On the Necessity of Religious Belief

Since we “dissidents” are The Reality People (patent pending), our worldview must reflect humans as they actually are.  The Ancient Greeks famously claimed that man is “the rational animal,” but that’s wrong — we are, at best, capable of intermittent rationality (turn on the tv for proof).  What really defines us is our belief in the supernatural.

We all have something outside ourselves that gives our lives meaning.  I’ll prove it:

It’s just a ____.

Everyone has a value for ___ that makes that phrase fightin’ words.  Some people find deep meaning in model railroading.  The model railroader would acknowledge to himself that it’s irrational, probably deeply stupid, to spend dozens of hours a week and thousands of dollars a year building little choo-choos in his basement… but if you tell him that to his face, he’ll punch you.

Extend that out as far as you like.  Tell the dog lover that his beloved Rover is objectively just a parasite, wagging his tail for kitchen scraps.  Tell the besotted lover that objectively speaking, she’s just a bag of pheromones that temporarily bonded with his.  Watch the devoted family man trudging off to his soul-killing job, day after day, and ask him why he still does it, suspecting that his wife is cheating on him and knowing his kids consider him a loser.  We all have something that gets us up in the morning, something that bears an emotional weight far greater than it can objectively support.

As with any human trait, though, “religiosity,” for lack of a better term, is distributed very unevenly.  “Athleticism” is a good analogy.  There are guys who are just ungodly athletic.  Those guys are almost always offered coaching jobs, and it’s almost invariably a disaster — they’re so athletic, these guys, that they can’t explain even to other ludicrously athletic people how to do the things they do.  By analogy, those are the truly religious people, the ones who go into ministries.  They’re just connected with their god, the way hall of fame-type athletes are just connected with their bodies.  Just as it’s no use asking Michael Jordan to teach you how to dunk a basketball — you can either do it, or you can’t — there’s no sense asking a priest how to hear the voice of God.  You either will or you won’t.

On the other end of the spectrum are guys who constantly trip over their own feet.  Watching that kind of guy trying to operate his own body is like watching a little kid trying to grab a toy with one of those claw machines you see at county fairs.  Somewhat counterintuitively, in our analogy that type of guy isn’t an atheist.  Rather, he’s what I call “a sincere nonbeliever.”  He’s not an un-believer, note, because the very thought of “belief” never crosses his mind.  Saints and atheists alike are equally flummoxing to him; he just can’t see what the big deal is either way.  He has his objectively-ridiculous belief, of course, like we all do — these guys are often quite susceptible to guns ‘n’ NASCAR-type “patriotism” — but any organized religion, from High-Church Catholicism to Evangelical Atheism, leaves him cold.

Any effective political organization knows this about people.  Even the Communists, the great Reality-deniers themselves, suffused their governments with religious rituals.  Their pantheon had more gods and devils than anyone’s — left-deviationists, right-deviationists, capitalist-roaders, Trotskyites, wreckers, saboteurs, enemy agents, double agents, Jews, kulaks… plus Stakhanov, Pavlik, Rosa Luxemburg, Emma Goldman…. Nobody forced all those days-long lines to get into Lenin’s mausoleum, and hundreds of thousands of people died in labor camps believing with all their hearts that Comrade Stalin would fix all this once he learned of it.

The question, then, is what the “religious” content of a “dissident right” government would be?

It’s not an idle question.  For the Church of Leftism, it’s 1517 right now.  All the indulgences have been sold; the theses are getting nailed to the cathedral door.  It’s fun to laugh at that goofball who declared that when he’s president, there’ll be taxpayer funding for trans-women to get abortions, but remember two things:

  1. He wasn’t kidding; and
  2. he said this in a debate.  For President.  Of the United States.

That’s the logical endpoint of this stuff.  If you truly believe the CultMarx Cult’s dogmas, then yes, absolutely, there are trans-women out there desperately in need of taxpayer funded abortions.

Religious beliefs can’t be eliminated; they can only be repurposed.  We absolutely must have the guy whose “religiosity” centers around model trains to get going, but to sustain a viable society, we need the “abortions for trans-women” loons, too.  (They make great shock troops, if nothing else).  If we’re at all serious about Our Thing, we need to acknowledge the necessity of religious belief…. and get working on creating some.

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5 thoughts on “On the Necessity of Religious Belief

  1. Pickle Rick

    I’ve never felt the presence of anything inside of a church, and I’ve been in more than a few. I have felt the touch of something spiritual out in the woods or by the river, when the wind is in the trees. Maybe the natives were right and manitou is real.

  2. Maus

    Or we can await the Apocalyse and, if so inclined, pray that God rains down fire from heaven. It may be hot and decidely uncomfortable; but our enemies will burn.
    The only “religion” Our Thing needs is to accept two truths: 1) Evil exists. 2) Always fight evil. Realists, real realists grounded in reality as it actually is, should have no difficulty discerning evil and distinguishing it from good. Owing to the rampant lack of rationality, defending one’s choice of fighting method may be more problematic. But better to die standing than to live on one’s knees or to grovel prostrate. True religion does not demand kneeling or lying down from its adherents. Take up your sword (metaphorical or AR-15 equivalent). Deus vult!

    1. Reluctant Reactionary

      All true, but remember that all of those anitfa goons are fighting evil. Fighting evil is what motivates the left more than anything. Anyone who stands in the way of them is evil and that includes you and me. The religion of the left has been more effective than the religion of the right and this is why the left wins.

  3. Frip

    Pickle: “I’ve never felt the presence of anything inside of a church, and I’ve been in more than a few.”

    When I was a Christian teen I felt the presence inside a church. When I wander into a church now I still feel something, but ascribe the feeling to psychology, theatricality, nostolgia, etc. There’s still something real to the feeling though. A connection to past generations and heavy shit that went down on crosses, deserts and European battlefields. I get a feeling in the forest too, but it’s not the same.

    Severian: “We all have something outside ourselves that gives our lives meaning. I’ll prove it:

    It’s just a ____…”

    Inspired formulation. Well done.

    Sev: “Even the Communists, the great Reality-deniers themselves, suffused their governments with religious rituals.”

    I remember reading Alexander (Pretty Much a Commie) Cockburn in Counterpunch back in the early 00’s, when the Left got loud and proud of its Atheism. He was scolding his fellow Lefties to ease the f**k off the religion bashing. He knew organized religion had its uses. And more practically, why alienate most people Left or RIght, who were still religious?

    The Catholic church had a good thing going. But corruption and homos and weakness and science really hurt it. Sev: “We need to acknowledge the necessity of religious belief…. and get working on creating some.” Agree. I hope Christianity can be part of that still. Because they got a huge head start and is still here and has beautiful iconography and structures. People yearn for that. Those freaking priests though.

  4. MBlanc46

    We’re certainly a “big picture”, “Weltanschauung”, “worldview” requiring species. It sure likes a psychological necessity, because infinite regresses are so uncomfortable. It used to be that people knew only their village, or a couple of neighboring villages. No one had any experience of anything except what “we” believed. These days, everyone with even tiny dose of education knows that there are dozens, hundreds of belief systems. Religion used to distinguish us from them. Now some of us are them. I don’t see how we can ever get back to the status quo ante.

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