I haven’t yet decided whether it is drug use or religion that is most insidious.
- Both drugs and religion create a form of other-worldly euphoria in deep contrast with the reality that has been abandoned.
- Both cultures have practitioners who swear that the world they perceive in their altered state of mind is superior to or transcends the one they’ve abandoned.
- Both devalue reality and the objective tools of science and logic that can best assess reality, and instead emphasize subjectivity and the emotions innate to that subjectivity.
- Practitioners in both cultures defend their “usage” by claiming that a world that did not contain the imaginary entities of their respective delusions would not be worth living in.
- Both cultures attempt to co-opt and distort scientific and statistical research after contributing little to the advancement of scientific knowledge.
- Both cultures attempt to plug logic into illogical and faith-based assumptions to generate circular vortexes of verbiage that sound profound as they swirl around inside the compromised minds of their practitioners.
- In both cultures, practitioners seek to enhance their altered state of mind with aural, visual, tactile and social stimuli that heighten the subjective appeal of the addiction.
- An extended period spent in either culture produces a mind that no longer has the ability to asses whether it has the ability to assess whether it is delusional.
- Both cultures claim persecution when there are attempts to prevent their behavior from negatively affecting the rest of society.
- Practitioners within both cultures claim that you’ll understand the “truth” of their culture only after you surrender yourself to the delusion.
Perhaps the only real difference is that the religiously delusional are more likely to wield a weapon in defense of their delusion.
See also Jesus and Drugs.