Sublime and Sinister

There is a spiritual impulse in humans, to seek meaning and transcendent value, and it can manifest as a humble and sublime philosophy...

At the same time, there is a rabid religious impulse, steeped in dogma, which takes the former impulse hostage and suffocates it.

Religion is both sublime and sinister, because man is both sublime and sinister.

No religion that is blind to its own darkness can hope to transcend it. Blindness, unfortunately, comes all too easy.

The world is steeped in ignorance and well-meaning individuals striving to change that are prone to forget their own submersion in the same.

The world is too certain and too far from truth. It is too certain in its assertions and its negations. It needs more self-doubt.

This intellectual humility, however, is a virtue, and virtue does not come easy. It comes from neither logic, nor faith.

A series of tweets from my twitter account.

Comments

Malang said…
"No religion that is blind to its own darkness can hope to transcend it. Blindness, unfortunately, comes all too easy." Is this to say that religions that acknowledge their own darkness would be able to transcend it? I know it's a hypothetical but it is a leading question...If we can acknowledge an inherent trait, does that mean we can change it? (Not the same as habit, which requires acknowledgement)
Awais Aftab said…
@ Malang

"Is this to say that religions that acknowledge their own darkness would be able to transcend it?"

Such an acknowledgement may perhaps be necessary but certainly not sufficient. If possible at all.