So , I'm having issues of faith again.
Every so often , I start to wonder why people believe the stuff that they do. Especially myself. The only answer I get, is because that is what I was taught to believe. Somehow that no longer cuts it. I think some middle eastern beliefs are all screwed up. They think the same of mine. Who is right ?
While I'm pretty sure I still believe in the Almighty, I'm not so sure about the institutions of religion that have propagated themselves among us humans. Frankly, I'm starting to think that we created religion, beliefs, and practices that make us feel better, give us some sort of meaning, and basically let us sleep at night with the warm, fuzzy thought that if life sucks... it must be for a reason, some grand plan or design, or for some semblance of reward in the end.
I don't know for sure, and better minds than mine have pondered the same type of stuff since we developed coherent thought and the means to communicate with another human being.
Anyhow, I ran across this story
where a little girl died and I couldn't help but start wondering what kind of nutjobs do this kind of thing. Then I realized, that I do
... just not to the same degree. It kinda defines what faith is. Belief in something that defies rational thought even though it lacks evidence to be proven. Face it, if you could prove it... we'd call it fact, not faith. Well, it made me start thinking. Why if I say that I believe in an invisible 6 foot rabbit, I get locked up; yet if I say I believe in God, nobody really bats an eye ? Can't prove either of them, so what's the difference ? The idea of a 6 foot rabbit is silly ? Ok, what about Wicca ? Paganism ? Shamanism ? Shinto ? Buddhism ? Scientology ? or the boogie man for that matter ? Actually, my favorite thing to bring up is the Flying Spaghetti Monster
religion and the infamous open letter
to the Kansas City School Board .
Amusing articles aside, the faith thing is really rearing its ugly head. How can I point the finger at someone else, when I'm on the same ruler as them; just not as far over. Is it all a lie ? Or instead, is the price of intelligence the ripping away of all the safety nets we've collectively strung for ourselves ?