An antiphon/antiphony is "a short chant in Christian ritual" based on the "call and response" alternation" between singers. It doesn't have to be set to music. It doesn't have to be sung. It is a fundamental structure, not only in Christianity, but in all religions. It is grounded upon an unspoken reply, or completion, to a statement either sung or said. The most popular one is "God loves you," as the call, with the unsung/unsaid extension/reply/response being: "If you do what I tell you to do, and if you don't you will go straight to hell." God doesn't love us if we don't believe God loves us and don't do what we are supposed to do as the spokespersons for God define that. This is the God Scam that has been running from the beginning of human existence, and maybe before, since we can't be sure of what goes on within any other species. "God is real and will do what we want God to do if we will do something nice for God. And if we don't, there is hell to pay." That is the fundamental religious approach to life and living. It is based on people getting other people to do what they want by telling them what God wants, which is always beneficial to the people doing the talking, or behind the people doing the talking. Hold this thought while I explore with you the alternative. The alternative is drugs/sex/alcohol. Because we do not know what to do with our time, and left on our own without some structure telling us what to do, we quickly go over into stress reduction behaviors which comes down to drugs/sex/alcohol. The stress we are trying to reduce is brought on by having years of unstructured time on our hands. We can get a job, but then what? How will we entertain ourselves? We still have time to kill, yes, kill, between shifts. Enter sex/drugs/alcohol. The God Scam was invented to give us something to do between shifts. Pray/Bible study/evangelism. Because we are lazy and lacking in self-direction/ determination/development/etc. Somebody has to tell us what to do or it's sex/drugs/alcohol, because there is nothing else that we want to do with time on our hands. And that is why things are as they are here and now. The church orders our life because somebody has to because we can't be counted on to order it for ourselves. Six million years or so of human existence declare emphatically that this is the way it is. Changing it requires us to embrace in good faith the three guardians and guides: Emptiness, stillness, silence, with our original nature and innate virtues (Te), and allowing that to lead us along the way (Tao). What's it going to be? Where we go from here is solely up to us.