Sunday, April 26, 2009

A man sees what he wants to see

How is anybody mormon nowadays, despite all the archealogical evidence disproving it? —Captain Haddock

Some things take time. It's hard to believe that fifteen years ago I'd never heard of the World Wide Web. I didn't have email. There was no It may be an Information Age, but we're still the same Homo sapiens species that hunted mammoths. We weren't built for the world we find ourselves in.

We're hard wired to think and behave in certain ways, particularly when it comes to social groups. For most of human history, being cast out of the group you belonged to would have been disastrous. We talk easily today about following your own heart and not listening to the crowd, but that's not in our nature. All I'm saying is before people will be willing to leave their Mormon faith, or any group for that matter, they have to really believe that they'll be safe without it.

And by the way, I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt as to the "archealogical evidence disproving" Mormonism. Personally I would not phrase it quite that way, unless you know something I don't. How about an "utter lack of evidence supporting" Mormonism?

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