religion is a relationship between a human and a deity. Now how that relationship is maintained or expressed - is a personal choice. Organized religions are like a template or a guide one can use to develop and express that relationship. A guide of practices and vocabularies that assist people in fostering that relationship. People have the right to participate in that relationship or not. And no one has the right to say who has to be in a relationship. No one has the right to interfere in someone else’s relationship. We should not interlope and judge people’s marriages and we should not interlope in people’s relationships with their gods. Sure. Some relationships are toxic. We’ve all seen bad marriages and abusive relationships. And not all relationships share equitable validity. But you know what? Not your business.
now the notion that faithful people are more emotional and less intellectual is ridiculous and biased and limited.
think about this: people have different gifts. Some people can sing better than others. Play instruments with more talent. Paint better. Reason better. Write better. Run better. Skate better. Express themselves better. Some have more wisdom than others. We’re all gifted. But we don’t all have the same gifts.
and some people have an extra sense of a reality that exists outside a common literal and tangible experience of earth. There are people who can “sense” or “see” a concurrent reality that others can’t see. If a man hasn’t the ability to hear - it doesn't mean that music doesn’t exist.
during my life I’ve known many many people who feign that sense. Oh they lie for praise or inclusion or power or to exclude others. ive known many vile people who just lie. They bear a false witness. But that doesn’t mean that a heightened sense of reality doesn’t exist.
those who genuinely share an “enlightenment” should kindly and patiently guide those who desire a map to that path.
just because your life experiences and your perspective have narrowed your vision, doesn’t mean that others do not see a wider vision. Think of it like this: at this time of our lives - some of us have “baby’s first crayons.” Some of us have an 8 pack of crayons and some of us have never owned the ultimate crayon collection. But that doesn’t mean burnt sienna isn’t a color. And what i don’t understand: why those with the 64 pack won’t kindly share.
i promise you - if you feel smug as you scribble out your rainbow - you’re colorblind. Im going to try and sleep now. Goodnight