So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
Okay, I get it. Religion has inspired great acts of compassion, it has led man to create spectacular works of art and architecture, it has provided us with beautiful literature. So, before you light the fires around my stake, consider this. Perverted interpretation of religious belief has also caused immense human suffering, it has destroyed cultures, it has promoted the degradation of our earth and natural resources in the name of an unproven, man-created god.
Tribalism was essential to ancient cultures to preserving their beliefs and insuring their survival. The caveman with the biggest clubs usually won the battle. Armies with the most manpower prevailed over weaker enemies. Scorching the neighborhood was an acceptable price for winning. My God-belief is better than yours. He (yes, most violence in the name of God worships a male entity) needs my defense.
WE ARE NO LONGER CAVEMEN. With the historical destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 the USA entered mankind into a new paradigm of warfare – a pattern embracing the ability of one culture to bring annihilation to the entire planet. Unfortunately, we continued to maintain the caveman attitude of tribalism. We continued to thump our scriptures and proclaim limited access to an omnipotent deity through a religious philosophy of exclusion – only this God is real, only this belief is true, only this scripture is valid. It is rampant tribalism with a continuing caveman mentality.
I AM LARRY – worthy, unique, loved