The intolerance with which different religions regard each other is not productive. No one god is sitting on a plinth higher than any other. There is space for every kind of religion, every type of belief in this world, providing that it can stand to reason. Religious people should not feel afraid if their religion battles to answer probing questions about itself, its origin. What matters about religion, is faith. Goodwill. If your religion does not actively encourage goodwill towards others – all the time – then I question its purpose, its validity.
Religion is not supposed to be a profitable business. The fact that the Catholic church is worth billions – that they sit on – should bother everyone on this planet. The fact that evangelists worldwide are selling God every Sunday should cause an uproar. God is being pimped. He is casually bent to fit whatever shape best suits the wants of his followers and since he is not around to protest vocally at any misrepresentation that might be underway, his ‘work’ is done all over the world by fanatics and extremists, amongst others.
Would this world implode if its people were to discover that God was a construct? Or would it be mature enough to handle the reality? And Satan? What about him? What if God and Satan are in fact, one? Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde? Remember that to see the light, you need darkness. Has God faced his darkness, his demons? I wonder. Perhaps that is why we go around and around and around. Perhaps God is avoiding the subject of his failings and we all wait until he accepts his nemesis. In anycase, God and Satan are what people have made them into. We can only bear witness.
Reality TV is voyeurism. You are granted the opportunity to watch the intimate goings on of a group of people, persons. Why do we have a fascination with others’ lives? Is it because we need to compare ourselves to someone else in order to gain some perspective on our own world situation, or is it because we feel entitled to have an opinion about how other people run their days? How others run their days is not our business unless their actions clash with our own strategy. If there is a clash of interests, you will find yourself standing your ground and fighting your corner. It is just the way we work when we believe strongly in something. If there is a conflict of interests, you may find yourself giving ground – either ideological or actual – in order to keep the peace. It depends on what kind of person you are. Do you know who you are? Do you know whether you are a pacifist, a fascist, a humanitarian or a non-entity? If you are a non-entity in your own life, that is a problem.
Watching others is interesting. As a sentient human being you cannot remain unaffected by the sight of someone who is emotionally overwrought. Whether it is grief, or pain – or victory – it will tell upon your nerves the same. You will respond to what you see. If you do not respond, you are probably psychotic. If you are programmed to feel nothing for other people then you need to re-programme yourself. Notice what is happening in the lives around you. You are a part of many realities, you share common ground with many different people. Realise that we are all fighting battles, facing demons, finding angels. We are all at the mercy of our feelings. Emotions are meant to be controlled, not ignored. If you have no interest in other people and their emotions then you are not going to be able to help make this world a better place. There are too many hurt people milling around, there is still too much disillusionment. That is the problem with living an illusion in the first place. However. We all become disillusioned at one time or another in our lives. There are always going to be those things that do not measure up to our expectations. If you tell me you have no expectations (so that you never face disappointment) I will tell you that you are doing your future a disservice. It is not advisable to do your own future a disservice. You need to have expectations. You are entitled to have expectations. That is what keeps this world going around.
I think we should all expect a peaceful world. That is the least we can do for ourselves. I think freedom should be a right. It is clear that you can find freedom, no matter what your constraints, but this is not something you can learn in one day. You need to spend your life making yourself truly free. That is the goal of every beginning. Each time you return, you free yourself from further chains. Our existence is not a punishment, I am so tired of people believing that. Religion put that idiotic idea into man’s head. Religion has a lot to answer for. Of all institutions it is the least-equipped to explain itself to this planet and I question the value of any set of rules that does not care to justify itself in today’s terms. Religion is control. That is all it is. It keeps people in line – which is no bad thing – but it divides. Like borders divide. If none of the religions can even agree about what God actually is, then how must we follow their say-so? They do not know who – or what – they are talking about.
It has to be said, I am not a happy-clapper. I am called ‘Catholic’, though I have not had my first holy communion nor have I been confirmed. I have never sat in a confessional and told on myself. I have never eaten the bread of Christ or drunk his blood. I am skeptical about the religion Catholicism. I am skeptical about the efficacy of the pope. How can a man of his stature in this day and age be that against gay marriage? Because it says so in the bible. The bible is old news. It adheres only to itself and in our globalising world that is dangerous, and irresponsible. The bible says if you dare to be gay that you will suffer eternal damnation. That is why these leaders must spout their nonsense about hell and gaydom. Who of these leaders has been to the other side? I would like to ask them that question. How many gays have they seen burning in hell for their particular practice of passion? I suspect not one, not really. That they are condemned is a man-made thing. The reality is that gays burn on earth. Still. And it’s not right. That those who are gay suffer the prejudice they do bothers me. Why exactly should you care who somebody else finds appealing? Male, female – we all search to find that someone with whom we can ultimately be ourselves. Our best mirror. This search is constant. Why should you be minding the business of a woman who chooses to be with another woman because the fit suits her needs better? All her needs. Why should it make your blood boil to think of two men in bed? You should not be bothering so much about thinking of those things. Let people be. You do not have to condone every kind of behaviour. Your personal rules will dictate to you what is not for you. Let that realisation be enough. If it is not for you, it is not for you. It might be everything for someone else. Be curious about gayness, if you must be something. Do not be rude. Who are you in the life of another to tell them where their heart may or may not fall? The heart is notorious for making its own choices. Trust your heart’s intelligence. It fell where it did for a perfect reason. It falls again, when it is ready. Let it.
My concern is that the Catholic church is as rich as it is. Do you have any idea what their property portfolio is like? It’s obscene. Do you have any idea the nett worth of the church? Again, it’s obscene. I would suggest to them that if they are as samaritan as they like to tell us they are, then they should donate nearly every cent of their revenue to the poor. It’s about time they gave back. They need to scale down their opulence; auction the treasures in their troves and sell a handful of their properties – and give the money away. The church should never run at a profit and more importantly, it should grow itself up and stop trading on fear. A god who keeps his people in line by threatening their existence is a childish god. His notion of leading the Jesus-believers is out-dated. You cannot hold a people in a cage forever on an empty promise. Whoever believes that the church (and by this I suppose I mean all the churches under the Christian umbrella) is purely a charitable institution is deluded or misinformed. The church has probably done as much harm as it has good, I think it is important to remember this. How many honest worlds have the missionaries destroyed with their over-zealous preaching? A lot. How many very sick paedophiles did we find hiding under the Catholic shroud? Too many. How many Catholic orphanages were run by depraved abusers who acted with impunity? Too many. Did we hear from the church a clear condemnation of these people? No – we heard a watered-down apology for ‘misconduct’ time and again. In fact I think the Catholic church is one of the best at evading taking responsibility for itself. Perhaps it needs help. Perhaps it has never been able to ask for help? It thinks too much of itself, Christianity. That is not wise. But the church is not wise. It is self-indulgent, inflexible, and it is flawed. I would like it to see itself for what it is. I would like it to realise sometime soon that in this world, people go to jail for fraud.