* The real reason progressives hate religion

The real reason progressives hate religionThink and Grow RichHow myths begin

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The real reason progressives hate religion

A new piece by Arthur Chu suggests to me they just can’t deal with “love your neighbor.”

Related:  Embracing what is

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78 years ago, a journalist studied 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps

Some months ago, one of my neighbors was reading Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, and let me look at it.

I was and remain astonished at how profoundly its teachings parallel my beliefs about prayer.

Actually, the book could as easily be regarded as a manual for effective prayer, effective prayer to any end.

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How myths begin

In the day room at the shelter where I stay, we watch Bounce TV a lot. In recent weeks they’ve shown the movie Wrong Turn at Tahoe, with Cuba Gooding, Jr., several times. They also recently showed Freelancers, with 50 Cent.

In both films, the black male protagonist goes to work in a criminal enterprise run by a white man. In both films, the protagonist learns, in the end, that the white man murdered his father.

Is there a pattern here?

President Obama has testified to the hardships the black child, and black teen, faces when there is no father in the home. It may be easiest to believe, or feel, that the powers that be, or “The Man,” has unjustly taken him away. There is also the hardship that, for a male child, the father figure is one’s earliest role model for developing a superego.

Of such things are myths made.

A competing, contradictory myth makes a hymn of “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”

Whether it is the myth of Adam and Eve, of the Virgin Birth, or of Helios pulling his chariot across the sky, myths really do not stem from efforts to understand unexplained things in nature. They come instead from efforts to understand ourselves.

Reblogged 2021-12-09.

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