For me; a true paradox.

I do not assign much credibility, or indeed hold any affection, for organised religion. Anyone else, well they can believe or hold whatever deity they can cling to; but just don’t proselytise, especially around my front door, because you shall receive a truly dusty response. The strange rites, as ordained by the leaders, creators or publicists of the various religions; as beheld by an agnostic eye; are sometimes ridiculous, sometimes ludicrous, and sometimes downright absurd. But, that is what the believers adhere to, and who am I to state that I am right, and everyone else is sadly mistaken? From the stoning of the wall at Mecca by the millions of muslims during the Hajj; to the veneration of the ‘true cross’ in Christianity; they all stride along together, in my mind’s eye; as simply daft.

But, at the very same time as I decry Religion, and the various offshoots of the  seven or eight basic beliefs which hold in thrall the billions of believers, I have to admit that at least one facet, one shiny shard of religious belief holds my very being. It entrances, it uplifts, it soothes and it enhances my very existence. I refer of course to Music, and the music of Religion; and what could be better than to listen to any of the myriad proofs that mankind has, in his makeup; an aura of ethereal divinity?

3 comments for “For me; a true paradox.

  1. Hereward Unbowed.
    October 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I am a little uncomfortable with your unease about all things Christianity but very comfortable about your love of great works of sublime, orchestral transcendence.

    Free thinkers must be united in cause, if not in philosophy.

  2. Henry Kaye
    October 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I’m with you Mike; I have no time for religious mumbo jumbo – but I do have to admit that I have no explanation for our existence and sometimes that bothers me! But, like you, I love the music that some religions have given rise to.

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