Faith: allegiance to duty or a person: belief and trust in and loyalty to God: belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion: firm belief in something for which there is no proof: complete trust: something that is believed especially with strong conviction: a system of religious beliefs.
Knowledge: familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience or education. It can refer to the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); and it can be more or less formal or systematic.
Charlatan: a person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.
Status quo: a commonly used form of the original Latin “statu quo” – literally “the state in which” – is a Latin term meaning the current or existing state of affairs. To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are. The related phrase status quo ante, literally “the state in which before”, means “the state of affairs that existed previously”.
Hedge one’s bets: to reduce the risk of making a mistake, by keeping one’s options open.
A new year: is it a good time to ask for a new approach?
If history teaches anything, it’s that fighting rarely solves anything. When the fight is over, we have to talk to the folk we were fighting with. Isn’t it better to quit the fight now and launch a dialogue?
How we love to maintain and justify our entrenched positions! It is madness to suppose that repeating the actions of the past will have a different outcome in the future. The only people who benefit are the arms manufacturers.
Remember: the folk we are killing think they are right. They may or may not be, but killing them won’t change their minds. More likely, we produce yet another generation of fighters and haters, more entrenched positions, more legacy to unravel, more violence to be visited upon the next generation. What kind of a world would you like to donate to your children?
Christians do a fair bit of moaning about what Christmas has become in the modern world: the commercialisation, the boozing, &c. I take their point but I think it is worth remembering that Christmas was originally a pagan mid-winter festival that the Christians hijacked and perverted to their own ends. The same is true of Easter. At least with Christmas they had the good grace to change the festival’s name.
No-one in their right mind believes that Caesar decreed all his subjects should go to the town of their birth to be registered in the middle of Winter, when the travel would have been so problematic.
If so, why? Is it a coincidence or did they talk you into it? Is it a convenience, a path of least resistance? Do you believe the religion you follow is better than the others? Is your religion under threat from others? If so, what will you do to defend it? How far will you go? Will you go to war? If your parents followed a different religion, would you follow that one instead? What would you do to defend that one?