Aside from the goofy title, seriously, I really think that a normal thinking society that is truly informed by actual real and truthful information can obtain. The hard part is letting go of several things, I think those are the blockers. They are greed, jealousy, envy. Once you extract those from your life, things become much simpler, much more cohesive.
I personally have run the literal religious gamut. I have studied in some way and in varying degrees various religions. My parents promoted this from the beginning, so it’s really something from them. Approach all religions with an open mind, see what they have to say, and if it fits it ships. I have been to Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical Christian, “former junky, I got saved in jail” Christian churches. I even did that “bible time” thing in the trailer outside of elementary school. I just recently found out that my paternal grandparents were Episcopalian (yeah, those progressive type Christians that accept everyone), really to hedge their bets. My maternal great grandparents were pretty ardent 7th Day Adventists, and their children were various degrees of 7th Day Adventists, which is perfectly acceptable in that church. Needless to say, I was pretty well versed in Christian religions. Some would say 7th Day Adventists were the most extreme, while I actually found them most Christlike, until I found out about those Episcopalians.
Anyhow, after all the Jesus stuff, and what I thought was rhetoric, because I didn’t feel any of those religions (putting aside the Episcopalians, mainly because I didn’t know about them), really followed the teachings of Christ. They generally taught fear, and that even if you were horrible you would still be forgiven, so evil deeds were somehow “OK” as long as you repented. I decided to start reading about Islam, Rastafarianism, and all sorts of stuff that didn’t involve some white dude in the middle of the desert. I was searching out a religion / belief system that I felt was right and the participants of the religion actually practiced those teachings / beliefs. Some things that I went through coincided with the phases that a young, white, teenage, angsty, teenager coming of age in the late 80’s early 90’s. Islam research coincided with my “black power” / “fuck whitey” / AIM phase, which was (and still is) a mixture of my musical influences of the time, which were Public Enemy, Paris, and various Peace Punk bands of the time. Rastafarianism was introduced through my (again) musical influence from reggae, dub, dancehall, ska, and Bad Brains. I even started reading / researching other things, again, introduced through friends, music, and “mysterious” curiosity. Through reading various books, I also touched on Hinduism and Buddhism. I don’t know how I had all the time to research these things at the time when I was busy obsessing about world history, US involvement in various wars / police actions, US “policies” and treaties it failed on, skateboarding, music, hell, even surfing, and general anthropological studies of ancient cultures.
Through all this research (even with going through the “crafts”), there were key unifiers between all of them. You strip away all of the outdated stuff, crazy stuff, dogma and get to the basic tenets of these ideologies, and you are left with the following:
- One omniscient being(s)
- One voice of that omniscient being on earth to teach / explain the rest of the rest of these things
- Respect (for life, nature, what you have, family, and everything around you)
- Love for all those things
- Be humble, because you are not omniscient
- Learn and adjust to those things that change around you (which goes back to respect)
Eventually, through various things, I’ve come to settle on Buddhism being the closest thing to what I feel is a belief system (I really find it hard to call it a religion because I find it’s more of a philosophy), that “fits” me.
All that being said, I think that if everyone actually studied Buddhism (politicians, world leaders, general people, hell, everyone) with an open mind and open heart, that they would find the same things I have found. I’m not advocating that people change things and become a Buddhist. I’m saying that through these objective views that I have found, and through Buddhism and the thought process and acceptance that the belief system shows, that actual World Peace can be achieved.
I’ve been watching documentaries on His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and am am 10000% convinced that if world and religious leaders believed and spoke as he does, then this can really be achieved. With Pope Francis, I think we have another world religious leader that is on the same page as His Holiness The Dalai Lama. I believe Pope Francis is a progressive thinker and can help achieve this. The problem is that we need other religious leaders that are respected from the other major religions to come together with the Dalai Lama and Pope Frank. I know they are out there, and they need to be propped up. Furthermore, we need to start paying attention to what the world leaders (politicians) are doing, and oust them if they don’t fit what they are preaching or don’t fit with these goals. There are several simple truths that NO ONE can ignore anymore in this world, and we all need to come together to address and resolve them if there is going to be any sort of future for the everyday person. Otherwise, I fear that we are just going to end up in some corporate feudal quagmire of our own creation, and to our own detriment.
Things need to change.
They need to change NOW.
It starts with us, the everyday people that don’t live in Ivory Castles, that aren’t obsessed with having more money than we can ever spend in our lifetime.
Also, I HIGHLY recommend everyone check out this documentary about His Holiness The Dalai Lama – https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70072635
Please, for the sake of everything, open your mind. Set aside all these preconceived notions, and watch the documentary with an open heart and open mind.