|the Dao of Atheism :||: the Shaman Atheist 33/81|
Understanding other people is wisdom,
understanding other religions is knowledge,
understanding oneself is enlightenment.
Strength is necessary to overcome others
Being content with what one already has is wealth.
Ignorance is bliss.|
This is a sum of the dao.
In the Middle Ages the mountains of southern Switzerland and France
prevented the people living in them from continuous access to fresh fish
and sea salt carrying iodine, causing frequent thyroid problems and mental
deficiency among the poor. Children who were born with this problem were
mentally retarded: slow learners and ignorant of the complexities of
good and evil and sin. They were, in fact, such gentle and kind people
that other "normal" people called them "christian," or créstin /
creitin in the alpine Swiss French, shortened to cretin
in the English. Today, in a Euro-American culture that grew out of the
Christianity of the Middle Ages, a cretin is a mental idiot and is used, by
extension, as a supreme insult against those whose intelligence we question.