A lot of people here are getting very exercised on the subject of religion and whether I have any!! I think Diane’s dilemma expresses it best. She would clearly feel more comfortable if she could figure out whether I was a Christian, atheist, deist, pantheist or what!! THAT’S exactly the problem. Everyone wants Black or White. There is so much confusion in the human condition that we all want some clarity and definition- somewhere PLEASE!!! This unsettling confusion and need for identity has always led us humans toward some ( any ) kind of “tribalism.” The only way we can feel secure in our fragile mortality is to “belong” to something or someone. It might be a nation, a city, a sport’s club, a political party, a gang, a neighborhood, a social club or… a religion. It gives us clarity as to where we belong and the comfort that we will be surrounded by like-minded people. The problem is that that behavior robs us of the ability to identify fully with the only true club that we belong to: the human race. And that happens to be the only club that is non-exclusive. There are plenty of moslems, jews, christians, atheists, taoists, mormons who all believe in the same tenets of compassion, love, duty, and responsibility, but our need to identify and separate each other out keeps us from actually enacting these principles. The truth is that the human condition is, and will always be, confusing and confronting IF we surrender to that fact. And that’s how it was meant to be. The word “religion” comes from the Latin “re-ligo” meaning “I tie back.” It is how we tie ourselves back to the one-ness of the universe ( God, if you like.) However we choose to do this is up to each individual . Some have created “programs” to help the needy. These programs are called “Religions,” but they owe more to political power-grabbing and exploitation than anything any of the great teachers have ever spoken about. I hope this helps those who are confused. I guess the closest to a religion that I have come, was spoken by a character on a TV sci-fi series a few years back She said that we are made up of the same molecules that make up the universe, that create the energy inside the nuclei of the stars. She explained that we are literally “star stuff”, the universe made manifest- trying to figure itself out. So, be OK with the confusion and the murky differences between Black and White…that’s what makes us human and divine at the same time. Good night and sleep well.
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