You start a new Job. It’s nice. You hear your colleagues talking about ‘The Boss’. No one’s seen him, but they’re all told that if you step out of line or mess up your Job, the consequences would be severe. Now you could do a good Job because you fear The Boss and his anger, or irrespective of whether you think The Boss is watching. You could genuinely be nice to your colleagues, or pretend to be polite so The Boss doesn’t get wind of your true colors.
Now exchange some of the words in the above paragraph. Job= Life. The Boss= God. And your colleagues are everyone you meet in this Life. This is not the same old debate- “Is there a GOD?” This is just a thinking-out-loud-let’s-have-a-conversation kind of thing. I’m not particularly religious in the traditional sense, and I have no beef with overtly religious people, so long as it doesn’t encroach on other beliefs and opinions. I think the basic question should be- “Are we behaving in anticipation of a higher being? Are we behaving the way we are, expecting a reward? Or are we behaving in a way that’s true to ourselves?”
Big question, and equally complex answer- which I won’t attempt to lay out here(thank God?). I feel that if religious people are charitable or kind because they believe God would punish them otherwise are in the same category as people who don’t believe in a God who live without a moral- left to their own devices, they’d turn – well, bad. People who do good and are good, simply because they share a kinship with fellow humans- now that’s the real deal. Because they are intrinsically good. I honestly don’t see it any other way. And no one is perfect, I know that- and by ‘good’ I meant ‘tries to do what is morally right most of the time and as much as possible’.
Still here? What drove me to this particular thinking and area(religion can be a sensitive topic- but it doesn’t have to be) is the violence and hatred I hear everyday that is committed in the name of religion. From all parts of the world, from the past and the present, the stories of the persecuted make me wonder- what God would want this? Which prophet would endorse this? And that’s when I concluded that God and religion were just a ruse, a smoke screen, for people to do what they wanted, to who they wanted. Invoking the name of a higher being gave them a false sense of purpose, of power, of a sense of misplaced righteousness that has only resulted in pain and sorrow. This is my two cents on this, and sure, things are not as simple as that. All I’m hoping is that this makes people stop and think, and in turn help them do what is right. Any thoughts?