Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
LMAO Really?? Religion OR politics? Religion AND politics? In the same post? Having them sitting together in that header, it’s just outright silliness. Well… In terms of normal people and the can of worms that those topics can create. For me? They’re actually really good together. I can sum up those two topics in… 5 words (not that I’ll shut up that quickly, ha!): The root of all evil. Yes, that’s what I really think. No, I’m not going for shock value or an ironic POV like some witty, hipster blogger. Now, let me clarify one thing before we get started.
In my little brain, as oddly as it may process things, religion has absolutely nothing to do with God. Or Buddha. Or Allah. Or Shiva. Or Ra. I don’t care who you do or don’t believe in, religion has nothing to do with that entity. Religion is an excuse created by man (YES, extreme and far reaching example, it’s my blog, not yours- shut up) to persecute others that frighten, confuse or impede them in some way. All in the name of that almighty one. Religion is about taming and brainwashing the masses to support the power structure at the top of the religious ladder. That support can come in various ways, including, but not limited to the monetary and the physical. (Don’t even get me started on tithing…) I think there are some really wonderful things about religion (still excluding deities from the equation)- community, family, emotional support, charitable activities… But these have often been abused and overlooked and overshadowed.
Politics? Exactly the same. A self serving, elite power structure at the top of the heap, telling “Joe the Plumber” what he should think about this or that issue, taking money and manpower and mismanaging everything all in the name of the idea greater than ourselves = democracy/the King/Idon’tknowanythingaboutpoliticssoIdon’tknowwhatelsetoaddhere.
Put those two together… poof. Evil. I’m sure there’s some sort of six degrees of separation we can do to connect every major horrific event in the history of the world to these two concepts. Okay, yes, yes, I’m exaggerating. A little. Sorta. Not really. I will plead ignorance, though. I don’t do history and I don’t do theology, I have absolutely nothing to back my views. It’s a whim, it’s a fantasy, it’s a fallacy, call it what you will, I don’t care.
K, now it’s your turn. Ready…. GO!