The Barefoot Bum has an interesting post up that touches on the relationship between religion and reality. One of his key insights is this:
The problem with religion, any religion, is that some privileged elite almost always has to speak for God.
Yep. This is because when you’re just making shit up wholecloth, you can’t rely on a bunch of different people happening to make up the same shit. So you need a powerful shit-making-up authority to ensure that everyone is on the same bullshit page.
The cool thing about actual reality in comparison to wackaloon religious sky-fairy fantasy shit is that when people seek to ascertain the nature of actual reality through good-faith inquiry–rather than pulling arrant bullshit out of their asses and imposing it on the masses through authoritarian power-mongering–they tend to converge on the same conclusions.