Regardless of whether I see God or Anti-God in someone’s belief system, most people seem to manage their polarisation efficiently, and I often wish that these traits were in me. After all, that would have spared me a headache or two (or a good thousand of them over a lifetime). Also, I’m fascinated at how traditional belief networks mobilised the masses over the ages, regardless of all the distortions, lies and chaos that ultimately led to bloodshed.
Sure, one can criticise each remote system, sub-system, or translation pack as I like to call them. My god is better than your god, or my translation is better than your translation. Nevertheless, traditional belief has created some amazingly cool gadgets, fun toys, creature comforts, and medical miracles from the rise of our Lord Sci-tech, whose qualities also come from a collection of spiritual gods. Not to mention all the massive infrastructures—tall, wide, and long, as the architect’s and engineer’s dream was envisioned and then realised.
Now, if any of those foreign factories were picked up and placed over here (Western World), you could bet your life that local traditions and unions would spit at the incoming pennies. They would jack the price up big time or else there would be riots in the street. I don’t know about you, but this is why I’m absolutely grateful these days for all religions—North/South/East/West Gods. Management and Maintenance of Mass Behaviour that organises life, skill, and labour via the ‘Faith in A Unit of Production Protocol’ is clearly and conveniently found in my kitchen, living room, and elsewhere.
I’m wrapped in energy derived from religious disciplines on the backend, regardless of the exchange I make. I’m part of a culture that farms other cultures for a better lifestyle thanks to a few well-organised words and symbols in a strong network of beliefs.
Western religious beliefs, coupled with Eastern traditions, give rise to the global economy as it exists today. On a planet nearing 8 billion, I thank traditional belief at home and abroad for the space, comfort, and lower toxicity experienced today. However, I also realise that pursuing a more sustainable life is not just good for me, but it’s good for those who have to deal with our byproducts, which makes it more important than ever.