Back before science
They used the shaman
To bring the rain.
He always ate the choice,
Enjoyed the power.
Was waited on
His pronouncement were the truth –
Explaining mysteries without proof.
They wrote it all down
To become the gospel word.
It mattered little
That most was just absurd.
It did not need
To be true.
As long as people
Stuck to it like glue.
Opher – 26.6.2022
Religion is powerful. It is tribal. Its dress and ritual are intermixed with our cultures
Its messages can be interpreted in many ways. It is always open to interpretation and malleable. Most things can be justified.
The absurdities are glossed over.
The cultural influences carefully ignored.
Everyone is able to pick and choose the bits they want to. It can be used to vilify all war and sanctify war.
The establishment find it very useful. It is used to vindicate them. Its power is deployed. It unifies the tribe.
Putin uses it – appearing with ceremonies and religious patriarchs.
Ukraine uses it. Soldiers cross themselves and die with renewed vigour.