Religion & Politics

“Religion and politics are nothing but a stinking by-product of man’s gargantuan greed for power. The two evils go hand-in-hand; if politics is the rich man, religion is his unchaste mistress, both having a discreet love-hate relationship. Terrorism only happens to be their spoiled rotten love child whom they can neither extol nor disown.”

-The Little Mermaid, MMXVII

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Author: The Little Mermaid

My soul is an enthralling mystery, delicately concocted with some chaos and a little glee.

221 thoughts on “Religion & Politics”

  1. Amen (although that’s not really the right word in this context 😉 ). Although I do believe you need some kind of leadership structure to maintain a working society. But as they say, Power corrupts. Or something it’s Power corrupts, everytime.

    1. Of course Ruud, we, humans need leadership of some kind particularly because of our natural inclination to adopt the herd mentality. Most humans are sheep- from early age as children we follow our parents, then older siblings, then teachers and by the time we are twenty, we are all used to having someone to show us the way. The majority of us retain that sheep mentality throughout life. This judiciously gives grounds for the need to have a leader in our society-someone with a vision to act for the greater good. Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt are some of the most illustrious political leaders that we have known. How to compare these legends who fought big wars and emerged victoriously with someone whose strong suit lies in grabbing pussies? Just how?!

      “Power does not corrupt men. Fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”-George Bernard Shaw. There’s a gob of truth in that, isn’t it?

      1. I think that the woman has a more practical, true and healthy relationship with life, her own and that of others, specifically with her children because she needs to protect herself and protect the baby, breastfeed, etc.
        Men have found time to want to be gods; to make hell here on earth; engaging thousands of others people in their power struggles; and wants go living on another planet, to destroy it in the same way.

  2. Greed is a powerful ally- qui gon jinn. but in the end all jedi died in its wake, both mentally and spiritually. means no matter what happens what we say and do in a far future or the state of current events. It is real to see greed and corruption that does degrade humans into something else. Stay true to yourselves, and see what comes of it. Change can change, if we hold to it.

    1. Very true! If there is one thing that I hate more than stupidity, it is selfishness; the selfishness that blinds many individuals to everything else apart from their own personal needs, and which hungers for the next material good to add to an armoury already brimming with vanity and self-indulgence. Religion and politics are the two calculated tactics compulsive liars, cheats and pilferers use when they shamelessly dip their filthy paws in our pockets.

      I daresay, the day we accept God as one Universal Truth and let our actions be unstintingly guided by humanity, terrorism will cease to exist. And this is a practicality, not an Elysian vision. But then, it’s not that profitable a business, is it?

      1. I was referring above to your post, Daily Meditation. Shouldn’t have done that. As an atheist, my ideas agree more with this post than with the post, Daily Meditation, unless the last couplet refers to religion as being a human construct. Your work is complex, flippant and dismissive in parts, and seemingly so serious in others.

        1. Hello, as a self-proclaimed atheist, it is a donnée that this post would make much more sense to you than the ‘Daily Meditation’, which is, in your eyes, ‘complex’, ‘flippant’ and ‘dismissive’. As a non-believer, you have every right to reject anything that glorifies The Lord. Categorically, I respect your personal choice. I’m not here to turn you into a believer overnight.

          However, just because you dismiss the idea of God for any reason does not mean that you should convince your friends to follow suit. A debate with an atheist is pretty much like one against vegans and feminists who are ever ready to pounce on anyone at the drop of a hat. It is very hard to make you guys understand that people are individual beings with differing cultures, beliefs and way of living. I give up voluntarily.

          I think, the world is made up of both believers and non-believers. As long as values, morals and dignity are upheld, it’s all fine.

          Peace for all X

          1. Thank you for your thoughtful response. I read several of your posts in December in an attempt to determine how Religion and Politics and Daily Meditation could come from the same person. Daily Meditation is certainly neither flippant nor dismissive, but you use humour and flippancy in other posts. It was in reading more (later) comment interchanges today on Religion and Politics that your position became clearer. You dismiss many aspects of religiosity but believe in God. I am not trying to convert you to atheism. I was trying to answer your “come again” response and to apologize for awkwardly connecting two of your posts in my first confusing comment. I don’t know how much of my blog you have read. My philosophy, is best described by reading both my page, On Meaning, and my post Same Pot, Different Glazing. The latter describes how I came, after long involvement in the Roman Catholic Church, to my position as summarized in the former. Atheist may be too strong a term. I practice Tonglen meditation and use its “breathing in suffering and breathing out healing” instead of “breathing in the Chi,” as the Tai Chi 24 method prescribes.

            The very technology/methodology/format of blogging produces misunderstandings. I admire how you deal with this by interacting faithfully with so many of those who comment on your posts.

  3. All idolatry is an evil, whether of statues, money, gold, silver, people, political and economic systems, philosophies, art, religions, animals, things, etc.
    The Lord Jesus made the distinction between the things of the world for Caesar and the things of God to God.
    Material goods are temporary, and the authorities of the world who want to be worshiped cannot be compared to the authority and righteousness of God.
    God is Spirit and His goods and gifts are spiritual and eternal.

    1. I like your answer carlos SP. Jesus was rejected by the powers of his time. He was/is truth and mercy, and the powers of politics and religion of his day were rightfully threatened by truth and mercy; just as the powers of our time are equally threatened. All generations have rejected Jesus, which is the true reason for the trouble The Little Mermaid so eloquently writes about.

      1. Love for the truth is a gift from God.
        Faith in truth is always revolutionary, dynamic, renewing, it transforms and converts; and always bothered the powers in this land that do not fear God, do not care to be righteous and do not practice justice.
        That is an impact on any stagnation.
        And Truth, like the Light, can be denied, but not extinct.
        It is written in the prophets:
        And they shall all be taught of God. Therefore, everyone who heard and learned from the Father comes to me. John 6:45

        Thank you and blessings!!

            1. Hello Carlos and James, your comments hold water in that God and religion are two very different things which do not mesh. While God is the purest manisfestation of a faith- unsullied, silent and intense in our heart, religion is man-made; it’s man-regulated, invented by self-appointed Men of God whose modus operandi is to throw dust in our eyes in light of severe problems like poverty or economic crises.

              As Karl Marx beautifully puts it in Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right:

              “Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions.”

              We have all seen it how religions now come before us with oleagious smirks and outspread hands, like a sycophantic merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity, competing as they do in a marketplace without palpably solving any real issue. I do not have a problem with God. I do, unreservedly believe in one spiritual God as much as I believe in love and energy. I do, however, have a serious problem with our warped interpretation of God as peddled to us by religious oiks who have a huge, vacant space between their ears.

              1. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

                It is simple, whoever follows the gospel of prosperity chose the mammon god.
                It is a legitimate, sincere and faithful faith to the god of money that has its worshipers and preaches salvation by the acquisition of temporal and material goods.
                They believe that they are gods and therefore worship themselves.
                Here are added the doctrines based on man, and his thoughts, political-economic systems, religions, organizations, etc. It is the story of the man on this earth.

                Obviously, it is a doctrine that opposes faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as Christians believe, whose faith is also legitimate, sincere and faithful because God is Spirit and his goods and gifts are spiritual and eternal.
                The Gospel of Christ, contained in the Holy Bible, centers on our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
                Here, what distinguishes the Christian faith from other doctrines (any) is the truth that Christ is Alive and communicates personally with His followers that worship God in Spirit and Truth!

                Blessings!

                1. Well said, carlos SP. You can’t have a relationship with a religion or with a philosophy . God created us in His image. He is a person. And Jesus is the exact physical/spiritual representation of that person. And we can have a relationship with that person through a relationship with Jesus who proved His claims by rising from the dead :>D

                  1. I also believe that Believing in the Lord Jesus is a gift from God to those who receive His mercy.

                    “45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” John 6:45

      2. I think this is a terrible oversight, or under-estimation re: the rejection of Jesus. Christianity, and one must assume it is based on belief in Christ and “Jesus” who claimed himself to be the Christ. Christ Jesus has, as of 2010, 2.2 billion adherents. Running a close second and catching up is Islam at 1.6 billion same year. Islam also accepts Jesus as a prophet of God. That’s some pretty impressive numbers vouching for the popularity of Jesus. To have a following of half the population of the planet is difficult to render as rejection. If the argument goes that “most” of those people are not “real” Christians then who are these poor, hidden Christians who love Jesus and share in his global rejection which is then the cause of all of man’s evils? The more serious the claim, the more serious must be its scrutinization.

        1. ‘The more serious the claim, the more serious must be its scrutinization.’ Indeed, Sha’Tara! While this particular post is NOT a meter to evaluate the degree of popularity of any religion which I believe would qualify for the chore of a mindless fanatic, I would still like to pronounce my personal views following your comment on my blog.

          First things first, if I swear to maintain my neutrality and if we go by statistics and numbers, Hinduism is, by far, the oldest of all religions. The roots of Hinduism stretch back at least to India’s Vedic era, and perhaps even further back, into pre-Vedic times (2000 BC, or earlier). Christianity was spread only after the demise of Lord Jesus Christ some 2000 years ago. The Rig Veda of ancient Hinduism is estimated to have been composed between 1700-1100 BCE, which not only denotes it as one of the oldest religious texts, but also one of the oldest written religious texts which is still actively used in religious practice to this day. Because Hinduism is a vastly liberal religion, tolerant of its kins, it has been admissibly moulded to fit in our modern concept of religion. Yoga- the multi-billion dollar industry is gaining momentum globally. Meditation, the cure-all therapy, is experiencing an ever-burgeoning demand worldwide- from America and England to India and Africa. You don’t believe it? Just skim through your instagram and you will see the inestimable number of photos of young people in Yoga poses or others, meditating in tranquility. But have we paused to ask ourselves from where did this movement start? To enlighten you, the word ‘Yoga’ was first mentioned in the Rig Veda. So how do you call that modern, practising Christian who reads The Bible and does Yoga everyday? Food for thought!

          Secondly, I re-quote your words, ‘poor, hidden Christians who love Jesus and share in his global rejection which is then the cause of all man’s evils’. Let me tell you that poverty is a universal phenomenon. It strikes Christians, Hindus and Muslims alike. Poverty doesn’t choose its people based on their religious beliefs. To be honest, I sound stupid for saying that because poverty is very logically a matter of concern of everybody. Overcoming poverty is not a task of religion; it is an act of justice and of humanity. I, for one, would never deny a poor Muslim child a glass of water or a hungry Christian a loaf of bread.

          Long story short, the world is one. The God is one. We are one. Only the idiots won’t listen.

          1. Hi LM, just for the record, when I said, “‘poor, hidden Christians who love Jesus and share in his global rejection” I was being totally sarcastic. A “poor” attempt at pointing out that “Jesus” with half the planet’s population as believers is anything but rejected! I wasn’t using the term “poor” in terms of penury, but in terms of “humble, persecuted, unappreciated” which is how many pushy Christians actually see themselves despite the evidence to the contrary. As for “God” that’s another can of worms also. God, to me, is just as much an illusion as the countless religions that have sprung from that first belief. I have a saying, that I don’t need to believe in God because I know that God exists. It exists in the minds of billions who believe in the reality of God, hence these believers endlessly produce God in their own image. When some fanatic believers slaughter other believers praying in their mosque, God is on both sides without any dichotomy. As God is always on both sides of any war and on both sides of any unjust justice system; both sides in an election. There is no dichotomy in God because God is man made; the same weapon used by both sides. By the same token it’s possible, if rare, that some believers create a truly good God for themselves to bow down to, and pray. It’s still just an idol fronting for this or that collective.

  4. I wonder how many atrocities have been committed in the name of organized religion over the centuries? And how ironic since the founders of those religions were in all cases humble and pious men who preached peace and love.

    1. Spot-on! In fact, all the religions of the world are frenetically fighting against each other to sit on the throne, in other words, to bag that superior position of religious sophistication. Holy wars are being waged- killing millions of innocents, depraving babies of their parents, destroying homes, relationships and lives on an unimaginable scale. I denounce that Hinduism, Christianity or Islam which ignites communal hatred and ignorance as much as I denounce that politics which serves its own vested purpose.

  5. This is a great quote Lil’ Mermaid and I can understand why you would think that. I am not sure that I entirely agree though. I don’t have a problem with religion, well not the spiritual aspects of it. If one embraces the finer and more uplifting aspects of religion such as love, charity, forgiveness, hope etc then I think that’s no bad thing. It’s when the interpretation of religion and spirituality become an issue that huge problems such as terrorism arise. On politics, I’m not sure what you would suggest in its place, because we do as a society need leadership and government – it is how we operate when we are given that power that becomes an issue. It would appear that politics is a breeding ground for unscrupulous people who cannot handle power with integrity. As it is your quote stands when you look at religion/power and terrorism in the light of misuse of it. Very thought-provoking!

    1. You are perfectly right, Marie. As I have mentioned in my above comments, I’d like to stress on the fact that there is a difference between God and religion. Religion is an institutionalized set of beliefs and practices with differing structures, orders and ideological systems in society. Now if we look at its positive aspects in toto, religion provides a guidance to us, helping us to experience and be close to God. It is worth noting that, in the end, no matter what the approach, all the religions of the world teach love, compassion and benevolence.

      In truth, the relationship between God and religion is like the relationship between a radio and music. Just because you don’t have one doesn’t mean you can’t experience the other. I don’t think God needs religion, even more, a holier-than-thou mighty being at the top of the religious hierarchy to defend him. God wants to have a relationship with me. He loves me. And he is fully capable to connect directly with me without passing on his message to another human being. I’ve come to believe that a relationship with God is reflective of the relationships we have with others. Anyone who disparages, throw stones and dehumanises another individual is a person who disrespects God, even if he goes to the Church like eight days a week (Oups! We have only seven days in a week).

      On the subject of politics, it’d be good to see people like Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela restore global peace and social justice in the world. They don’t make like them anymore. Shame!

      Have a blessed Sunday! Sending lots of love and positivity to you! X

  6. I like the quote, because it serves as a thought provoking statement. Politics is a necessary by-product of government, which we need to avoid CHAOS. There is good and bad government. And there is good and bad religion. Thus, there are four possibilities, of which the quote points only to one. Let us strive for good government and religion based on the ultimate command: Love your neighbour as yourself. Thank you for getting so many comments rolling with your post!

    1. Hi Peter, how about a current example of a good government, and better yet, a good religion using the premise love your neighbour as yourself as the basis for the judgment?

      1. Not living in a perfect world, we must be content with a government democratically elected and accountable to the people. It is not ideal, but better than a dictatorship as for example in the former Soviet Union, where millions of people perished and religion had been suppressed for more than 70 years. As to good religion, people often confuse the message of love with the people, who abuse the message. Let it rest with the opinion expressed here. Thank you for raising an important question!

    2. Hello Peter, I love the way in which you have expanded the four possibilities but let’s be frank, what is happening today? We are seeing more of the bads than the goods.

      This explains why terrorism is on a historical rise.

  7. Quite a colorful metaphor. I can see how strongly you feel. On this side of the Atlantic, the Founders of the U.S. were anxious about the evils they saw as resulting from the combination of religion and politics. Their solution was to build a “wall of separation between church and state” in the words of the author of our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson

    1. That was so very insightful of them, Tom. In a letter to Horatio Spafford in March 1814, the same Jefferson wrote, “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own”. Such is the immeasurable scale of corruption that results when religion interferes with politics! To top it all, those all-knowing, priggish ‘Men of God’ can, by their very nature, never be accountable to us. Then, where will the millions of public funds go?

      Today, in an increasingly secular world where barriers to international mobility and trade are ebbing away, making it smaller and smaller, how can a government favour one religion over another one? On what grounds will it do that?

      1. I like the flow of your writing. Of course, I may be biased because we both seem to favor those qualifying and descriptive clauses in the middle of sentences. 🙂
        I would say that, upon occasion, religious people have played a positive role in politics, when their spirituality informs their actions. The 1960s US civil rights movement had a solid foundation in the African-American church. Notably, a great leader of that movement was a Baptist preacher, Dr. Martin King, who was himself inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. I think the difference was that neither King nor Gandhi sought to impose their faith on anyone or entangle their faith with government. They didn’t attempt to breach the wall of separation that Jefferson spoke of.
        Is this an issue in Mauritius?

        1. Beautifully put!

          I bow down to the venerable Dr Martin. His iconic speech, “I have a dream”, which he delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28 1963 was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement.

          He used religion to mindfully inbibe a sense of oneness among his people.

          “God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men, and brown men, and yellow men; God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.” This quote shows how religion was a means for him to unite every caste, creed and colour; and that his message was simply to serve God through service to humanity.

          In Mauritius, our attitude to bad politics is typical of the ‘elephant in the living room’ syndrome: the obvious truth that so many aspects of our lives are subject to a degree of corruption so endemic that it has become institutionalized either because many of us hope to benefit from it, or many more are scared to stand up for justice alone.

  8. This is so true!! Its gotten worse. I can remember when you used to hear that this or that policy was “for the common good” or so at seemed. At least there was a theme of doing what was best for all, even if it didn’t quite hit the mark. Now?? Its all an I-Me game and anyone is good who fills my pockets. Religion tries but there is so much corruption too.
    One thing hits the mark; how awesome, amazing, and totally beautiful you are and the power in the messages you put out!!

    1. I agree with you Migueltio. Nowadays, politics has become caricaturized into an absurd game where the incompetence and corruption of the regime in place is rightly excoriated by an opposition of a similar idiosyncrasy. Obama was a breath of fresh air though. I loved him.

      And I better not comment on religion- the more distateful catastrophe.

      Thanks for the delightful compliments. It made my ‘Moanday’. Haha!

      Sending lots of love and positivity all your way for a terrific week ahead! XO

      1. Yes, Obama really seemed to “care about the people”. There were some things I wish he could have done better, but no one is perfect. He at least had the people in his heart. Much love and good vibes to you too!! XO

  9. I mostly see the sad irony that those who use politics and religion, separately or in unison, justify this as bringing purity to society. They seem to believe that only after those whom the view as corrupt are destroyed or exciled can society be peaceful. Yet, anhiliating a segment of society has never eliminated it, but only passed the hate and distruction on to future generations. Rather pessimistic assessment of governance. You packed quite a lot into less than 60 words. – Oscar

    1. Correct Oscar! It’s basically a “your religion is crap, mine is right” fracas. And if someone actually decides to join the new religion, how can anyone even feel a scintilla of satisfaction that his religion now has an additional member too ignorant to notice the stupid salesmanship involved in this non-stop barrage of religious drivel? I wonder.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Best wishes X

      1. I believe my epiphony moment on this theme was at my rebellious age of 19, when I thought that everything my parents had taught me was crap, including the Baptist theology. I was on a street corner in Seattle, when someone from Scientology approached me and told the “the truth”. In my skepticism, I asked “How do you know you have a corner on the truth?” He left me be. I have sought & doubted “the truth” for the past 35 years… I’ll let know know when I figure it out (I’ve at least gotten far enough away emotionally from the Baptists to see that they are just a bit misguided by, but conforted by, their rigid theology).

        Enjoy Advent season (I’m about to write a series on that, which should give you a wry smile). – Oscar

  10. It’s a strange thing about the political and religious moods of the people… especially to those of us who’ve studied a bit of history. They blow like idiot winds through societies; fads and fashions that drive folks to foolishness, and the results are often painful. But while people are swept up in it, it’s very hard to encourage reason. We have to remember though, that democracy and equality is only a matter of rights and respect. As to real equality between human beings, that is not given. Whether one believes in god or nature, the inequality shouts to all who’ll hear, and only human compassion cares.

    1. Wow! It is one beautiful comment on this subject. I couldn’t agree more.

      “Whether one believes in God or nature, the inequality shouts to all who’ll hear, and only human compassion cares.” You nailed it!

      Thank you for sharing your views with all of us.

      Have a lovely week ahead! X

    1. I just started following your blog , thank you for the likes on my comments. You are so right about politics and religion are a recipe for disaster . It’s happening so much in the United States now and that’s not what Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers in the United States had in mind. They wanted SEPARATION of church and state. Unfortunately , a lot of American politicians have forgotten that.

      1. Hi Sportsdiva, you are most welcome for the likes.

        Those liberal visionaries knew that the encroachment of religion into politics is inherently dangerous. Today, what can we expect from a bizarrely orangey POTUS whose inordinate use of Twitter is only demonstrative of his bigotry and hatred for the people who voted for him into power? I’m dejected!

  11. men have become more egocentric and selfish than anything else. Religion has lost its value in the thought of modern society. Even in praying modern man shows the lack of sentiments and inner credence. Throughout land, near and far, in politics there are make-believe and masquerades, and this is what we call modern world. This is not a civilised world. Until we exume our ancestors, then we will know who was civilised, if them or us. Religion is the worse!

    1. The bottomless glass of human selfishness. As Dostoyevsky said all those years ago…

      “The world says: “You have needs-satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.”
      – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

      Thanks for the input.

  12. How sad it is that people in the name of God do such dreadful things. While God is a God of love, He will out of love for His created beings totally destroy those who use his name for politics, power, greed and in a sense attempting to make themselves a substitute god.

    1. We have already reached a threatening crescendo of misery and moral vacuity and at this point, if each one of us realizes that the impact of religion and politics in our lives plays a crucial role in forming our character, it will be more than enough. So to speak, it starts with you. It starts with me.

  13. I certainly understand your sentiments when these two components in society take on interpretations that bastardize intended outcomes. Each has a beneficial side (in my opinion) when a person of character, quality ethics and high morality utilize their formats to benefit society. Good intent, however, loses validity when ideologies are imposed upon people leaving no room for tolerance and/or acceptance.

    We live in a society today that skillfully manipulates the mandible (jaw bone) into uttering words (many of which are designed to be hurtful.) If we worked as hard at improving our ability to objectively LISTEN and HEAR messages designed to expand our thinking, we might begin to realize that personal growth is better achieved with fewer words and more POSITIVE ACTIONS.

    1. Certainly Doc! A system where democratic institutions honour their role of protecting and developing the ethos of freedom, justice, and equality of opportunity that forms the essential stanchion to any society based on the Rule of Law principle is much needed. A political culture devoted to civic participation can only be achieved if we put the right people in the right place.

      Actions indeed speak louder than words, for we bear witness to the fact that most politicians just make empty promises and give false hopes to the weak.

  14. From my website:
    The true purpose of science: To support the global financial status quo and ensure continuing wealth for the already rich. To serve as a quasi-religion for those disillusioned by existing religions.

    The mission of science is educational confusion: To make you feel inadequate and stupid compared to the mythical heroes of science, whilst at the same time making you feel brilliant with the remembered ‘facts’ of the same heroes. This is a dumbing-down process that discourages independent thinking. The student tends to repeat the teaching of the scientific heroes because they feel personally inadequate and incapable of independent thought. Control is reinforced and ensured with a qualification that also requires the student to repeat the teaching of the heroes. The qualification is a requirement for getting a job and so the circle is complete.

    The true mission of religion is almost identical: to make you feel sinful, inadequate and guilty compared to its mythical heroes and then it offers you redemption and eternal life – that you don’t deserve – if you submit to control.
    Not so different are they, if you think about it? Is this a coincidence?

    Note: This information is not to encourage readers to abandon education, but to understand the process and use it rather than being used by it. This knowledge removes the confusion.
    cadxx

    1. Hi Cadxx, I assume you don’t agree with an educational system that limits the powers of imagination and free thinking. But science is, according to me, the torch which illuminates the world. Alexix Carrel, a French Scientist rightly said, “Science has to be understood in its broadest sense, as a method for comprehending all observable reality, and not merely as an instrument for acquiring specialized knowledge.”

      I don’t want to compare science with religion. If science is a virgin of the Heavens, religion is, in unembellished words, a prostitute in the hands of the crooked.

      1. Hi Little Mermaid
        Some time ago, I reluctantly arrived at the realisation that everything in this world is a lie. I think it’s what’s called “Waking Up”. I do understand “science in it’s broadest sense” and it’s still a lie. However, my intent is not to tell you how to think as does education, but I have a website that contains the evidence I’ve found and is at the disposal of anyone who is interested.
        cadxx

  15. Well put. I think that most people left to their own devices would focus on ritual and socializing and leave the power and control stuff out of their lives. The problem is that they are not simply going to be left to their own devices.

  16. Lol! True story! Religion drives me nuts. Religion was a way to control people using fear, and it worked, because people 500, 1000, 1500, etc. years ago didn’t know any better. Politics, in my opinion, are a necessary evil. You have to have law and order, and the way to do that is through politics. However, politics major in gaming, and minor in law making. Politicians are out to better themselves first, then their city, county, state, country comes second.

  17. Oh, my, my.
    You are the mythical mermaid of my childhood imagination.
    She always swam away from this sort of shit, which is why I loved her, and admire your post.
    It’s brave to do this.
    This does bring to mind the “beware the wolves in sheep’s clothing,” bit.
    You may know the biblical quote, warning us about evil Christians and Jews, and other religious sorts, who are fake (like the current news, or not, depending on your perspective). They couch themselves in religion, but are really incarnate evil, which means just normal selfish people, but better disguised.
    And then there are the other religions like Buddhism, whose stuff I read and, then, realized Buddha was way too bossy. “Follow my five fold path (exactly) ” and you are on the path to nirvana
    Come on Buddha. I have already read all the other men’s interpretation of God.
    None of you know what you are talking about, but that does invalidate the existence of a creator whose primary concern might not be humans.

    1. You should already have read the Holy Bible by yourself.
      And no there difficulty in understanding:

      “37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
      38 This is the first and great commandment.
      39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
      40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22: 37-40

      What is done in addition comes from the minds of men, and of their disregard for God and their fellow man.
      It is the history of the human race on this earth

      1. You need to love yourself before you can love others and this don’t come about if you think you are a sinner.

  18. I just started following your blog , thank you for the likes. You are so right about politics and religion are a recipe for disaster . It’s happening so much in the United States now and that’s not what Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers in the United States had in mind. They wanted SEPARATION of church and state. Unfortunately , a lot of American politicians have forgotten that.

  19. When I’m angered and enter into a ‘no win’ debate without a discretionary pause or a single sane thought on the topics of religion and/or politics, I would whole heartedly agree with your statement. When I’m angry, the debate turns into my way or the highway. I am ‘hypocritically’ arguing for an open-mind and mindfulness.
    I consider the political arena as an honorable field and profession to enter. I see the word religion as a lable for diffferent beliefs. I can not debate or change a core belief. The government employees (servants for the people) thriving off the dramatic and selfserving politics within politics, need to review their oath and the job description.
    Some of our greatest leaders fought the government for the people within the government.
    Thank you for listening.

  20. Something that I would like to suggest to add on a blog is information in the About page. At times, people are skipping that part or being cryptic. A little introduction is only polite and far more credible to me.
    Thanks for your thoughts on this.

    1. I always read about me page when I visit people’s blogs. I never skip it. For examples, my about me page basically tells people to buzz off. But that’s just me. 😉

  21. In the Bible’s Revelation of Jesus Christ (aka Revelations or Book of Revelations), the author is given a vision of the church as a woman; The beautiful bride of Christ; the instrument through which God was to demonstrate his grace in human community. But then time passes and the author is given a new vision that stuns him. It’s a prostitute seducing and spreading a message describing as maddening wine. It’s shown this is prostitute is the first woman corrupted by human selfishness and politics.

  22. I can’t agree with religion in itself being bad. On the contrary, religion has done much to shape works of art, literature, architecture, and philosophical thought. Likewise it has given people hope and comfort, and has brought out the best in people. That’s not to say that religion isn’t misused. It most certainly is. But just about all ideologies and thoughts, including secular ones, have been misused for evil.

    1. I think you’re right, Jonathan. Religion becomes a problem only when we declare a monopoly on communing with God or proselytize with violence.
      One religion (Jehovah’s Witnesses, IIRR) says that politics is the realm of the devil and they refuse to vote or perticipate in any way. They may be onto something, there.
      Both religious and political dissention often boil down to differences in our precepts. The latter are so fundamental to thought that there can be no agreement, just going round and round arguing what logically follows from those divese assumptions. That’s why it’s usually pointless and divisive to discuss religion and politics.

  23. Religion and politics have grown to be terrible catalysts for atrocities all over the world. I truly believe God will rid this world of wickedness so we can attain the peace and security originally intended. Revelation 17:1,2 talks about Babylon the Great. She represents false religion and mentions, “Come, I will show you the judgment on the great prostitute who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality, and earth’s inhabitants were made drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality.” This aptly explains the relationship between religion and politics.

  24. Religion and ideology are the causes of all world strife. Both are controlling forces for personal gain (power, money, control). Spirituality, on the other hand is universal and uniting. Check out my little book Wilderness Cry for fuller explanation; my blog site+ mrsciencephilosophergoduniverse.com. Thanks. Hilary Hunt

  25. I understand your point of view but religion and politics are not the problem, it´s the people behind it. Both can bring hope and improve peoples lives when used properly, but none will happen if those people don´t receive the right education and that´s the major problem. Nowadays everyone is taught to be an individualist and to put themselves above everyone else. If we star to change that then the other aspects in our society such as politics and religion will change and improve too. It has happened before and can happen again.

  26. I understand your point of view but religion and politics are not the problem, it´s the people behind it. Both can bring hope and improve peoples lives when used properly, but that wont happen unless those people receive the right education ad that´s the major problem. Nowadays everyone is taught to be an individualist and to put themselves above everyone else. If we change that then the other aspects in our society such as religion and politics will change too. It has happened before and it can happen again.

    1. I totally agree with you. Well said. People use religion in order to justify their own incentives, whether it is corruption or violence. However, there are many instances where religion and politics do go hand in hand.

    2. I read comments good discussion plus young people involved in politic is rare. I must say it is harsh to put religion and politic in same basket, individuals education is important only with morale, because you can buy every last ambitious educated person. Only solution is to make new SYSTEM with responsibility on every political decison . Unfortunatly it is more difficult to make morale educated person, than educated person that is in fear of System and has responsibility because of that.
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  27. short and crisp!! very nice. I would just like to add that politicians use religion as a weapon, otherwise there are so many things to learn from every religion. If preached right it can help humanity all together.

    1. Very true Kinjal! Religion today has become a tool in the hands of manipulative politicians who are all about promoting their own interests. If exploited correctly, like the sages and saints did hundreds and thousands of years ago, it would have become a powerful catalyst for global peace and unity.

  28. Bonjour ou bonsoir mon AMI (ie)

    Ce jour à n’importe quelle heure de la journée
    J’ai besoin de t’ écrire un petit mot

    Comme quoi je ne t’oublie pas

    Et j’ai un peu de temps à t’accorder
    Juste une minute pour te dire
    Que je t’envoie un beau sourire
    Et je t’accorde deux minutes pour te donner
    Sur tes joues, deux Gros Bisous d’amitié
    Et surtout quelques secondes pour
    Te souhaiter une excellente journée ou soirée

    Avec du soleil au cœur

    Bernard

  29. The Jihad thought they were at the time of their Resurrection. Only their interpretation was muddled. We have parts of our brains that make connections, real or imagined. So. In essence we cannot achieve nothingness because we would not have consciousness. We cannot be dismissive of politics because without it we would not have any help for anyone. You actually believe in politics otherwise you’d live in a cave somewhere. No? It is that infrastructure that enabled your message to go out and me to respond. The clothes on your back. The food you buy.

    Unless you are speaking from some Utopia somewhere. Even then. Responsibility would be divided among your followers in between praying to something.

    1. If the hapless cries of the working class of our society are not met by telling those people that only God is responsible for their plight, if our children are able to befriend others without first brainwashing them of their respective cults and if we stopped killing our brothers and sisters in the name of religion, then I believe, I am firmly pro-secularist.

      I will check the link to your new book soon. I offer my hearty congratulations to you for that. Cheers! X

    1. Politics is, in my book, a dirty game for the Machiavellians besmirched in deception, lies, treachery and greed. Twas ever thus.

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Good day to you!

  30. If there is no God (i.e., religion, which is a bit different, but I’ll humor the similarity for now), then why would one even choose to exist? Are all religions terrorists? How does that explain the godless terror of the self-rightous folks at Antifa?

  31. Thought provoking. I may disagree with the religion aspect of it because even though the way religious leaders have turned many religions into money making schemes, at the end of the day the morals and principles that each religion teaches are undeniably relevant.
    The point on politics though is very true.

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