Saturday, September 24, 2011

Religion: what's going on?


This week has been very rough on religion in the Netherlands: football hooligans chanting about jews, peoples homes being clad with defamatory texts (also against jewish religion and race), then a christian church being broken into and all statues beheaded ... this all in a background of a society that is housing an increasing number of islamic believers, who are also insulted on a daily basis ...
What is going on with religion? (although: have you noticed that the most peaceful of all religions, buddhism, has not been targeted?)
Or is it not a religious rebellion at all, but is it more an aversion of authority?
One thing is sure, the way this discontentment is being expressed does not suggest belief in any of the original religious teachings about love.

The government has for many years (in fact as long as I can remember) preached a model of scarcity: every year it is going to get worse ("de broekriem aanhalen", in Dutch), if we have to believe the government, who traditionally presents the economic plans for the coming year in September. Scarcity not only in the sense of economy, but on all levels of society.
Is this feeling of "not having enough", a lack or scarcity (in whatever field of life), what is being expressed here?
I think the above mentioned acts of aggression against religion can also be viewed in the larger context of the Arab Spring: a desire, felt by many people, for more freedom.
Religion nor government offer freedom or the so much talked about "democracy".

In New Age there is rarely talk of what is happening in politics or in daily life around us. I do not believe in this ostrich philosophy of just paying attention to what is right in life and ignoring what does not work: sooner or later things fly back in your face!
The question then needs to be: what is it inside us that wants to be expressed, that wants to have more freedom and from what?
And can that happen in a way that does not to harm others?
It may well be that what we condemn in others about the anti-religious acts, also somewhere houses in our own basements ... (yeah, I know, this does not win me points! :-))

Meantime, I have been too busy with too many things lately to create new art for on the wall, but you can find several new designs in my online art store, an example of that as you can see above ...
Also note that it is now possible to add feedback on annevis.com, as I installed a brand new guestbook! :-)

1 comment:

Lynda Lehmann said...

A thoughtful and intelligent post, Ann, and I share your consternation. One sometimes wonders if all respect for law and order and even for human life, is breaking down.

Kudos to you for writing about it.

When I feel this way, I think about all the millions of people, worldwide, who DO the RIGHT things every day: study, produce, work responsibly at their jobs, take care of their families with love and respect. There are more of us than there are "Destroyers," and for that I'm thankful.