|Holy cow! Is there nothing sacred any more?|
The most common ‘back-up’ us human beings have these days is belief in a god. In the distant past it used to be something a little more tangible, such as the sun – indeed that star is still worshipped by what some arrogant types like to call ‘primitive’ peoples. Many of us don’t need this additional ‘faith’; we have enough personal strength to get through life without it. Some buy into it regardless, possibly because it was indoctrinated in them from a young age, while for others it can quite literally be the difference between life and death. For this latter type, the secondary belief is obviously very important.
The problem is, however, that faith in a god is often tied up with an organised religion. Now you might ask what’s wrong with that. Well without going into the multitude of conflicts and wars that have their origin in opposing religions, such organisations have at their core the desire to completely brainwash their followers to the point of removing independent, reasoned thought. And that, we feel – in most cases – is dangerous.
|A picture of humbleness - the 'king' & his subjects|
We won’t go into all the apparent contradictions, but for one did ‘god’ not say at some point that he was against extravagance when it comes to devotion to him/her. Well god, you must be pretty annoyed so with the lavishness of some of the churches built in your name. What’s more, you’ll usually find members of your flock walking over and ignoring the poor and homeless, especially here in South America, to get into ‘your’ luxurious dwelling. They must be the damned, right? Hypocrisy is certainly not in short supply in such surrounds – and a lot of the time it comes from the pulpit.
So while some find comfort in a dog, others do so in a god – but just as we’re not big fans of the neighbour’s dog running riot in our house, we don’t want another person imposing their god and its ways on us.