Australia has just gone to the Census. My son and I filled it out online last night (nice touch ABS). When we got to the question on religion, he looked at me. *Sigh* What was I going to do? His choice, ‘Apathetic Agnostic’ was easy… mine not so.
You see, as I’ve blogged before I am connected to a number of traditions, and they all call to me in several ways; all are wonderful, inspiring and help me unfold and serve. But none of the buggers have quite what it takes for me to call ‘home’ (forgoing the rest). So, here cometh the rant – complete with uncensored prejudicial opinions :)
The Golden Dawn: ok – brilliant modern synthesis of traditional western magic, great opportunities for transformation. But seriously – how can anyone abide the lack of service, compassion and social understanding shown by most adepts and Orders? And what the fuck is going on with using the Gods, seeing them as magical formulas? Not to mention to undeniable fact that many folk still show off their grades and lineage to compensate for their dick size…and why in holy hell are most of the pubic leaders as crazy as a rodent on speed? Why the hell are you guys putting up with leaders who obviously lie, cheat and manipulate? Grrr.
Neo-Paganism: Okay, yes, as soon as I am in the circle, under the moon or holding the Chalice I am at home. But, stepping out of the circle I have to speak to… Pagans, who, I am sorry, are mostly just plain stupid. And they don’t read…really, still holding on to the ‘my-religion-is-as-ancient-as-the-hills’ mythic histories as real. Come on guys! Also, what about the Land, huh? … cerebrating your ‘earth-based’ European ‘Sabbats’ all over the world?! And the ignorance of other religions and the petty sniping at Christianity ‘cos some fucking nun growled at you in primary school – grow up! Grrr.
Tibetan Buddhism. Ah, a perfect tradition, compassionate and whole and complete within itself. Well, yes…but most westerners are picking and choosing like a child with complete run of the sweet shop. Some mung beans are even creating new ‘traditions’ that are like those bags of black jelly beans – ‘cos they just don’t like the rest. What about evil spirits, huh? Or dance and drug induced oracles? And Buddhist guys, have you stopped ejaculating yet? – His Holiness says you should. And of course most Western Tibetan Buddhist folk are as vital as deflated sex doll. In fact the only vital ones I know are the Tibetans themselves or people who’ve come from pagan backgrounds. Go figure that one! Grrr.
Christianity. Okay, yes, lovely in theory and a great myth, really moves me and makes me humble and open to service and change. But… well, where do we start? Too much to go into really, so… this clip from Eddie Izzard (all good, but go to around 2:20 for Church of England, my Church of choice!?!).
Spot on Eddie, spot on. And why, O fucking, why after celebrating the most profound ritual possible, the Sacrifice that turns the world, will the bloody parishioners only talk about football and gardening? Hello people, religion… you’ve heard of it? Grrr.
Here endeth the rant… thanks :)