“Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes” –Karl Marx
I don’t hide my views on religion. Believing in a religion is no different than being superstitious, and being a part of organized religion is not much different than living in North Korea –and we know how Koreans on either side of the border can take their religion too far. Some religions, regardless of what part of the world they are in, take things too far —and ultimately get hacked.
Yes, that’s right! The Westboro Baptist Church folks are protesting the funeral of little kids. On the other side of the world, some guy goes around, and slashes kids:
On 14 December 2012, a 36 year-old villager in the village of Chenpeng, Henan Province, stabbed 23 children and an elderly woman at the village’s primary school as children were arriving for classes. The attacker was restrained at the school, and later arrested. All of the victims survived and were treated at three hospitals, though some were reportedly seriously injured, with fingers or ears cut off, and had to be transferred to larger hospitals for specialized care.
In Hanzhong, Shannxi, a mother-and-son team rented a rural property to open a private kindergarten for 20 children. One day the son found a snake inside and killed it. This disturbed the property owner, 48-year-old Wu Huanming, who had been suffering from a variety of diseases and had grown increasingly superstitious in recent years. Blaming the snake killing for the ineffectiveness of his medical treatment, Wu went into a frenzy.
A snake. Really? He went crazy over a snake?
Well, if you look at China at a whole, they are generally susceptible to a lot of this type of thinking. For instance, if you asked the question: “Do you believe in the Mayan calendar, and think the world is going to end?” Apparently, most of the world was around 13% believing this to be true. In China however, this was up to 20%:
Well, the world was supposed to end on the 21st of December! HOLY CRAP! We’re 2 days into the end of the world! QUICK! I need live updates on the world’s status! But that’s not enough to trust it from one source! I need to go to another!
But seriously, 20% of Chinese believe in this? Well, ever since you took away China’s state religion of Maoism, what is going to take its place in such a giant vacuum? Many people would think traditional religions would make it’s comeback. It has, and is usually called fundamentalism. On top of this fundamentalism, you also get some “foreign worshippers“, and others that have taken on religions from other countries, and have given their own sick twist to things. Even people who normally aren’t religious turn to religion because they feel that they are missing something in their lives. Why doesn’t anyone look to basic human nature? Because, superstitions are easier to explain. It’s also human nature to form random associations that would make sense if you look at things on the surface. Ever see the movie “23”?
Basically, any reason the main character could find, he associated it to the number 23. In Cantonese, this is called, “笨人猜笨迷” (Literally:”Stupid people guessing at stupid riddles”. The American vernacular translation would be, “Only a dumb fuck would come up with some dumb shit like that!”).
But it’s this type of association that leads one to religion and supertstitions:
In their final experiment Whitson and Galinsky created a sense of lacking control in two groups of subjects, then asked one group to contemplate and affirm their most important values in life—a proven technique for reducing learned helplessness. The researchers then presented those same snowy pictures, finding that those who lacked control but had no opportunity for self-affirmation saw more nonexistent patterns than did those in the self-affirmation condition.
We’re all susceptible to this. So what kind of environment is the average Chinese living in that they can’t feel that they are in control of their own lives?