is often an appurtenance
that is given in childhood
as part of needed growing-up equipment.
If doubt arises later in life,
it is thrust aside for emotional reasons,
a nostalgic loyalty to the past,
affection for family and friends,,
dread of the excommunication and banishment
that threaten those who do not conform.
rules, regulations, rites, and rituals,
a system of reference and of values
making one a prisoner
of doctrine and dogma.
allows an evasion of issues
which others of conscience confront honestly.
And to top it off,
the believer derives a sense of great superiority
from this very cowardice itself.
I have to communicate my feelings.
To fight unhappiness
one must first expose it,
which means that I must dispel
the mystifications behind which it is hidden
urging people to think about it,
It is because I reject lies and running away
that I am accused of heresy;
but this rejection implies a hope
my hope that truth may be of use.
This is a more optimistic attitude
than the choice of indifference, ignorance
or religious sham.