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The Unenlightenment

Charles Brooker's screen burn

In the 18th century, a revolution in thought, known as the Enlightenment, dragged us away from the superstition and brutality of the Middle Ages toward a modern age of science, reason and democracy. It changed everything. If it wasn't for the Enlightenment, you wouldn't be reading this right now. You'd be standing in a smock throwing turnips at a witch. Yes, the Enlightenment was one of the most significant developments since the wheel. Which is why we're trying to bollocks it all up.

Welcome to a dangerous new era - the Unlightenment - in which centuries of rational thought are overturned by idiots. Superstitious idiots. They're everywhere - reading horoscopes, buying homeopathic remedies, consulting psychics, babbling about "chakras" and "healing energies", praying to imaginary gods, and rejecting science in favour of soft-headed bunkum. But instead of slapping these people round the face till they behave like adults, we encourage them. We've got to respect their beliefs, apparently.

Well I don't. "Spirituality" is what cretins have in place of imagination. If you've ever described yourself as "quite spiritual", do civilisation a favour and punch yourself in the throat until you're incapable of speaking aloud ever again. Why should your outmoded codswallop be treated with anything other than the contemptuous mockery it deserves?

Maybe you've put your faith in spiritual claptrap because our random, narrative-free universe terrifies you. But that's no solution. If you want comforting, suck your thumb. Buy a pillow. Don't make up a load of floaty blah about energy or destiny. This is the real world, stupid. We should be solving problems, not sticking our fingers in our ears and singing about fairies. Everywhere you look, screaming gittery is taking root, with serious consequences. The NHS recently spent £10m refurbishing the London Homeopathic Hospital. The equivalent of 500 nurses' wages, blown on a handful of magic beans. That was your tax money. It was meant for saving lives.......

Comments

Your condemnation of Catholicism is wrong. Since your country left The Church, your political leaders have gone through a long downward cycle from St. Thomas Moore to Tony Blair.
Stealing from taxpayers and bearing false witness have become your political norm.
Simply thinking one thought, "God can program in three dimensions." may lead you to conclude that, after all, The Church is right. It is not that God is not there, but that your vanity has so blinded you that you are unable to see His power.
catholicfundamentalism.com offers the newest approach to Catholicism since Pascal developed probability theory and applied it to choosing a religion. It may help you to see that the saving of your soul is far more important than condemning The Church that wants it in Heaven.

Yeah, life was SO much better in the days when the churches ran our lives and our polity, when scientists like Galileo were stifled and witches were burned by the State.

Excuse me, but where in this quote do you see an attack on the Catholic church? Last time I checked, the church doesn't exactly subscribe to reading tea leaves, horoscopes, psychics, "chakras" or any other bunk mentioned here. The modern-day spirituality has nothing to do with any christian religion as far as I can see.

As far as I'm concerned, this link and quote is dead on.

For nearly a decade, now, I've been calling this period of history The Endarkenment. I see a direct consequence of the rise of Pragmatism and its children in the past 130 years or so, with their attacks on reality, fact, and truth. Once those elements are disposed, all bets are off. Thinking is principally a matter of integration, and what we're seeing now is just shards laying about where they're fallen after various academic shatterings.

As for the Catholic Church:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article2237625.ece

Watch out.

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