What Religion Am I?

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After giving it some thought, I realized I am not agnostic. I'm not sure if they had a name for the Greek religion, but in general I am polytheistic. I believe what everyone believed back then. In the basic and complex forces that govern human nature and the world.

Take the Hellenistic Gods for example. They may have represented actual kings, queens, notable persons or dynasties. But their myths and iconic personalities represent the fundamental forces both within and around us. Of wrath(Aries), passion (Aphrodite), power (Zeus), vengeance (Hera), our need to communicate (Hermes), dreams (Morpheus), our curiosity and aspiration to knowledge (Athena), or animosity towards one another (Aries), as well the sun (Apollo), the sea (Poseidon), the earth (Minerva) and the like. Not so much the forces around us, but the forces that governs us are indeed- so long as we are- immortal. Invincible. There is evidence of them all around. Truly patronize one, and you will get a tangible result.

Oddly, I think it all comes full circle. Worship of one god or many is just a crude form of humanism- the belief and worship of the human race. The veneer is less than paper thin. The Gods/God are clearly us. We are trying to evolve ourselves through them. In the past, Gods represented who we were. Now, they are more a distillation. A purification of what we see as our faults and an embodiment of our ideals, virtues, and ambitions. If you had to chose your favorite God, it would be the one you respect the most. The one you respect the most is likely the one you wish you could emulate.

So I am polytheistic. Because I believe in those forces within and without that affect me and the world around me. I believe in the Gods because they are reflections of me and us as a society. Perhaps even animals. (I've always thought that the study that says animals have no emotions was anywhere from laughable to scornful. there were similar studies made about African slaves and Jews during the Holocaust by noted scientists; things said for the benefit of a clear conscience or a spur to the radical) And rather than scorn, I guess I can understand a little. Despite the natural tendency to undermine and manipulate, a people who have gods may have ideals, ambitions, and dreams. They put a goal above them and try to reach it. Unfortunately, while everyone is religious, very, very few are pious. No one follows their religions teachings. Religion is not the problem. People are.

In the end, I think religion is the long, long tale of people trying to come to grips with who they are and what they want to be. A story of personal acceptance and moral evolution and in time, likely long, long after I am dead, we will know. Or, even know, the result is plain as day.
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