It never ceases to amaze me how people tend to lead with fear and the possibility of a negative or bad result of a situation, no matter how remote the possibility that an event might happen. A few examples were yesterday I climbed up on a stack of long timber logs. “You can’t do that?”
“You are kidding me? There is a law against climbing up on a stack of logs?” I stopped short at saying, “is there a law against climbing in a dirt pile? Playing in mud?” As I realized there are so many laws in the United States, and post 9-11 very creative ways to basically take even a saint and put them in jail.
I thought about it for a moment and said, “well? One reason you have so many rules and laws in Switzerland is that you had 800 years to overdevelop the system.”
I don’t mind rules and laws, you need them, but my god, it feels like going to church in a religious sense with the secular world anymore. The difference is not the fear of eternal damnation, but a too many lawyers, too much greed, too much pride and a large dose of ego fueling the earthly system.
Then again, you make all the rules, you have to enforce them, and THEN comes the problems of the aforementioned secular elements (for all I know it might be the same at the highest levels of religious institutions) and you then have privilege, cronyism, favoritism and in the southern USA, the good ole boy network that does not provide fairness and justness in the system to all, but a few.
The real world is getting as bad as the religious world for legalism.
Then again, it doesn’t matter where you are on the planet, the adage, “when in Rome, do as the Romans” no longer seems to apply with people respecting each others path from whence they came. In Switzerland, you have the people that were offered a place to come from being persecuted somewhere else, not wanting to change to live inside a different culture or rules.
I am no different than the rest, “there is a law against climbing on a wood pile?” (Insert incredulous look on my face) “Do you have any idea how much more dangerous it was cutting trees, clearing the land in Colorado than climbing on this pile of logs?”
(Insert sound of crickets chirping in the forest)
For what it matters, I fight the same internal battle every time I go into church. There was a book idea I came up with 10 -12 years ago, “why I go to church/ why I don’t go to church” it was a sexy portrait book in black and white running off the very simplistic idea of good vs. evil and the choice each gets to make with believing in something more than what we can see.
It was my simplistic look at the spiritual dynamic of religion and why much of the time, just like peoples lives getting sucked up by obligations instead of priorities, in church you have people following all sorts of rules, traditions, and legalistic things that change with each denomination of the same religion to simply seem to suck much of ones time and keep one from going deeper into the communion and prayer in the spirit with god.
Have you ever read a rote prayer and thought, “this just seems like me reading words off a page?”
Have you ever started reading a rote prayer and had your inner soul transcended beyond the words on the page and beyond the world you know here?”
Once you get past the words on the pages, past the people standing on a pulpit expounding what you should do without a clear path of “how” to do it and get a taste of it, experience it – it makes a big difference.
But then, i have to wonder, what are many people doing in church? I got some interesting answers when i prototyped the book idea. Very interesting.
The more I type about these issues in the world, the more I can see a good use for the Augmanity technologies.