If there were a new religion, fully accepting of all people, and easy enough for us all to practice successfully, what would it be?
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about scriptures that cause people to behave badly toward other people. It’s kind of my thing. I’m mostly known for spending my free time figuring out the world’s most problematic teachings and how they formed the perceptions of people to create the strictest religions — and the resulting problems those same perceptions cause for the rest of us.
But I have to confess to being a bit narrow in the opposite pursuit: What are the most relaxed religions?
There seems to be at least one newer religion that is focused on inclusion, creativity and relaxation: dudeism
(Please don’t check it out if you will be easily offended or are mildly profanity averse.) Although not what most would call a serious religion, it is a clever, highly amusing diversion, if you have a decent sense of humor.
What appears to be for the sake of levity, someone took the time to think through the needs of a large group of people and came up with an entirely new way to formalize some thoughts and practices that are very pertinent to life today. It is current, practical and funny. Overly serious people like me sincerely appreciate this kind of thing.
It really is surprising that more groups haven’t come together with more contemporary notions to believe in, ways to worship, etc. in modern day societies around the world.
Even the atheists are a powerfully large group among humans that are not banded in any power structure — and therefore they remain largely powerless and not overly magnetic to those in religious never never land.
Knowing what I know about some of the darkest, problematic secrets in scripture, I find myself wondering if something like Dudeism is actually some form of religious progress. Most certainly a great achievement in religious freedom and freedom of the press. But, if not, is it more a slap in the face to religion? Did it go just a bit too far toward the comic relief of religion that it missed the opportunity I see all around me?
Here’s a prediction: in the next century, someone or some group is going to emerge to catch a lot of the global religious fallout. It’s just too huge a market opportunity to go unnoticed and under-served: there are too many souls in flux that are conditioned to captivity.
We’ll see. A lot of humans might be greeting each other pretty soon with the religious greeting, “dude.”
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