Saturday, March 25, 2006

A Few Things Preventing Me From Sleeping

Why are people so willing to put complete faith, trust and belief in the unseen?

Why is the need to believe in something bigger than us so great that in many cases common sense goes right out the window?

Why do religious zealots believe that shunning, killing and judging is what "God' wants them to do, yet they at the same time say that "God" is the only true judge. Isn't that a complete contradiction- actions versus words?

Why must we believe in our own faith so firmly that it imposes on or cancels out the same faith of a different individual?

Why do we shred each other over the things that make us unique?

Why do we judge each other so harshly when we're all flawed?

8 Comments:

Blogger Gem said...

I'm no expert on human nature,I'm just a schoolteacher. However, it seems to me that these questions all point back to the same thing -- fear. Fear of dying and simply being "gone" is too painful for many people to bear. Then there's the good old fasion fear of not measuring up to the expectations of others. It's easier to tear others down (judge)than to lift themselves up through genuine hard work and personal development. Some people use faith in "God" to absolve themselves of any personal responsibility whatsoever because of fear of failure. I wonder what we would all be like if we could just master our fears.

8:02 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

I think fear is a huge part of it, but I also do believe that there is an energy in the universe that loves us and wants the best for ALL of us. Each of us experience that energy in a slightly different way - and any belief that helps us become loving human beings tolerant of self and others reflects the light of that energy -and we sholud respect it, even it it is different than ours. I am a person of faith (ok - that's obvious), but I am also deeply suspicious of anyone of any religious tradition who believes that they "know" ultimate truth and presumes to tell the rest of us what to do and how to do it - judging and condmening in the process. For me the test of any religious system of belief is how well it helps a person tolerate ambiguity. We live in a world full of uncertainlty, confusion and blurry lines. If religious faith is to add to the quality of human experience, it has to help us remain within the ambiguity, not resolve the tensions in black and white ways the include some and exclude others. None of us "know" - at best, we see in St, Paul's words, "through a glass darkly." I also believe there is no salvation for any of us if it doesn't include all of us, so we must treat each other gently!
Blessings to all those searching out there!
Kate+

8:30 AM  
Blogger ann said...

Why indeed?

It is so hurtful when people are judgemental. Nobody knows what goes on in another person's life, why they do the things they do or say the things they say; what goes on behind their four walls. People are so quick to jump to conclusions and then feel the need to express them; hurtful and harmful talking about others behind their backs. And if they're doing it about others, they're doing it about you too.

But on the subject of religious zealots; they are not acting in the name of G-d. They have their own evil agenda. Sadly it's the rotten minority we hear about.

There is one G-d. many faiths. The majority worship Him in their own peaceful way and they do respect each other's beliefs.

It's the corrupt governments, the people we vote in to run our countries and political correctness gone mad that cause me to lose sleep at night.

lotsa luv ann xxxx

1:04 PM  
Blogger DNY LOVES CRIMINAL MINDS said...

People who are unhappy with their own lifes tend to try to downplay others and those of us content with our lifes tend to see the good in others. Rather sad for those people really. :)

3:00 PM  
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12:36 AM  
Blogger VDOFan said...

I think because, that people are so insecure with themselves and their flaws, that they feel the need to judge so harshly..Instead of judging others, maybe they should start working on to make themselves happier..

hugs Bobby!

janice

11:14 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Gem- what you said is, in my opinion, the basic truth of it. Fear is potent; life is not comforting. The illusion (and I must admit I say such from the perspective of the agnostic) of righteousness is empowering, and must be comforting. What human doesn't desire that in this ridiculously biased society we live in? Stratification *is* reality, and we make it so. I look back as our early days, fuedal societies, and see just as much imposed segregation. Who imposes it? Depends on how you think. The realist says: the money makers, the capitalist regime. The idealist, the Marxist, says: the fault lies in the those that put up with it.

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