Monday, September 29, 2008

Religion rules? So be it!

"Religion is the opiate of the people” — Karl Marx

We have no way of knowing what went on Karl Marx's mind when he thought of this. I also wonder what prompted him to put his thought in writing!

First let us rule the most used meaning of opiate and stick to the other one:
As per Merriam Webster Dictionary, opiate means: " induces rest or inaction or quiets uneasiness"

If this is so, why Karl Marx had linked religion to rest, inaction or uneasiness. Don't you think he had pointed to three different kinds of people? I am now able to see the implications but I don't want to get into a debate.

As far as I am concerned, I will bracket myself into the second category which is 'inaction'. My religious philosophy is this: "There is no religion". I don't judge any religious beliefs and customs. Let people follow and practice whatever they are comfortable with.

My religious beliefs kept changing till I arrived at the conclusion of no religion. So, anyone is quite likely to change their present views and beliefs. Why take it seriously and expect them to conform with my views?

Live and let live!

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vrajesh said...

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Malathy said...

Of course doctor Rajesh. Please link to me and I thank you very much for your appreciative words.