Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 

How to build a religion (and then watch it fade)


According to Seth Godin, The New York Times recently had a piece about Zoroastrians. The religion is fading, almost certainly to extinction. After more than 3,000 years, one of the most important monotheistic religions is going to go away. We can learn an important lesson about ideaviruses from religions, because they are in many ways the original (and longest-lasting) examples of the genre. Godin gives readers an idea on how to build a relgion that spreads.

"According to the Times, the Zoroastrians are fading away because they believe being good is just about enough and didn't build enough of the elements of an ideavirus into their culture. As they traveled the world, their attitude and hard work rewarded them with success and the ability to mix with other cultures. As a result, they were successful as a people but a failure as a long-term growing religion. It's a fascinating choice, isn't it?"

More information here.

Comments:
Of the seven items in the Times article that must be built into any lasting religion, I agree with one which is the seventh.

I say agree with the seventh because it's the only one I would want to include. The others represent separation, condesention, loss of & infringement of rights, or pretty much of what has been bad about religion throught history.

These items are needed for organization, power, & control & nothing else. What is "free" or "right" or "divine" has nothing to do with them.

So I will stay as I've always been-believing in a God, but not associated with any organized religion.

Ever notice how many other people have come to the same decision? To know why, just read the seven & look at the world today & it's history.
 
What does that say about humanity? That humans are drunk with the need to control each other. I pray to no one and nothing that someday God will become obsolete.
 
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