19 December 2008

So Help Me, _____

Blah blah blah blah blah, so help me God. That's what a politician or a person in court says, and supposedly, after they say that, everything they say is the truth. Or if you're Muslim, I'm assuming you say 'so help me Allah,' or something different. But you put your hand on the Koran, not the Bible.

What does an Atheist say? 'So help me, myself?' Is that sufficient? What do they place their hand over, Sartre's Being and Nothingness? It's kind of silly that we make some arbitrary oath pleading for someone's help and after that, everything is valid. If anything, it seems like the oath itself is there to maintain the appearance of truth, when the opposite is what is really happening.

It's like when someone says, "I swear to god!" Oh, I believe you now, you just swore to god. You must mean it. But if you really meant it, couldn't you just say what you meant in confidence without any form of swearing?

But back to the Atheist question, really, what do they say? It may seem silly but how are they supposed to prove to the religious world that what they are saying is all they know to be true? Blah blah blah blah, so help me all that is human and worldly. I guess that might be one way.

The implications of the religious social structure are so far-reaching, it's incredible.

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