Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.
God has no religion.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
With yet another Christmas Holiday approaching, I should find an inspiration to write about Santa, Jesus, even a god should find a place in that story. But, believing in a sort of unfathomable universal intelligence -- which would describe me -- is pretty far from any religious indoctrination.
Meaning that no organized religion is my cup of tea. But, oh, yes, I got baptized as baby, along with being given a name by which I would be identified for the rest of my life, beside being "officially" a Catholic. You know, that was to signify the beginning of a long process of my being told by authorities who I am -- so that I don't have to strain my mind over it.
My intellectual appetite for a satire could be seen as my act of rebellion against all that cultural brainwashing, with the only difference that there is no resentment involved in my case. Let's say, I am borrowing Jesus's words from the cross when he raised his eyes and said: "Forgive them, Father, for they don't know what they are doing".
And they surely didn't, because they inherited all kind of never challenged crap from their own parents, who got it from theirs -- who knows how far back into the long history of paradigm's intellectual arrogance and dogma.
So, if you can hear me, o' mom and dad, up there -- I am not blaming you for trying to make a good church goer out of me. Out of a touristic curiosity I have been in few of the famous European cathedrals, but that was, like I say, for pleasure, not for business of contacting my Maker.
Thus, on this cold and sunny December Sunday morning, I am not in a church to be saved, but sitting here at my home with an unholy intention to write a couple of pieces of my prose in rhymes -- and make it mildly satirical. Not mocking, but "playfully un-religious".
So, here I go with my satirical creations.
The mind is its own place, and in itself it can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
-- John Milton
That Lively Religious Imagination
Once that we devotedly believe in a god
we tend to ascribe everything to his will
and we might even see it as a little odd
but while spoil so popular people's thrill.
Believing can be balsam to our heart
healing our pains and giving us hope
it doesn't have to make us very smart
but feels helpful at the end of our rope.
We create a god that created us
no one says it has to make sense
belief is shunning every brain's fuss
it works best with a dose of pretense.
Make-believe world is in human domain
and no one should rain on that parade
belief is not meant to be toy of brain
it's understood from the first grade.
They say dreams die first before we die
people use anything for stress release
to some it's a kind of a pie in the sky
others have gods for their peace.
II create my joy with my own sheer will
so I don't need any religious crutches
religion doesn't provide my magic pill
but I respect others' escape hatches.
In heaven, all interesting people are missing.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
Just Kneel and Believe
Wouldn't it be nice to admire
a world of true spiritual grit
but all this is just a satire
not meaning a bit of it.
With quite few of gods around
dwelling in celestial real estate
and all the prayers so profound
life on earth has got to be great.
Billions of all true believers
surely inspiring world peace
converting liars and deceivers
and causing global love increase.
Millennia of such divine teaching
created a Shangri-La on our earth
with powerful convincing preaching
securing for each of us a sure rebirth.
Love is turning the world around
love is an essence of our being
love is everywhere to be found
love is the crux of our believing.
So don't be some atheist goofs
kneel and join the dude who prays
and don't dare to look for any proofs
for He is said to work in mysterious ways.
Just like I warned you at the very start
some things are only part of dreams
satires are trying to sound smart
with nothing being as it seems.
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