Our Religion…

“Religion is, in reality, living. Our religion is not what we profess, or what we say, or what we proclaim; our religion is what we do, what we desire, what we seek, what we dream about, what we fantasize, what we think – all these things – twenty-four hours a day. One’s religion, then, is ones life, not merely the ideal life but the life as it is actually lived.

Religion is not prayer, it is not a church, it is not theistic, it is not atheistic, it has little to do with what white people call “religion.” It is our every act. If we tromp on a bug, that is our religion; if we experiment on living animals, that is our religion; if we cheat at cards, that is our religion; if we dream of being famous, that is our religion; if we gossip maliciously, that is our religion; if we are rude and aggressive, that is our religion. All that we do, and are, is our religion.”
― Jack D. Forbes

 

Jack D. Forbes was a Native-American writer, scholar and political activist. He is best known for his book, Columbus and Other Cannibals, which has become a primary text of the Anti-civilization Movement.

6 thoughts on “Our Religion…

  1. And isn’t it interesting that society will place a judgement on you, not based on your actions or, deeds. Rather, a mere name, an impression assigned to you by, society as your religion. You’re classified, and filed by, a name of a group.
    As for society, you don’t change what was given at birth. You own that whether or not that, is who you are, and what you have become. Just thinking to myself, what does that say for society as one entity? Deep thinkers? Hardly. It speaks more to the laziness of society as a whole to commit their mind to thought.

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    • Dave, your opening line was a bomb! How sad!
      Your closing was a climax. We are hardly thinkers, are we? Then, our minds that do the thinking have already been affected somewhat, so even when we think we are thinking well or desire to think well, we really may not be.

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  2. Maddy, loved the post. In fact, words ‘religion’ and ‘philosophy’ are very often used interchangeably. I believe in colleges the two often studied as one subject. That is because true religion in its highest manifestation has deep roots in philosophy and wisdom, although religion is oftentimes used by humans as a cover for hatred and atrocities, instead of reason and love.
    Here we are talking about ‘one’s philosophy of life’ as a whole method of existence.
    And yes, sadly, most people’s life’s philosophy so far is less than enlightened.

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    • Thank you. It really does overwhelm me to think how much better off we’d be as a group if, society did not commit itself to this immature, surface focus as a prerequisite to allowing everyone to blossom.

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  3. In India, we say we have a religion called Hinduism. But is this really a religion?

    Hinduism was never conceived as a religion per se. It was more a philosophy and a way of life. Philosophies and “ways of life” evolve and that is what occurred to Hinduism for several millennia. The open source aspect comes from an understanding of this. But in the last millennium or so, as the Hindu way of life increasingly came under threat of repeated invasions and impositions, it hardened and stultified.Hinduism’s evolution stopped, its openness curtailed and it took on the protective armour of excessive rituals to save its core.I suspect this is when Hinduism took on the veneer of a religion , essentially to counter other religious influences.Today’s Hindutva is but a symptom of this.

    Shakti

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