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Imagine there's no religion
One of the most beautiful songs ever written...
The lyrics of John Lennon's song are so very profound that few people can "get" the message. My wish, if I had one that would come true in my lifetime is that there would be no religion.
We do not need religion. It was invented as a way to explain things that early man could not understand. Just like many early cultures, reading, writing and counting numbers was considered magical. Growing crops was something we couldn't control for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. Even leaving the sanctity of the caves was inconceivable at one time.
Religion started slowly, just like learning to read and write and count. Lightning hit a tree and created fire. It came from out of "nowhere", but it was good and man learned to use the fire, but he had to conceive of a way for fire to just "appear" out of nothing or out of the sky.
Our early brains had no knowledge of electricity, chemistry, the power of the written word (communication) and other mysterious natural things. Early man relied on trial and error to figure things out and when he couldn't imagine how things worked, he just conceived of a "higher power" like lightning bolts that explained what he could not.
Eventually, these conceptions became beliefs and religion was invented along with everything else we discovered in our world.
The Earth Today
Imagine there's no countries...
Imagine one great big gigantic world with all kinds of wonderful mysterious things in it! We really shouldn't have countries. We all live on the same planet, breathe the same air, get born, die and spend our lives trying to survive as best we can.
This is who, what, when, where, why and how we live. We are wonderful creatures! We have a fantastic planet to live on! We have come so very far from living in caves and worshiping fire! Or some god or gods in the sky or in the bowels of the earth. We have everything we need.
We don't even need to imagine the future, it will happen without us. We don't need to imagine the "afterlife". It will happen regardless of what we do or say today. The planet will soon be so crowded that we will have to eliminate the borders of countries. We will consume the Earth! Someday there will be no differences between us, we will all just be "human". Imagine that!
Imagine no possessions...
Possessions are "things" that people "own". These things are temporary at best. You are not born with "things". You are part of the Earth when you are born.
Things are what people fight over! Things are what separate us. Things are fun to have, but they do not last, they do not make you a better person. They do not think for you.
Imagine being paralyzed from the neck down. What are possessions going to do for you? You will certainly not be able to fight to keep your possessions. You will just be a human in a shell. Well, guess what. That is what we are in reality. We are just a human in a skin. We don't need possessions. We may only live a short time without food, clothing, and shelter, but that is all we really need and when you take those things away from others, you are harming them, your fellow humans.
As far as religion goes, you do not need it. It doesn't feed you, clothe you or shelter you. It's just some imaginary wish to understand "why" we are here and "where" we go when we cease being a human in a skin. You do not need to "possess" a god or gods for that.
Professor Richard Dawkins
Imagine there's no religion...
You will be free to really understand your world.
You will be free to live and control your life.
You will be free to love your fellow humans even if they are "different" than you.
You will be free to share the planet with everyone.
You will be free to govern yourself and your family without some imaginary, ancient "god" telling you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, with whom you can associate, etc...
You will be free of the fear of being punished just for being born.
You will be free of the mind control of organized religion.
You will be free to live your life and allow others to live their lives!
You will be free to stop killing others over possessions.
You can imagine a life without judgment and jealousy and sin.
You can imagine whatever you want to. You are free to do so.
You will be free.
Better off without religion?
© 2011 Lela