273 – On Religion …

I was brought up under the indoctrination of Catholicism. And when I finally liberated myself from its claws, I came to despise its iron hand, its cruelty, its possessiveness, its greed for power, its utter and defiant imposition of ignorance on those with the need to follow its creed. Catholicism suffocated me. It forbade me to think about myself as the beautiful animal I am, and instead tried to impose the belief that I am full of sin and malice. Catholicism wanted me to accept a doctrine in which the only way to ‘salvation’ was the sacrifice of my innate need to know in exchange for total submission to its irrational dogmas. I always believed in the order and beauty of a universal Being from which my innate need to know emanates. There is too much beauty and wonder in me and around me to ever doubt Its existence. Therefore, I could never come to accept the angry and vengeful god the religion forced upon me without allowing me to question “his” cruel and selfish motives. But amid its abhorrent and power-hungry self-interests, Catholicism gave me a beautiful thing: It taught me that I am created in the image of the creator.

The concept of Complementarity in science and the guiding principle of a beloved mentor that taught me that “Everything resembles everything,” are affirmations of this truth. An atom, a molecule, a human being, a planetary system, a galaxy, the Universe from which we all come into existence, are all unique in our peculiarities and the elementary composition of our bodies and we are wave-like in the patterns we weave with our interconnections and we are universal-like in the things we all do that make us all alike: We all consume energy sources and transform them into the forces with which we change ourselves and our world, we all create, organize, and regulate our own components to fit the demands of our environments and perpetuate our existence. We are all alike.

There are two sides to Religion. One that binds us with dogma, and other that opens the doors to our relationship with the creator.

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2 Responses to “273 – On Religion …”

  1. Mundo says:

    Dear Kirk, great to hear from you, and thanks a million for the correction. Mundo

  2. Hkirk Willard says:

    Hello and Happy to see today’s update. I am glad to read that you have balance in your view of religion. Your article was interesting to read. One word “thought” I think was meant to be ‘taught’. Enjoy your late summer and each day we have.

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