Something To Hang Your Hat On – What Do YOU Believe?

As human beings, we have always had this innate need to believe that we are more than just a flesh and blood accident – that we are something special in this Universe of ours and that we do indeed have some divine purpose to fulfill. That desire to believe in something greater than ourselves; to find something tangible on which to hang our existence is totally understandable. Nobody wants to feel that their life has no meaning – no purpose.Over the millennium men and women have always looked to the heavens for purpose and meaning in life and from the moment the earliest hominids stood up and walked, humanity has been obsessed with creating its various fictions about its existence, its meaning, and its purpose. Religion, Faith, Belief; whatever it is you wish to call it, is and always has been a human construct – not a divine construct sent down to us like manna from heaven.Karl Marx once famously wrote; “Religion… it is the opium of the people.” Many would take this to suggest that religion is a prop for the weak-minded; that it provides people with an artificial, illusory happiness and thus removes those, who believe, from the need to participate in creating a better society. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/9425683533_edbf2ddafb_z.jpgI would disagree with those that propound this argument that religion is nothing more than an emotional crutch for feeble-minded people. Religion, it seems to me, is the natural outpouring of humanity’s need to explain the clear existence of a “God” or a “Creator” of our Universe. It is also a reflection of our acceptance and understanding that as human beings we are fundamentally flawed and in need of some sort of “salvation”.That religion has been used throughout history and sadly still is today, to justify barbaric and inhumane acts against our fellow travelers on this planet, does not in of itself make religion a bad thing. I believe that religion, of whatever flavor, actually teaches us vitally important doctrines to live by. It seems to me that many, if not all of the mainstream religions actually have very similar core beliefs, that are both beneficial and advantageous to the individual, and society as a whole. If we ignore, for a moment, the bastardization of religious doctrine to justify the actions of evil people, then we can find some truths about life that are common across all the varying flavors and colors of religious philosophy.Most, if not all mainstream religions actually promote and encourage, “the Golden Rule”; “Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you.” If we respect and value each other, with the same respect and value we should be giving ourselves, then incredible things would happen. The problem, as I see it, is that far too often we not only disrespect and belittle our fellow human beings, we don’t even value and respect ourselves. Once we learn to love ourselves and accept our own wonderful uniqueness and inherent beauty we can then respect and value everyone else’s. The key to implementing the “Golden Rule” is to first and foremost “Love yourself as you are, in all your unique glory.” http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oRsYoaxtpMQ/UX8-_zJhS6I/AAAAAAAAJfM/GlRDvLIf14M/s400/goldenrule.jpgMost, if not all mainstream religions promote and encourage the protection and preservation of our glorious and beautiful planet Earth; its creatures and its environment. We are mere custodians of this planet and yet we continue to rape and plunder the resources, at immense cost to our environment and more importantly those who will come after us; our children, our grandchildren and the generations yet born. We were placed here as stewards of this planet and yet we appear to have performed dismally in our assigned roles.Perhaps the most important tenet of most, if not all mainstream religions is the overarching belief in the redemptive power of “LOVE”. Love is the key to success as individuals a

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