Fear not! Life is a game. When you play a game, do you fear your opponent? No. You just play the game to the best of your ability, accept the play of your opponent and play on. I am fearless but I can only be fearless for myself. I can be an example of fearlessness which may connect with some people but, whatever, each of us is living our own life, playing our own game.
I have been concerned about the future of our planet for many years, we can call it fear, I suppose. I have saved land and cultural institutions for future generations, I am doing all I can think of to stop global warming. I am not immunize from thoughts of the future that are fearsome and, truth be told, I find my death preferable to witnessing the future I see.
How did we get here? Not immediately easy to grasp, but religion is the culprit. One of the ways it has worked is to instill belief in children, belief that too frequently has overridden scientific facts. That is what is most strongly at work today pushing the globe to an unlivable home for our species.
Here is a fantasy (belief). Lets say there is a place outside of the life we know, call it heaven, with twelve gods, could be more or less but more than one, who develop a game to play. Let’s face it, eternity is a long time and something has to be done to relieve the boredom. The gods choose up sides with the goal of one side to destroy the game and the other to prevent them from doing it. The good guys, about 2,000 years ago in game time, put a player in motion with incredible charisma who taught the concept of acceptance of everyone and compassion. Actually, it is what “life” is like on the other side, in heaven, everyone loves everyone. They don’t all have the same beliefs, thoughts, philosophies; they argue, I should say debate, but there is always acceptance of each other, respect, compassion and love. That’s heaven, but here on earth preaching love, an idea those who were trying to protect the game thought would be a winner, was soon twisted effectively by those working to destroy the game.
They put pawns into play who took the words of this great philosopher/psychologist out to the people. The disciples thought they were good thoughts but they found that people, the simple people, got more revved up when the source of the wisdom was a little supernatural so they embellished his background, made his birth from a virgin, had him perform miracles like walking on water, calming a storm, healing people. That worked great but there was one more embellishment that was necessary. These disciples become itinerant preachers needed a little something for themselves so they said that people should follow them, that they were their guides to heaven, that one could not get into heaven unless they pledged their souls to the great philosopher/psychologist and through him and through them and thus was the Catholic church born and from those warped teachings all other Christian religions. That, dear friends, is how the destroyers converted good words into bad deeds ultimately burning our species from the earth.
If you doubt me, read the New Testament and you should find the central message to be love for everyone and, with a little reasoning you will realize that “I am the way” is very inconsistent with the central message.