I have the stick and poke ‘no gods no masters’ tattoo on my arm.
I have a huge amount of skepticism towards almost all organized religions. I find most religious people to be full of the same crap that most non religious people are full of.
Is there a type of spirituality that is okay? Can one be an anarchist and religious or spiritual?
I met a new friend at Richmond Food Not Bombs. Turns out he is a Christian. But probably one of the most impressive people I have met in a long time. We share many of the same beliefs and world views. We both strive to lessen suffering. And honestly for a non- anarchist he has really spot on analysis of many economical and political issues.
The one thing we don’t agree on is God, or as he puts it for my sake, the G word.
It is incredible to both of us that our very different methods have led us to many of the same conclusions. And this new friendship is really making me wonder about what I am even comfortable with in terms of spirituality.
I tend to supress my emotions and try to not deal with complex issues like spirituality. I am not comfortable being that open, and I am not sure that there would be benefit for such emotional risks.
But in the past I have found useful information and ideas in buddhist texts. They have helped me stay sober and work on my patience and compassion.
I am really uncomfortable at the idea of spirituality.
And I don’t really see much in most anarchists or at least in what I know of them.
Is it even possible to be religious and anarchist?
I have gone to things like AA meetings, and seen people completely convinced that they can not stay sober without God. And I think there is quite often an unhealthy level of dependence on God and religion.
Coming from a punk rock Do It Yourself culture, I have a serious problem giving up control or what I see as my control in a situation. And I get really sad when I see people not thinking they are strong mentally. I am also a really stubborn person, and I have accomplished a lot through sheer will power. Why would it be that I can do that while others struggle with that? Is it my background and family? My privilege? My education? Is doing it all by myself just mean I am making life harder on myself?
And I also think that people being so dependent on God is really disempowering. And without Empowerment and Accountability (which go hand in hand) we will never have a just and positive world. If people do not feel like they can do things themselves then they are less likely to try. And then folks are less likely to take responsibility for their own actions.
I can’t fake belief. And I have a lot of problems with religion and ‘God’. I am unsure how to react though when faced with a deeply religious person who is so similar to me.
What are others’ experiences along these lines?
I am not so good about talking about religion or spirituality, so my apologies for this incoherent ramble of questions.