My parents tried to teach me that their religion held the sacred answer to every truly worthy question. But, apparently, my questions were as unworthy to them as their church's answers were to me!
So, naturally, I began to create my own system of personal beliefs about the infinite universe, of which we are each a part. Unfortunately, my father took the profoundly painful and punishing position that I was simply trying to escape being bound by the church's beliefs and rules by creating my own. I was r/ejected. Needless to say, he didn't recognize or appreciate my sincere quest for truth.
But the gradual loss of my family (we are now many years since joyfully reconnected) only increased my hunger for truth and my sensitivity to it. It wasn't long before I realized that virtually all spiritual traditions are built on the same underlying spiritual truths and that all sincere truth seekers eventually arrive at the same conclusion. Unfortunately, I also realized that very few currently living traditional theistic spiritual teachers and leaders are able to differentiate between the spiritual symbols used in their own religions and the universal spiritual truths they represent.
Tragically, this fatal disability (which I refer to as Spiritual Illiteracy) is perpetually handed down from sincere teachers and leaders to sincere students and followers, who often become spiritually illiterate teachers and leaders themselves. Obviously, Spiritual Illiteracy is the ultimate cause of conflict between different spiritual traditions (including Atheism); but less obvious is the fact that it is also the very reason that destructive agendas have been able to flourish virtually unrecognized and unchallenged by the easily divided, disabled, demoralized, distracted, and controlled masses.
Fortunately, more and more people are "waking up" every day and actively uniting to help to create an ever-better world. If you are not already part of this powerful movement, please join us!
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