Sunday, October 23, 2011

A World Without Religion?


The End of Faith By Sam Harris
I know, I know, I am stepping into dangerous ground especially here in Malaysia where it is an offence to even proselytise the Muslims! And I guess that a lot of this fear and sensitivity has to do with the politicians who often play the religion card for their own purposes.

But I am not going to debate on religion. I know it is pointless to do so. Because every one claims that every religion teaches only the good, but everyone is also convinced that their's the only true one.

And there is no way really to prove which is right or which is wrong or that god even exists, apart from quoting books and people who lived centuries or thousand years ago and personal convictions which, with all due respect, cannot be equated to proof or be regarded the same as.

But we are all familiar with a world with religion. But can we imagine a world without?

So, instead of debating, let's just imagine, as John Lennon once did:


Imagine


Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...


Imagine there are no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace


You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one


Imagine no possessions
I wonder if we can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world 


You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one


Imagine! But as a parting shot, let me share what someone once said about religion that I just came across from the FAMOUS QUOTES box in this blog:


" Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich" Napoleon Bonaparte.


Interesting, coming from the emperor himself!

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