Discussion by: BumbiI have a very close person in my life who is the exact opposite of me. We have had endless discusions on the topic of reason and belief but to no avail.
I have read a decent amount of literature that equipped me when talking to people like your next door churchgoer who’s not quite sure why he’s paying for service he does not understand well but my friend is a whole different story. She mocks religion, especially Catholics (you have 90% of them in my country) and think that people who belive in Yahweh or Allah are sheep.
On the other hand she is convinced that she is the exact opposite from sheep because SHE IS DIFFERENT. She knows goverments are not telling us everything (or anything), doctors hide ‘all the good stuff’ because they want to keep humanity ‘in control’.
She also ‘feels’ that the human brain has no boundaries, and can probably levitate, teleport, and transmit thoughts.
She realizes that she doesn’t have a single piece of evidence for such statements, but what’s frustrating is that she doesn’t care. Besides, ‘the human brain has no limits’. Basically, anything you can imagine in your mind can exist.
This wouldn’t bother me so much since it can be viewed as philosophical standpoint, but it gets a lot worse: reptile people who control the human race, intergalactic wars that are happening without us knowing about it … Oh, there’s lots more… Mayan prophecy, 12 levels of human mind, afterlife, prelife, reincarnation … oh, just stop me now.
You might think – there’s no cure, she should be put on medication, but she is rather intelligent. The problem is, the way I see it, ‘hippy’ parents, a difficult childhood, too much imagination and the lack of an inquisitive mind. Being inquisitive where it counts, that is. Asking questions in the right places.
How would you battle this sort of wacky philosophy? Her philosophy is so broad and fantasy-like that almost anything can fit. That’s what makes it impossible to make sense out if it and have a meaningful discussion. Not from lack of trying, I tell you.
P.S. English is not my native language so please be sympathetic.