Yep, the Chaos Fairy definitely has moments of misanthropy (you guys know that), but I just don’t get the extended duration of religion-based hatred and intolerance. [I’ve been thinking about it lately, especially with all of Trump’s insanity (and that of his followers) flying around the internet].
Part of today’s blog entry was also inspired by the fact that I got to go to the New Mexico History Museum on a guest pass today (to the awesome low-rider exhibit!) and viewed the “Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities” exhibit as well.
It’s just so crazy the extent people go to in the name of their religion. Yes, you can dissect (as an academic historian, I have) the social and political trends (from a historical/historian’s perspective) that also help foster said intolerance, but it’s still astounding, especially standing there reading the names on the exhibit’s wall of people burned at the stake or even burned in effigy (because they managed to escape), or even just had their bones burned. (You should check out the exhibit, btw.)
Not to trivialize the often-horrifying fate of past and present/modern victims of religious-fueled hatred, but, holy crap (no pun intended), it just seems so immature. Like a pissing contest among (all the major) religions’ overzealous purveyors–I just envision wee children on a playground taunting each other–or I would if the consequences weren’t horribly lethal and sick in their level of hatred.
The fact that these are fully grown, mature adults, with the full force of political or social power, governments, (in charge of) whole countries, and/or armies/weapons at their fingertips (still!), playing this game of religious dominance–that just astounds me. And terrifies me. It’s embodied by Trump in the current climate, even though it’s been permeating our culture and our world for a long time (I know that).
Why can’t you just have your God/Goddess/Multitude of deities/Spiritual beliefs and I have mine? Or the freedom not to have any, since science has shown there’s really nothing up in the firmament anyway, (or in the higher regions of Earth) so…what’s the big deal if I want to worship some earth-mother-goddess force and your god the only male. It’s just a different definition/view on the same godlike essence. Respect, tolerance, knowledge, and love is at the core of most religions anyway (from what I’ve read so far)–it’s just the followers of said religion who have twisted it to suit their human agendas.
That’s what I think. Feel free to disagree–that’s your prerogative. Just don’t use it as an excuse to hatemonger. Or call out for my execution. (I’ll probably be reincarnated, anyway. So there. LOL)