“I think religions are ugly. They are fantasies and false, their all just false advertising.”
Ouch. Religion. This is going to be tough. So religions are ugly because they are “false”. I know I’ve just offended at least half of all people everywhere. I beg of you, remember that this blog is about proving people wrong, so I’m not agreeing with the unnamed person who said, “religion is ugly”. I’m going to prove them wrong.
In this day and age, religion is becoming less and less popular and is not an essential part of our lives. With growing advances in science and technology, religions are up for serious skepticism. Anomalies explained through divine actions can now be explained with hard evidence and facts. Humans have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and answers to our plethora of questions. At first, we found answers in the books and teachings of prominent religious leaders. But we kept asking questions. We couldn’t be satisfied with an answer whose proof was faith. You can’t touch faith, you can’t see it. But you can feel it. Yet here in the 21st century, religion is on sort of a social taboo.
Today, at least in America, if you go around praising your religion, you will get teased, brace against a cold shoulder, and even feel the sting of condescending pricks. If you ask me, that is completely unacceptable. C’mon guys, really?! Just because you have more faith in your iPhone than you do in a god, doesn’t make you any better. If you go to temple, or church, or whatever doesn’t mean you’re a fool, less of a person, weak, or lame. Anyone who says otherwise probably thinks religion is just about saying some mumbo-jumbo words under your breath and following strange dietary restrictions. (Oh how sorely mistaken you are.) Religion is about tradition, pride, hope, fear, strength, and bravery. Yeah, religion is pretty badass.
Every Sunday, my grandmother goes to church. She dresses up, puts on her lipstick and big pearl earrings, and heads down to church. I try to go with her, it’s the least I can do. All around the world, people are doing the same thing. Religion means something different to everybody. And if it’s not for you, fine. But don’t bag on religions just because you don’t believe them. Religions aren’t just about explaining how the world came to be and what not. Until we had a better answer, we just had to accept that some higher power was at work. But religion teaches us so much more. It teaches us to be humble, kind, forgiving, understanding, and respectful. If you ask me, we could all do with a lesson in being human.
In a world where I can type up some words and listen to Lou Reed and fight with my brother all at the same time, life goes by pretty fast. It’s a dog eat dog world out there. Things like the internet have only given Cruelty a mask from behind which to yell insults at the world they so despise. Earlier in my blog life I shared a quote from one of my favorite movies: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.” People think that they can say whatever they want on the internet, but with great power comes great responsibility. Are we ready for this responsibility? The internet is still fairly young, and we’re only just beginning to see the side affects of undignified free speech.
I’m not saying go out into the world and join a Scientologist cult, I’m just saying religion is not just about God. On the contrary, it’s really about you. What do you need to get you through the fights, the losses. Who patches you up? Who kisses your bruises and puts a Band-Aid on your broken heart? Who’s always there for you when you need them. For me, it’s music. Lou Reed, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, T.Rex, they’re my religion. I’m not saying these guys are gods (though it is a valid argument), they’re just what I believe in. Which is all religion really is: what you believe in beyond all doubt. Yeah, I think there’s a higher power. I don’t believe in coincidences. But I also think we have the power and choice to change our fate.
So next time Grandma is heading out to church, offer to drive. Even if you don’t believe in her religion, she’ll love the fact that you went with her. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something. Religions are more about giving you hope and advice on how to live in peace with each other than muttering mumbo-jumbo words under your breath. It’s about devotion and sacrifice, about putting someone else before you. So next time you see a sign for your local Buddhist temple, don’t think about how weird or strange or ugly it is, appreciate that a group of people are getting together to unite. Their just trying to be less lonely bits of assembled stardust in a giant Cosmo of nothingness and chaos.
Don’t forget the glitter- iamtheseventies.