. disc. on how to get trheough to "believers"

Per Tues. disc. on how to get trheough to "believers"

A former member
Post #: 3
As far back as we can see we find people living in groups, comparable to the flocks, herds, swarms, and schools of the animal world; and only when we come to civilization do we find a high degree of individuality. Although primitive societies are not so static and homogeneous as commonly thought, they prescribe rigid modes of behavior and provide little room for individual differences; primitive people typically submit without question to the totems and taboos of their group, do not think of its demands as infringements of natural rights or lawful liberties and have little independent belief.
Civilized people also accept without question the great bulk of customs and beliefs of their community; despite the reigning gospel of individualism, we can still say with Oscar Wilde that "most people are other people" or with Bertrand Russel that "most people would sooner die than think"- and in fact do so. Nevertheless civilized peoples are far more conscious of themselves as individuals apart from the group.
From USES OF THE PAST, Herbert J. Muller
Curtis R.
Dallas, TX
Post #: 11
here's that link which was mentioned at last week's meeting about how
recent science shows that ingnorance actually feels good and is rewarded and reinforced in our brains.
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