The word religion makes me shudder.
Because of the potential for trouble.
Understandable, that, but it does not make me
shudder in anticipation of potential trouble. It rather makes my ears prick up though.
I was taught at an early age (by my mother) to consider that the real enemies of humanity were those "things" that frustrated our ability to think rationally. She explained that those "things" would help us to find irrational substantiation for acts making all manner of trouble for others - and that those "things" appear to be naturally within us in the form of a subconsciously-held triumvirate consisting of:
- stupidity and
We are born into this state. Everything we say and do is potentially crawling with these things, disabling our ability for critical thinking, and locked into our paradigms - which latter act as a distorting lens through which we think and perceive "reality".
No-one has a monopoly on these three, but you can invariably see them at play in most/all religions and religious beliefs and religio-political ideologies in general, and in the statements that people make regarding these things.
Which was why my mother encouraged me to read and "find out for myself" about religion and the various religio-political ideologies, because that was where I would come face-to-face with the enemy of reason.
why I said:
It rather makes my ears prick up though.
We all need to be wary if an enemy is about.