There is a project I am working on that early on presented me with a bit of a moral dilemma. The project is simple really; find a problem that religion faces and argue a solution. The dilemma occurred when I could not think of anything that wasn’t arguing what people should or should not believe or practice, which quite frankly is against the teaching of the Craft. Witches are free in their path and nobody can dictate for another their life, to attempt to impose otherwise is inwardly damaging to the perpetrator of such attempts.
I did arrive at a solution, after spending most of yesterday morning mulling over various completely subjective problems. Who am I to say these issues I imagine are problems for others? Just as my dilemma was rooted in the lore of the Craft, so too came the answer. Somehow I had become too wrapped up in wording and was allowing it to reign. Instead of arguing what anyone should or shouldn’t believe or do, I decided I would instead pick a practice common throughout religion, the Craft being orthopraxis and all, and argue how that particular practice can be beneficial to anyone, purposely picking something that would stir the pot and be controversial.
So as I delve into my research and twist my thoughts about this project, which I am dubbing Project Repetitive Silence (for no particular reason at all), expect to see occasional musings and babblings in regards to it. Oh and just in case anyone is curious as to what I picked. I decided to argue the benefits of ritualistic prayer regardless of whether an individual is theistic or non-theistic. Simply put, atheists and deists alike can get something from the ritual use of prayer. Now before anyone rams my boat and starts flinging gibbidy-gloop at the parade, please note that Buddhism, one of the World’s largest religions, is non-theistic; no belief in deity required. Plus I have found lots of peer-reviewed “science-like” studies that show self-proclaimed atheists lowering stress, a.k.a benefiting, via prayer done in this way. Anyway, off to dig in dusty mounds of electronic journals and row upon row of long forgotten e-tombs (ebooks).
"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."