Is religion a vice? Can it be compared to a drug?
Is religion a vice? I think it might be. I think you can think of it like any other vice (smoking, drinking, pornography, ect). Marx said it was the "opiate of the people", was he right, is religion that different from a drug? It effects people much like a drug, the mental high or the religious experience might be biologically not much different from a drug induced high or a mild hallucination. Some would say that the religious feelings are more "real" but I would argue they are both equally real, and provide equal windows to "truth".
Take this religion and you will experience this crazy sensation that makes you feel like you know god. It wont seem weird or anything to know something that is unknowable, it will feel very real, like god is a person who you can talk with (though your really just talking to yourself). It will also give you this great high, youll feel great, unstoppable. And you don’t even get paranoid (unless its tainted, like scientology), youll feel really safe and secure. Itll do some crazy things to you though, itll make you think you can survive death, so be careful and don’t go getting carried away.Suicide bombers can be compared to people who die of an overdose (in this hyposthesis). They thought they were going to get the best feeling they ever experienced, as a result they both ended up dead.
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The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this phenomenon happens in the pharmaceutical world, companies quickly apply for broad protection of their patents, which can last up to 20 years, and fence off research areas for others. The result of this? They stay at the top of the ladder, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation the same as product invention. Companies should still receive an incentive for coming up with new products, he says, but not 20 years if the product is the result of "tweaking" an existing one.
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