Can belief in the absurd be considered a mental disorder?
To entertain belief in an imaginary friend is to dwell on the ficticious. While I feel that the human imagination is one of our best features, I also fear that societal forces and specific institutions have evolved into psychological enslavers, manipulating this aspect of our intelligence and our natural brain function.
Imagination is an amazing quality of the human spirit, and has brought us so much good by augmenting the quantity and quality of human life. Any parent will tell you that the birthday card your young child made is always more special than the one that was bought.
Yet over time, people starting hating themselves and killing each other. Why? Belief in the absurd.
It's absurd to think that you are inherently broken or forever in need of direction and submission. It's also absurd to think that we need to hate, mutilate, desecrate, denigrate or annihilate as a result of competing fairy tales.
I've only studies philosophy and not psychology or psychiatry. I have no training in mental disorders, but religion just seems cookoo. I might not bother with the subject, but people are suffering and I thought I should say something.