Maybe Try Praying for Cognition Instead

17:37 Fri 22 Apr 2011
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WHEREAS, hundreds of years have passed since it might have been excusable for any reasonable human to believe in the power of attempting to telepathically transmit thoughts to imaginary beings in the hope that these beings will alter conditions on Earth; and

WHEREAS, these unfounded beliefs can at best have no effect whatsoever and most likely promote the most fundamental ignorance of how our world functions, and distract time and effort from fruitful engagement with our environment, and promote false hope, and inculcate fatalism and a cruel lack of compassion; and

WHEREAS, the best true hope for humanity is the combination of our capacities for reason and compassion, and thus we must resist the temptation to give up either, and struggle towards what understanding we can muster rather than give in to the easy reassurance of ceding our decision-making to some “higher power” whether present or imaginary; and

WHEREAS, ridicule and derision are appropriate social responses to inexcusable deliberate ignorance and to political chicanery;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, TADHG O’HIGGINS, some guy with a blog, with the ability to think for myself shared by every human being, do condemn as grandstanding superstition and religious pandering masquerading as piety and caring the “Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas” issued by Rick Perry, who by that proclamation embarrasses himself and his state, and does his part in setting back human understanding in a small but appreciable way.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and am officially the author of the above words, which I hereby endorse, in the city of San Francisco, California, this day 22 April 2011.


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