Religion: A blight on Mankind
What I want to make clear, despite my most deepest beliefs, is that I do not adhere to any one religion, or religion in general. Haile Selassie spoke the best on this that I have ever come across as translated from part of his speech on Spirituality,
"We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by humans which were supposed to help people grow spiritually. Due to human imperfection, religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not a theology or ideology. It is simply a way of life, pure and original as was given by the Most High. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe and each other"
What I do adhere to is the belief in One True God not encumbered by religion, which can be best represented in the words of Selassie. But taking his words into account, if we remove religion entirely from our midst, where do we turn to for spiritual input and guidance? I believe the answer is a relatively easy and simple one, but the end result we desire is perhaps a lot more complex and difficult to obtain. Scripture is a solid foundation, but there are so many of them, and arguments have been made regarding the validity of them repeatedly. Are they still relevant for the day and age in which we live? Have there not been things lost in translation, or additions made along the way? Scripture I believe must be flawed to an extent due to these things. But more importantly, I believe the greater flaw remains in us, and that is a lack of desire or interest to seek truth greater than what we can conjure within our own narrow vision. And no matter how flawed you may believe scripture, or texts that exist outside of your belief system to be, the things written there were inspired by people who were on that journey to seek a higher meaning and purpose into who were are and what it is we ultimately seek.
If you find that what has been written here to be complete and utter rubbish, then you can carry on with the peace of mind that you are not one of the lost and be content with the knowledge that the world as it stands today is as it should be. But if you have that lingering sense that there must be more, and are aware of your internal suffering and struggle, and see the world and all who dwell in her in a similar state, then your feet are already set on the path of that journey to something far greater. And as you move forward, no matter how dark everything appears around you, you will find a transitioning that will begin to unfold around you. It comes in glints and glimmers, and it does not happen in front of you, but rather, within.
The purpose of The Crossroads is to act as an account of that journey. A story designed not to carry you away, but to direct you inward.