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Murderous millennial preachers and prophets take over the German city of Munster after Martin Luther unleashes a Pandora's Box of religious anarchy with the Protestant Reformation.
There's something in this episode for everyone, and I highly recommend you listen to it. Here are some of my thoughts for various audiences.
Please understand history so you don't repeat its horrors. Not everything you believe is true. Be comfortable questioning what you believe. Some of what your pastor, your imam, your shaman, your pope, or your rabbi tells you is provable false. Don't blindly follow the authorities your religion sets up for you but instead come up with a rational, logical system which helps you know when to reject lies and when to hold on to true moral faith and tenants of faith which define your community. Accept that at some points in your life, you may need to reject the community you are in because you can no longer accept their tenants at face value.
As mentioned multiple times in the show, this is more about tyranny and the failures of the human brain than about the dangers of religious belief. Yes, I agree with you: no one should pretend to know things they don't know. Faith itself has some serious issues from a strong epistemology perspective... but also recognize "faith" is just a word. Many argue your belief and trust in the scientific method is also "faith." While we're talking about beliefs, what are you doing to prevent the belief in authority in human minds (and yes, that includes belief in government)? How are you preventing tyranny in all forms from spreading?
What do you make of the "They can't handle the truth" argument? How often do seemingly "good" ideas (such as the NAP: non-aggression principle), get twisted into the very trouble they are trying to solve? How often is the original message distorted by followers? If voluntaryism led to a net decrease in human well-being compared to government rulers, would you still advocate for it and if so, under what timescale would you be okay to let things evolve because of your ideological belief? In what ways are you different than those in this history and why?
Work to improve your epistemology and your own understanding of the moral framework you operate with. Test, evaluate, and improve your moral framework at all times. Resist black and white ideologies in a world of grey + 10M other colors.
Get yourself up Maslow's Hierarchy in the most ethical way you can so you can enjoy some self actualization and throw off the need to follow anyone, no matter how much the society around you accepts their crazy ideas. While you're at it, be careful to ensure others aren't following and twisting your own ideas as you go along.
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Luke Stokes is a father, husband, business owner, programmer, voluntaryist, and blockchain enthusiast. He wants to help create a world we all want to live in.