Yay! A new episode!
Early in the episode you talked about religion, and while I’m also non-religious, and I seem to have a similar position as you do regarding religion, but somehow there’s always the need to make the distinction between the bad side of religion and the (potentially) good side.
Let me here propose something: I think the issue is that we use one word “Religion” to refer to two distinct things, and from my point of view, making this distinction, makes it easier to take a position.
On one side, you have “organized religions” where you have a creed, that is being propagated and dictated by a central authority.
On the other, you have the “personal belief”, which stems from ones recognition of our own limitations.
The important distinction for me is “who dictates”: is it just a packaged belief system that you just have to follow, or is it the person himself selecting, based on his own understanding, how to live his life and how to behave towards other people.
This brings back the hot topic that is in discussion nowadays about “Truth”: having a central authority dictating what is “The Truth” is always bad, and that’s why I agree with you about Communism and Nazism, and recent attempts to dictate “The Truth”: they are all in this sense “Religions”.
Switching to another topic and just to give a different point of view, you commented about the land there as not nice, and middle of the desert: Actually that area, especially the coastal region is fertile agricultural land.
There’s of course the Negev desert, but you have oil there.
And recently there was the Leviathan gas field, which was discovered on the coast, and Israel was the first to put it to use.
So, unfortunately, there is a reason to fight and kill over that land.
Finally, thank you for the interesting quote from Babylon 5: “Understanding is a three edged sword”.
I have never watched Babylon 5, so now I’m curious.
Thank you again for the informative episode.