I had heard that South Park was going to produce a new Book of Mormon Musical on Broadway that is supposed to come out in March 2011, so as I was looking for more information about that I discovered a South Park Episode about Mormons which I found insightful. I can’t embed it, but you can view it in its entirety here.
So my thoughts about that episode is that maybe the kid at the end is right. Maybe it doesn’t matter if the church is 100% true. Maybe it is a healthy illusion. For example, we are told that if we believe that everyone likes us, despite logic or despite evidence to the contrary than we are healthier and at the same time, that illusion starts to come true for us. Consequently those people are much happier then those who know that they are disliked, even though they are more accurate. I also believe that as we have an attitude that everyone likes us, more people actually do like us. So, it may be with believing in the LDS religion, or any religion. It might not matter if it is logical, or if there is substantial evidence stacked against it because it might be good for us anyway. Certainly people feel good in the church, they feel spiritual, they feel love and loved (for the most part). Also, the commandments and guidelines that are preached are generally good for everyone, and can lead to better health.
I suppose though that this doesn’t hold true for all. This healthy illusion might not feel too healthy if you are born homosexual into an LDS family, or if you (in your quest to become super-mormon-mom) have too many kids than you can handle, or if you don’t listen to your own internal warning voice and follow every little thing that leaders advise you to do. Like not putting off children for education even though you know you will not be able to start working for 10 more years due to bachelors degree, pre-med, medical school, residency, fellowship, or a similar lengthy path. Living on WIC, Medicaid and welfare or dire poverty with kids for 10 years is not so healthy. It also may not be healthy for the believers with dark skin if they find the church racist, or for women who want to work and may find the church sexist or for those who are older and can’t find someone to marry or who can’t or don’t want to have kids. Its also not so healthy for those who feel like they can’t reconcile the discrepancies between church teachings and church history, but have no where to go for support and help. I am not sure then how healthy it is.
What do you think?