Originally posted by Seekerof
re'li'gion: (not complete definition): any system of beliefs, practices, ethical values, moral values, etc., resembling, suggestive of, or liked to such a system.
rac'ism: ra'cial'ism: (not complet definition): a belief system or doctrine or teaching; to find difference in character, intelligence, race, etc.
In respect to the History of Man, unwritten and written, racism and or forms of racism, has existed. Its a dark blemish, among many dark blemishes, that Man will surely endeavor to hide if not erase. The true roots of racism are somewhat mysterious if not questionable. But a search for finding the roots of racism is irrelevent, in my opinion. It's relevancy is that it is still present today and still occurs.
Racism's causes and effects are self-evident. There are countless voices who claim that religion has slaughtered, butchered, imprisoned, suppressed, destroyed, and killed in the name of religion. Do we choose to see what we really only wish to see? Has not racism "slaughtered, butchered, imprisoned, suppressed, destroyed, and killed in it's unrightous name? One begs to wonder if racism and religion are not hand in hand or sister and brother in respect to love and hate. They both adhere to a system of beliefs. They both adhere to doctrines, teachings, and include set codes of moral and ethics. They pretty much adhere to a creedo. Does not religion encompass the same as racism? Does not religion have division and diversity? In some people's eye's, does not religion also entell hatred and separation? Does one separate itself from the other by mere word usages of "love" and "hate"? Many will question, finger point and profess other wise but in short, do they not both encompass and express almost the same? How can that be? Religion is of G-d and racism is not. Well, I beg to differ. There are many who profess to be "of G-d" but yet practice the 'creedo' of racism. Where is the logic of that? Personally, I think it is ultimately a matter of interpretation, but then again, is not the Bible "a matter of interpretation?"
Whether the cause for racism is division or diversity, misinterpretation or misunderstanding, it is education and tolerance that can deter it. I don't think racism can fully be defeated. Yes, education and tolerance can help us to learn and understand ethnic differences, beliefs, teachings, etc. But what needs to be overcome is the very nature of Man. And its this nature of Man that no education,tolerance or understanding can touch. Many turn to G-d for this; many turn to themselves for this; many resort to sciences; to philosophies, etc. But it all ultimately boils down to this: "Love thy brother and do unto him as you would wish your brother to love you and thus do unto you."
"Seek to be what you are not; there you will find the true meaning of self and Love."
Originally posted by Valhall
By in large, well by in WAY large, I concur with your ideas.
But there are a few "twists" of phrases I would "straighten" if it were I speaking.
First, you were right to include the exact definitions:
HOWEVER, reread them: religion is an INCLUSIONARY definition, while racism is an EXLUSIONARY definition.
"There are countless voices who claim that religion has slaughtered, butchered, imprisoned, suppressed, destroyed, and killed in the name of religion. Do we choose to see what we really only wish to see? Has not racism "slaughtered, butchered, imprisoned, suppressed, destroyed, and killed in it's unrightous name? One begs to wonder if racism and religion are not hand in hand or sister and brother in respect to love and hate."
Yes, racism has done all the stated and as a method for the promoting the idealism of racism.
Yes, religion has done all the stated but not as a method for the promoting the idelaism of the given religion, but as an abhorrent localized using of a Godly doctrine for un-Godly reasons.
Racists are almost all-inclusively committed to preserving a chosen race over any given "unchosen" race. In order to do this, it is NECESSARILY required that some form of mistreatment be applied. Negation/refusal of human right, dimunition of relevance, genocide at the worst extreme.
Religion, (and I feel very comfortable in stating for 90+% of the world's religious believers) has the intent of either merely fostering among it current believers, or promoting among nonbelievers it's basic tenents. ALL religions seek to be inclusionary. That certain localized power-hungry sectors of certain "religions" misused the doctrine of their chosen religion for their own gain cannot credibly be applied as a blanket statement to at the minimum their specific religion, or most definitely to religion in general.
Originally posted by Valhall
I'm not sure I have a "religion" either...
I just know that I feel in most respects it would be best to replace "religion" with "spiriutality".
Originally posted by Seekerof
Tyriffic, thank you for the comment,was expected.
First off, I don't see this as you see it. (interpretation)
Second, I'm far from being "another who scapegoats religion for racism". I condemn racism but I also condemn religion. The purposes of religion are no where, no how, close to even resembling what the founding originaters of religion had envisioned 'true' religion to be.
What about it? Sin is something that is all-encompassing, regardless of religion, being religious or being a fascist racist. Just as G-d is all-encompassing.
Explain your position.
"The fault of mankind? Maybe?"
Did I not cover "Mankind" in my posting?
Originally posted by Toltec
From the perspective of several systems of belief the garden was not an origin or a beginning, but rather a direction from which a path can be discerned.
Potentially there are an infinite number of paths all leading in one direction beyond that I would suggest
Originally posted by Tyriffic
Realitivity = many roads. I understand you.
My point is that there may only be the possibility of one road.
What to do then?