Religion is the systematic marketing of fear.
Blessed are the poor (donate heavily). Blessed are the meek (obey).
Blessed are the humble (don’t question authority). Blessed are the
hungry (make us rich while you starve). Blessed are the merciful (if you
catch us doing something wrong, let it go). Blessed are the pure of
heart (switch off your brain). Blessed are the timid, the cowardly, the
Blessed are those who give us their power and become our
That’s the kind of nonsense religion pushes on people. They train you
to turn your back on courage, strength, and conscious living. This is
stupidity, not divinity.
Religion will teach you to fear being different, to fear standing up
for yourself, and to fear being an independent thinker. It will erode
your self-trust by explaining why you’re unable to successfully manage
life on your own terms: You are unworthy. You’re a sinner. You’re
unclean. You belong to a lesser caste. You are not enlightened. Of
course the solution is always the same — submit to the will of an
external authority. Believe that you’re inadequate. Give away your
power. Follow their rules and procedures. Live in fear for the rest of
your life, and hope it will all turn out okay in the end.
When you practice faith instead of conscious living, you live under a
cloak of fear. Eventually that cloak becomes so habitual you forget
it’s even there. It’s very sad when you reach the point where you can’t
even remember what it feels like to wield creative freedom over your own
life, independent of what you’ve been conditioned to believe.
Faith is the coward’s substitute for courage. It’s also really good
marketing if you’re the one who controls the faith. If you’re afraid or
unwilling to assume total responsibility for your life, you’re a perfect
match for religion.
Fear in one part of your life invariably spreads to all other parts —
you can’t compartmentalize it. If you find yourself frustrated because
you’re too afraid to follow your dreams, to talk to members of the opposite sex, to speak up for yourself, etc., then a good place to
start is to rid your life of all religious nonsense. Don’t let fear get a
foothold in your consciousness.
Stop trying to comfort yourself by swallowing religious rubbish. If
you really need something to believe in, then believe in your own
potential. Put your trust in your own intellect. Stop giving away your
Dump the safety-in-numbers silliness. Just because a lot of people
believe stupid stuff doesn’t mean it isn’t stupid. It just means that
stupidity is popular on this planet. When people are in a state of fear,
they’ll swallow just about anything to comfort themselves, including
the bastion of stupidity known as religion.