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Religious parrots

TIme to Think

Published: May 23, 2013

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I'm sure we're all familiar with parrots who keep repeating over and over again exactly what their owners, their masters have taught them. Well, as today's title suggests, I believe that there are a whole lot of, what I'm referring to here today as, religious parrots. Now, what exactly do you mean by that phrase D. Paul many may query? Well, what I simply mean is this.

There are a whole lot of people who are members of a particular religious denomination, who just keep on repeating over and over again, just like a parrot, certain phrases from their book — the book which contains the tenants of their particular religious teachings. Now, if you endeavor to have a sensible conversation with a parrot, we all know that this just will not work as it would appear that the parrot can only repeat what it has been taught to say, it cannot take part in an intelligent discourse with anyone.

Well this also appears to be the case with religious parrots, who although they are able to quote endlessly from the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita or the Teaching of Buddha for example, when you try to have a sensible conversation with them about some of their core beliefs, they're actually completely lost for words and unable to think or speak for themselves without referring once again to and quoting from their particular book. This to me is indeed very sad as it means in effect, that these people are just brainwashed and unable to think for themselves. What an insult to the Creator who gave us all the intelligence to think for ourself.

I’ve tried innumerable times to have a sensible, intelligent conversation with some religious people about what their beliefs are and what mine are. However, this invariably ends up being a complete waste of time and energy, as for the most part religious people are unable to really think for themselves. They can only repeat over and over again, just like a parrot, various lines from their book, which according to them contains all truth. The really sad thing is that they have only read one book, their book, and thus have not allowed themselves to read a wide range of books containing spiritual concepts and Godly wisdom. To me, this is most definitely a grave insult to the Creator, who after all gave us all the intelligence to think for ourselves.

Now believe me, I have no problem with anyone, anywhere in the world believing exactly what they wish to believe from a spiritual perspective. That's their God-given right. But I suggest that before anyone makes up their mind about what to believe, spiritually speaking, they at least educate themselves about all spiritual concepts before finally deciding on what’s best for them.



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