Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Age of, uh, Reason
The famous blogger and epicurean, Harry Teets, has once again issued a thinly-veiled attack on religion (see http://freelancethinker1.blogspot.com). In a viciously polemical treatise entitled “Stories and the Scientific Method” he has accused humans of telling stories. Furthermore, he characterizes these early attempts at communication (aka taking advantage of the gullible) spreading myths.
How in the name of Marshall McLuhan is any self-respecting despot supposed to run a smooth ship (or pyramid construction site) with his subjects running around running off at the mouth? How are you going to keep them down on the farm if they don’t believe in the farm?Religion may well be the factory farm for believers, but Teets describes the counterrevolution, the Age of Reason, as the free-range killing field for nonbelievers. Well, he doesn’t use terms like that, but I reason that that’s what he meant.
The Age of Reason, lest you’ve forgotten, gave rise to great philosophers such as Joe Stalin, Adolph Hitler and Mao Tse Tung. They taught a simple, unforgettable theory of life that sounded reasonable to them: You work, I eat. No fancy words, flamboyant saints, unmerciful gods, or let-them-eat-cake foofoo. No sir, not for them. They didn’t care if you believed their religion or not: you worked or else (and lest you forget what “else” was, “else” happened a lot to your friends and acquaintances).The Age of Reason led to the Age of Science and the Age of Science led to Age of Madonna. Oh, where are you now, Joe, when we need you most? -pdf
Posted by Patrick Fero at 7:22 AM