Saturday, August 28, 2004

Calling all Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Krishnas, and everyone but Jews, Muslims and Christians

Dear Diverse Bloggers;

I am very interested in knowing what all the other major religious groups think of the current problems raging in our world in regards to religion and getting along with each other. Do you see one particular religious group really stepping out of bounds and antagonizing another? Do you see one of them using religion as a crutch to allow them to do other things? What do you think?

I ask because I wonder what someone would think who does not subscribe to Islam, Christianity or Judaism about:

  • Bin Laden
  • Al-Sadr
  • Chiroc
  • Putin
  • Castro
  • Blair
  • Bush

What do they think of infidels? Who are infidels? Who are hypocrites? Do you think a huge holy war is brewing? I really want to see how things might be explained from another perspective.

Is it time to say H-O-L-Y G-U-A-C-A-M-O-L-E Batman save us?

1 comment:

Lever said...

Very Good question.

I'm supposed to be a Christian but I have a very pagan attitude, more akin to pre-christian britain.

My personal opinion of religion is that it is a tool to guide people toward good lives and to maintain good lives. However as with all tools it can be used for good or ill.

If you completely remove religion from all the issues in the world today, then what is left? Greed, anger, frustration, disputes over territory, attitudes, race, histrorical legacies etc... These are all basic human problems that religion can either kill or cure. Quite often it has a negative effect in that it increases the degree of a problem; a dispute over land can spiral out of control due to religious differences.

All the problems in the world are down to greedy immoral people. Those less well off are understandably frustrated and often powerless. When there is no way of restoring the balance then extreme measures come into play. Unfortunately this often triggers further extreme reactions...

If there were just one religion - being a good person and taking care of the world we live in - then things might be better for all of us.