Being frank about religion

I am going to share what my thoughts have been about practicing organized religion.

This may be offensive to some of my readers… but that is a choice.

Watching sports on TV, I notice  some players kneeling down as if praying when

scoring points.  it is a common scene in some games.  But the reality is, what are they

trying to show?  That their concept of the Almighty, Supreme Being, or Higher Power

is granting them the joy of scoring points in a game? Why would an all powerful being

intervene in an insignificant athletic event?

I have heard other people claim that “God” has given them the message or sign that

they so much wished for.  “It came from God” or “God told me to do this.”  What a

dangerous and glamorous way of claiming that the Almighty is on their side!

Yet, there are others who I have witnessed saying that certain unfortunate events happen

because of “sin” and, therefore, it is a punishment from God.   How grandiose

and arrogant can some religious people be? Not to mention judgmental.

Is this the image that Jesus, Ghandi, Mother Teresa,  the  Dalai Lama , and other religious

figures have taught us to practice?

Still there are others who claim that , because the Bible says so, then it must be true,

in spite of some contradictions and different interpretations given to some of its verses.

Some of us can be very narrow minded, simply to continue to attempt to nourish the ego.

Yes, religion exists to feed the ego.  It is still practiced in order to maintain control of those who

are still insecure about the purpose of their lives.  So some of us desperately try to attach

to a particular organized sect and doctrine while trying to make sense of our chaotic lives.

It is one of many ways to try to survive in this world.   Just like joining a political party, sports team,

ethnic group, profession, and every other social group that exists in our societies. We enjoy

worshipping that which we think can “save us” and represent our way of thinking.  We worship

gods, saints, famous athletes, political leaders, celebrities, and even commonly recognized

fictitious characters in order to maintain a strong ego.  In order to keep us from facing our

true selves.

How coward and fearful can we be? We hide behind masks.  We pretend we are certain

about who we are.  But we are far from the truth…. if there is such a thing.

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Rise of the Planet of the Ants

Have you looked at how ants operate? Have you stopped and observe the way that ants live and survive? They are complicated yet simple beings that work arduously to accomplish the task of surviving. They have a queen and workers. They carry leaves, pieces of food, and soil, heavier than themselves. They create monumental ant hills. Its almost as if they can create colonies and whole communities wherever they have the place and the opportunity. And if we happen to step on one of their ant hills and destroy it, they can rebuild it. How do ants compare to us, humans? Well, we also build colonies, we work to survive, we have a “queen” and the workers, and we can rebuild.  We also create systems that keep us alive such as governments and economy.  Wherever we can get a good spot, we build neighborhoods, cities, nations, and empires. We can do so much, but at the same time anything can simply destroy all of that, by an earthquake or tsunami, just like when we step on an ant hill.  Although we are great beings, we are also vulnerable. It might be a good idea to recognize that we are minute beings, just like our friends the ants.  We need to humble ourselves and be nicer to each other.   Looking at the big picture, we can realize that we are complicated beings, in the middle of an endless universe. Yet we fight over little things like the person who cut us off on the road, the noisy upstairs neighbor, the waiter who did not give us the right food, the boss who acts like a jerk, or the spouse that won’t lower the toilet seat.  Maybe we need to learn from the ants.