Friday, April 22, 2011


People believe what they feel makes them belong in their skin.  Belief is personal.

Religion is the practice of applying/imposing one's own belief to/upon the lives of others.  Religion is social.

Belief is non-threatening, non-engaging socially.  It's one's own coping mechanism, and operates quietly within the most intimate confines of one's inner life.

Religion is culture, and is woven into and through a society.  Religion brings tension close behind, like a dutiful sister-in-tow:  It seeks conflict by its very nature, and speaks of its own interest.  And conflict always comes.  Sides are formed over lines in the proverbial sand...

Ozzy Osbourne, in his song "Rock N' Roll", sings, "Rock n' Roll is my religion and my law".  This bold, jagged line flies in the face of our organized, denominational, sectarian monotheistic society with its forward sentiment and matter-of-fact, challenging delivery.  Rock n' roll is and always has been about rebellion, and the throwing off of artificial mores and behaviors of the prevailing popular culture.  This is especially true as relates to the ordering of such social straitening established by the religious authorities-at-large with threats of eternal separation from God, in their constant and vigorous attempts to homogenize society and discourage the cultivation of personal identity, free thought, social interaction and innovation.  People are easier to herd about, after all, when they are made to behave like a "flock" of simple creatures with a common idea.  In "Rock N' Roll" Mr. Osbourne declares his conflict with, and throws a stone in the path of what he sees as an oppressive prevailing popular culture, by means of his own diametrically-opposed, perhaps desperation-driven counter-culture.  Leave it to the Brits to put a humorous spin on the bitter pill of torment-borne cynicism.

Religion is social...

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