Are We Delusional?

 

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I’ve been pondering a quote from the book  “History of Religion: An Overview of the most Important People and Events in: The Worlds Religions, Mythologies, & History of the Church (Christianity, … Buddhism, Jewish History, Hinduism Book 1)” by Michael J. Stewart.

“There are three main groups of theories of religion. According to the first, religion is an invention of one (usually the ruling and privileged) group of people with a purpose to protect the privileges of that same group of individuals. According to another group theory, religion is an existential characteristic of every human being. Finally, according to the third group theory, religion is just a human tendency to the superstition that came as a result of insufficient knowledge of the true nature of things.”

I had a recent experience that reminded me of the quote I had been pondering. It caused me to think about how so many of us are greatly influenced by religion in this society. Our personal religious orientation becomes the lens for every perspective we hold and the framework in which we mold our experiences. The questions I ask then are how often are we ill-informed, misguided, and mislead by cultural norms, and religious affiliations? Are culture and religion infallible? Are science and universal law ever a factor to the devoutly religious? When things go as we hoped in the face of despair is the reason always Allah, God, Jesus, or what ever Deity we personally honor? Is it possible that other factors can influence the phenomenon in our lives? Is there not a cause?

Let’s consider the definition of delusional. Then answer the question below.

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de·lu·sion·al
adjective
  1. characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically
    “hospitalization for schizophrenia and delusional paranoia”
    • based on or having faulty judgment; mistaken.
      “their delusional belief in the project’s merits never wavers”
  2.  as a symptom of mental disorder.

Is a person delusional when their cultural or religious affiliation, without the consideration of any other factors, is the principle reference that governs the choices of his or her life?  

My authentic thought: 

We do ourselves a grave disservice when we allow ourselves to be limited by religious dogma. Being part of organized religion for a season in my life has had some good benefits. However, as I evolved, I resolved to be open to truth however it comes to me. Further, in my opinion, it is imprudent for me to ignore the reality of science and nature. While I willingly admit I don’t know everything, and never will, I am not quick to credit or discredit a deity or evil force for the phenomenon in my life.

Knowing certain truths grounds me so that I am no longer deluded by “beliefs” for events I cannot explain. Nonetheless, I respectfully understand that each person has a different journey and my opinion is irrelevant. I commit wholeheartedly to passionately walk out my own journey. I encourage others to do the same.

Share your authentic thoughts.

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Thank you so much for reading.

In peace and light,

Dr. Free

 

 

 

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Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

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