Posted 8 months ago on March 30, 2013, 5:07 p.m. EST by quantumystic
from Memphis, TN
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
1) Religion- Perhaps the most challenging social institution to redefine. It is time to take a theological and anthropological comparative look at religions to understand how they historically originated and how they progressed over time to the institutions failing us today. Let us also not deny the eternal existential yearning that man has for experience with the mystical, for connection and acceptance with divine/cosmic, the group, or another individual. Ceremony and ritual have played an important role in the creation and maintaining of social bonds for humans for eon. The break down of meaningful interaction in these capacity has led to much of the social strife and breakdown we experience today. True much of this is a result of social constructs and institutions failing other than religion but religion can not be absolved for it's failure to sustain the spiritual needs of man. In light of this I propose an adoption and fostering of technical and mystical techniques to achieve the purpose of fostering this connection and the adoption of a universalist doctrine of acceptance between all men and an open invitation for all to join. Obviously the techniques and philosophies that best apply for any group of people is best decided by them but ultimately it would be ideal to engage in rigorous scientific study to find the maximized mystical techniques and scientific methods to produce the desired results in mental/physical health, well being, productivity, social relationships, creativity, general happiness, personal growth, or whatever the case may be.
Please share your thoughts on the the failing social institution of religion and how to best address the institutional crisis. I will be updating soon enough with additional thoughts on other institutions soon enough.