This morning I sketched out the founding tenet of my personal religion. This doesn’t mean it’s actually my personal belief system, just that it’s the foundation of a belief structure by which others could live. Does this make me a hypocrite? I know it sounds strange to invent a religion and then not be much of a follower of it, so here’s a more detailed explanation:
The truth is, this tenant is something I thought of this morning as I was brushing my teeth and reading the personal letters of the Columbine killers. I’m just not sure I want to convert yet. Secondly, I’m wary of any religion, even my own. Lastly, this founding tenant is based on an amalgam of established religious belief structures, none of which I necessarily assign any credibility. But from a cultural standpoint, this tenant goes a long way in explaining the world we live in and I’m sure I can gain some following… even if I’m not among them. I also think that it’s strong enough conceptually to share and therefore would like to present it.
Basically, I came to the conclusion that power is corrupt. On the flip side of things, power is an incredibly effective tool that guarantees results. Say I spend this life accumulating power, being greedy and lustful, stepping over anyone weaker than me and following the general template of Satanism and/or capitalism. By my belief structure (and here’s where I break from others and here’s that founding tenant) you’ll be rewarded in the next life… sort of. That’s the tenant. Power is the road on which to get more reward. The catch is that you will be reborn at a higher station, but you will be reborn in flesh.
An old friend of mine, teenage father and marine used to say that love is weakness. If weakness is equated with a lack of power, then he was right. Love is weakness. But weakness isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Poverty, selflessness, kindness, empathy… these things will get you nowhere… unless you live that life perfectly.
To get Christian, if evil weren’t tempting and if it didn’t hide behind a mask, then it would be a pretty weak force. If people didn’t serve evil in with the mistaken assumption that they were actually serving God, then the old dark force would be pretty ineffective.
I could go on for a while about this, but I won’t do that here or now. Let me end with my favorite quote from the Toynbee tiler and one that is pretty well in line with what I’m trying to say:
“EVERY CONCEPT OF PAST 500 YEARS DONT EXIST IN CHRISTIAN HEAVEN THEY ONLY EXIST IN CHRISTIAN HELL”. NOW THE “CULT OF THE HELLION” ARE NOW SEARCHING FOR MORE THAN ONE HELL (IDEOLOGIES) TO GET MORE REWARD.
That’s all for now.