Thursday, January 22, 2009
Song of the Glob: School by Supertramp
During my exploration of religion, I will most likely say things that you don't agree with, things that might offend you, and so on. All I can say about that is: tough shit. I'm going to be questioning everything I can from a realistic point of view. Again, please feel free to comment on any of my posts to inform me of what I might get wrong, or your interpretation of an aspect of the bible or my post, anything you'd like to share about religion... I want to hear what others have to say, so *enlighten me.*
I might be establishing a battleground here and if that's the case, please try to keep it clean, clear and legible, and read as open-mindedly as possible. I don't want anybody losing friends or anything because of different opinions to do with religion. I'd like it if this discussion remained here, on Gmail or Blogger. (preferably Blogger.) I don't want this to be a negative thing, which is why we're calling it a discussion and not an argument, despite my mentioning of a "battleground."
I guess I'll start a little bit of opinion-posting now.
A quick skim:
First, we're going to start from the beginning. No, not the beginning of the world or of Jesus. (Was there ever a beginning of God? Guess not...)
Kids come first. I don't agree that kids should be subjected to religious beliefs from when they're very little. A child should be given the chance to fully understand a religion before they believe in it. I don't think that kids should be told that there is no god either, though, of course. When a person is mature enough to understand religion, and all religions, after they've asked the questions they need to ask, would then be a good time to make that decision: to believe, or not to believe.
I know that not everyone is indoctrinated from day one, but many are, and I don't think it's fair. You can't tell a person that there is one way and only one way for anything because it's not true. There is always another way. However, people still do tell young people that. They take advantage of their naiveness and make them fear what's outside the box. What kind of love is a love based on fear? Again, this isn't always the case but it still happens - in the name of the lord, in the name of God, in the name of religion.
I don't see how this would be necessary unless it is simply to control the young so they grow up thinking the way the elders want: to never question, to never even want to peak to see what's outside of that box, to never change, grow, or see things differently - to live in fear.
Verse from the song, School by Supertramp:
Don't do this and don't do that | What are they trying to do? | Make a good boy of you | Do they know where it's at? | Don't criticize, | they're old and wise | Do as they tell you to | Don't want the devil to | Come and put out your eyes