In this Case are you Pro-Vaccine or Anti-Vaccine?

"Vaccine" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Vaccine” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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I suppose, literally, “disease” could mean “dis-ease”. In other words, questions unsettle us, trouble our ease, shake our security, discomfort our comfort, insecure our security.

Religion was created to fix that.

How’s that going for you?

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8 Responses

  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    A vaccine protects a life time. Religion only protects when you’re lucky — and for most, their luck runs out sooner or later and along comes disillusionment. The Tanakh’s book of Job tries to address that with a farcical story where Job is fine with a new batch of family and lots of money. What a joke.

    Religion is, more like others have said, more of a drug — not necessarily an opioid but close. But Patriotism, Racism and much more use similar mechanisms to make us feel protected, belonging and meaningful. All the while giving us the ability to signal others that we are in the good group!

    And like all drugs, they thrive when there are pushers who learn how to sell them: priest, pastors, ministers, deacons and the whole lot.

  2. Caryn LeMur says:

    Imo, Religion is a good vaccine to help with questions; however, I think it will not protect you from questions.

    By analogy, I still pick up those nasty questions in airports, news journals, and during the normal passages of life…. and get the sniffles… and then need to either live with the disease or manage it.

    Using Religion to ignore the disease is quite a mistake… rather, we can use Religion (or any philosophy) to live with the disease or manage it.

    I think that Questions are not like small pox that kills you. Rather, questions are like minor colds that prime your immune system to maturity. If we isolate from Questions all our lives, then we will have no effective immune system.

    I think that it is ‘community’ that is the vaccine to many of life’s ills. When Jesus spoke about his judgment being based on ‘spiritual genetics’ (sheep or goat), he then added in (four times) being focused on the hungry, thirsty, sick, prisoner, unclothed and homeless. Community can be with, or without, religion. But… then… that would be a different cartoon…. lol.

  3. Yep… my analogy is a sarcastic one 😉

  4. Jordan says:

    One man’s pill is another’s poison. If it were a proper vaccine, it would instead help to bolster one’s defenses and health rather than mask it and numb. A good religion (or religious experience) needs the ability for one to contest the religion’s premises in the first place and, if it turns out to not work, then, to use a different medical analogy, there needs to be an exploration of other treatments that aren’t going to wreck the system.

    If anything, though, I’ve seen people who are deeply religious (or deeply anti-religious – Sabio is more or less exempt from what I’m about to say about the latter) act in such a way as to reject more conventional and healthier approaches. If something doesn’t work, there tend to be three reactions: first, to overdose on religion; second, to use “alternative” treatments that are incredibly dangerous (see Hermetic Qabalah and a number of New Age movements that disastrously appropriate non-Abrahamic religious practices in a racist manner); or, third, both outright refuse treatment *and* demean others who seek conventional treatment in the first place.

    The last paragraph isn’t perfect, but then again it’s anecdotal because I tend to butt heads with people who are *rather* ignorant and bigoted.

  5. What about refusing treatment and not demeaning those who do?

  6. Jordan says:

    That option was deliberately ignored because if someone feels that it doesn’t work for them, that’s their choice, but they also understand that others feel fine with it and have the sensibility to not be a jerk 😛

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