Looking at what we have been (and are still) doing to each other and to our only home, Earth, we must ask, “We are better than this, aren’t we? Can’t we be?”
Somoe’s call to humanism and true spirituality, beautifully expressed, deserves more visibility than it can get in a comment:
Spirituality is the goal of religious practice. Long before religious texts were written there were shamans who explored the spiritual realms by observing and interacting with nature and natural forces. Entheogens have helped guide humanity to wholeness long before any holy book came along.
It is my sincere wish that humanity as a whole will once more connect with the most sacred earth and the natural forces that many have grown used to ignoring or considering as things that must be shaped to their will and for the realisation that we are all inextricably connected and a part of a greater whole – Mother Earth’s children.
Maybe it’s a little dogmatic of me to call for the alteration of holy texts – always a risky business as you say. But the fact remains that there exist poisonous texts that people consider ‘religious’ and use to justify inhuman treatment of others and that these are fundamentally affecting us all.
One cannot profess to abhor the state of the world – genocide, murder, theft, poverty, greed, abuse etc then say there’s absolutely nothing wrong with some key beliefs underpinning modern culture, the roots of which lie in Talmudic texts. Therein lies a determined ignorance of the role of some ideologies in perpetuating ignorance, a non-questioning acceptance of religious writings as a whole, that achieves nothing constructive when trying to identify the causes of our collective state of disease and heal them.
I accept there are important gnoses to be found in religious study – with no preference given to any one faith. Perhaps the time has come for humanity to co-create a new Humanity Handbook. One that borrows all the treasured pieces of wisdom and guidance from other texts and from our experience in this moment that would allow humans to explore and develop their spiritual selves in the realisation of what it means to be alive NOW.
The key issue with religion is that ‘the truth cannot be told so as to be understood’ – ignorance gets in the way, so many things are subject to misinterpretation by the mind with its preconceived ideas of what is and the different levels on which things can be perceived, that it becomes hard to express gnoses for others to apprehend. It is one of the challenges of this level to communicate in a way that can be understood by all.”