PREJUDICE vs. DISDAIN. 2016/05/30
PREJUDICE: An opinion not based on actual experience.
DISDANE: Be moved with indignation.
Above are but one definition each in the Oxford Dictionary. The reason they are posted is that I have been accused of being prejudiced towards Religion.
As my so called prejudice is based on actual experience it is my contention that it is not prejudice but disdain. Until the age of 17 I was a Christian following the Roman Catholic conception of that religion. It was at that age that all the doubts and questions that had been building since I was 11 came to a head and I realized that I could no longer believe in an Biblical Omnipotent Supreme Being. So over the past 56 years my disdain for religion has only grown stronger especially with the rise of the so called Fundamentalist. To blindly follow the Canons of any religion is akin to the brainwashed masses in Orwell’s “1984”. It is in my opinion a toss up whether Religion has done more harm than good especially in the past 2000 years.
Civilization is believed to have started 7000 years ago in what is now Iraq. This was the Sumerian people who had their Gods to explain the natural world around them. As each civilization came and went the Gods changed names but basically were the same ones. One group of people who lived in and around Ur (of the Chaldees) adopted a monotheistic form of worship which would evolve into the Abrahamic Religion of the Israelites it would also spawn both Christianity and Islam. It is quite understandable that primitive and semi-civilized people would invent gods to explain the world they lived and died in. Science as we know it came into being in the 16th and 17th centuries but in Europe religion was firmly footed and came into constant conflict with the fledgling, as I would call it, Art.
Perhaps the biggest conflict between Science and Religion is Evolution vs Creationism. Creationists rely heavily on the stories contained within Genesis at the start of the Old Testament in the Bible to explain the existing Universe and Humanity. The Evolutionists uses the more logical Scientific means back by both geological and fossil evidence of mans’ rise to be the dominant species on the planet. According to Creationist and the Bile the planet is roughly 6000 years old whereas Geological evidence puts the age at a far more realistic age of 4.5 to 4.6 billion years. For all our sophistication and intelligence, the vast majority of Humanity cannot dispel these myths and superstitions. Perhaps in another 2000 years when we have grown up a bit more we will look at the world and the universe around us and marvel at the glorious Evolution that is occurring.
So what others have called prejudice I call disdain, disdain that they cannot open their eyes and minds to the obvious that surrounds them. If you would look at the face of god go outside on a clear star filled night and wonder at the glory of the Cosmos.