Updated: Apr 28, 2019
It’s a strange thought. Religion?
Perhaps meant to give us a philosophical compass to navigate through life’s twists and turns.
Now a part of a complex web of power.
Politicians evoke religion to garner votes, terrorists invoke religion to deal in drugs, arms and grab power. Churches, temples, and mosques call to the “faithful” to protect a religious identity. Spiritual Leaders have built huge conglomerates, diversifying into soaps, textiles and beauty products.
Most of us follow a very capitalist religious model – Celebrate by buying gifts, decorating homes, wearing new outfits and feasting and ‘sharing’ the wonderful moments with ‘friends” and family.
The fire at Notre Dame seems symbolic. Maybe a message from God, just before Easter.
To quote J Krishnamurthy
“We look at conditions prevailing in the world and observe what is happening there – the student’s riots, the class prejudices, the conflict of black against white, the wars, the political confusion, the divisions caused by nationalities and religions. We are also aware of the conflict, struggle, anxiety, loneliness, despair, lack of love, and fear. Why do we accept all this? Why do we accept the moral, social environment knowing very well that it is utterly immoral; knowing this for ourselves – not merely emotionally or sentimentally but looking at the world and at ourselves – why do we live this way?."