Pretty heavy early morning read, which should, with any luck, make the rest of the week’s political discourse sound as obtuse as it is. After all, all religion and atheism is local.
Update: And yet the two are related.
At the first hearing of the Justice Department task force, in Bismarck, N.D., in December, Sarah Kastelic, deputy director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, used a phrase that comes up repeatedly in deliberations among experts: “historical trauma.”
Youth suicide was once virtually unheard of in Indian tribes. A system of child protection, sustained by tribal child-rearing practices and beliefs, flourished among Native Americans, and everyone in a community was responsible for the safeguarding of young people, Kastelic said.
Sometimes we look too deeply into a problem, when the answer may lie on the surface.
What I think we as humans are doing is looking for a universal thread, whether it is through our religion or our atheism, that ties us to cognizance of our own existence. It hasn’t escaped my notice that in my religion, God is love, or that in my secular side, All you need is love is a song by an avowed atheist. In any case, deconstruction is a high risk adventure. You may of course prefer that old time religion, but don’t overlook the fact that it is not, and that your understanding of religious truths are not universal.
Love however, is. It cannot be defined, except within each individual as they understand what it is to be loved. Love may not be the only universal thread, but is in fact on the surface.