Organized religion both fascinates and amuses me.
I found this impressive photo on Newsmax. As most of us know, the Catholic leadership has gathered in Rome to pick a new boss, a Pope.
When they decide on one of their number, they’ll send out a smoke signal. Twitter would be quicker, but that’s not their style.
I do not subscribe to an organized religion, and never have. I have neither been baptized nor joined any real church ever in my life. Growing up, my parents did not care, so that part of my “development” never happened.
I consider this a positive thing. For me, that is.
Even a cursory study of the world’s major religions, if you are not emotionally involved, shows clearly what they are: related fantasies.
And yet I support them. For most of humanity, religions provide a system of morals and values without which we are prone to fly off the handle.
Some people embrace religion too tightly, becoming fanatics. Nothing much can be done about that, sadly. But the positive elements of organized religion far outweigh the negative, so I like religion.
I await the smoke signals.
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(Note: I am not an atheist or even an agnostic. I believe in God because I have been in her presence. She is beyond our capacity to imagine, which is why organized religions are fantasies. We do our best, but it is not even close.)