consist of part moral
teachings, part service to humanity, part faith, part superstition,
part politics, part business enterprises, part sciences, part
philosophies and part
cults. The exact composition & emphasis of each religious individual or
organization is what determines whether they are good or evil.
Religion is like pornography: healthy
and essential in small doses, deadly and disastrous when over-dosed.
Spiritual does not
equate religious. Religious does not imply goodness or morality.
Beware of the fundamental religious fanatics!
In my travels, I am fortunate to
have met quite a few
truly good religious people. Grounded in solid reality, infused with
vital broad knowledge, driven not by fear nor guilt, but by true love
and compassion, practicing genuine tolerance. They put
rituals, ideologies, political ambitions & commercial conquest behind and let
service to humanity emerge to the forefront.
Sam C. Chan