- Both require a leap of faith. We can't really know the candidates, we just somehow believe in them.
- Both make ardent believers into proselytizers. If it's deep in your heart, you have to talk about it and try to make others into believers.
- It's really hard to win converts. Don't confuse me with logic, my mind is made up.
- Believers tend to listen to only to what they want to hear and shut out logic and divergent views.
- Both involve adulation.
- Both spawn crazy acts and sometimes violence under the guise of righteousness.
- Both compel many of the faithful to shout from the rooftops.
- Few want to hear about any of it.
- Few do anything about it.
- Believers are convinced their path is the way to true enlightenment.
- Outsiders are considered to be "the great unwashed"
- Activity around these beliefs is focused on certain times of the week or year. The rest of the time people tend to forget their differences.
- Both tend to relegate women to lesser roles.
- Both believe the greatest rewards lie in the future.
- Both stir up passion in their followers.
- Both involve some kind of salvation . My candidate will deliver us from all the evils of the opposition.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Religion and Politics (Political Rant 2)
The parallels between religion and politics are just plain spooky. These come to mind, but there must be many more: