In the name of Religion or the New Order
Perhaps it is time that we had a new world order. God knows, no pun itended, the enormous harm we as a species have caused to each other and all in the name of religion.
Would a new religion cure this? Take for instance, the continuing secterian unrest in the north of Ireland. Ahd what about the New Age Muslims, who seem to have somehow forgotten that many hundreds of years ago their own lands were head of an Empire built on material, yes material, and not spiritual gains. Could or would having the option to join a new, all-embracing religion help?
Those so joining would perhaps be doing so to get away from the confines and shackles of a seemingly failed existing situation. They would also be looking to willingly join and work together with others with whom difficulties existed in the pastothers who might also have joined with them in the new order of things, with the same hopes and aspirations of ending harmful conflict.
That wish for harmony would of course be the key to any possible success of any new or existing religion, or new order.
Belonging to different groups has its drawback in the very separation of those groups. They may hold the same aspirations, but belonging to one group as opposed to another signifies a preference over others.
As long as such division exists, the fuel for potential conflict through difference is present. A global, unified all-embracing religion would by its very essence remove division.
Yet it needs more than just this. Governments throughout the world have grown increasingly repressive and oppressive in their actions. One example would be the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Oppression continues unabated elsewhere, some less obvious yet no less harmful.
National education curriculums will by and large determine the overall structure of any society. What is nurtured is what is grown.
I received a broad education in the UK and schooled in the old grammar school system. Despite that, Ireland was insignificant within the curriculum as I recall it. I remember learning things about other countries of the worldnot Ireland. Strange, given the closeness of the two countries and the myriads of intertwined links going back through history.
This is not to apportion or to seek to apportion blame, rather to lay the facts clearly. Perceived differences, coupled with held preferences, can produce negative effect that is unwittingly perpetuated by blindness.
And as for a new order? Well now, I wonder just what it might be named?
Just a thought...
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