All bad religion thinks the way it sees things is the way things are. Taking the way we see things to be the way things are is what schizophrenics do best. Bad religion and schizophrenia are inseparable. Where does that line lie? Bad religion is always talking about "God's will this," and "God's will that." Everything is "God's will, God's will, God's will..." Bad Religion holds that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, all-good in an "In HIM (always a HIM) is light and there is no darkness at all!!!" Please. Rumi had it right: "Darkness is the cradle of light." Darkness is light's mother. Light would be dark without darkness. Nobody could see anything without the contrast of shadow, of darkness. Which ties in nicely with God's will. God is all-powerful And God's will is what holds everything in place. Look around. If God's will is responsible for all of this, God should quit. Or be fired. The truth about God is this: God is as vulnerable as a baby born in a manger, as a man dying on a cross. God is helpless. God has no favorites. God has no stake in anything, has nothing to gain or lose in any outcome. With God, one thing is as good as another. Else, how can things be what they are? It's a mess out there, and has been from the beginning. Which beginning was that? How many beginnings have there been? And they have all turned out to be indistinguishable from the last beginning. Or the next one. It's a mess everywhere we look. God's will is messy. God loves a good mess. God is not who God is cracked up to be. Speaking of cracked up, it cracks me up to hear people talking about God being all-powerful and all-compassionate in a world like this one. Compassion is the other side of the mess. The mess generates compassion by being so messy. Compassion is the mess's way of cleaning up the mess. As a way of balancing out the madness. Schizophrenia has a compassionate side. And bad religion produces good religion as a reaction to the insanity of bad religion. Like water, everything seeks its own level. Homeostasis, equilibrium, balance, harmony, peace, compassion... are what everything is seeking. Searching for. Living to experience. The mess produces its own need for order. Generates its own thirst for "decently and in order." Strives to save itself from itself. Light from darkness. Life from death. Resurrection. Good religion. The way things ought to be. The Phoenix rising from its own ashes. God's will willing itself into being. Sense from nonsense. Created by allowing things to be exactly what they are long enough to become what they need to be. And that's a long, long time. And, it is the way.
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