To offend another religion is disgraceful and shameful. To be easily offended is poor self esteem and lack of faith.
What is it that makes two neighbour kill each other ? Why are people so loyal to their religions that they forget the basic human value – empathy. I have been thinking of this for long, but I could never get to any logical answer (if you have one, please oblige me and do tell).
Let us first look at this basic fact. Why do we have religion at all ? One simple idea is that, as human beings evolved from small hunter-gatherer tribes into large agrarian cultures, our ancestors needed to encourage cooperation and tolerance among relative strangers. Religion then—along with the belief in a moralising God—was a cultural adaptation to these challenges. Another idea which a team of psychological scientists at Queen’s University, Ontario, have proposed is that the primary purpose of religious belief is to enhance the basic cognitive process of self-control, which in turn promotes valuable social behaviours. Whatever be the idea or theory proposed, the purpose of having a religion was and should always be to have a cohesive, cooperative and civilised society.
So, all those people fighting in name of religion should be declared anti-religious and anti-social !!! No, never, these people have their other set of beliefs which we call “Anti-humanism” (yes this word does exist in my dictionary, add it in yours as well :P) , they aren’t just against their own religion – earning bad name for it – but actually are not at all concerned about humanity .
India has witnessed riots one after the other. Commonality among all these have been the issue of religion. But, most importantly none of these riots were sparked with religious sentiments, most of them have started as fight between two individuals or groups which from there have been taken up by bigoted individuals as a tussle between religions. Media played its own part – sometimes unknowingly and at times intentionally – in sensationalizing things.
What does it take to be so fanatic about one’s religion ? Yes it is matter of God – in whom you believe and you have faith in. But, isn’t following a particular religion just a matter of practice – the practices one follows to worship one’s God ? Yes it is.(I hope most of you, if not all, are with me on this). One simple message – Do Not Fight In The Name Of God.
Don’t prove that your faith is so fragile !
Its NOW or NEVER!!