This is a comment I heard at a restaurant the other night. It was a decision the woman had made as a result of seeing organized religion through the dark lens of control, power, and agendas which were probably not motivated by the intent of its own teachers. I have been writing about creativity and decision making and open mindedness as we do it on the larger meta level. One of the cross currents we are all facing is the issue of how much we depend upon others and how much we depend upon ourselves. In another arena this is being played out in the role of religion versus spirituality.
I try to stay away from commenting too much about current events, politics, or finance. There are plenty of gurus offering all kinds of analysis. Yet you may have observed that regardless of your persuasions a few things are obvious. Our established institutions are up against their limits. Whether it is in economics, health, climate change, preventing nuclear accidents, or the presence of aliens there is a sense that events are moving beyond our ability to simply control them as we have been able to do in the past.
The role of religion has been very helpful in that it has brought order and a brightness of the future for many. It has provided a moral code, mandated ways to treat one another and promised a wonderful afterlife. It is a salvation for many who simply have had no other way to cope.
On the other hand religion has also been hijacked in many cases by militants, those who believe that their dogged way is the best or only way. It has become institutionalized, militarized, and politicized. Yet no matter how it has been used to promote power, ideology, or other forms of control there has been one casualty: it has discouraged the idea that you have a direct connection and are more empowered than you can imagine. There is always an intermediary in the form of a priest, minister, or other who stands between you and your creator and interprets exactly what that relationship is.
These particular times now suggest that religion alone is not enough. If not what is? read more »