Thoughts on Religion

Humans spend countless waking hours trying to make sense of it,
trying to learn about it, staying awake at night to worry about it.
They spend absurd amounts of time trying to pacify some guy in the sky
trying to justify that they’re good enough
to be welcomed into some magical place upon death.
Humans ignore, discard, repute, invalidate
numerous facts to keep on believing in what used to explain the unexplainable
which no longer really needs any explaining.
They take books written hundreds or thousands of years ago
and pull from them bits and pieces as irrefutable truth,
say you must do as these books say or else,
ignore all the contradictions within them, say they are written or inspired by God,
therefore they MUST be true, must be right even when they’re wrong.
Use words like “faith” which seems to mean
believing in something when there is no proof of its existence,
or even when there is proof it does not exist.

Its almost like an illness, an addiction, an obsession.
There is so much beauty all around us,
so much goodness, so much to be thankful for, inspired by
yet we need to believe there is something more.
We all know the lifecycle, we have little control over when it ends
yet we think if we pray hard enough we can stop it,
if we live well enough we can conquer it.
Most belief systems espouse goodness and kindness
and we act like if you don’t believe you won’t know those virtues,
yet so many people who believe do such ugly and inhumane things.
Judge, persecute, imprison, torture, go to war, exclude, condemn
all in the name of what’s holy, what your “God” has said.

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