I’ve been reading a lot of posts lately in which bloggers go on the attack against people who believe something other than the blogger and have dared to express it. There’s one fellow I run into often when I’m trolling the spirituality blogs on WordPress. He has a whole blog devoted to debunking the New Age. Now I can get why there are people who don’t like the New Age for a variety of reasons and I can understand that he doesn’t believe in its tenets. But a whole blog devoted to nothing but debunking? Really, if you don’t believe the same thing as someone else you have to devote hours of your day defending against them?
I can’t say I get it. I mean, I get that it’s apparently a big component of nature for many humans but I don’t get the why. Why can’t this fellow devote a blog to writing about what he does believe in?
In religion, particularly, people get so upset by other religions that believe differently. How does it threaten me if a Catholic or a Kabbalist or a Maori or a fundamentalist doesn’t believe what I do? I accept that there are lots of beliefs, and that for those who believe they are true, and I don’t have any need to have everyone else believe as I do. I can’t imagine setting up a blog to tell all the Catholics what’s wrong with their religion on a daily basis. How would that possibly serve me? How would it possibly make me a better person or help me to feel better or even good about myself? Why would I want to start a war over someone believing that God is outside of them or that evil deities somehow invade your space if you burn incense (yes, I actually edited a right wing Christian book that warned against incense…) or whatever else I don’t believe?
You can tell me it’s fear and up to a point I get that too. But why does fear mean needing to attack everyone else? I’m just sayin’.