ByÂ Aditya Kumar Nayak:
Perhaps one of the very few things that Marx got right is about religion. Religion is the opium of people. People are just addicted to it without realizing that its not benefitting them in anyway.
From the day we are born, we are forced into a faith which is usually inherited from our parents. Our society pushes us into a particular religion saying that its our ‘culture’ and that one should know his roots.
Really? So,Â Religion is Culture? And all Atheists and Agnostics are not cultured?
Religion was born out of a need to preserve the culture of the land whenever there was a cultural invasion. But what’s the point of religion today? Why do we have to go to a temple? Why do we need a pundit or a priest to do a puja? There is simply no reason why religions should exist today.
I feel that religion is more of an ego issue today. Other wise why would people fight over whose religion is better. And don’t tell me they actually mean it as if they have tried all religions in this world before declaring that their religion is the best in the world.
But for some, its just an escape. It’s a way of escaping real work in the name of god. God sent us over so that we can make a difference and make a this a better world. And one more convert or one less ‘kafir’ doesn’t make a better world. Religion is just an excuse for people who can’t to anything meaningful with their lives to think that they actually are doing something good and that god will be pleased with their actions.
Whenever I debate a religions guy or someone who is into religions, my first question is always about, ‘Why do we need religion?’ And its always answered by ‘to connect with god’. Oh really?
Did god create religion? Or did he ask us to connect with him through these beliefs? Then why do we need religions as middle men?
I say we don’t, and it is time we throw this pointless concept out of our lives.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” — Blaise Pascal
Religions have only done us harm. Look around you and every conflict that is happening today in the world is because of religion. Terrorism is there largely because, religion is there. Every war has had an involvement of religion in one way or another.
Religions as a whole are a problem of the world and not any one religion. The whole concept of religion is flawed and defied all logic. Otherwise why would we worship something despite knowing that it is only going to do us harm.
It is time for religion to go. It is time for some sanity in this world. It is time.
PS: I don’t have any reason and evidence to either deny or proveÂ the existence of god. However, I would personally like to believe that there is a higher power. But religions are certainly not affiliated to it in anyway.
Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion. —Â Steven Weinber
The writer blogs atÂ adityakumarnayak.com on Youth, Change, India. In his own words, he is a libertarian, student, Indian , Free Spirited Backpacker, Capitalist, Aspirin Social ChangeMaker, Entrepreneur & Thinker. Loves Oratory & Hates Conventions.