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Old 10-27-2010, 08:21 AM
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Default Religion (or lack of) as a 'defence mechanism'?

How do you know that your religion (or lack of) is not an unconscious 'defence mechanism'?
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:24 AM
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How do you know that your religion (or lack of) is not an unconscious 'defence mechanism'?
If something's an "unconscious" thing, doesn't that mean by definition that we wouldn't know even if it was?
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Religions are usually indeed defence mechanisms agains the unease of not knowing one's place in the overall scheme of things.

It does not follow that they are wrong or illusory, of course.
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If something's an "unconscious" thing, doesn't that mean by definition that we wouldn't know even if it was?
That's how I see it. But I don't claim to know reality.
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Religions are usually indeed defence mechanisms agains the unease of not knowing one's place in the overall scheme of things.

It does not follow that they are wrong or illusory, of course.
Why not 'no religions' too?
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How do you know that your religion (or lack of) is not an unconscious 'defence mechanism'?
Something tells me mine may be, or how my curiousity began. That is a story for another day, or a completely different forum. I guess I lost faith in someone being there for me a long long time ago...............
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Why not 'no religions' too?
How would you logically get to "no religion" as a defense mechanism? I can't quite parse the thought process here.
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How do you know that your religion (or lack of) is not an unconscious 'defence mechanism'?
I guess I don't.
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Why not 'no religions' too?
But how would that work? "Defense mechanism" implies, well, defense. What would "no religion" defend a person against?
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How would you logically get to "no religion" as a defense mechanism? I can't quite parse the thought process here.

Would not an unconscious defence against religion facilitate one driven to find their world stable, predictable and controllable?
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