“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”
I begin this piece with a quote from Karl Marx, the Father of communism.
Religion is without a doubt a subjective, controversial, and complicated topic. Yet, I seem to enjoy writing about hard-to-write subjects. I am not going to associate myself with any religion today. I am writing from the view of an observer and nothing more.
When I say it is subjective, I bring light upon how every person experiences and views religion from different eyes. I have always been surrounded by people who didn’t mind my strong opinions but that doesn’t mean I am not told to follow the religious path that society has set.
Personally, I would prefer to not be associated with any religion because I have seen it create a terrible divide. I cannot stand by and ignore all the hate that bubbles up due to religious boundaries. You must be thinking “She is just a 17-year-old kid, what is she even talking about?” Well, even though I am not an adult, I have seen people around me disgracing other religions. Sometimes, it is unconsciously but the rest of the time, they consciously pass hate comments and that just makes me sad. I am not penning down the tens of hate crimes that take place due to religion because I am sure that you have all come across them at some point in your life.
Religion is something so man-made and that is a fact, so do not tell me that religion was always an earthly possession. So imagine the amount of faith it takes to believe that religion is the creator’s wish. I have asked my elders time and time again why religion is such an essential and apparently indisposable part of life. Their thoughts seem to be colored by generations of stories and influences. I can see their minds struggling to form an answer which I cannot debate.
The only reason I have added that quote to the beginning is that I find it interesting how Marx thinks religion is a good factor in life. He feels it provides solace and numbs the pain of everyday life. In his words ‘Religion is the opium of people’ and for a very long time, I wondered how it could be. So, after an eye-opening session, I realized that if it causes divide, it brings those on one side closer. I am still not in favour of religious barriers but I can see why it can be the drug that numbs loneliness and creates a bond that lasts. It is highly addictive and influencing, just like a drug, because it gives one an identity, support, and peace of mind (in not-extreme cases)
So, in conclusion, overdosing on religion can lead to death too but knowing the boundaries can lead to no harm.
Thank you for reading! See you in the next blog!