By TLB Contributing Writer & Friend: Ken LaRive
“Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
It is far better to be free,
to leave the forts and barricades of fear,
to stand erect and face the future with a smile.
It is far better to give yourself sometimes to negligence,
to drift with wave and tide, with the blind force of the world,
to think and dream,
to forget the chains and limitations of the breathing life,
to forget purpose and object,
to lounge in the picture gallery of the brain,
to feel once more the clasps and kisses of the past,
to bring life’s morning back,
to see again the forms and faces of the dead,
to paint fair pictures for the coming years,
to forget all Gods,
their promises and threats,
to feel within your veins life’s joyous stream and hear the martial music,
the rhythmic beating of your fearless heart.
And then to rouse yourself to do all useful things,
to reach with thought and deed the ideal in your brain,
to give your fancies wing,
that they, like chemist bees, may find art’s nectar in the weeds of common things,
to look with trained and steady eyes for facts,
to find the subtle threads that join the distant with the now,
to increase knowledge,
to take burdens from the weak,
to develop the brain, to defend the right,
to make a palace for the soul.
This is real religion. This is real worship.”
For me, I have shed the colored robe of fear, and replaced it with wonder. I have replaced my dependence on man-made faith with a singular thought: I do not know.
I choose to stand on my own two feet, and to look out upon this stretch of time as my own. I take full responsibility, and have no need to brace myself on the ideals of another man, or his institution. I know the concept of selfless love, and that was not found in the eyes of many men I have known… always looking for payment. You see, I know that I do not know, and I also know that I do not have the ability to know. Only faith can fill that void, and so, I choose to be an empty vessel. A vessel I will fill. With that, I can travel this life unfettered, unchained, and nothing is more Liberating. Nothing has given me more strength, Nothing has given me more volition, and yes, purpose.
It is called Liberty
It’s a simple but beautiful metaphor. Our soul is likened to an uncut diamond, pure, perfect, and unrealized. Each learned experience cleaves a facet on its face, and leaves it changed forever. Through this facet, this clear window, new light, new questions and ideas take shape and form. This process is our reason for being …
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