Re: It's a religious thing.
Judith Kyrala (IACJYK@ASUACAD.BITNET)
Mon, 9 Dec 1991 15:11:59 MST
'Take God out of Scouting or make the God that Scouting recognizes as large as
the Universe and not as small as a single human mind ...'
Who says God has to be 'large as the universe.'? If one wishes to believe in a
God that is small,personal and reachable that is allowed if one adheres to any
beliefs about freedom of religion at all. My discipline is physics - and there
are many topologies of the universe where the interior may be the exterior and
vice versa. We understand little of the universe at large and we understand
little of our own inner mechanisms of thought. There seems to be room for a
Great Mystery in both regions. Perhaps a reading of 'Flatland' by Abbott
would prove enlightening - a short little gem of a book.
Don't be so hasty to classify the beliefs of others in such negative terms.
To have a wife commit suttee on the death of her husband is not inherently
more cruel than condemning a woman to be a bag lady because her dead
husband left her no material support and her society deems it appropriate for
her to roam the streets but to stay alive as long as possible.
Human beliefs often seem cruel whether they go by the name of religion or not.
Reform starts within. Can you live and set up a system to educate children
that they will wish to carry on to their children without setting up something
that looks and functions like a body of beliefs that could be deemed by others
as a religion? If so, how would you do it?
Even science looks like a religion to many! Do you believe in Einstein? etc.
Or would you leave your children to discover all anew?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City