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Universal Parents

Three different types of believers have a similar thought pattern.

Fundamentalist
God is in control and would never harm his children so as a child of God I am safe. Those who oppose God threaten my safety so I must enforce God's will against all who oppose it.

Socialist
The government is in control and would never harm its subjects so as a loyal subject I am safe. Those who oppose the government threaten my safety so I must enforce the will of the government against all who oppose it.

Environmentalist
Nature should be in control and would never harm her children so as nature's child I am safe. Those who oppose nature threaten my safety so I must enforce nature's way against all who oppose it.

In many places the majority believe God is in control and they are the children of God. The bible says God would never hurt his children. Fundamentalists rail against immorality because it challenges God's authority and thus threatens their safety. If people can disobey God with impunity then all security and safety is lost and the world is a frightening place with no certain limits on what people can do.

Government schools and mass media tell us the government is in control. The uproar when veterans are mistreated or the police are killed by mere citizens reveals a belief that the government should never let its subjects be harmed. Socialists rail against those who challenge the government's power because it threatens their safety. If people can disobey regulations with impunity then all security and safety is lost and the world is a frightening place with no certain limits on what people can do.

Unlike the previous two cases nature is often not in control but the environmentalist believes she should be. The assumption that nature would never harm her children is shown by environmentalists who ignore the harmfulness of natural toxins and carcinogens. Environmentalists rail against scientists and engineers who challenge nature's control and thus threaten the safety of nature's children. If people can defy nature with impunity then all security and safety is lost and the world is a frightening place with no certain limits on what people can do.

In each case a childhood emotional dynamic has been retained into adulthood. God, government, or nature assumes the role of a child's parents to become a universal parent for adults. Believers can't be reasoned out of their loyalties any more than a child can be reasoned out of family loyalty.

Normal adults develop powers of observation and reasoning sufficient to overcome childhood dependencies and assume individual responsibility for thought and action. The growth of these powers is reduced however if the environment of the child is flooded with superficial positive images of God, government, and nature.

The development of objectivity is further complicated by the adolescent thrill of rebellion against authority. Angry adolescent rebellion and independent adult thought are both pleasurable and therefore easily confused. Some will see this essay as mere rebellion against authority but I believe my thrill comes from the discovery of hidden patterns because I also feel it when solving other types of puzzles.