posted on Mar, 21 2009 @ 12:53 PM
Here's a small essay I did based on some of the things we talked about here...
Religion and other Mind Control Structures
The debate over if there is a God or Gods, and where, when and how he she or it should be worshipped has dragged on for centuries, and doesn't look
likely to be resolved soon. Christians look down their nose at Muslims for being barbaric, meanwhile governments of Christian countries commit
unforgivable acts in the Middle East. Muslims mistrust Jews, Jews pity atheists and atheists sneer at the poor mind-controlled church-goers.
In a round-table debate between a Jew, Muslim, Christian, Spiritualist, Buddhist, Scientist and Atheist, the only thing they really have in common is
their mutual disrespect and contempt for each others standpoint, and their arrogant assurance that their own belief structure is the correct one.
Not only is humanity divided between the major belief structures, but each of these is further split into thousands of fractured shards, all bickering
with one another. The human race has perpetrated a master-piece of divide and conquer on itself.
The question of whether there is a God or not is an important one... but to discuss theology while millions starve and war rages, while sickness is
rampant- to retreat into academia while real world issues lie untended is a blasphemy of religion, rational thought and human values.
What God would ask people to discuss creationism while his or her own creations lie sick? What God would ask his subjects to give out Bibles before
handing out food?
On the other hand...
Don't promote the wonders of atheism and secularity if you offer no hope, beauty or answers. Don't talk of the wonders of science if it cannot
provide for the basic needs of people.
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There are far more similarities between the major religions of the world than differences.
Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam all emphasise something beyond the material plane, and a focus on the soul rather than material wealth. All
emphasise non-violent means of resolving conflicts. Charity towards the poor and needy is a major part of religion, as is set of clearly defined moral
Believers of one particular religion or creed will talk to you for hours about why their particular religion is superior to others. We suggest that at
this critical moment in human history, it is important to lay aside doctrinal squabbles and co-operate in the real world instead of bicker and compete
for the affection and attention of invisible entities.
Questions of whether God exists, how he or she should be worshipped should be decided AFTER the poor and weak of the world have been fed and clothed,
At its best, religion is a moral code, belief system and method of interacting with the divine that gives hope and direction to billions of people. At
its worse, it is a manipulative control structure used to enforce docility, illusory superiority, division and subservience.
Certainly, terrible crimes have been committed in the name of religion, equally- atrocities have been committed in the name of freedom, justice,
liberation and democracy.
The fact that religion has been manipulated and twisted out of all recognition by some churches doesn't fundamentally invalidate it any more than the
crimes of the modern pharmaceutical cartel reflect badly on medicine and other healing arts.
What lies behind man's need to give himself away to belief structures, whether they are based on religion, science or politics?
Buddhism, Mormonism, Judaism, nihilism, pacifism, olympianism, Marxism, Maoism, Gandhism, Mccarthyism,
have all swept through society over the past two millenia, yet while science progresses, man's treatment of man remains constant. Technology has
given the human race a lot, but it is a double-edged sword. Will it provide abundance, clean energy and security for the human race, or just
increasingly sophisticated methods of brutalising populations of third-world countries?
It is important to dig deeper into the issue and ask why does man appear so eager to set aside his own instincts, morals and inner guidance, and join
a mass movement, whether it's a religious, political or social movement?
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