Religion, politics and race all lead to human misery

Three fundamental social forces divide humankind and preclude harmony: religions, politics and race.

Three fundamental social forces divide humankind and preclude harmony: religions, politics and race.

Each of them, history records, are responsible for shocking, horrendous crimes against humanity. Today, each, within its own sphere of convictions, disparages the others.

Thus, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Moslems, Jews, etc. are quietly at odds with one another as they have always been.

A fragile facade of benign tolerance is purposely maintained.

All religions assert the superiority of their respective credos over that of the others.

And, when one’s religious dogmas are seriously questioned by others, if prodded by zealous fanaticism, war and senseless massacres usually follow.

In politics, one individual resents his neighbour if his views about social management do not coincide with his own.

On a wider, global scale, such an attitude worsens relations with other states that embrace different ideologies.

That too, in the past, has led and can lead in the future, to division and war.

As for race intolerance, it is a barrier imposed by nature to keep its species, including those of animals, well differentiated.

Legislation cannot overcome this barrier at present, but will in the future when each individual, of whatever colour, reaches a high level of goodwilled civility.

Presently, each race, haughtily and privately, denigrates all the others.

Thus a fertile soil is made ready to sow contempt that will lead to outright hatred and wars in the future if not willingly disavowed.

Behind each religion, political bloc and racial culture, are governing individuals ruling their respective societies, armed with dogmatic ideas inherited from their personal religious early indoctrination.

Thus official religion surreptitiously influences, through royalty, presidential and other leaders, the deliberations and decisions of its respective state.

In view of this, conflicting religious traditions cannot ever confer unity and harmony.

The evidence is that all the prayers said by all the religions in the world have failed to ensure global peace. And this simply because prayer was never meant to change external circumstances but to change man internally.

It is man who manages his affairs and, so far, man has not done anything to change his primitive outlook.

God, as a father-progenitor of all without distinction, immune to human flattery and devoid of man-made religious prejudices, has yet be discovered.

Neither is it realized that houses of worship, and their elaborate rituals, do not impress Him.

Nevertheless, in some quarters, it is grudgingly admitted that man can commune with his God without the ceremonial paraphernalia of organized religion.

All that is needed is a quiet place that can be anywhere and employed anytime.

Finally, arguing about whether the world was erected in six days or six billion years, or if it was the result of a cataclysmic big bang or a small bang, has little effect on the digestion of most of us.

That the universe is, proves that we are here for better or worse.

If we don’t like the world that religion, politics and racial intolerance have wrought, it is up to us to change it by adopting proven, unifying, universal facts, instead of clinging to valueless, divisive myths.

Paul Franck

Red Deer

Just Posted

Lacombe council seeking answers about policing cost overruns

Council surprised to find out about $240,000 policing budget shortfall

Red Deer fundraiser to help educate Somali orphans on May 11

The Mother’s Day event is for all ages

These blues will get you dancing: The Overdue Blues Band performs in Red Deer Saturday

Calgary’s Brother Ray Lemelin Band is also on Elks Lodge bill

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Bruins victory over Leafs ensures an American team will hoist the Stanley Cup

TORONTO — Many NHL players were either not yet born or too… Continue reading

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

BOSTON — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and… Continue reading

Garner graces cover of People’s annual ‘Beautiful Issue’

NEW YORK — Jennifer Garner graces the front of this year’s “Beautiful… Continue reading

Updated: Joshua Arthur Sanford has been found, says RCMP

37-year-old Ponoka man last seen on Tuesday morning

Inspired by a galaxy far, far away, these ‘Star Wars’ mementos could be yours forever

CHICAGO —The stuff of “Star Wars” —and there is unfortunately no better… Continue reading

Shoppers Drug Mart launches second online medical pot portal in Alberta

TORONTO — Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic… Continue reading

Most Read