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Do we need religion or is it just a band-aid for our inability to express sadness?

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posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:10 PM
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I ask the above and had the thought that maybe what we really need is to have a National Day of Sadness. Everybody take the day off and go ball your eyes out. Explore the depths of your inner grief and give it release. Devote just one day to sharing the hurt, sorrow, pain and anguish that goes on everyday. Spend the day in bed alone if you prefer or you can join groups where you can find ways to express yourself without feeling foolish. Isn't that our fear? Of being thought weak by being seen crying?

At its most intense, religion should be a cathartic exercise which is why I posted this here. We all think too much, stay too busy, are constantly distracted. We rarely stop and just feel things with any depth anymore. It's one more new thing - that was fun! Now let's move on.
Isn't that what our lives are becoming? Just cheap cycles of thrill-seeking and detachment? We overcompensate for our restrained urges so we tend to binge on whatever gets us off. We have the world at our fingertips yet feel we have nothing.

With everything going on constantly around us we all need to stop and feel those depths of despair and grief. It will reawaken the empathy and love this world needs so badly. I'm beginning to think it's our largest missing component which is why we should devote a day to it.




posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:18 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

A-freaking-men.

You said nothing I cannot disagree with. (I love double negatives).




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posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:20 PM
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I don't think religion is the reason for the lack of empathy you see. Some people simply have more emotional connection to others. I know that I don't feel that much empathy for people depending on the situation. I am much more sympathetic when I see something random happen to someone compared to something I consider poor life choices.

There are degrees of emotion. You have some people that are sociopaths that feel nothing at all for their fellow humans. You are no more important to these people than a piece of pocket lint. I am probably somewhere in the middle.

You can't change this lack of empathy in many people...religion or not. I am actually happy that I have minimal emotions because it allows me to look at a situation and act in a more logical, measured manner.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:20 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

I would say, where the truth is absent, man will fabricate religion (of carnal works) to fill the void until the truth is revealed for all to percieve.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:26 PM
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Religion was created for power, wealth, and control.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:34 PM
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Religion is a comfort for the weak minded.

We loose loved ones. Sometimes unexpectedly and without explanation.

What do the people who cant coupe turn to?

What do the people who NEED an explanation turn to?

Little Johnny got hit by a drunk driver. Why?

Religion is for the ones who cant fathom the reality.

Well this doesnt apply to all... better throw that disclaimer out there.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:42 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

I fail to see how people fail to see religion or belief is reality to the mass.

Anything else is living to ones self.

Belief is what drives the nature.

Nature is reality.

Seems a simple picture.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:44 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

I cry went I am sad. I laugh when I am tickled. I sigh when overwhelmed. I am not one to bottle up my emotions.

However, I go inside my inner being and meditate when my soul needs and my spirit of self needs cleansed.

Religion fulfills the soul; it is no bandaid to sadness.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:45 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals We took prayer out of the public school systems do children behave better or worse now? I think at some point people need to be exposed to religious ideology, but don't use it as a final resting place in your spiritual journey. As far as the crying thing I don't get equating sadness to religion.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:46 PM
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originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Everybody take the day off and go ball your eyes out.


Well I would, but...



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:47 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

I don't think you're wrong. Religion should succor the afflicted -- those that are ambivalent in their faith.

I agree with you: We need to look around us and feel and bask in the warmth of our surroundings. Most of us have shoes -- which makes us more fortunate that a major percentage of the world. Many of us have a roof over our heads. The world is a dangerous place. I agree with you that we NEED to feel the hurt of the world around us. I know I do. There are wars and strife and wingnuts going crazy every day. Can we collectively make them feel better? I don't know. BUT! I pray for and wish for a more peaceable world. Yeah. That's not going to do anything. I still try.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:55 PM
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originally posted by: frostie
Religion is a comfort for the weak minded.


There are far too many brilliant, strong-willed, religious people for this statement to be even remotely true. Just NO.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 08:59 PM
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a reply to: argentus

Shoes are just one more disconnection from the very Earth we draw life from. Not to feel the cool dirt beneath our feet or grass tickle our toes? Or the thorn in the sole that reminds you how precious your feet are to you? It's very subtle how we've separated ourselves not only from the planet but each other.

The real impetus for writing this was over my 50 years in the US I have seen a huge drop in how people treat and feel about each other. We're jaded, even the young. We're losing something very basic to our emotional makeup and I'm not sure religion in any form can fix it. Maybe we should call it the "digital divide" where we get an image, a voice of someone but not the real thing. Reality is replaced with simulations. There is NOTHING like the real thing and no digital substitute will fill that void.

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posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 09:00 PM
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My two cents...

I don't necessarily blame you for it (because I don't know you or your history) but I find it odd that you seem to imply the entirety of faith/religion is about grief and dealing with it.

I also find it somewhat odd that your view of compassion would be to dictate a single day for people to explore their grief/sadness. Do you sincerely consider that fair?

I can agree with you in the sense that nowadays we live in a hectic, seemingly non-stop world but may I ask, if religious people attend regularly scheduled services where they contemplate grief, sadness, happiness and gratefulness... not on a single day each year... then aren't they doing better than that you would "require" them to do?



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 09:02 PM
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originally posted by: Metallicus

originally posted by: frostie
Religion is a comfort for the weak minded.


There are far too many brilliant, strong-willed, religious people for this statement to be even remotely true. Just NO.


But... but... he did say "Well this doesnt apply to all... better throw that disclaimer out there" so... you know.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 09:03 PM
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a reply to: eluryh22

Like patriotism it can only be something we encourage people to do as a society.
Requiring participation takes the meaning and use out of things.



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 09:08 PM
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originally posted by: Asktheanimals
a reply to: eluryh22

Like patriotism it can only be something we encourage people to do as a society.
Requiring participation takes the meaning and use out of things.



But you are encouraging people to devote a single day for this.

You said, "maybe what we really need is to have a National Day of Sadness. Everybody take the day off and go ball your eyes out. Explore the depths of your inner grief and give it release. Devote just one day to sharing the hurt, sorrow, pain and anguish

What I'm not understanding is that on the one hand you are indicating that religion is a Band-Aid so we should take care of it on one day per year... yet people that take that one day and spread it to 52 days a year or more are somehow missing the boat...? Which is it?
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posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 09:08 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

I agree with you; as a child I was mostly barefooted. As an adult, my environment would cut me to pieces if I tried to go without footwear. I am fully capable of making my own footwear, however my culture doesn't support me wearing neolithic footwear. Thus, I have bent to the cultural mores surrounding me. Most people don't recognize that to injure your feet is to risk your life. Why? Because that's not part of the awareness of a first-world country. People around the world recognize that to injure your feet might cost you your life. I have lived in that awareness in the past -- not now.

We ARE jaded. We don't seem to connect with each other anymore. We are like little satellites adrift, without any connection to the mass. I don't think that religion is the answer, although I also don't think that it is the enemy. Whatever makes people feel more connected is not a bad thing.

Most of us seem disconnected from our neighbors, disconnected from those that we pass on the streets day-to-day. What affects one of us translates in some way to all of us. Why don't people see that?



posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 09:14 PM
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originally posted by: misskat1
Religion was created for power, wealth, and control.


Religion was commandeered for power, wealth and control.

The idea of an intelligent, caring universe is not only a comfort - it's logical.
Why do we exist or does anything grow at all if not to be and to reproduce in kind?
It's a creative universe.


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posted on Nov, 5 2015 @ 09:14 PM
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I ask the above and had the thought that maybe what we really need is to have a National Day of Sadness.


Do we really need another day of pointless consumerism for another misguided reason? Earth day, father's day, black Friday..I can see Kleenex and porn companies hopping on this idea though.

My immaturity aside for a moment, I agree with many member's in this thread so far.. Religion is indeed the emotional crutch for the very weak-minded.
That said should we completely abolish religion for a national day of sadness? Ideally yes I think it would be great but realistically people will find other things to believe in. I kind of how like a drug addict replaces his/or her addiction to street crack for pharmaceutical grade morphine. You're also bolstering the faith of those who are already indoctrinated and too stubborn to look at alternative approaches to the problems in their lives.

I mean there's still people out there who believe the Earth is flat because it's no longer mainstream, others whom refuse medical attention because they believe doctors worship a satanic deity and many others who just hate science for a variety of crazy reasons even if the studies that come out are beneficial to their health.
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