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Outgrowing Religion

Written by yeye

Outgrowing religion

Where do you worship? Is a question that crops up consistently when conversing today in Nigeria. As an agnostic pantheist I am bemused by this seemingly harmless question on the flip-side I see the danger and can perceive the ignorance that lurks and hovers in the mind of the “asker”
Everyone goes about wearing there religiosity as a badge of honor flocking into religious houses all day of the week. Religion as become a fad in this clime and unsurprisingly religious houses have over time metamorphosed into a congregating point for social interaction, if this was all it did I would have no concern as human relation is an absolute necessity there are several empirical studies showing how healthy relationships amongst other things influence longevity.
However does any one stop to ponder why the poorest nations of the world are the most religious— certainly despair turns people to religion they become resigned and believe as they are conditioned and instructed by clergy to hope for better in the afterlife. Whilst life in the here and now is frittered away how sad it is that the mind of the plebs has been raped for so long he has become morose and he fails to see how his state of wretchedness is as a result of an impoverished mind. It beats me how laity fails to notice the camaraderie between the political class and clergy If these two institutions will play their role (whatever that may be) without polluting the mind of its adherents the sooner our humanity can flourish to its highest potentials.

I have no intention to force change my interest lies in encouraging critical thinking which is a prerequisite for wealth creation .When each person engages his mind we will begin to see a significant drop in the herd mentality that so pervade the land

Praying too long

Continual lamentations are not solutions they are in fact nothing but Noise. Ills in our society: poor governance, economic hardship, poor infrastructure. zero regard for the rule of law etc. are not going to go away by praying and fasting every prosperous nation on this blue green planet has achieved economic prosperity through intellectual and technological endeavours; THAT IS THE FORMULA. Church and mosque attendance will never cut it neither would hurling insults at an imaginary devil/ enemy. Knocking on heaven’s door for economic prosperity not only is foolhardy but a classic illustration of Karl Marx’s ‘’Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”. The phenomenon of the oppressed finding solace in religion is an historical fact however it is time, for us as a people to pull ourselves up by the bootstrap and break free from the shackles that have bound us for so long.
A cursory peep at the wealthy nations of the world will reveal these countries have relegated religion to where it should be–the back burners at least as regard matters of economic wealth: creation/growth or have no part in it. If anyone has empirical study that contradicts this view feel free to point me to such studies.
Anyone who tells you to look forward to a rewarding afterlife, whilst your deplorable condition in the here and now is waved away as gods ‘mysterious ways’ —hates you , PERIOD!   Life is to be lived here & now not in the afterlife
We have been praying for a better Nigeria a long time now (it clearly isn’t working) In fact our politicians are more brazen in their thievery and the alliance with clergy reinforces and entrench the affront of the political class.
We will remain a poor nation for as long as we remain subservient to the political class. To break free of the viciousness of the ruling class you must of necessity emancipate your mind. Your ability to regain your power is within your reach however the method is not conventional. You truly can turn your circumstance around if you will look within: the one place you probably have never looked.

We are a nation of exhausted people

our politicians rob us blue creating a large pool of economically disenfranchised citizens, those who claim to have gods divine authority dumb our minds down with dogmas that serve their interest the consequent effect is a mass of people who mindlessly conform to worldly standards (yet the good book warns about this) I do read the bible however I am not a literalist
The mind rape of these two institutions has made many in the land mentally impotent – you cannot max your potential if the mind is weak. Our habits are a reflection of our mindset:
Look at your phone how many of those chain messages have you received in the last 12hrs? How many did you re-send without verifying the authenticity of the rubbish passed around as information?
Besides facebook, Instagram etc. what value adding App do you have on your phone?– I have said this before in other articles I reiterate here, unless you are using these platforms to promote an idea or business you own or manage or you use it to learn something of value, you have no business spending more than an hour a week on them.
If you play games on your phone you may be doing yourself a lot of good if you will play games that simultaneously teach you coding that way you ‘d gain two ways; get entertained and add value. I believe strongly that everybody should be learning to code not necessarily to build a career but more because it is the language of the future.
Please don’t get me wrong I am in no way saying to not enjoy those ‘zero value activity’  (you know them I don’t have to spell it out ) strike a healthy balance between meaningful and meaningless is all I say.
So instead of mindlessly engaging your mind with filth train it, nurture it, love it, fill it with noble, high & edifying material and as surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west it will sooner than later deliver to you its riches (ideas). Mindfully engaging with life is the sure path to individual sovereignty
If we do this one at a time; I mean build our minds up person by person till we reach critical mass we will in no time achieve novelty— Which sets one on the path to sovereignty: A state of self-reliance and sufficiency. We may quicker bring heaven to earth than waiting to die to enjoy heaven
Stop throwing your power away engage your critical faculty and think, cultivate the soil of your mind: build the mind up through the art of mindfulness IE being present in the moment, a fantastically simple activity with phenomenal outcome.
At death only your mind survives nothing more therefore nurture it. The mind: the final frontier

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yeye is an agnostic pantheist who borrows a leaf from all known perennial wisdom traditions, a chela that drinks from the cups of wisdom presented by custodians of ancient traditions. She lives life on her terms.

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yeye is an agnostic pantheist who borrows a leaf from all known perennial wisdom traditions, a chela that drinks from the cups of wisdom presented by custodians of ancient traditions. She lives life on her terms.

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