Wrote about “The Build Down”, in relation to particularly negative views of others being a means to make certain people feel better about themselves. Fundamentalist religions seem to have a similar view about people, in relation to adherents and particularly in relation to outsiders to the religion. Gets tied to do this or you will be punished. Do this because if you don’t, you are damned. Do this out of fear for the wrath of the Higher Power. Do this because you are fundamentally a bad person, and this is the only way you can change. And you must change from that person who you think you are.
If a parent behaved in this manner, many would question the parenting skills, amidst concerns as to how the child could be damaged by such attitudes. All these concerns for a need to demonstrate faith in the child’s essential goodness. Yet when framed from religious perspective, somehow that which would be outrageous in a parenting or pedagogical context becomes more acceptable. Obey me, or you will be punished.
The notion of a retributive Higher Power–human construct to restrain adherents? Where the “no judgement” is primarily referenced to questioning religious precepts, since so many are judged to be so worthless and torn, by their respective religious.
Wrote about Father Fitz. Thought I heard what he said. Faith, not punishment:
All you have to do is ask God to help you be the person He wants you to be.
Father Fitz, a Montreal priest, was the subject of a Globe and Mail profile. Lessons from those who don’t need the lording, and where those who need it must force it:
He was born in Outremont, on April 20, 1928. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother died when he was 10, leaving him and his three sisters, including a twin, to fend for themselves. Without any extended family to depend upon, David dropped out of D’Arcy McGee High School to support himself. Even as a youngster he had an uncomplicated, abiding faith that God would look after him. He often liked to quote Jeremiah 1.5: “When I was born, God called me forth.”
…He often said it would be the laity – the community of the faithful, not the Pope, or his bishops who would save the church. He believed it was a great age for Christians, saying the emphasis has shifted “away from sin to love.”
I found that I don’t have to be so smart