well here it is folks. the problem with religion. it was right under my nose and i never saw it until it was pointed out by a friend of mine who`s cynicism makes mine look like a charming sense of humour.
his point is that religion, and science for that matter, never allows us to remain in the moment. we are constantly being measured against some imaginary standard created by imaginary entities that force us to work toward developing attitudes and outcomes at some point in the future. if we do certain things and become a certain person and by default get certain recognisable things then we will be good enough to be allowed to go to a certain place when we die.
when we die.
where it actually matters.
so, by default it really doesn`t matter to the religious types what happens to us here as long as we meet some standard that prepares us for the next life in this imaginary place. so we get no instruction about how to actually do the nuts and bolts things that will make us effective people here and now. this minute. and this one.
it`s all to work toward some future outcome.
meanwhile we are still depressed, anxious, uncertain, confused, somewhat scared and not so confident about the future, truth be known.
not a good state for the majority of the population to be in all the time. it`s no wonder we are hostile, agressive, resentful, bitter , whiney, miserable and tired all the time.
but the church keeps telling us that they have the answer as long as we come back next week for an update. the breaking news. the bombshell that will make it all so clear and we won`t feel like shit anymore.
staying in the now stops the doubt. there is no doubt about now. it needs no explenation. and there`s another now right now. no doubt about it. the more time we spend here the more opportunity we have to draw our own conclusions about life and what it means to be alive. which is what life is about.
and remembering to give the gift of smiling.