that I’m wasting too much time on the vexing issues of ‘religion’. Blogpal Ark has seen the writing on the wall and rightly given it away; for me too there is a simple home truth that has to be faced—
- there is no point in debating (or worse, arguing) with a brick
- because brick will win every time
and I guess Ark has finally twigged.
JZ seems to have left the topic alone for quite a while although he still makes acerbic comments on some of the more revolting blogs.
I AM TOO DUMB
for that. I still have faith.
In intellect … but when religious maniacs get their hands back on the reins of power I fear for the people they exercise that power over. The precedents aren’t pretty.
in ‘live and let live’. But only so far. The ‘so far’ is defined by the effects on me and mine. Examples?
‘GOD’ (or messengers) may come to Earth in a simple robe and sandals to address flocks from a cave or beach—but once God has returned to Paradise the people He leaves in charge waste no time setting themselves up in palaces—with armies of extortionists and enforcers answerable only to ‘Holy’ Law.
God in charge isn’t a good idea. (Not unless you are one of His officers, in which case it’s a brilliant idea. For you …)
IN ITS MOST BASIC FORM
the scenario should be that you consume only what you produce, or by fair trade its equivalent. So everyone is a farmer, artisan, organiser, or otherwise productive. Except for the priest. He produces nothing. But he sells.
The product the priest sells is entirely psychological—it is neither tangible, visible, audible, verifiable, or existent. Yet it sells endlessly.
It is a unique branded ‘one off’ product available everywhere.
There is just one unique brand—but that brand appears all over the world under different names, different formats, different methods; selling different unique ‘divinities’. (Note my use of ‘unique’ there. For a purpose … for a sarcastic purpose, in fact: every religion is THE unique path to God. Brrr.)
THE FORMAL SYSTEMs
of worship are collectively ‘religion’. Each ‘unique’ brand is a religion. Some religions have several or even many competing sub-brands within that brand (I call them franchises) (why?). Most of them semi different in aspects yet each is THE one-and-only-True-Path to God.
And so the lion lay down surrounding the lamb—then along comes this noisy heathen bastard Argus … and what does a dog know, huh? You just listen to me but always beware of them Islamics, and them bloody Jews; all false … no true profits there, I tell you!