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View Diary: Morning Feature: Sticky Narratives, Part I - How Many Are We? (199 comments)

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  •  Yes, that's the flip side. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm glad you're here today, Gooserock, because this speaks directly to a point you've made often: for many individuals, the Big Narrative of religion offers guidance they find more useful and explanations they find more comforting than the Big Narrative of science and reason. They see Aunt Mary pray when she's sick, and she gets better. Or she doesn't, but maybe she feels less afraid when she's dying. We're all going to die sooner or later. Isn't it better to be less afraid? And didn't science and reason bring us nuclear weapons?

    It took the Black Plague - where Europeans watched entire villages and cities die despite their prayers and the blessings of priests - to shake the Big Narrative of religion enough to allow the dawn of modern science.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

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