Respect verity, and the open-minded
pursuit thereof, inclusive of doubt, logic,
reason, and distance from submission
to claims without evidence
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Promoting ancient myths stock full of ________
(long list of contradictory pro / con myths and mes-
sages) is *not* the way, no matter how much one
wants it to be. It never has been the way, no matter
how much one wants to pretend it ever was, it is,
or it ever can be.

What is the way?

Pro-humanism, period, no myths or supposed
absolute supernatural authority (used to inspire
mental slavery and death, utilizing one-sided
cons and deceit, calling for submission "or else")
is either required or desired / moral or admirable.

Think - a God of morality / love / beauty - sounds
nice, doesn't it? Is that in the foundational faiths,
covered with blood / death / divisiveness? Well,
it's there like a mass murderer can love a woman
and love his children and love his dogs, but does
that atone for the death-dealing by a mass mur-
derer? No, of course not, as a mass murderer is
condemnable by his or her acts of hate / death,
and no amount of love or morality can atone for
that evil.

God? Same deal.

Humans are well-served to respect verity and the
open-minded pursuit thereof, inclusive of doubt,
logic, reason, and distance from submission to
claims without evidence.

The following segment from a TV show reminds
one of how folks try to use the God concepts,
sometimes. Perhaps the following might remind
one of the positive spins for a personal God
and personal holy spirit (and a long list of other
supernatural beings / places).

Those who accept that it's all "make believe",
whipped up from the minds of ancient men as
they longed for an explanation of their place within
a mysterious realm of unknowns, pain, suffering,
and death ...

... would benefit from pondering the value of
open-minded pursuit of verity, admiration for the
human ability to responsibly work towards solutions
to life's problems in this, our one and only *certain*
chance at it ...

That would require a choice, one that many have not
yet been willing to make, that being open-minded
pursuit of verity over myth, nature over "make be-
lieve", humans acting in a manner that respects the
best and most honest that is within each of us, rather
than humans fearing the ancient threats which call to
the darkest and most verity-dismissing aspects of
our being ...

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"Lie to Me", 11/3/1997,
Buffy and the Vampire Slayer
Writer - Joss Whedon

... ending scene ...

Buffy: Does it ever get easy?
Giles: You mean life?
Buffy: Yeah, does it get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
Buffy: Lie to me.
Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always
stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished
by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat
them and save the day. No one ever dies and everyone
lives happily ever after.
Buffy: Liar.

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