Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The South Park Problem

Godol Hador, recently back from his sojourn, (we all breath a sigh of relief), has been busy posing about what I fondly call "The South Park Problem".

He writes:

Billions of people believe in contradicting religions of which only one (at most) can be correct. Therefore billions of people have the wrong religious beliefs, yet are convinced they are correct. Hitler was able to exterminate 6 million innocent people in the heart of the civilized world, and convince his nation that this was okay. How is all this possible? Will people believe anything, if taught the right way?

Well, for better or worse, yes.


Blogger e-kvetcher said...

I don't know how that guy can be a computer professional. He either has no sense of logic, or he hides it real well. I like his posts, but at the same time they infuriate me. It's like a freakin IED going off. 10K different topics all jumbled together...

Anyway, Hitler didn't convince his nation that it was OK, it is just that most people, including all of us here, don't have the desire to do anything it takes to fix a wrong as long as it doesn't affect them. We all know there are atrocities going on in the world, Darfur, Rwanda. We don't form the Lincoln Brigades to fix the situation anymore. There's a big difference in believing it is the right thing to do, and just not acting to fix it.

June 21, 2006 11:25 AM  
Blogger Lo said...

I have to say I like David's comment, that there's a kind of determinism guiding the which religion you are logic, though I do agree that most religious faith communities don't do anything about the big problems. Religious Jews are as bad as the rest, which is kind of a shame, seeing as they seem to like the slogan "Never again." I always feel like saying, "Well, except the 4 times since, but who's counting?"

June 21, 2006 12:36 PM  

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