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Rationalizing Society's Aversion to Religion

IMHO the real reason mundane people find religion and people devoted to their faiths to be suspect is straight-forward:

Mundane people, being of the mainstream, are consumers first. Being dedicated to consumption and production in a free capitalist culture, they work as occupation, depending on their personality and skill-set.

However, public education has inculcated them with a shallow respect for religion. This facade of respect for religion has left them subconsciously fearful of spirituality out of manufactured ignorance. Indeed, public education provides their intellect with academic learning.

However, it does not nurture their spirit with a deeper respect for religion due to universal human rights to worship as each individual choses (or not).

Being spiritually shallow, mundane people tend to develop neuroses rooted in a sense of emptiness, which may lead to depression in late childhood.

Because they did not gain nurturing of their sense of spirituality - and a deeper respect of it - during their youth, most people will develop neuroses arising from unresolved childhood issues regarding the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions of child development of their psyches.

Consequently, their vague feeling of emptiness is actually due to lack of spiritual nurturance, which the public education system no longer inculcates in children.

This is why adolescence is more of a hell than two generations ago. It is specifically because of their ignorance that they are spiritual beings incarnated as human beings which causes behavioral and mental negativities (neuroses, psychoses and the related phobias and personality disorders).

Why then does a person who is religious still suffer from neuroses and psychoses? Because they have yet to realize that suffering is where one does one's spiritual work, and applies one's defense mechanisms appropriately as mind tools so as to use the mud of human suffering to fertilize their heart-mind.

Thus, it is the responsibility of each individual to realize that their reason for living (raison d'etre) is to realized that each living being is first a spiritual being incarnated as animal, plant or human; and that each of us are obliged to be of service to others, and as a result of this service, to help others to see this basic truth of life.

Animals realize this through instinct, so they do not require instruction and inculcations like humans do, due to the latter's higher brain development. Yet, humans have inherited an animal nature, which is symbolized by the libido.

Knowing this, the spiritually awakened person realizes that this knowledge will set her free, provided that she balances her libido with rational thought.

Reason is used as a mind tool to control libido's psychic manifestation as "the ego" i.e. the delusion that the self is permanent and reincarnates, which is known as the product of reification of self - the soul.

In conclusion, mundane people, being the majority, are averse to religion but not to spirituality, yet consider their spiritual beliefs to be private and practice in their own way, be it through worship of science, consumerism or even, a particular faith (ranging from animism to Zoroasterism).

2 comments:

Steve said...

Be your own therapist: http://www.fpmt.org/teachings/ly/therapist.asp

However, it's prudent to consult with other Buddhists to validate one's therapy through selfless acts of giving, rather than gratifying the ego.

In this way, one practises appeasement of ego.

Steve said...

"Don't think that examining and knowing the nature of your mind is only an Eastern trip. That's a wrong conception; it's not an Eastern trip, it's your trip. How can you separate your body, or the picture you have of your self, from your mind? You can't say, "I have the material power to separate my body from my mind." That's impossible. You think you are a free person in the world, enjoying everything. That's what you think, but you are not free. I'm not saying that you are under the control of someone else; it's your own attachment, your own uncontrolled mind that you are oppressed by. If you can discover how it oppresses you, the uncontrolled mind will disappear automatically. Thus knowing your own mind is the solution for your mental problems." -- Lama Thubten Yeshe, ibid.