Posted: Mar 13, 2018 4:56 am
by Cito di Pense
aban57 wrote:
Animavore wrote:I think the reason they get worse the stronger belief is because they really believe in that hell shite. To turn the famous saying on its head, the road to saving people from hell is paved with good intentions.

You hear it when you talk to some Christians when they say that until the World turns to Christ we won't have World peace. For them the very fact of different cultures, religions and languages is itself the problem (as per Tower of Babel). If only they'd all fly straight and follow the True Belief then these problems would go away. Some even go as far as saying it's not just the harm we do to each other which goes away, but even all the natural ailments and disasters which befall us, as they are a result of our sinning.

It's not hard to see how you can go from that to Aquinas recommending that killing heretics is for the greater good. It's not good enough that the heretic takes himself to hell, he says, but he has to take others with him. For Aquinas this is merely taking down a perp. to protect the innocent. The morality of shooting a crazed gunman to save the lives of others taken to belief.

I think cognitive dissonnance also plays a role in this. The stronger the belief, the further from reality they are, causing this feeling of discomfort more often. This "agression" might be more and more associated with this real world they don't want to live in, reinforcing their beliefs and generating aggressivity towards "the rest of the world".

Don't forget that weird yearning to have everything done and dusted. Even people who are not fundie theists get a touch of that from time to time. Ask around and some professionals will tell you it's often a reaction to anxiety. I don't know the statistics, so I don't know if the percentage of fundies among theists is in line with the general incidence of severe anxiety disorders in the population at large. A better guess is that fundie theism is an anxiety-generating positive feedback loop, the cycle of which some people manage to break out of. Some individuals can put a lot of work into rationalizing the notion that their anxiety is actually protecting them: More feedback loop there.