I am always in control of the life I choose to live.
I have always made the choices that even now I might misgive.
I have trimmed the sails and set the course that’s led me to this place.
But I look up now and see the race has led me to disgrace.
So, what is religion? Answering that question is, of course, why you are here. You have come to this web page by whatever path you have come and you are here because you want a better understanding of this thing we call religion; and, that’s a good thing. As Heffernan (2005) notes, there are a lot of good sociological reasons to be looking at religion. There are also a lot of good psychological reasons and even good personal reasons as well. However, since this is a sociology article, we’re going to look at the good sociological reasons. We'll look at the sociology of religion and hopefully, by doing this, you will gain a better understanding of this thing we call religion. Before we can get to the study of religion per se, we need to be clear about what it means to do the sociology of religion.
As children, we are all naturally empathic. As children, we are all highly sensitive to the environment and empathic to life around us. The problem for us all is that, as we grow up, a toxic and violent “system” beats the empathy out of us and we become (sadly and unnecessarily) disconnected, desensitized, and shut down as a result. Some people however, can’t be shut down. Some individuals come to this planet formally as empaths and these people do not lose their connection no matter how much toxic violence and abuse they experience. Remaining empathic “no matter what” might seem like a good thing to an individual caught up in the sparkles of Micky Mouse spirituality, but it ain’t all wine and roses. The reality is that our world is extremely violent and toxic: people who remain empathic in this world must cope with constant vulnerability and constant exposure to a violent, toxic stew spewed at them by family, friends, work associates, and (increasingly) total strangers. I got to tell you, it is not easy for them. It hurts them, damages them, and in the long term, it destroys many of them. The bottom line is, toxicity accumulates over the decades and eventually, the physical unit breaks down. Even the strongest empath eventually buckles if not properly protected and supported. Continue reading What to do if your child is an empath
Comes the pale rider,
In service to Him
Surprise! At your doorstep.
Knocks he to come in. Continue reading Comes the Pale rider
Dweller in the dark,
Walking in the park,
Fending of the shark,
Is this all that life can be? Continue reading Dweller in the Dark
Wake up in the morning open eyes and now what do I see.
Chaos all around with violence, hatred, and vile spew you see.
Devil’s in the house my spouse says life ain’t what it used to be.
Can’t disagree I’m free but all around me spawn dance gleefully. Continue reading Wake
In my opinion many scholars that study religion have never actually been interested or taken a part in a religious institution. Instead they have based their work on secondary sources…. Or they use outsider perspective to understand the formation and impact of the religious institution on the society being studied. Ultimately, this results in ethnocentrism because they are studying the group and coming up with stereotypical conclusions because they view themselves as being better off then the individuals who are presented in this context.Meagan Leduc – Sociology 231 Student.
One of “things” that one immediately comes upon when one becomes interested in spirituality is the general notion that scientists and scholars are, by virtue of their “higher” educational training, secular atheists. Continue reading Are Scientists Spiritual
For those about to sacrifice,
For those about to cry.
For those not meek like mighty mouse,
For those about to die.
For those about to say goodbye.
For those we’ll sigh and cry.
And raise our hands up to the sky.
And tell the angels fly! Continue reading For those
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la la la la la la la la la la comes the promised land Continue reading Blue Smurf