Monday, March 12, 2012

What is a religious state?

I thought this was an interesting comment that I heard from Director Godfrey Reggio, the Director of 1982's ground breaking film, Koyaanisqatsi:

"Life unquestioned, is life lived in a religious state."

That explains so much, really. Why things are in such a mess in many places as in the most religious there is the least questioned and the most taken on "faith", the bane of scientific inquiry. And we should question, everything. To go through life with one's eyes closed is to leave the innocents to the ravages of nature.

And yes, that includes questioning "God".

Because even if you are religious, if you do not question your God, you are not questioning the posibility that some individual between you and your God, injected something that God never intended.

 And if anything is a sin, that is.

The comment was from the Director of Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi, and he should know, he has the acumen and wisdom to be accurate in such a statement over that of most of us, I should think. His having gone into a monastery at fourteen and come out at twenty-eight, makes him much more educated on this topic than those of us who have haphazardly learned our beliefs out in the world where the level of ignorance is heightened not unusually blurred; sometimes even, purposely.

So don't be ashamed, fearful, or reticent to question authority, at whatever level. Because any true God will not be offended but appreciative that you are trying to find the True Word and not one adulterated by nefarious injections.

Or, just trust Scientific Inquiry.

It's up to you. Just remember what being in a "religious state" means and don't let it turn you into one who is too scared of your own shadow to ask questions, or use the brain that your God allegedly gave you. Because, someone gave it to you for some reason. Or it was mere happenstance and so you essentially gave it to yourself and so if that's the case, I would make the best use of it possible.

But either way, I'm pretty sure that wherever it came from, it wasn't meant not to be properly used.

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