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  •  Unsolicited "help" it seems: (0+ / 0-)
    I try to help those who are superstitious overcome their superstitions
    In spite of this
    Belief in the supernatural ...may be important to you -- it may vital to your psyche ...
    I don't think I have anything to add.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 02:46:28 AM PDT

    •  Superstition is not a force for good ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... in my book.  Is it for you?

      Vote rape. Vote torture. Vote War Crimes. Vote with the American top 1%.

      by Yellow Canary on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 07:37:22 AM PDT

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      •  for some people it is (4+ / 0-)

        There are people in my life who have faced severe trauma and loss, who find great comfort in believing that there is a God who had a greater purpose in mind in allowing their children to die, their parents to abuse, their cancer to return ... People who logically, rationally might decide that there is no reason to keep fighting despair and succomb to the desire to end it all, but for their superstitious belief in "God has a plan".

        I do not share the superstition; however, I would no sooner try to remove their source of comfort, than I would take away crutches from an amputee still in rehab.

        I personally faced my traumas by rejecting superstition, I became stronger by not believing that god wanted me hurt.  However, we do not understand the psyche well enough to say that what works for me will work for all.

        I invite you to compassion for others that might lead you to accept that not all will walk your path.

      •  I don't believe it's up to you (0+ / 0-)

        to decide what is good for others if their beliefs don't affect you.

        And if you think their beliefs are affecting you, well, that's illogical. It's not their beliefs affecting you, it's their actions that are. So address their actions.

        I often say that I don't care if you are a racist, a homophobe, a misogynist, a fundamental Christian, etc.: just keep those nasty hateful ideas locked in your tiny little brain and we'll have  no problems. It's when you try to change me and make my life more difficult that we have problems.

        And if you didn't catch what I said, I'll repeat that,

        It's when you try to change me
        As they say, if the shoe fits....

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 03:12:55 PM PDT

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        •  There is no such thing (0+ / 0-)

          as a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or fundamentalist idea that only affects the person thinking it and nobody else.  The idea that this sort of thing is completely irrelevant to anyone else is horseshit.

          You can't assert the religion has no effect on anyone other than the believer if you have even the slightest knowledge of politics.

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