Politics, Sex and Religion!
An age of enlightenment will have to include these talking points.
I have written more than my share on the topic of RELIGION.
It is not a favorite subject of mine.
It is discussed in my book as a component of good health that I would prefer to label: A PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM.
In Blog 6.2: The Fear Lessons, I expressed my displeasure with the moronic stupidity of American main-stream media and particularly, their complete and total lack of research resulting in a misrepresentation of Muslim beliefs.
I am not a Muslim- just a thorough researcher.
In Blog 6.3: The Fear Lessons. I connect the dots between FEAR MONGERING and RELIGIONS.
In Blog 8: A study in positivity. I make reference to souls and Christmas.
In Blog 10.1: I am salmon. Hear me gurgle? I quoted The Serenity Prayer- some of my favorite words of wisdom of all time. This blog delves into many religious concepts like destiny, Karma and reincarnation.
In Blog 10.2: I am salmon. Hear me gurgle? I make mention of the Dalai Lama- a person that I have tremendous respect for.
In Blog 12: “We are gonna need a bigger boat”. I again reference Karma.
In Blog 14: What really went down in The Garden of Eden? I give my comedic take on pre-history but felt the need to preface it- so as not to offend.
Now, this brings us to the final part of Blog 15.
If memory serves, I went to an Anglican church as a child. I was not happy about it. As a family we would get dressed up each Sunday and WALK to church in the hot sun having to wear a suit. My dress-shirt was usually soaked in sweat by the time we got there. I do not know if this was a religious thing or some weird Barker family thing but I concluded that this was dumb.
I liked old Reverend Harding but would rather be out playing with my friends that did not have to go to church. We had a meeting in his office where I challenged the factuality of the stories that I was being taught but the best that he could come back with was: “Sometimes we have to take things on faith.”
It was not a good enough response then and it is not a good enough response NOW!
Approximately 50% of my writing contains reference to religion. At first glance, the statistical numbers would seem to indicate that I am more SPIRITUAL than I let on.
I write about religion because I am concerned by how it is used to MANIPULATE POPULATIONS around the globe both in backward nations and scariest of all- in the most advanced nations of the world.
Escapism is a human trait it seems.
Alcohol abuse, drug use, sex and religion are all things that MAKE US FEEL BETTER FOR A WHILE- helping us to forget our troubles so that the world does not get the better of us. After a short break from REALITY, most humans can muster the strength to continue to STRIVE for something in a very tough world.
If you FEAR death, it is natural that you would want to SEEK ANSWERS to this great UNKNOWN.
- All religions claim to have the answers but you must take a leap of FAITH.
- Most require MONEY to prove that you are truly FAITHFUL.
If you BELIEVE you have an IMMORTAL SOUL that will one day reside in paradise, then the FEAR of dying weighs a little less heavily on your mind and you are COMFORTED.
- Most religions claim that ONLY THEIR BELIEVERS will be allowed into paradise.
- These religions will only help their fellow man IF THEY ARE OF THE SAME FAITH.
If you BELIEVE your deeds here on Earth will be JUDGED prior to being allowed entrance into paradise; you may try harder to avoid misdeeds and be a GOOD PERSON.
- Being a GOOD PERSON has been spun by some religions to include MURDER and SUICIDE.
If you NEED FORGIVENESS, you can be ABSOLVED of your wickedness once a week so that you can live with your CONSCIENCE.
- FOR A FEE you may go out into the world and screw over your fellow man for another six days- GUILT FREE!
If you NEED UNDERSTANDING, it is SOOTHING to BELIEVE that something greater than mankind is making bad stuff happen for a reason.
- Humans crave RATIONALITY, LOGIC, ORDER and CONTROL, so when the irrational, illogical and chaotic events happen that are beyond our control we need CLOSURE.
I have researched many various religions and ALL have some GOOD MESSAGES for mankind.
I have leaned on MY PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM when life has become overwhelming and MY BELIEFS have allowed me to CONTINUE TO STRIVE.
I, like everyone else, do not have ANY ANSWERS to the big questions nor does ANY HUMAN.
Anyone that claims to, is full of shit!
WHAT I DO KNOW is that THE MAKER never intended for us to:
- Use FEAR of HIM, HER or IT to MANIPULATE people.
- Use FEAR of HIM, HER or IT to make a PROFIT.
- Have a CHOSEN group of people that are somehow better that the rest.
- Help only people of SIMILAR FAITHS.
- KILL in HIS, HER OR ITS’ name.
- PAY MONEY for absolution.
Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!
Life with Women: the long awaited instruction manual.
Talks of relationships, health, life, biology, philosophy, sociology, theology, genetics- even physics as well as HOW MANKIND IS ALMOST READY FOR A NEW AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT IF WE CAN SURVIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE IT.
This was no fun again.
I hope that I am done with politics and religion.
Sex on the other hand, I will continue to write about as long as I live.
Have a great week and talk openly about whatever suits you at dinner parties.