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Religious people never agree with each other about what they believe.

...and spiritual people from all faiths generally do.

funny that.

funny also that the 'herd instinct' (to which you so correctly refer in the case of mass delusion/bad religion) has little -or indeed nothing- in common with the authors of those faiths, to whom solitude and lack of herd instinct was almost a prerequisite.

perhaps that's because 'religion is for those afraid of hell, spirituality is for those who've been there.'

when it comes to religion, i'm afraid sartre had it almost right... 'hell is other people'!

too many people in the same place, mental mayhem assured, complete with Charley-Tans a-gogo to ensure extreme bankability.

my guess is magic sky bunny's message gets lost in the crowd...

or maybe it's the old hat he gets put in. :)

nature exhibits biodiversity as survival tool, methinks genuinely kind, aware people are found sprinkled though many faiths and professions.

...and professions of faith!

...some are professional atheists... a pax on all their houses.

not pox, mind!

two poles, religion, canonised (canned) dogma, with more blood on its hands (and maybe charity) than any other human endeavour, and spirituality (direct experience), with less.

one's really hard inner work, the other like falling into the warm bath of lemming mode, where all conscious responsibility for living deliberately is entrusted to (mostly) scoundrels to decode/decide for you.

certainly not a subject for linear thinkers, or those faint of patient will to grow into deeper understanding.

fascinating though, in its complex enormity, or is that vast complexity?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Oct 17th, 2010 at 09:19:11 AM EST
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