Israel’s attack on Gaza has brought religion back into the political agenda. For modern societies, who increasingly rely on science to overcome vehement social problems, the dualism religion versus science results in a complete paradox, which might find its end in nihilism.
The past few weeks have made me question whether I was getting insane or simply confirmed in a discovering I had made earlier this year. The fact that some seriously ill fanatics can – with the support from “our Russian friend Putin” – shoot down an aeroplane, killing almost two-hundred innocent world citizens while one isn’t even allowed to bring drinking water on a plane, seriously questions the integrity of our society. Probably worse is that whereas sanctions are being considered by certain states, others are only worried about getting the most benefit out of the situation. As such, Switzerland was quick to use its “pseudo-(non)-participation” in the European Union by offering its “neutrality services” in order to boost a suffering banking system. On its 723rd birthday, which was celebrated yesterday, the Heidi-state wasn’t any less opportunistic than in the seven centuries of existence before.
Similar orthodox and immoral in its action is Israel. Attacking one’s neighboring state and killing innocent children simply out of a bad mood is such a barbaric action that one can’t help but think it should have finished hundreds of years ago. The fact that it’s still being done in the 21st century only proves that society doesn’t advance, even if education is meant to be getting better and more accessible year by year. In those regards I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw some TV poll that asked US citizens whether they “believe that Israel was given to the Jewish people by god”. Now, it shouldn’t surprise that this question addressed US citizens. The US is likely the best example of how schizophrenic society has become.
It is the US who has pushed capitalism to its absurdity by constantly claiming how economic theory provides science based evidence that neoliberalism was most efficient and hence the best for societies. It’s the US who believes that genetic manipulation can overcome all deficiencies of mankind, and likely also those apparent in nature. Now, can anyone understand how US citizens can trust so much in science on one hand while on the other the vast majority believes that god effectively gave Israel to the Jewish people? History is also science, only maybe a bit more accessible and anyone not just engaging in Instagram, twitter or a manipulated mass media should know that Israel as a state was created far less than hundred years ago. Has anyone seen god in all this time?
In light of current political paradoxes one might indeed understand that a vast majority of human beings prefers to seek refuge in religion, faith and/or the hope for god. Maybe it is not more absurd than today’s society and the system that we have created. In a world where every week a global trauma vanishes under the burden of a newly emerging one, people can’t rely on reality, because it simply doesn’t exist. However, if reality doesn’t exist, then nihilism might be a better choice than science or religion, because it solves the paradoxes of both.
 I believe it was on Fox news. I haven’t had a TV in twenty years and only saw it accidentally while in the gym.
 Not seeing that it was exactly the perverse accumulation of wealth that created most of today’s problems and that A. Smith’s often cited “invisible hand” was all but a transfer of benefits (or social and environmental externalities that have not been accounted for).
 For all US citizens: that is less than your country should you not know for how long the US have existed.