In 2014, I published an eBook entitled Life Will Answer. It’s an exploration of life, religion, and the tenuous connection one has with the other—at least as has been defined to date by the various theologies of past and present-day believers.
I don’t pretend to be a religious scholar. I am at best a casual observer of some religion-based behaviors, but given that I have also authored a book discussing those matters, perhaps that makes me more than a casual observer.
A fundamental point of the book is that Life has been established to honor and answer the choices each and all of us make—whatever they are and however they may be judged by the standards and guidelines we as a society have established. I do not accept the notion that there is a God or another Deity of choice offering wildly arbitrary thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs, or that this Deity has edicts we’re free to abide by or not (although if we don’t there will be hell to pay).
I wrote that book on the premise that there is more to this life than the narrow-minded, conflicting, and occasionally dangerous notions various religions offer. Given the large number of them each claiming passionate followers, it’s absurd for any collection of humans to insist that their Deity assures them It is the One and Only. Countless Peers and their own loyal adherents take issue with that.
Every day we are witness to the absurdities—and too often, the atrocities—committed in the name of some Deity or another by adherents convinced that they and they alone are privy to the guidance and dictates of that One and Only. There is little room, if any, for reason, logic, or rational thought. The absence of an intelligent component guiding their beliefs and conduct—replaced as it as by fears and justifications untethered from reality—carries its own set of consequences.
Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship one Supreme Being [among many]? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!
Magical thinking is not a shield to the inevitable harm which results when irrational and mindless behaviors collide with reason and fact. We have some choices to make, and a future to concern ourselves with.
Re-establishing this blog is my own contribution to wiser problem-solving than what seems to be the norm. Too many are in position where their delusions carry heavy and needless consequences to all of us.
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Perhaps it’s time that we all recognize and simply accept that one religious conviction is in fact no more rational (or irrational) than another. With so many contradictory beliefs, either there is some other unifying and overarching principle, or we will continue to sabotage our individual and collective lives by fighting to assert we’re right and everyone else is wrong. We own that choice.
By its very nature the Source of our Universe is unfathomable. We simply do not have the means or capabilities to define with certainty that great mystery—try as we do. So instead, a great many of us have fashioned a notion that some human-like-but-slightly-better-and-bigger-person-like God/Allah/Whatever created all, and that apparently only some of us know just what It wants from us.
We rely on humans no more intelligent or enlightened than the average man/woman on the street (often far less, if history—or current events—is our guide) to define and explain our truths, beliefs, and obligations in the context of a judging, to-be-feared-and-obeyed-person-like Entity. Certainly the current crop of Its spokespeople have fashioned some very creative takes on what they claim to be The One and Only Word.
Simpler allegories, parables, and fables made sense in simpler times for simpler people. Useful symbolisms back then, but we’ve actually progressed some since Biblical and pre-biblical times. Let’s give ourselves a bit more credit. Life does. Perhaps we’re finally ready for more, from and with a concept of a Source that is More than we’ve chosen It to be.
Hard to imagine we could do worse.
Is it really “wrong” to posit that Life and its Source might actually be grander and greater and better than we’ve allowed ourselves to not just believe, but to then behave according to those presumed obligations and edicts? Why are we not allowed to advance our understanding of what the Source might be?
Every other aspect of Life has and continues to be about growth and progress and more. Why limit what is arguably the most important facet of all by staying stuck in a time-warp several thousand years old?
Doing so has resulted in an ongoing, endless, and near-insane pursuit to live our lives in obedience to manufactured whims and rules—and no small amount of them being incredibly narrow-minded and judgmental. As both the past and current events sadly demonstrate, not only do those mandates have tenuous connections to reason and reality, in too many cases those who don’t believe in the rules are made to suffer grievously!
This madness is justifiable by some presumed Supreme Deity? Perhaps shopping for a new One might not be a bad idea if what we witness on a daily basis is acceptable to It….
Religion is what gives people hope in a world torn apart by religion – Jon Stewart
Endless conflict about completely unverifiable decrees from completely unverifiable entities seems rather pointless, doesn’t it?
~ My Photo: sunrise at Long Beach, Rockport, MA – 08.22.05
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Looking Left and Right: Thought-provoking inquiries & observations about the conflicts arising from, and bolstered by, our increasingly polarized nation.
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The Middle Age Follies: An occasional column offering a slightly skewed look at life for those of us on the north side of 50 … far north, actually.