There are two things in life I don’t like being a part of. Politics and Religion.
The more I see (some) people in these items, and I mean REALLY into these items the more I think they’re scarily similar. I will say that I think Religion was first and Politics is an additional form of it.
During lunchtime it was revealed that a lead singer in a band had passed away from terminal cancer. It was then met by this person stating sarcastically and smarmily that ‘good thing (insert politicians name) was in attendance for his last concert”.
My first thought was “nice…real nice…way to be…”
I’ve come to think during my time as an adult that there are folks that NEED church. This person be one of them. Now don’t get me wrong, I find the person GREAT to work with, professional and competent but he’s definitely in my camp of NEEDING church.
I had a conversation with an ex coworker regarding this person we both know and they had this deeper philosophical conversation regarding choices in life and why this ex coworker wasn’t religious. The person that IS religious (and practices it hard core) asked the ex coworker questions like ‘if you don’t follow so and so, how can you be sure you’re making a right decision in life?’ basically concluding that without something to follow that one would be paralyzed out of fear of making the wrong decision. They had a in depth conversation about it and basically the conclusion was that without the guidance of a religious figure, it was too tough for this individual to make decisions that will promise him a fulfilling life (and afterlife).
I had a similar conversation with another ex coworker of mine who was of a different religion too and I had a similar conversation with them too. “Cars need manuals right?” they asked me. I nodded and went “sure okay” and then they proceeded to state unequivocally that then “cars need manuals, and people need manuals”. It was interesting but odd (to me) that it was such a strong tie to something without question in order to live their life.
There have been a great MANY times where this individual (the first one) has brought up so and so’s name in the same scoffing tone and tried to ‘convert’ the people in the room to HIS party that HE votes for and stands behind (seemingly without question).
Now in countries where you’re not allowed to vote and it’s a dictatorship, that’s one thing but in a country where I can vote? I never really do. To me they’re all the same a-hole, all the same type of person, and you know you probably have to be TO WANT TO GO INTO politics…independently wealthy, used to having power and control (probably from being independently wealthy) and think they’re just the person to be a leader. If there are things that you believe in that this person happens to believe as well and use as their platform then yes I can see why you’d want to vote but to blindly follow and forgive certain agendas and certain lies in order to keep supporting that particular party leads me to draw the conclusion I started this entry with….politics are another form of religion….or at least CAN be to certain folks.
Now I know there are many types of religious people too. There are the ones like outlined above who seem to be at a standstill until they can consult with either their book or their particular belief and not look to make a decision themselves, there are also the ones that go about their business, make decisions and learn lessons and have a conversation with their Lord ANNNNNNND a thousand other types I’m sure. If I were to be (more) religious than I am (which is very, sadly, not very much though am not cocky enough to think we’re the only life out here and it was just science-y science bing bang boom), I’d find myself in the crowd that makes a decision and then learns.
Now all rambling aside, I wanted to write this entry out of irritation at an individual hijacking the conversation for their own ‘smarmy’ political jabbing of their political devil and then write my thoughts of how with certain individuals, Religion and Politics are very much the same (even though you’re not ‘supposed’ to be worshiping any other item other than your Lord).
I imagine if I asked this individual if they think that both topics are similar I’d get a very strong opinion that they are not…and then walk away with my thoughts confirmed that with that individual???
…they definitely are.