If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit.
Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It’s catharsis. He absorbs their dread with his narrative. Because of this, he’s effective at proportion to the amount of certainty he can project. Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain. Dulls critical thinking.
I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.
This place is like somebody’s memory of a town, and the memory is fading. It’s like there was never anything here but jungle.
Think of the hubris it must take to yank a soul out of non existence into this… meat, to force a life into this… thresher. Yeah so my daughter, she spared me the sin of being a father.
Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.