Religion — Robin Wils's website
Last modified: Sun, Nov 13, 2022
I am an agnostic atheist.
An agnostic is someone who questions of there could be a God. That by itself does not say much of what you believe, so I prefer pair it up with atheism. Atheism is the lack of a belief in a God. Agnostic atheism points out that I am closer to not believing in a God than believing in one. Most people probably are somewhat agnostic.
I have never seen a God, which does not mean that it can’t exist. I just think it is unlikely and illogical. It is good to question things. Many things which people find normal aren’t always great ways to do something. Look at keyboard layouts for example.
Religion is dangerous
Many religions exist for political reasons. They are often used to create war, but religions will always exist. Humans create religion by nature. Many religions likely do more bad than good. It can help people, but religion also makes some people more blind. Religion encourages dehumanizing other groups.
You can believe in a God or Gods without being part of a religion. Religions are like cults. Christianity says that every non-believer goes to hell, so it dehumanizes that group. Religion shapes behavior.
Buddhism is a religion
Some people claim that Buddhism is a lifestyle – not a religion. Buddhism includes a philosophy that every life has value. Following something like that blindly makes it a cult or religion. Abortion will happen, even if it gets banned. It just will be done in a more dangerous unprofessional way.
Religions don’t tend to allow new insights. It doesn’t allow criticism, which makes it dangerous. Buddhism has mythologies too, which is another reason why it is a religion. You can adopt some things of the lifestyle, but that does not mean you believe in Buddhism.
Meditation existed before Buddhism. Taoism came ealier. It is about “becoming one with nature”, following “The Way” and doing nothing. I want to experience more as only meditating in my life. It is similar to Zen – a bunch of nonsense. Meditation itself is not bad perse though.
Master Tung-kuo: “This thing called the Way-where does it exist?”
Chuang Tzu: “There’s no place it doesn’t exist.”
Master Tung-kuo: “Come, you must be more specific!”
Chuang Tzu: “It is in the ant.”
Master Tung-kuo: “As low a thing as that?”
Chuang Tzu: “It is in the panic grass.”
Master Tung-kuo: “But that’s lower still!”
Chuang Tzu: “It is in the tiles and shards.”
Master Tung-kuo: “How can it be so low?”
Chuang Tzu: “It is in the piss and shit.”
Many books originate from the same source
The ideas of Islam, Mormonism and Christianity all come from Judaism. They come from the same ideas, but are edited. It is good to have some skepticism and question things. You are free to believe what you want though.
" The beginning of the world is very interesting.
There are many stories in many places…
but they’re all sort of similar in parts. "
– Rakka (Haibane Renmei episode five)
An alternative to religion
Wouldn’t it be great to explore more ideas instead of sticking to one idea? Good news! Philosophy exists, which studies complex questions. I recommend Nietzsche. No matter which religion you follow. Philosophy is similar to religion, and might even be called a religion in some cases.
My “How to read philosophy books” article contains more information on how to approach the subject.
I believe that everyone supports someone’s ideas, not the person. It is hard to say that you really support someone completely.
I try to have no enemies, but others might see me as an enemy. Supporting one idea usually means that you are against another idea. I don’t believe that having enemies is useful. Having enemies is often a sign of weakness in my opinion. Blocking people out of conversations only brings aggression instead of an understanding. Blocking illegal things and spam is understandable though.
You could try to view everyone as equal. But we do not all have the same talents. Thus, we are not equal. Life would be boring if we were. That does not mean that you shouldn’t be respectful towards others. It doesn’t mean that you deserve special treatment either.