Religion

Let me start off by saying this is an extremely controversial topic. There is such a difference in opinion across everybody in the world about this particular topic, that there is of course, not going to be a complete understanding.

Firstly, none of this has anything to do with hatred, or uneducated, unreasonable aggression. I have thought long and hard, and come to an understanding in my own mind of where I am at. Religion comes in many different forms,shapes and sizes. It gives people an identity, and to many, it can allow them to embrace each other in their own community. But do we have to be religious to have these things? The way that I see religion may be coming from a different, more complex angle than most others. People argue, especially in Islam, that humans such as jihadists, and the members of Islamic State do not represent true Muslims. The problem is, that the encouragement of violence, and fear are extremely prevalent in the Qu’ran. It is all well and good to argue that “true muslims” should not take these literally, but the fact that they are there, allows them to be exploited and misinterpreted. It is all too common, not only in Islam, but in other religions too, for violence to be encouraged. This only serves as a reminder that what we are reading in these holy books, are books written from ancient history. Ancient history, which had a far less understanding of morals and ethics, and the way in which it is right to treat people. This is why religion served as such a purpose back then, as well as the lack of scientific knowledge of course. But in 2016, a year so far apart from 33 BC when Jesus Christ died or 632 AD when Muhammad died, it is a complete mystery to me as to why we still need these laws telling you how to live your life in such an archaic fashion.

Spirituality vs Religion:
I believe that a possible substitution for religion, for people who still wish to feel connected to a “higher” state of mind, is for us all to become more spiritual. While religion is an institution established by man for various reasons, to exert control, instill morality or to stroke egos, spirituality is born in a person and develops in the person. True spirituality will allow you to live your life in the exact same peaceful ways that religion tries, and often fails to encourage. It is not something that is forced down someone’s throat as a youngster, ensuring that there life will be subjugated to believing a certain way. There is not one religion, but hundreds, yet there is only one type of spirituality. While religion threatens and often terrifies, spirituality gives you inner peace, and a life devoid of the stress and anxiety that you may otherwise face. Religion often represses humanity, and returns us to a false paradigm, whereas spirituality transcends it all and makes you true to yourself. I think the statement which really made me think, and which really struck me the most was this: “Religion is based on humanity, an organization with rules. Spirituality is divine, without rules”. If you look at the very core of each religion, they all try to similarly convey the same message, of love and peace. However, the inhumane, ancient rules that accompany this one simple message is what causes religion to be such a cause of suffering.

Where do you draw the line of giving people something to believe in, with it also harming humakind in such a negative, non altruistic way?

I hope that one day, people do realize that the world would be much better off, and able to communicate and work together with one another so much better without religion and the cultural diversities it encourages.

I shall leave with one last picture which certainly made me think: http://imgur.com/a/FbIbq

What kind of society is the best for us to live in?

What I have been failing to understand in my recent introspections is how one group of people, a minority, can reflect and represent the views of 65 million people as a whole. When put like this, the whole idea of our governmental system seems absolutely preposterous and slightly archaic. As I discovered on a recent visit to the Houses of Parliament, the idea of it being archaic, is completely true. You only have to look at the designs and the way the building is laid out, to understand that modern politics in Britain is still firmly stuck in the past. The horrid taste of privately educated, out of touch politicians lingers in the air. Remember, these are the people who are supposedly representing everyone in Britain today, including the younger generation. You only have to look at someone like Jacob Rees-Mogg to know that this is definitely not a place which can best represent the way that society is today. It is very clear that politics needs a massive overhaul, and to do away with the ridiculous, petulant traditions and rituals that embody British politics.

For many weeks now I have been studying the concept of Anarcho-syndicalism, at first with much skepticism, but now with more intrigue than anything else. It is a fascinating theory, popularised mostly by Noam Chomsky, who based his ideas off Rudolph Rocker. Anarcho-syndicalism focusses mainly on having separated communities and societies that govern themselves. The basis for this is to ensure that power is not centralised, and that direct democracy is more prevalent than representative democracy.

I am of the belief that a modified anarchistic society could have the potential to be a more beneficial, more peaceful society. I have been told multiple times that I should “join a political party”. This is something that I am extremely hesitant to do, simply due to the fact that I don’t believe political parties that claim to want to represent everybody in a society are the right thing in the governing of a community. The apparent need for these political parties to gain centralised power, and establish a dominance over everyone else, as if to say we are better than you, and although you can’t do anything about this outdated system of governing, it’s tough, because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it right? The problem is that it is very much broke, and politics in Britain is going to be a due a massive change in the coming years.

A truly viable change in the system would be to allow people to split off into separate communities and allow them to govern themselves. This way, there would be no centralised power at the top, controlling the way that every single person within a, and I hesitate to use the word country, because I really do hate the whole concept of countries, and a supposed need for imperialists to continue to enhance their power by creating imaginary borders, which don’t truly exist. However, to change the system, you have to work within the system, so a solution to modern politics would be to have communities separate and govern themselves.

This was more of a revision type thing for my government and politics class at college, but it really is within my interests, and it is always nice to channel my thoughts and feelings of politics in this country.

 

 

 

a few thoughts…

The meaning of life. Have we found it yet? Or are we all just an endless cycle of repeated versions of people gone before? The assumption that one should have to live, and should be expected to enjoy or even contribute to the world us, which is constantly being destroyed by the ones telling us to embrace the natural world. Even with such little experience in the world, I can understand that the endless cycle of cynicism and mindless brutality continues to usurp the world as we know it. Will it ever change? And if it won’t, then what is the point of continuing to exist in such a sanguinary society. It is like Martin Luther King once said: “We’ve learned to fly the air like birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish and yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters”.

Governments are more willing to spend millions and millions of their money on developed weapons of mass destruction in order to “protect us”. I see no protection in spending valuable money, which could be better spent on healthcare, and making sure that there is peace and prosperity among a nation, and that equality overpowers the biased class divide. The endless cycle of countries empowering themselves with weapons, and then others following suit out of fear, is what leads to this so called “protection” and hinders our progress as a civilisation.

While there is war, there will never be peace. And one may argue that there will always be war, so there can never be peace. And what kind of a world is that to live in? Instead of embracing the beauty and awe-striking wonder that it the natural world of Earth, which we are so lucky, and we should be stewards of these resources. Instead, day by day, they are getting destroyed. And because of who? Man. The most maleficent of any creature to ever walk this Earth. What was once a primitive beauty, has now become a use for destruction and malevolent intent. Have we learnt nothing from our ancestors that walked the Earth before us? The sad truth is that man will always demand and crave power, and value it more than the prosperity, and development and potential that we have as a civilisation as a whole.

People will always tell you that you only get one life so make the most of it. If making the most of it is to not even have the chance to contribute to our planet, and watch it get destroyed by egotistical, power driven, money motivated, madmen, then there truly is no incentive to contribute anything to this industrial business that the world has become. There is no incentive to get up in the morning. Even for an inexperienced youth, I can recognise that there will be no hope. There will be no happiness, and there definitely won’t be any peace and prosperity. An alternative solution is very much hard to establish. However, if everyone was to come together, and combine the talent and the adroitness that we all possess, then we would find that an alternative solution would be very much within the realms of possibility.

And so the meaning for what we live for will continue. But life is not for everyone. It should not be enforced on those who wish to exit the immoral and unethical world that we live in. A world so full of natural wonders, yet so devoid of it at the same time. Life isn’t for everyone.