Global religions are slowly losing their importance and criticality to human survival and sobriety.
I am not talking about the Universal God here. I am talking about the religions which have dominated humankind all this while, without really naming or listing them out here.
People have witnessed untold misery due to fights between religions and because of the fundamental ideological differences which have created animosity between people of different religions. Combined with the cultural differences resulting from religious mandates, one has witnessed “clashes of cultures” of late even in developed countries.
I believe that one reason why religions continue their influence is due to their show of might and ability to instil fear using outdated thoughts and philosophies, not in tune with the modern views of the 21st Century. Their ability to generate a consumer pull towards the icons of the religions is proof enough for them to continue their ways and obstinacy without the need to modernize for the new teenagers.
That’s the way I look at things. May not be the way that others look at things though.
I am amazed at the quick switch of even the best educated folks when it comes to religions – they quickly switch over to the side of their respective religions or convey their displeasure if the conversation veers towards religious matters which could potentially offend them or their beliefs. Their education notwithstanding, this is the situation that I have come across the maximum during my people interactions on the social circuit.
Well, I am not saying that being a conservative religion follower is a problem for others – I am just saying there should be a limit to what one should be prepared to go forward, in the name of his or her religion. Given that religion separates rather than unites people around the world, it is critical to recognize that fact and act in a manner that puts things in perspective, as people do have to live together and how can there be a division and difference as to the need for living peacefully ?
So, I would like to see less focus on religion in society at large, and less conformance to religious diktats going forward. Man created religion and religions are certainly useful in some contexts, but cannot set a boundary condition for our behaviour.
Well, think about in detail and in depth, and you would see that God is not the defining aspect of a religion. A religion wants followers and money and commitment to its philosophy and cause – that’s it. It is not meant to provide a “touch or pathway” to God – which every man and woman has to find out for himself or herself.
Food for thought and a good evening’s worth of debate and argument, for sure.
16th Mar 2013