Thursday, March 12, 2009

More Americans say they have no religion

More Americans say they have no religion

“More Americans say they have no religion.” This was the headlines in the local paper. The article starts out by saying, “A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.”

“Almost all denominations losing ground, survey finds.” This was the headline in a national newspaper. This article simultaneously outlined the decline of religion and the church in America.

This is good news….if those that are rejecting religion are also looking into what constitutes a good life and the art of living and do not become narcissistic human beings. And we each need to learn what it means to be human and to go beyond this self and to find out what it means to die while living. But this can only be brought about by a deeper understanding of the mind and the problems that are created by names, labels, judgments, and this thing called memory. We must begin to understand how knowledge and accumulation of knowledge alone, and put into the form of one’s intellect is not going to bring about a better world. This means that it is only by a creative understanding of oneself that a true revolution can take place.

The tragic side to all of this is the sad reality that people are never going to change on any mass scale…people are too much like a herd of sheep or herd of cattle, and they run in pacts, rarely questioning themselves, what they are taught, or authority….putting their faith in these extraordinary politicians and people of power and greed…and there is no hope for mankind. We are fast becoming a socialist country and a global economic collapse is in the not too distant future.

This may sound very bleak and seem to be a very negative observation…but facts are often not what we are willing to see. To see this fact is to realize that most of the analysis of life and attempts to save the world are for the most part nothing but a bunch of nonsense. This does not make one sad or depressed to see the truth of this; on the contrary, it frees oneself from the illusions that we can save the world and this brings about a state of mind that is still, but not made still, and an acceptance and a love that is without motive and free from corruption, and therefore timeless.

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