violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism

The ongoing situation happening in the so-called Middle East sits squarely on the shoulders of Abrahamic religion, Abrahamic tradition. These traditions endanger life across the globe. Insomuch that this ongoing idiocy is related to any Abrahamic religion, I reject all the Abrahamic religions outright.

I am a Catholic. Inasmuch as my ancestors were colonized by the Roman Empire and its ideological arm, The Church, and I was directly raised in an understanding and tradition of Catholicism that is rooted in Northern New Mexico and wound its way to Southern California, I am Catholic.

“Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. We are committed to seeing the Buddhist teachings as a guiding means that help us learn to look deeply and develop understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill, or die for. We understand that fanaticism in its many forms is the result of perceiving things in a dualistic or discriminative manner. We will train ourselves to look at everything with openness and the insight of interbeing in order to transform dogmatism and violence in ourselves and the world.” – from the 14 Mindfulness Trainings by Thich Nhat Hanh

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