Deeper then! A fool's errand, about to step off a cliff without a care in the world, secure in the anticipation of being bouyed up by angels, or
perhaps ign0rance really is bliss? Whatever, lets see...
Of the core beliefs of the Abrahamic religions, 2 spring to mind:
1) That the world will
end, after a period of torment, but that those who remain true to the teachings of the sect into which they were
inculcated will be saved by the miraculous appearance of a messiah/prophet/etc from heaven.
2) That no matter how bad the sin, even if it incurres mutilation or death from society, there will be some form of redemption available to the truly
Now I realise that 2) is contentious amongst some sects, but I'm talking about the broad concensus of views here & their effect on the actions of
those exposed to them. If you'll indulge me, I'll now go into the idea of The Beast itself.
No matter how ascetic, aesthetic, ethical, spiritual or intellectual one may be, the plain fact is that, in this life, whatever constitutes our
individuality, be it a soul, a series of biological processes, or whatever, is contained within a beast. We are subject to all sorts of instincts &
unconscious impulses which both arise from & initiate emotions, many of which may conflict with each other with respect to the same stimulus. This is
the inescapable condition of self aware flesh & blood, more commonly known as The Human Condition. No matter how much we might strive to, we cannot
escape the fact that we must breath, drink, eat, pee, crap, sleep, keep warm... & lets not forget our sexuality & all the impulses to control
resources & gain status that it is at the root of... & that's before we have children!
OK, but the traditional religious path, particularly in the Abrahamic sects, where the duality of good/evil, right/wrong, spiritual/physical, etc. is
absolutely paramount, is to deny "the beast", whether by refusing the natural urges or going further & denying their existance at all.
Oh its all flowing out today
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