I have a deep interest in the brain science that is gradually revealing what drives human beings to do the peculiar things we do and read yesterday that kids aged 3-12 have an innate theism that makes them see the hand of supernatural agency in the natural world (and parental egos are such that parents want their kids to be just like them, hence they indoctrinate kids with their religious dogma). Spirituality (a 'sense' of one's own higher consciousness that can bring about deeply felt 'inner peace' and connectedness), as opposed to religion (belief in a reality beyond ordinary existence and morals guided by a code of ethics, laws, traditions and community), in most people draws out the best of their human traits: acceptance, forgiveness, kindness, etc., a good thing at any age.
This got me thinking...
- SPIRITUALITY = RELIGION: ✔
- SPIRITUALITY ≠ RELIGION: ✔
- RELIGION = SPIRITUALITY: ✔
- RELIGION ≠ SPIRITUALITY: ✗
- SPIRITUALITY that evokes RELIGION can also be a good thing.
- SPIRITUALITY free of RELIGION can elevate human consciousness,
- RELIGION that engenders SPIRITUALITY can be ‘a blessing,’
- But RELIGION bereft of SPIRITUALITY has proven to be the source of much evil.
At the same time we, the majority, should, without reservation or exception, excommunicate the dogma-bound religious leaders who, from the content of their sermons and writing, clearly demonstrate that spirituality is not at the core of their beings, but that literal interpretation of texts written in a world in which vastly different guidelines could flourish, whether their intent was for the greater good or not, is what they 'hang their hats on' -- without the troublesome interference of using a moral compass guided by a solid footing in the ever-changing needs of their fellow human beings. . If these so-called leaders are not first and foremost 'spiritual,' they have no place at the pulpit or front of the class. Regardless of their faith, these deeply inhumane individuals draw out and exacerbate dangerous tendencies in the few among us who are morally bankrupt (low empathy, narcissistic, wired to feel angry and murderous through no fault of their own), and it is up to the majority of us to demand our collective interests are upheld against the extremism of a troubled few, regardless of what position they've managed to wrangle for themselves in our culture.
Just a thought.