I suppose it might be construed as hate speech if I put it on a public billboard. But if you're on a private website among friends and colleagues who can smack you down if they think you're being unfair, you're free to speak your mind. You accuse me of mischaracterizing you, yet you obviously are not very familiar with my posts. I have consistently said that the purpose of every paradigm shift in history (the Agricultural Revolution, the Building of Cities, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution, and now this one that doesn't have a name yet, the Electronic/Information/Post-Industrial/Computer/Whatever Age) is to make everyone more safe, healthy, comfortable, prosperous, and able to pursue his own dreams by cooperating with each other. I have never promoted greed or anger, and in fact have identified them as the enemies of civilization and all of humanity. As for delusion, it's probably been with us since Ardipithecus came down from the trees and I don't see any reason to assert that it's a bigger problem today than at any other time. At least we now have the first stirrings of a science that intends to understand how we think and feel, so perhaps in a few more generations they'll figure out how delusions work and how to deal with them. I would replace the verb "try" with the verb "pretend." How can you say with a straight face that a belief system based on fairytales and Stone Age legends--one that does not slap down a fringe movement that actually claims that science is wrong and builds museums to celebrate that claim--is not promoting delusion? You've been arguing from the position of a religionist. If you're not a religionist, you're doing a very skillful impersonation. So you can't complain if people believe it. Besides, you just made up stuff about me, with nothing to base it on. I have always decried greed and anger, and I've never weighed in with an opinion on delusion. If you're going to ask to be excused for that because you misunderstood me, then I suppose the civilized thing for me would be to say, "OK then, I must have misunderstood you too," and excuse you in turn. But you will indeed need to extend the same courtesy to me for misunderstanding you--based on the words you posted right here in this very thread, very convincingly impersonating a champion of the religious.