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The Cicero Syndrome
01-28-2018, 12:11 PM (This post was last modified: 01-28-2018 12:11 PM by taykair.)
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The Cicero Syndrome
The reasons people give for their antipathy toward religion are as diverse as the people themselves. Yet, I sometimes wonder if the true foundation of their rejection of religion lies elsewhere.

In Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, the conspirators meet in Brutus' house to plan the assassination of Caesar. Part of the discussion concerns who will be included amongst the conspirators.

Cassius recommends Cicero to be a part of their plot. Casca, Cinna and Metellus Cimber agree, with the latter adding that Cicero's maturity will compensate for what would otherwise be seen as the rash actions of younger men:

CASSIUS: But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him? I think he will stand very strong with us.

CASCA: Let us not leave him out.

CINNA: No, by no means.

METELLUS CIMBER: O, let us have him, for his silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion and buy men's voices to commend our deeds: It shall be said, his judgment ruled our hands; our youths and wildness shall no whit appear, but all be buried in his gravity.


Brutus, however, rejects the idea - and his reason is interesting:

BRUTUS: O, name him not: let us not break with him; for he will never follow any thing that other men begin.

Is this, then, what truly lies at the heart of the rejection of religion by some? Do they truly have sound, objective reasons for their refusal of religion, or is it simply a matter of ego? Do they suffer from Cicero Syndrome - refusing to become a part of something of which they themselves cannot be the center?
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01-28-2018, 12:23 PM
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RE: The Cicero Syndrome
(01-28-2018 12:11 PM)taykair Wrote:  Is this, then, what truly lies at the heart of the rejection of religion by some?

I don't think it's "rejection", it's simply not believing in anything that no convincing evidence exists for. Atheists also don't "reject" pixies or flying teapots - they simply don't see evidence for the existence of those.

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01-28-2018, 12:34 PM (This post was last modified: 01-28-2018 12:35 PM by taykair.)
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That's fine, but note that I said "by some". (I always try to insert qualifiers when possible. They usually help to get me out of sticky situations.)
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01-28-2018, 02:43 PM
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RE: The Cicero Syndrome
(01-28-2018 12:34 PM)taykair Wrote:  That's fine, but note that I said "by some". (I always try to insert qualifiers when possible. They usually help to get me out of sticky situations.)

Good thinking Smile

W.r.t. those "somes": maybe, but I can't imagine it's a large group of people that reject it purely for egotistical reasons. In my experience, the vast majority rejects it for the reasons I described.

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