Sunday Song Series “Bares” It All

 

I welcome you to week #14 of our Sunday Song Series. Once upon a time, the late Scott Weiland (musician / singer / songwriter of the 1990s band Stone Temple Pilots) spoke of this week’s musical offering…

Naked Sunday is about organized religion. About people who tell others what to do and what to believe. They switch off people’s minds and control the masses. It gives me a feeling of isolation, when I think about it. Organized religion does not view everyone as equals.”

When I think about it, too, I feel a need to expound / expand on Mr. Weiland’s sentiments. Let’s consider the devastating effect, which terrorists, televangelists and pedophile priests have had on organized religion… the multiple thousands of lives they’ve ruined. OBVIOUSLY, their deplorable and/or deadly deeds, can never solve any of our worldly woes… only severely worsen those that already exist and even add more to that already too long list.

It beats the hell out of me how anyone could ever believe that persecution, perversion, violence and homicide / mass murder could ever result in the betterment of humankind. The only thing worse than their attempting to add fine print clauses to abrogaate a commandment such as Thou Shalt NOT Kill is for them to attract “disciples” who’ll blindly follow them to the ends of the Earth. Each and every time that occurs, that’s one step closer to the end of Earth.

Look, I’m not saying organized religion is intrinsically bad… so long as the devout keep it all in the proper perspective.

It matters not which respectable religious sect strengthens / elevates our souls… so long as it also strengthens / elevates our interpersonal relationships and, eventually, society as a whole.

To successfully accomplish this, people must understand that our Creator is not a slacker who’d ever need to outsource tasks to mere mortals. And, since no, one, respectable religion is better than the other, our Creator does not expect us to proselytize either.

So what, pray tell, should be the duty of the devout?

Doncha think that living the Golden Rule would suffice? Hell, that can and does work out fine for agnostics / atheists, too!

Our Sunday Song Series will continue seven days from now.

 

All Creatures Large and Small

Admittedly, I had briefly considered titling this posting: “A Cute Cuddly Puppy & Kitty”. But the actual title you’ve just read is a bit more honest… for, on this new day, the “creatures” I’m talking about are none other than our world’s religious sects. These “creatures” can and oft do exert forces upon our society, which are both too large and too small.

Terrorist cells and Theocratic societies draw their energy from too large religious ideology. Blue and white collar crimes can trace their roots to too small religious influences. Either way… humanity loses.

Clearly, the polarizing, extremes of religion are not working towards the betterment of our global society. So might the solution to dealing with our world’s ills be found in a moderate, middle ground faith?

While I’d never be so arrogant as to claim I have all the answers and MOST ASSUREDLY I am NOT on a mission to ram my own religious beliefs down anyone’s throat… here’s what my CommonSenseFaith is all about.

1. I do believe in God and cannot help but base such a conviction upon some of my own life experiences. I’ve shared two of those special moments in my posts: Going Home… Going Home… and A Sliver of Sunlight. I believe, if folks stop to really think about it, some might realize they, too, have had similar “oh wow” moments in their own lives.

2. I fully accept that God may not be a wizened, old man with a long, flowing white beard… that He could even be a She OR… in lieu of that… simply be the elegant and unifying universal laws of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

3. I do not believe in organized religion and haven’t been a regular churchgoer since I was a preteen. That’s because I feel living my religion in my day-to-day life is far more meaningful than living the lie of “Only on Sunday” “morality”. Now, this is not to say that I’ve not had lapses in my own good behavior. But key here is to learn from our transgressions and then self-correct.

4. I also believe that agnostics can be and oft are paragons of virtue 99% of the time. Why not 100%? That’s because nobody is perfect.

5. I feel living the Golden Rule provides us all the structure we need… i.e., the perfect, rock-solid foundation to build a non-violent, loving, flourishing society upon.

6. I may even be like you… you, who feel that want-to-puke-revulsion every time we see fraudulent, parasitic, gold-plated, stain-glassed televangelists “fleecing” their flocks. This breed of “religion” likely ranks right up there with the pumped up on steroids, bulked up, too large sects I spoke of above.

7. While I do insist that each and every one of America’s elected leaders be a humane, humble (wo)man in possession of a moral compass, I also concur with the U.S. Constitution that religious services ONLY belong in our Houses of Worship… that they MUST NEVER be convened in the White House Oval Office, on the U.S. House and Senate floor and, MOST ASSUREDLY NOT with the U.S. Supreme Court bench serving as a rickety, makeshift altar. True… the church government mash-up a.k.a. Theocracy may work out fine in Iran… but that’s not what America is all about.

Since too large and too small religious sects are failing… I believe my seven tiered, CommonSenseFaith philosophy sounds compelling. Hell, this could even work without bringing a Supreme Being into the mix. Might such an moderate approach pave the path towards a better world? Let me know what you think.