Religion Is Tearing Humanism Apart

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Dear reader, have the girls been brought back?

I read there has been a couple more bombings and abductions.

I cannot understand why a god will tell his followers

That any other human who does not believe in him (the god)

Must be slaughtered.

This whole vengeance killings has a long history.

 

Many think it is Muslims against Christians.

But some Christians have also murdered Muslims in the past in Nigeria.

That is religion for you.

Surely, you remember how, in the Bible, ancient Israelites slaughtered

The pagan prophets of Baal.

These two religions will tear humanity apart.

 

I quit church fifteen years ago because they would not allow me to ask questions.

Just when we take guns or knives or spears

And confront another of our kind.

Our humanity has been lost.

We are now Homo erectus (not sapiens)  irrespective of

Our religious affiliation.

 

The contradiction is that religion is supposed to unite people.

And primarily, promote human welfare.

But here we are.

 

 

 

 

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Some Notes On Education, Literacy, Intelligence And Wisdom

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In ancient times, one goes to school or to put it properly, one enrolls in the lyceum in order to acquire a philosophy of life – in other words to prolong his life. Today people go to school in order to get fat salary and waste it on personal vanities. Dear reader I intend to keep this post short, keep in mind also, that, the definitions here are entirely mine, you will not find them in any dictionary:

  • Education means one has formally gone through an institution of training of some sought, for a specified period and at completion, he or she was handed a piece of paper which spelt out what he could do or could not do.
  • Literacy refers to the replacement of old ideas or thoughts with new efficient ones especially through reading or observation.
  • Intelligence simply means to profit or gain knowledge from experience.
  • Wisdom means to live in a way that ultimately brings happiness and deep fulfillment to oneself. Wisdom manifests in old age.

Now you will notice that all these are distinct attributes and it is possible to posses one of this attributes without having the other. In this our era there are more morons (for want of a better word) than there ever was in the history of the world. Many in the elementary schools are taught that moral values are relative, that it is better to lie than to admit one’s ignorance, that intelligence is how convincingly deceptive one is and wisdom is how beefed up one’s bank account is. And subsequently, the number of fleshly desires one can fulfill. They forget that, in a highly competitive world, an attempt to fulfill every desire could pose great danger to the individual. The whole world has derailed and gone mad. Failure of leadership coupled with failure of the entire educational system has brought nothing but misery to humanity. If we have to make the world a better place, if we have to teach our children the purpose of life, we would have to begin in the mind. It is good to nourish oneself with bread but that bread will pass out the next day. True wisdom is retained for ever and that is what one must seek. Ironically, it is free. The only thing it requires is time.

 

 

Heine’s “Night Lay Upon My Eyelids”

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Night lay upon my eyelids,
About my lips earth clave;
With stony heart and forehead
I lay within my grave.

How long I cannot reckon,
I slept in that strait bed;
I woke and heard distinctly
A knocking overhead.

“Wilt thou not rise, my Henry?
The eternal dawn is here;
The dead have re-arisen,
Immortal bliss is near.”

“I cannot rise, my darling,
I am blinded to the day.
Mine eyes with tears, thou knowest,
Have wept themselves away.”

“Oh, I will kiss them, Henry,
Kiss from thine eyes the night.
Thou shalt behold the angels
And the celestial light.”

“I cannot rise, my darling,
My blood is still outpoured
Where thou didst wound my heart once
With sharp and cruel word.”

“I’ll lay my hand, dear Henry,
Upon thy heart again.
Then shall it cease from bleeding.
And stilled shall be its pain.”

“I cannot rise, my darling,
My head is bleeding–see!
I shot myself, thou knowest,
When thou wast reft from me.”

“Oh, with my hair, dear Henry,
I’ll staunch the cruel wound,
And press the blood-stream backward;
Thou shalt be whole and sound.”

So kind, so sweet she wooed me,
I could not say her nay;
I tried to rise and follow,
And clasp my loving may.

Then all my wounds burst open,
From head and breast outbreak
The gushing blood in torrents–
And lo, I am awake!

–Heinrich Heine

 

The “Opium”

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image source: universitypost.dk

 

Religion has injected stupidity into our men

And has turned our women into suckling babies,

So that they cannot tell the sky and the earth apart.

As for our leaders, the least said the better.

Very soon all the churches will be empty.

No man or woman will pass by to pay his or her tithes.

The drums and the bells will be silent like eternity,

The communion and the wine – so called body and blood

Will remain shut in their boxes – we are not vampires.

These greedy, hypocritical evangelists will no longer feed well.

It’s coming; it has already started in distant lands.

Alas! The opium will stop working.

Know! you poor mortals –

There is a god inside every man.