Religiosity And Its Mindsets Carries Aspects of Incompatibility With Humanity
Thank you Violet DeTorres for the inspiration to write this.
This captivating piece motivated me to share and expound on my thoughts on religiosity and the consequentialism it has on our world views. The dehumanization it inherently proffers is not benign and it seems to contribute to more bad than good universally, especially when misused as a political tool or for social capital. This mindset that lends itself to capitalism and democracy here in the United States is predicated and patterned off of a hierarchical system that is also nonplussing — by gender, religion, race, and wealth. This leads to formulations of paradoxes and incongruous ideals and notions about humanity.
This attack on Judge Moore is an attempt by the Democrats to sway voters in Alabama,” said Pastor David Floyd of Marvyn Parkway Baptist Church, Opelika. “I don’t believe those women. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty.”
Floyd is one of around 50 pastors that signed a letter of public support for Moore in August before allegations of sexual misconduct and the dating of teens became public. Moore has denied the allegations, calling them an “attack on my character and reputation” and a “desperate attempt to stop my political campaign for the United States Senate.”
The androcentrism of religious books like the Bible, the Qur’an, or the Torah — which by no accident are either the best selling or most widely distributed of books of all time — firmly posits a distorted view of the world with historical pretext of and for the whys and wherefores of human existence.
It is far easier to unlearn this than to condition and contort oneself into such circumscribed devotion. Raised as a baptist I have challenged the rationale of “the good book” as well as their authorships, which by the way are predominately or just all male — also by no accident. While I am not an atheist, I am more so drawn to Bahà’í faith for unitarian reasons, I can see how and why we have arrived at this patriarchal dominance and view of the world we live in. This saddens me.
Just in case someone is wondering as they are reading this opinion, my interpretation of God is indefinable and unfathomable — just like coming back from the dead to tell what that was actually like. God cannot be rationally perceived as having any quality or characteristic presupposed on our existence. No mere human can explicably determine whether via dreams, or divinity, or through the dissemination of some really popular books about what science can hardly, or ever explain — no matter how long human existence can or is able to persist. To me happenstance and God’s Hand are not opposites, they are one and the same — both concepts cannot be explained or accounted for.
I don’t fault people for trying though, but I do fault those who elevate themselves or their in-groups in the process (religiosity)as having some superior insight on the premise — then using it to segregate from, kill, maim, or subjugate others. To marginalize others (of whom are apparently of God’s creation too) with that faulty insight and assumption is contradictory and idiotic. I find it far easier to respect women and treat them as inherent equals rather than spend invaluable time and valuable resources to marginalize their presence — paradoxically, or better yet attempt to diminish our duality.
That duality is easily overstood when you realize how interconnected, interdependent and complementary we are with respect to gender and human persistence. Humanity.