Getting it wrong

Religion comes for free.  In most occasions, with minimal effort,  it registers on the unsuspecting fetus, clueless of what he or she may later reveal in the assortment of faith, privilege, and restriction; plus, the whole plethora of unimaginable contortions that an otherwise sane human being would never impose on themselves within an inch of rational thought – yet only a few could – even at the age of reasoning – reason against religion, separation from religion, is therefore, costly and painstaking, it is not religion by itself that brings about these hardships, but those who still couldn’t let go of religion. Therefore, the more practical among us retain their tag of what religion they may resemble even if they lack faith in the doctrine itself.

Joining in is what it is all about. Joining in, with whom seldom matters, humans need to join in – associate, sect, part, group, and rejoice in the knowledge that in any given domain, they are not alone. So they do, transcendents of different races, followers of different religions, flagholders of different political manifestos, users of different operating systems, drivers of different vehicles, and persuaders of different fetishes – belonging is what it’s all about- too bad that they couldn’t join in as human beings – that’s a sect too large, where the individual feels insignificant, that’s a whole other candle for a whole other cake.

This sort of religious motif is constructive; unfortunately, not to those who hold it sacrosanct to them and devote great affection for their faiths, but to the cunning exploiters of these lost souls, essentially political, where faith becomes merely a device of divide and rule.

Racial or religious instability often pulls people away from more pressing issues such as their own wretched existence. The very basic integrity of our country has been ignorance, what defines Sri Lanka is the obliviousness that we naturally inherit from our forefathers who created an ample lot of issues for us to deal with, out of their obliviousness – or the lost consciousness that has the petty sort of regard for a Sinhala-Buddhist Child’s future, or a Muslim Child’s future and so on, rather than approaching collectively to develop our downtrodden facilities that will ensure *every* Child’s future. We find it easier to deal with problem(s) that we’ve created rather than to deal with an actual problem that needs tactful remediating.

Tamils were an easier problem to solve rather than Sinhalese incompetence in the 80’s. We dealt with Tamils and forgot the initial issue, same applies in these current times, Muslim’s with their abusive Nolimits and Fashionbugs are easier to deal with than to deal with the fact that we Sinhalese are shit at business. It is equally easier to deal with the problem of “bad western influence” than to deal with as to why rape and pedophilia are on the rise in Sri Lanka. It is easier to deal with LTTE flag weaving Geneva, America and the Tamil diaspora rather than finding ways to ensure effective reconciliation of our own Tamils.

It would be much easier to deal with a Muslim man raping a Sinhalese woman, rather than to deal with a Sinhalese man who rapes a Sinhalese woman, a Tamil or a Muslim rapist is always a better stone throw than a Sinhalese rapist, same would the Tamils and Muslims find with a Sinhalese rapist, especially when rape is given such slippery interpretations in Quran, and pedophilia is not a moral offense – in such cases the victim is the one who gets the sentence, so very much like our own courts.

We are extremely good at perceiving problems rather than solutions, this ability, skill or the perceptiveness us Sri Lankans have – to smell even the most suppressed fart from miles away – is a curse in disguise.

We are tolerant to the injustice, the red tape, the unfairness, the loathsome nature of our political and social faculties, our lack of privileges and to many other concerning issues, we are tolerant to them, oblivious to them – yet we wouldn’t tolerate a Mosque put up at the wrong lane, a Buddhist converting to Islam (or vice-versa) – it’s the above mentioned motif that dictates, our inability to perceive the real-problems, the real evil and our own shortcomings often result in pain and misery to our own wretched selves.

If we could find the ghastly festering disgrace of a Sri-Lankan within the Sinhalese and the Tamil and the Muslim and the Burgher and replace him/her/it with a refined, more educated and thoughtful one – we would all be better off.

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2 Responses to Getting it wrong

  1. Mayya says:

    The religion plays a pivotal role in many cultures. Sometimes, the cultures were been built by the religion itself and therefore whole cultural values are based on those beliefs. In that sense, one cannot disregard the culture exclusive of the beliefs which of inherited by particular religion. When you are saying that ‘religion’ is an unnecessary burden on a child or childhood, as it was inherited from the parents , what you are exactly saying that cultural values are immaterial to the child. On other words you are trying to build a uni -polar society which hasn’t any demarcations of different cultures. It is some or other way of what earlier imperialist tried achieve via spreading the word of God .i.e Christianity and Muslim. So why shouldn’t we call ‘atheism’ is a different form of neo- imperialism which use different methods to achieve same old imperialist objectives?

    Furthermore, you seem to be worrying on that child’s inheritance of religion at birth. But you simply neglect many other inheritance of a child by his birth. Some are born by rich and rest is born in poor. Some are born to very liberal, knowledgeable parents and some are not. Depending on this larger complex form of inheritances, other than of religion, a child’s future conduct and attitudes are shaped. But you are only targeting the ‘Religion’ which I recognize as a some kind of discrimination on your thoughts.

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  2. Myya, while I can agree with all of what you said here; the tone in your response suggest that you resit the change. Regardless of the fact that suggestion for the change comes from atheist block or not, if we resist the change, we are not making anything better. While being a non-religious person myself, I still see a purpose in organized religion in the larger society. However, that does not mean we should perpetuate the current system. The key thing to understand here is that atheist block is asking for a change. If they have an agenda to make everyone an atheist at any cost, I do not agree with that. In my view, sustainable change while improving on the moral fabric of the society is what is needed, atheism will trickle in as an inevitable by product.

    Being lazy to type anymore, I am copy-pasting a comments I made in Facebook. Not 100% relevant here without the context, but I hope it clears my stance. Here I am arguing for the need of existence of organized religion in the larger society.

    /** Over thousands of years of human history, religions tried to put together ideas, concepts and build systems that would help the collective survival of humankind. They have been more or less successful in their endeavor as human civilizations progressed to its present state mostly based on communities that were disciplined through some sort of a mystical belief system.

    As humankind we know a lot more than we did thousands of years ago as to what works and what does not work, what are good concepts, what are bad ones etc etc. It is time we bow humbly to those ancient tools that helped us to progress. and put them in museums and move on with the new one’s that we have built. If we are trying to derive our morality from ancient religions, it is like trying to use the cannons in the Galle Face Green against invading army. Those are museum artifacts that has long passed their effective life time.

    I am not interested in getting in to a huge debate with fans of Buddhist philosophy right now, as it would be tedious. Let me say for the time being that Buddhist philosophy is exempted from this analysis for the time being. However, there is a systematized, ritualistic set of beliefs called “Buddhism” which is definitely a religion, and it is not exempted.

    Religions may not be useful in deriving our morality in modern world. However, they are still very much useful at personal level. They give you a “meaning” to your “life”. I don’t think there is any inherent meaning to life. It could be really depressing to realize that. No amount of rational arguments can provide that meaning for you. That’s where religion come in and can still serve as a useful tool.

    I am not suggesting that non-religious folks does not see a meaning in life. Unless you are a complete nihilist, they do see a meaning in life. Their meaning comes from experiencing and interacting with world around them. They sometimes create the meaning based on humanity’s continuous progress. However, not everyone will be able to do that much of work in creating a meaning for themselves. Religions give a cut and dried solution….. just add water and it will give you a meaning for your life. That’s easy. That we should continue to have.**/

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