I am finding The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong quite interesting. This is basically a history lesson told in the form of a story. That’s not right. Its history, yes; the great stories are told, yes; but…well, I guess I’m just trying to say that I like the way the author has gone about telling of the progress and history behind the religious beginnings. I am learning a lot of things I didn’t know before.
While I’m listening, I find myself wishing I could take notes. There are things here and there that spark interest in finding out more in other areas and it would be good to be able to write them down for later research. I guess this just means that I will need to listen to this book, again, at a later date, when I’m not at work, so I can jot things down. I’m way too into the book now to put it on hold for the sole reason of being able to take notes. I want the story to go on.
Peace and Plenty by Sarah Ban Breathnach is another one that I am going to have to listen to, again, for the same reasons. I think this is the only downside to listening to some of these books at work. Stopping to jot something down while I’m at work would inevitably lengthen the time it takes me to finish up a clean. Oh, for there to be two of me!
This is a thought I have found myself having quite often. I never feel like I have enough time to get everything done and still have time to do the things I enjoy doing, such as take a nap, trollop around with my camera, head out into the woods with the dogs, whatever. Oh well. Life is what it is and I am doing the best I can to take care of the necessary things and, when I find the time, I do the things I love. Someday I’ll pick the right Mega Million jackpot numbers, right? 😀 HA!
I have come across two other books I want to find on audiobook through the library. They are A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, both also by Karen Armstrong. I didn’t realize these were both by Karen Armstrong until I was writing them down on here. I found these two books when I went to Amazon to find The Great Transformation so I could put the book’s image on this post. (Feel free to click the links. I am not an Amazon Affiliate so the links are not sales pitches) I’m sure these two books will leave me wanting to take notes, as well.
So, why the interest in religious/spiritual studies? Am I searching for something to believe in? Do I feel lost in the turbulent seas of life and am searching for an anchor to lessen the angst, discontent, or struggles? Or have I lost faith in a god I believed in and am searching for a replacement? Yes and no can be applied to all of these questions. Honestly, for the most part, I am just interested in understanding better what it is that makes religion such an attractive thing to so many people and how that came into being. I’m also interested in trying to find out what it is that makes anyone say that their religious belief is the correct one and all others are lies and/or fairy tales that the lost, misguided, distressed find themselves getting sorrily caught up in and are desperately in need of help. Since there has been no empirical proof against or for any religious belief’s deity/deities and the stories that go with them, I find it fascinating that so many blindly follow based on…well, faith and teachings. And if faith is the answer, then why are there so many atheists out there living extremely contented, successful lives?
I’m not looking to put a deity or deities into my life. I’m ok with the way I am handling my spirituality, the taking care of my soul, the center of who I am. I do not judge anyone based on their religious/spiritual beliefs. I couldn’t always say that. I have gone through periods of time where I found discontent with and disillusionment of different religious belief systems, which left me with the opinion that anyone that had a strong faith in that religion was just…lost, crazy, not thinking for themself. I’m not proud to say that was my thoughts on it. It was where I was at in my development. It was part of what helped me to find my center without the need of an outside influence, though I know many would say that religion is not based on an outside influence, and maybe that’s the point. I do not need to believe in your religion to accept it as something you find soothing, healing, important, and true. That is your truth. Mine is different, if only because it is mine.
Here’s another thought I have on it. If all of the religions have devoted followers, perhaps there is some truth in all of them and one should not rule out the possibility of combining parts of each to come to the greatest truth. I’m sure I’m not the first to have this thought, and I’m sure I won’t be the last. I guess in the end, what really matters is if you find something that helps you be the best person you can be, then go with it. We all could use a Jiminy Cricket in our lives.