This Outsider

 This Outsider, (AKA Brian James Rational Poet on FB/META and @Brianrrs37 on Twitter)

He’s always on “your” side
Isn’t he? Most certainly, definitely
Forget the adversary, who says the same

How confident you are, willing to kill
Unwilling to see, your adversary will
Kill you too, through and through

The ravings of antiquity, in tribal states
Devine right of kings, get you to follow their fate
And they hand their hate, down to you

Mesopotamia has these three
Knives cut throats so easily
Books justify their actions properly

That dove scurries and hides
From all of you, seeking the submission
Of others who, don’t follow you

The caldron of confidence is obvious to
This outsider, who wants nothing to do
With your petty gods, who cannot do

Without enraging you, and you kill
Hoping it will, finally get you, everything
You hoped for, your honor is due

But it never does, does it? Endless wars
In his name, the battle of insecurities
This deity blames, it all on you

He is the parent with 3 kids who
Sticks swords in their hands, and
Demands you stab,  put them on a slab

And the last one standing, gets to
Hang out with you, somewhere above
What a reward this is, is it not?

You win the grand prize, all others are lost
Thrown in the pyre, at his pleasure
You did his bidding, and you feel better

So take your knife, take your gun
Start your holy war, have some fun
But me, this outsider, I am done. 

I always stipulate that I believe most people are good. But unfortunately our species is also tribal and religion is the biggest cause of war throughout human history.

A Twitter follower of my calling himself “ZacksMind” said this

QUOTE @ZachsMind “The perceived good of religion does not excuse the bad that is evident. Anything good or bad that can arguably be credited to religion can also be accomplished secularly. We. Don’t. Need. Religion. At best it’s redundant. At worst, it excuses suffering.” END QUOTE.

I agree. We see other species convey acts of empathy and compassion and unfortunately cruelty too. To say because we can build sky scrapers and create cures for disease does not negate that we can also rape, and murder and create nuclear bombs. We are the only species that is capable of inducing our own worldwide destruction knowingly.

To think that there is a super hero in the sky that cares for us, but lets us suffer, and blames us for our own suffering, and cherry picks who lives or dies, and ultimately we still die anyway, seems inefficient and ham fisted and selective and arbitrary.

But when one takes the idea of a super hero out of the story we call life, it forces us as a species to solve our own problems. It also takes away the excuse to use religion as a justification to oppress others.

I do not say this as a call to force the end of religion, as if I could or wanted to. It is simply a call to reason, a call to consider that maybe you only think you need religion.

I would argue that if one is willing to admit someone outside their religion/sect can be good and do good, that they should consider that religion isn’t doing the good, the individual is and simply attaches it to a religion.


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