… You’re making a good start on understanding. Always question everything, especially your most closely held beliefs. There is an excellent interview with Paul Kurtz (founder and chair of the Center for Inquiry) on this week’s edition of Point of Inquiry. During the interview he talks about free thought and inquiry and emphasizes that people should question their most cherished beliefs above all. If they don’t stand up to scrutiny then you should look for other answers. It is definitely worth 25 minutes of your time.
Tonight instead of watching the propaganda piece that ABC/Disney is broadcasting as the story of 9/11, just turn off the TV and go to Google video instead. There you can find a BBC special called the Power of Nightmares. It is in three parts that you can find here, here and here. It tells the parallel stories of Leo Strauss and an Egyptian scholar who led what became the modern radical islamist movement. You can also find it here at Archive.org and also get a DVD iso file that you can download and burn to a dvd to watch on tv.
These stories look at how governments have come to use the power of fear to manipulate their citizens. This is a much more important program than the one on ABC.