Why A Discussion On Religion Draw Such Huge Response Than Any Other?
March 2, 2009 11:37am CST
There seems a hidden self in each of us. I have observe for the past few months and have come to know that no other topic under discussion draws so many a response as religion! It is undeniably true that we all are religious in some form or the other. Because all of us seems to jump in when discussing any matter concerning religion both theist and athiest. And I think this is strange and interesting at the same time. What do you say? What has been your observation?
3 Mar 09
Although religion brings a lot of response, the two topics i see with the most involvement are make money and make extra money, I guess more people are interested in making money than worrying about their spirit, soul or trying to debunk said.
3 Mar 09
This question reminds me of an observation that I made while talking to my friend's father-this is some 30 years back and I was fresh from college, that it is only in countries like India that religion is given so much importance that it becomes the basis for all strife. I was alluding to the very frequent Hindu-Muslim riots that used to take place in my student days. The situation has improved lots today. I was of the opinion that in the West religion never is the basis of strife! Some enlightened political reason or the struggle for economic supremacy or survival would be the cause. Then he(my friend's father) reeled off example after example of the basis of every war being RELIGION! He started with the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Irish-English strife, and so on. I felt overwhelmed -how did it miss my perception that it is so! Your question has made me remember this discussion I had years ago. Religion seeks to answer the most fundamental needs and quest of Humans. Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of Life? Is it merely a mechanical cycle in which -to be born, learn, earn, marry, reproduce, and die- I am helplessly stuck? May be Science gives or has some answers for some of the questions- which to most people is not thrilling enough or satisfactory. So, they drop or agree to drop some of their Logic and go about doing a little free association to find the answers. Religions provide each in their own way some answers. May be many of the answers are flawed or unsatisfactory like those of Science. But sometimes the answers are soothing, whatever be their veracity or level of Universal Appeal. What leads to inter-religious strife and spat is the intolerance among followers of various religions. If at all anybody should apply their thinking minds[or whatever they have learned in the name of Science] it should be to develop the humility/discretion to accept all answers by religions are valid tentatively - so there is nothing, absolutely nothing, sacrosanct about any answer provided by any particular religion.Such a stance by the follower of any religion would reduce strife all over the world, and lesser and lesser number of people would despise religion, viewing it as a trouble creator! In sum people's interest in religion is high because it addresses the most fundamental questions that arise in the human mind!
3 Mar 09
Thanks for sharing! Your point is well taken! I must confess that you've got a good very subtle view on this. Appreciate it!I generaly would agree with almost evrything you wrote. Yes, religion indeed is an attempt to answer those fundamental questions of life like; Who Am I? Where Do I come from? Where Am I going and stuffs. Why Am I here for? I am of the view that every religion should try and give an honest consistent answers to all these fundamental questions! I believe also that a religion that which can provide a consistent answers to all these questions is One that we can stake our life upon! What do you say? Have you found one such religion?
4 Mar 09
Precisely, I have found my answers in my religion that is Hinduism. The "religion" part of it, by this I mean the rituals, the practices, the associations with people and Scripture that is recommended all go under the name of religion. Once you are through with this preparatory atge which alone I call as a religious life, you emerge as a spiritual being, and rise above the narrow divisive concepts of religion. I am in that state now. Now, How do I say that? There is a ritual worship that is recommended for a follower in Hinduism. I do keep getting invitations to participate in such rituals from my colleagues who are aware of my penchant and passion for them. But what they are aware is I have slowly embarked what we call as an "Enquiry into Brahman" which also spells out our purpose of life etc., in passing. This answers according to the text what I am reading, will finally be revealed in Silence. You will know. You articulate and you will be in error! IMHO, this is not necessarily the case with Hinduism. If I were born a Christian I would do this as comfortably through a dedicated Christian experience. The point is dedication to rising above the in-the-ultimate meaningless differences on the surface that make people,I mean half-baked people claim some particular religion has the greatest answers. That is a lot of bunkum.
4 Mar 09
Bekosfc, I failed to address one point of yours, why there is no one religion that has the right answers. Well, all I can about this is that let's say there are the Himalayan peaks to scale. It will have an Indian side, the Chinese side the Tibetan side, the Nepali side. Unless these people kill each other unable to bear the other reaching the peak all of them will reach the peak. You might say one of them might make it there because he had a shortest route. Now, man I request you to take this as an analogy, that has to be taken only thus far and no further. So, in effect TRUTH is too all-encompassing to have a single answer with one set of words!
6 Mar 09
Thank you for the BR award. I appreciate it very much. I want to be on "the road that leads to life" and not on "the road that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14 New International Version), so I must keep looking at every road so that I can make my choice.
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2 Mar 09
My observation, so far, has been that people tend to AVOID religious questions entirely, and opt for questions that are "easier" to answer (and questions that are less likely to have respondants erupt in arguments/anger). I personally add to this, as I try to stay AS FAR AWAY from religious discussions as possible (the same goes with political ones).