Spirit is what connects you to the universe and everyone in it. Religion aims to divide and rule, with the promise of some ultimate reward that never comes in this life, and not until you’ve destroyed yourself or someone else. Religion of all kinds has been the bloodiest government in the history of our civilization.
I recall a comment from my undergraduate study of classical liberalism (NOT the same as contemporary “liberal”) – the professor said, “any view point so extremely at either end of the spectrum becomes essentially the same – kill everyone.”
This is the exact Western sentiment ringing across the social trash can that is the Internet right now. Yes, the exact same sentiment that leads to terrorist attacks.
Hate doesn’t “solve” a problem that is created by the very act of separating our world into varying levels of otherness. Policies, counter-attacks, blind and relentlessly misguided patriotism, religious devotion and broad, proud racism won’t save you. It won’t save any of us.
I’m thoroughly disappointed in the world. In its actions and in its reactions this week alone. Yet each day I am relentlessly optimistic.
I am cynical, yet hopeful.