The article I did last week "Religion a Perspective" drew some interesting comments, they are interesting Because of the diversity of people that commented. But this got me thinking about why some people can feel so strongly about "your" religion, but can not care less about your other preferences. For example, if I told you I preferred Pepsi over Coke, will you simply accept this, and move on with your life, Or will you immediately get hold of your nearest Coca-Cola sales rep, and tell him that you have non consumer that needs a sales pitch. Why do we have this strong inherent need to force people into what we believe, why can't we accept our differences and move on.
It all stems down to the biggest fear of them all, the one thing we all have to face at one time or another, I am offcourse referring to the fact the we all will one day assume room temperature, or kick the bucket if you wish. This, none of us have a say in, it will happen, there is no appeal court for this one. And the thing that scares us all to death is its finality, there are no second chances, no re-do's or mulligan, when your time comes, you have to go. Now the big question surrounding this is "What happens then", our atheist friends simply have accepted the fact this might be it, that there is nothing more, which from a scientific point of view makes perfect sense, after all, we are made of matter, and all in the world is physical. But some people don't accept this, some people believe that there must be more to it all, because in our world everything gets done for a reason, there must always be a point to everything. Why "do" anything if there is no reward for it? And just the mere fact that it all might end abruptly with nothing more to look forward to, just makes the whole thing pointless, depressing to say the least. But because no one knows what is really waiting for us on the other side (if any), we need to justify our existence, we need to give meaning to it. And what better way than to conjure up a stories about everlasting happiness and walking around on clouds, hell some people even believe that there are 47 virgins waiting for them on the other side (I'm not sure who supplies these virgins, but if you know please let me know).
Now, it is common knowledge that we as humans are in fact heard animals, we follow each other around all day long, we like the crowds and we dislike doing anything that separates us from the rest, because if everybody is doing it, it must be right, and if you separate your self, you are obviously wrong. This applies to religion too, but the difference is simple, the fact that death is an unknown and it is final, it's a serious issue, after all, this is the one thing we need to be sure of, if you get this wrong, you might find your self up shit creek without a paddle. So the first logical step is to get people to agree with us, we need to get as many people to believe in the same thing, the more people we get in agreement, the more correct it becomes, hence the creation of multiple religions and believes, because god forbid we get to the other side and all of us where wrong.
So somehow we believe that the crowds will guide us all in the right direction, like sheep on their way to the slaughter house. But the big question still remains, do YOU really care what happens to others when they die, and the simple answer is...no, no one actually cares what happens to you or me, it is self justification that brings us to the edges of mortality. I believe that it's time that we as individuals make a personal choice about our fate in the after life, whether you believe you are going to heaven, hell or the disco, it remains your choice, but you need to step outside the cluster for a minute, remove your self from the crowd and ask your self what they are doing, and why are they doing it. Only then will you be able to justify your own decisions, and accept other for what they are. Have a lovely weekend