This is going to be a little more conversational than normal, but I’m thinking something through and I wanted to get it down before it slipped away. A thought occurred to me yesterday that’s been bouncing around my head, eager to get out: If someone has the same answer to every question, then that answer is a religion to them.
I’m not going to pretend like that test is in any way universally accurate, but I think it’s an interesting way of looking at it. If someone finds all of their spiritual, moral, or whatever answers in a particular book, that book is their religion. If someone answers every economic question with “the market!”, then that’s a religion to them. If you ask someone what country is the best at X, or Y, or Z, etc., and the answer is always “America,” then that’s a religious belief. The same can be said of constitutional originalism.
I don’t know that this little semi-epiphany is anything new or earth-shaking, but it’s going to try and apply it and see how well it holds it or how it might need to be adjusted. Yes, yes, I know, I’m really just describing dogmatic thinking, or something very close to it, but…not really. Dogma’s a set of beliefs that are not to be questions. What I’m talking about is more a matter of believing that one source has all the answers. That’s different, right?
Of course, on the same day I have this little though, P.Z. Myers posts this: Capitalism: Not just an idea, a religion. Talk about stealing my thunder. That’s not really upsetting. Myers’ blog is one of my favorites and being upstaged by him isn’t exactly something to be ashamed of.
Anyway, it’s been an interesting day and a post I’ve been working on about how I use social media and another about some of my favorite writers both got a little meatier today.