Thoughtful and entertaining
This was the first of your stories that I read that gave me an idea of where you seem to stand on organized religion. It was refreshing as I had already read a couple of your stories and enjoyed them immensely. I found it to be great fun to read something from a seemingly like-minded individual who is much more developed in their theories. The ideas that you put forth in this one were not just entertaining, but thought provoking as well.
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I've questioned these things for years, having been raised Catholic and surrounded by Christians. I Identify with them because they are the people that surround my life, but I haven't considered myself a Christian since around the age of 18.
To hear it written as you have makes sense and is very much plausible. It's strange to think that these groups could have started as cults that were wildly successful. I always wondered how religions started to begin with. I believe that it was natural for humans who craved to understand that world, but didn't yet have the scientific method with which to begin explaining it. Something falls from the sky? Maybe that big bright thing in the sky has something to do with it...How could it not? BOOM You have the embryo of a religion. I have since read many of your stories and see this as a recurring theme. It's one that will never get old though.
I'm agnostic because, though I would prefer that there is a God (maybe left over from what I was raised to believe), I have no idea how one could claim anything at all is "evidence" for or against the existence of some supreme deity or deities. When I hear something like "There is a God" or "There is no God", I think that is arrogant in a way. I think It's okay to have belief, because so many of us crave that, but it's something we just can't know, and maybe never will.
Thank you for another enjoyable read! I've gotten through about 20 or so of your stories so far and I've loved every one! Sorry I didn't really review the story. I'm no literary critic, just a dude who likes to read. That and I read that other review that gave you low scores because it went against the reviewers own beliefs. I wanted to counter that with a high score from someone who has broken free from the hypnotism. I love how you picked apart their statements using reason and a high level of knowledge.
I hope your labor bears much fruit for you because GODDAMN you are talented!