Monday, October 21, 2013

Calling On Angels

Statisticians claim that 80% of Americans believe in angels, while 50% believe in "creationism," which is the denial of evolution and the belief that God created the world exactly as it was in the past, present, and potential future. 

Being an angel lover myself, it is comforting to know that so many of my countrymen hold these light beings close to their hearts. Suffice it to say that when one sees a golden light being standing behind a troubled person and giving comfort, one goes beyond belief into the realm of experiential knowledge.

Mystical experiences aside, I am also a person of reason and find it truly alarming that half of the 316,882,000 inhabiting this nation survive on blind faith that flies in the face of all empirical observation and scientific evidence. If the sermons of fundamentalist preachers and the literal interpretations of holy books can pervert the intellect of half of the citizens of the United States, then what are the madrasah's of Pakistan doing to the impressionable minds of their young? Are we any different when certain groups lobby to ban the subject of evolution in our schools?

The Dalai Lama once pointed out that Buddhist scriptures (and this would apply to other religions as well) were written in times when the cultures were radically different, in particular relating to women's rights and certain rituals. He remarked that one must make allowances for the times and discard what no longer makes sense in the 21st century, while keeping fundamental truisms.

So today, I call on angels to whisper inspiration and enlightened thoughts in the heart-ears of humans in every small hamlet, town and city on this spaceship Earth.

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