Where would we (the World) be without religion? Big question, but a big problem deserves a big question. Just ponder this- without religion we wouldn’t have had the Irish “Troubles” (what a ridiculous tag for such barbarism!); -without religion we wouldn’t have a paedophilic catholic priesthood; -without religion we wouldn’t have had The Holocaust; – without religion we wouldn’t have the Israel/Palestine obscenities; -without religion we would not have had Kosovo or the other insanities of that era of ethnic cleansing. And the list can go on, …and on, …and on. And, of course we have the mindless intra Islamic inhumanities to man. Does anybody really understand the differences between Sunni, Shi’ite, Shia? How does a book of peace generate such hatred and loathing? Buggered if I know. All I know is that when I was growing up I could never understand how a ‘loving’ God could allow such shit to happen, so I decided not to subscribe. I am inclined towards the philosophy of the Gautama, but I’m a bit scared to delve too deeply in case I find that someone has committed fratricide, homicide, genocide or some other ugly-cide in the name of their Buddhist beliefs.
By the way, I came across a great (anonymous) quote the other day…“The only thing wrong with being an atheist is that there’s nobody to talk to during an orgasm.”
…and this one today… “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” – Sir Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-1971)