|I find Dr. Juergensmeyer's comments really refreshing.
||[Oct. 6th, 2015|05:19 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
I don't understand the "struggle" to remain in a "faith." If you find yourself struggling, stop. You're almost certainly not struggling for you. You're probably struggling for the sake of how you will be perceived by someone else, and maybe you feel compelled to do that, but . . . Only faith and belief are vulnerable; knowledge is not. If you opt for knowledge in lieu of faith or belief, knowledge will stand up all by itself; you don't have to struggle to believe it. Knowledge doesn't necessarily need to be based on external facts. It may be based on intuition, internal knowledge, as it were. But if you find your "faith,"---what you thought you "knew,"---crumbling, you MUST be free to abandon it in favor of whatever makes more sense. That's the religious freedom that Dr. Juergensmeyer was talking about. If you're struggling, you're probably struggling to remain in a role, like an actor who doesn't believe his lines anymore. You're not struggling to know what you know; you don't have to. What I got out of Dr. Juergensmeyer's decision was that we, all of us, need to quit torturing ourselves and each other by trying to force ourselves and each other to remain in roles that we've outgrown or have discovered untrue to our nature.
I'm just sayin' . . .