On a meta level, what’s the difference between fundamentalist Islamic and fundamentalist Christian? Answer: nada. Both assume that only one way, their way, is the right one. Both assume that of all the strict, confined mental silos dotting this planet, there is only one that should stand, theirs, and the rest be damned!
That’s the strange thing about fundamentalist anything. The unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs. Why?
What does that get us?
I have a feeling that we think we’re looking for intellectual certainty when really, underneath, we’re seeking emotional security; and that, my friends, is not to be found using the mind. Instead, sink down into the body; allow the body to attune to the living Earth, sink further into Earth’s place in our solar system, further into our solar system’s place in the Milky Way galaxy — on and on, further and further, let us sink, through our bodies, into the Divine Mystery that holds us all, warm, safe, and beloved.
In other words, we can gain emotional security, but only at the expense of intellectual certainty.
Let us, instead, open our minds to allow continuously expanding horizons within an infinitely mysterious universe. Forget tearing down one conceptual helmut just to clamp down another. And let’s face it: those who value processing their own experiences sooner or later realize that even when we think we know something, further opening will throw new lights on it to the point where the meaning, and the “truth” of it is bound to mutate. Which makes the following graphic itself “false,” since even the the “shit you know” YOU DON’T KNOW.
Check out this example of switching fundamentalisms, in this case from New Age to Christian, so dogmatic it’s almost laughable!