“Religion and Nationalism were made for each other.
Sharing the bed of existential angst these two lovers promise much but ultimately fail to deliver.”
I agree with Dylan Morrison’s incisive quote about nationalism and religion that both share the commonality of having promised much and failing to deliver ultimately because they are built on the illusion of ego and are not grounded in reality. Reality is based on the truth of our oneness whereby there are no borders on earth and everyone is a citizen of the cosmos as well as a member of the family of God/Divine/Universe. All things belong freely to us and are meant for us to share in collaboration, not competition, unlike what nationalism or (organised) religion espouses.
Both nationalism and religion have also resulted in much division and bloodshed because they are founded upon the illusion of separation. I found that this article explained this phenomenon lucidly.
“We are born into the world as blank slates. Every moment from birth we develop an identity which mirrors the environment within which we grow.
As we identify with the not self, we act out according to these false beliefs. This is how men and women are able to rationalize killing one another. We are indoctrinated into a belief system which pressures the developing individual into conforming to the control structure which is in place. Deep rooted hatred develops over generations which has no foundation or reason what so ever. This brings rise to whole nations being misled by false identification. Just look at Israel today, and where is the nation of Palestine? Mankind is in perpetual warfare. Our self centered perspective enables us to easily believe that “they” are the bad guys because they are different. The concept of “me” and “mine” and we will fight for what is “ours.” This mentality destroys the goodness, compassion and connectedness which is within us all. This fragments whole peoples, resulting in polarization and division. As we are divided, we are conquered. Not able to see that we are all in the same boat together, blame and hatred are cultivated toward one another. All of this behavior in total opposition to the well being of mankind. This is not who we truly are, this is who we have become.”
(From “Man Know Thyself“)
So, I think part of the ongoing Shift in the individual and collective consciousness of humanity is that more and more people are moving beyond the limiting mindset of nationalism and religion and are embracing our oneness and equality of humankind, regardless of nationality or belief system. This will surely result in greater peace and harmony in the world.
- Thoughts on “Study – Will religion become extinct?” (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Why this atheist celebrates Christmas | Jim Al-Khalili (guardian.co.uk)