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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Religion can help us be kind, sincere, and honest. But all too often we cherry-pick its teachings to condemn those we don't agree with. Religion also comes handy in other less-than-sublime purposes. What could be better than exploiting religion for a politician to sway people and strengthen his hold on power?
As many rivers flow to merge in one ocean, many paths for spiritual enlightenment can achieve the same goal. The problem begins when we want to portray our religion as the best: "mine is the one true religion and all others are false." Such religious fervor leads to endless violence. No other cause in human history has resulted in as many killings.
If we could remember that God doesn't live in a church, temple, or mosque, there would be no need to preach to anyone, no need to save anyone's soul. The best we can do is save ourselves and improve our own lives and/or after-lives. Imagine a world where we don't feel a need to condemn anyone because "the book of my religion says so."
Now that I'm done pontificating, let's see this week a few words relating to religion.
verb intr.: To speak in a pompous and dogmatic manner.
From Medieval Latin pontificatus, past participle of pontificare (to
be an ecclesiastic), from ponti-, from pons (bridge) + facere (to make).
"[The media] reported it and they pontificated sagely in their
editorials that something should be done."
Time wears away error and polishes truth. -Gaston Pierre Marc, Duc de Levis, writer (1764-1830)