Today as I walked the halls to go to lunch an idea popped in my head ‘what the hell is secularism’?
I mean really, is it an ideology? A Paradigm? A pathway to a better life? No. And neither is humanism. And really, neither is science.
Religion is at least offering a value system to live by and adhere to – whether we like it or not – it’s setting a fence around our behavior and asking us to consider some ideas first. I cannot say the same for secular thought, humanism, and not even science. No fence. No pathway. No direction or guidance. No Paradigm.
People knock faith for a variety of reasons – and some of them make sense…some don’t. I don’t understand why someone would toss out something that seeks to safeguard your actions? In all honesty, that seems like the problem in todays society – the more choice we have the less conscience we have. Take someone’s direction/guidance from the picture and we can likely imagine how problems can spiral out of control for some.
Faith functions as a guide (if anything of all the great and harsh words said of the word). Religion has more of a place in this society than it may have ever had previously – due to the need for guidance in a place filled with ‘choice’ offering less and less filters of those choices. In case people haven’t looked around in the past 20 years – we have some serious problems in the West…not because of freedoms…because of our abuse of freedoms.
I can barely think of an aspect of the Western lifestyle that isn’t in some chaos right now – marriage/cheating, food industry, economics, obesity (we’re fat ‘people’), health problems, pollution, sexually driven culture, broken neighborhoods, gangs, desensitivity ot violence, poverty of the middle class (poverty in general), diseases (airborne and communicable one’s), teen sexuality getting younger, drug addiction, youth pregnancy, booming porn industry, oil industry in decline (also a pollutant), gov’t corruption, to name a few.
The core problem with all of this is we don’t have a clue how to stop it. We want our freedoms to almost be restriction-less. But nothing is without restrictons…nothing worth having anyways.
I contend faith fits into this ‘gap’ in an overhwhelmed society.