I hate this sign. First off, I don’t understand the need to spew your message over others in the form of advertising. I don’t watch TV mainly because of the advertising, I don’t accept the invitations to have advertising on my YouTube channel. That said, what I don’t like about it is the bold-faced assertion that people who are looking upon this somehow know that Christmas is a myth. This is as close to calling them a liar that you can get without actually saying it. No, they don’t know it’s a myth, they sincerely believe in it.
There is type of person, or maybe a type of thinking that we all go through but maybe grow out of. This mentality leads one to believe a set of things for various reasons and to assume that when someone disagrees with them, then it because that is like they are, and has also come to the same conclusions on life but acts against them due to personal flaws such as greed, envy, etc.
In essence, it is an example of projection. The person thinks that all people must think like they do, that they have identified right and must have taken active measures to move from it to wrong. The projection comes from the projection of the life steps that the projector has gone through onto the person they disagree with. However in reality, we all have had different life experiences that inform the decisions we have made, we also have differing levels of wisdom which is the most important of all. What is important to know, is that we generally all believe the things we say we believe. A person who denies this, or acts like he denies this, is so foolish in his understanding of the human animal that he can almost be written out of serious consideration altogether.
P.Z. Myers is one such person. My favourite smart fool on the entire web. In a post entitled “Get over yourselves, timid atheists”, he castigates an author of a Jezebel post who criticises the advert. So he is in favour of the advert, bowl me over. So when a direct mirror image of the advert appears, an advert which says “You Know It's Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus” appears. Then a consistent person, he has this to say:
The pro-superstition sign says, "You Know It's Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus". Isn't that sweet? It's just like the religious side to proclaim a falsehood. Anyway, they're welcome to buy the ad space. The real winners here are the commercial enterprises marketing billboards and selling, selling, selling…and when you get right down to it, isn't that what Christmas is really all about?
Everyone can see a hypocrite except the hypocrite himself. Everyone can see a fundamentalist except the fundamentalist himself. If it is a falsehood to say we know it is real then it is just as much of a falsehood to say we know it is false. Atheists like Myers scoff at the “fundamentalist atheist” claim but they don’t know what it means. It’s in reference to tactics and modes of thinking that one undertakes as a part of a group. As much as Myers may hate Bill Donohue, they are peas in a pod.
Posted on: Monday, December 06, 2010 12:04 AM