30 Days of Truth 19

Day 19: What do you think of religion? Or, what do you think of politics?

Well, let’s think about this. According to Merriam-Webster,

re·li·gion noun \ri-‘li-jen\

Definition of RELIGION

    • a : the state of a religious (a nun in her 20th year of religion)
    • b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
  1. a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
  2. archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
  3. a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

— re·li·gion·less adjective

I tend to believe definitions 2, 3, and 4 over the first one; politics can become a religion if adhered to so deeply that it blinds the adherent(s). It also includes atheism, though many (all?) atheists specifically deny being part of a religion. Here’s what stands out to me:

  1. an “institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices”
  2. “scrupulous conformity”

You look around at the religions (and political parties) today and tell me with a straight face that their members don’t fall headlong into those two categories. “Archaic”—yeah, right.

Now, as for what I think of religion/politics: I dislike them. I think religion is a way to keep people from thinking for themselves because they can just follow a prescribed list of rights (good) and wrongs (evil) and get into heaven without having to really do that much. Or, at least, they won’t have to feel guilty about not doing more good because they’re already doing “enough”. And they can look down on and write off other people who aren’t doing “the right thing” because whatever the other person is doing is apparently “obviously” wrong. No one in those institutionalized systems actually thinks about good and evil; everyone just conforms—and that’s the whole point. And that’s beyond distasteful to me. Give me a thinking, doubting person over someone “who just believes” any day of the week.

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Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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