The Rage Demon

Here is a link to a blog post from an author who is incredibly religious. He also believes that there are evil spirits that enter us and cause us to do evil things, but those who have a strong will and pray can cast the demons out.

http://healtheland.wordpress.com/2007/04/09/demon-of-the-day-rage/

The particular “demon” he discusses in this entry is “rage” of course. He was responding to a news article from MSNBC that indicated that rage was a kind of disease (because of the physical side effects accompanying an outburst of rage). 

While I find much of this post incredibly hard to respond to, there a few interesting (though perhaps misguided) ideas. For instance, the assessment of certain people being more susceptible to rage—I totally agree. While I do not believe it is a genetic trait, or that a demon has been inherited through many generations of my evil family, I do believe that by simply living in the world we live in today, we are becoming predisposed to letting rage overcome us.

And while I do not generally abide by the “television, video games, and movies are ruining our culture” theory–I do recognize that the violence inherit in them is a product of our currently rage consumed society. What I do not agree with based on the article, is that praying will fix it all.

I am trying to keep my work on Two Smokin’ Hot Freethinkers (my podcast with Reed about atheism) separate from this blog, but it seems today they have intertwined a bit. (Another reminder about how connected all of these sociological themes really are. And today, Rage and Atheism are both on the table). 

I am not convinced that even if all 6 billion people on the planet right now sat down and prayed it would do a damn thing to fix our society. That is where I find religion harmful. The author of the blog prays to God to ask him to fix it, but at this point I feel we can’t depend on anyone else to fix our world.

So how do we fix this problem of rage? I don’t pretend to know, but I am sure that recognition of the present state of the world and human nature is at least a first step. How many people on this planet haven’t even looked around recently and said, “Wow, we’re fucking up pretty badly.”

I also disagree with the author on the point of rage not being related to physical health problems. His dismissal of stress related health issues bothers me, especially given our previous posts and comments. 

 

But despite my disagreement with the actual concept, I can’t seem to get the visual out of my head of a physical rage demon who enters our bodies and helps us spread the rage–infecting our closest family, friends, co-workers, STRANGERS….

Unfortunately I can’t blame a demon—it’s just us. We’re the problem. There is no one to blame but ourselves.

I need a little help on this one, any thoughts?

 

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