A layman's perspective on religion and politics.

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What Are Politics? (Part 1)

Mahatma Ghandi QuotePolitics like religion plays a highly influential and forceful role in how we live as human beings. The ideas and beliefs of individuals and/or groups of individuals (political parties) of how governing should be done in a community or state is one aspect of politics. These ideas and beliefs often bring about varied and heated debates among individuals and groups (political parties) due to the differences expressed in their ideas and beliefs.  History shows that when one nation refuses to accept the politics of another, hot war (United States and Vietnam) or cold war (United States and Soviet Union) between these nations can occur. The Civil War of the United States of America (1861-1865) shows that political differences within a nation can occur after much debate over beliefs and ideas on how governing should be done. This period also puts on display the power and influence of religious convictions merging with political ideas and the subsequent results (war).  The differences between the ideas and beliefs of the Republicans (north) and Democrats (south) during that period were so strong and uncompromising that war became the only means to see whose ideas and beliefs would prevail. Hundreds of thousands lost there lives in that war fighting for what they believed in.  Whether what they believed in was right or wrong they died for it.  It is hard to deny the power of politics when people will give there very lives for what they believe.


What Is Religion? (Part 1)

I believe religion is mankind’s idea of why we exist on earth,  of how we should behave ourselves and treat one another in this existence,  and also but not necessarily a belief in a greater being who is creator and organizer of all things on earth and in space. Religion most always includes moral standards and codes by which human beings should live. Many religions have leaders, councils, and elder types who interpret to followers those codes and standards  which came from a greater being or higher intelligence (God).  As a human being I have found that I need Someone and something to believe in other than myself and my fellow human beings. I see in myself as I see in others a desire to be the best person that I can be but usually I fall way short of fulfilling this desire. Probably most all other human beings feel this way as well. We want to be upstanding people well liked, received, and honored. Yet somehow and someway we come up short. Sadly a lot of us go to all kinds of lengths to present ourselves as upright and free of having any faults. Many well known figures in history and not so well known have taken great falls from grace as a result of being perceived to be perfect or something close to it.

The religion I believe in lets me know that I am not perfect and that it’s okay, because the God at the center of my beliefs loves me unconditionally and accepts me regardless of my imperfections. It is unfortunate that a lot of religions, including my own,  teach unconditional love and acceptance but are not closely adhered to by the believers. Of course I don’t believe any of us can be perfect in following to the letter what we believe in. But when more of us come to realize that no human being is better than another, this world could perhaps be a much better place for us to live.

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