I had some other posts that got lost in draft land that dealt with movies, philosophy, belief… but they are gone. Now that I’m officially PAYING for this privilege I hope to do more and to GET more support.
One of my big bugaboos is my change of religious thought. I was a funny mentalist Christianist but am now a born again pagan with Sufi/Human/Agnostic leanings. I have a wonderfully complicated spiritual background since my “graduation” from a spiritual school some 15 years ago. For me to get more into that background I would have to say that I came to find that as a species with a bent towards spiritual matters we are more a worshiper of tools than of deities. Our bodies are tools, our belief systems are tools, our most passionate hobbies are tools. Tools – those things or ideas that assist us with staying alive both physically as well as psychologically/spiritually – what we live for. We know that we are not the only tool using species on this planet but we tend to make our tools more special than most other species make theirs. Religion is just a tool – nothing more and nothing less. We often call these kind of tools mechanisms i.e. coping mechanisms, healing mechanisms, social mechanisms etc.
Some forms of religions teach us to rely heavily on some of those mechanisms and some teach to use them only when needed and then let them go until they are needed again – these latter religions also warn us about getting habituated and or addicted to those same mechanisms. Christianity is of the former school of “though” and you could say that Buddhism/Taoism are of the latter. An interesting note is that you can get addicted to all these forms and not realize it.