When Someone Insists 2 + 2 = 5

Imagine a bratty five year old who had not yet studied arithmetic in school insisted that 2 + 2 = 5. You set out two piles of two apples before him, and then merged the piles. You asked How many apples are there in that combined pile? He replied 5. You ask Do you know how to count? Do you know what five means?. He replied Of course I do.

You explain that for everyone else in the world 2 + 2 = 4. These are not matters of opinion. These are hard facts of life. He replies I don’t care. I like it better when 2 + 2 = 5, for example if you had two Coffee Crisps and two Walker toffee bars if when you combined them you had 5 treats altogether. You explain But that doesn’t work. You are no further ahead, you still have only 4 bars. Pretending the universe works differently than it does not constrain it to conform to your highness’ preferences.

Adult Christians do the same thing — ignoring reality and indulging in wishful thinking. For example, they insist prayer works when it never has. They insist that a soul is installed at conception, even though nobody has ever detected one. They insist they cannot die, even though everyone dies and rots. Of the 9 billion people on earth, none of them ever comes back from the dead or even sends a message only they could have sent.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)