It’s just a generic word to describe folks who do not identify with any particular religion. Who decided to call them ‘Nones”? It seems to arise from so-called ‘religious scholars’ as they have become aware of the increased alienation of a global populous that does not recognize the ‘divine authority’ of any particular religion.

As religious leaders attempt to explain this growing denial of religious authority, they do so with a bias innate within their mental paradigm. It is seen as troublesome, a decline in spiritual and social integrity. Perhaps it would be worthwhile if this issue was addressed from the perspective of a ‘None’.

The Overview

The ‘None’ applies to a wide variety of people. The feeble efforts of ‘polling’, gathering a collective of authentic categories for these ‘non-believers’, is misleading, at best, though it does have its value in generalities. Atheist, Agnostics, various forms of ‘Spirituality’, intellectual vanity, personal social conflicts, and the details within religious doctrines all play a part in the realm of ‘Noneness’.

Within most religions are the worthy principles most (if not all) ‘Nones’ oblige in their personal lives. Living a truthful life, loving/respecting others, morality/ethics are all desirable and resolute within most people of all cultures and backgrounds. Each achieving these ‘values’ to their own measure.

The most alienating ingredient is the ‘exclusivism’ so dominant and narcissistic within religions. Within all  the major and minor religions, past and present, is the assumption they have an exclusive connection and preference from a God. This ‘exclusivism’ provides justifications for the prejudices, oppressions, condemnations, even historical genocides and present conflicts of the human species.

Under this ‘exclusivism’ is the tenacious clinging to the pagan past. These major religions have originated from a period of human history when the majority of humans lived in a small world full of mystery and dangers. For the most part, this little planet was the center of creation where a little god (or gods) ruled the events of the world around them. And, in one form or another, the god or gods were appeased by some manner of ‘sacrifice’ to them, offerings as gifts to make their gods favor them.

Christianity is an example of a ‘sacrificial lamb’ that cleansed humans of their ‘sins’ and a bi-polar god’s forgiveness. Islam has various forms of gaining favor of their god, e.g., rigid obedience to the theocratic rules imposed upon them, martyrdom in the ‘Jihad’ to rule the world for Allah. The Jewish religion has the assumption it was and remains the chosen people of Jehovah. Hinduism has such diversity of tribal inclinations regarding how to gain favor of the ‘diversity’ of the creators ‘arms’ of life’s management, and a rigid social structure confining each human to a small life of opportunity. Buddhism is a ‘separatist’ cultism where life is either temporal or secular and not necessarily both. Shinto is both defined and abstract as it focuses on the influence of ancestry while mystical in personal application. The overall diversity of religious conceptions and perceptions is heterogeneous at its maximum. Not a single place upon this planet where humans reside is without some form of mental and spiritual perception of what our reality really is.

Rise of the ‘None’

‘Nones’ have always existed in some form or another. The curiosity about the mysteries of life and the universe around it is an innate characteristic of the human consciousness. If there is a valid delineation between all known lifeforms and humans, it is this unique quality. This is not just a matter of ‘self-awareness’; rather, an awareness outside of itself. Over time, our species has expanded its awareness of the complexity of life on this planet and the expansive complexity of the universe. Within this expanded awareness is a more analytical look into the details within religions that are contrary to the reality in which we actually exist. Moreover, this innate curiosity and awareness results in a refusal to accept the doctrines and exclusivism within religions while also a pursuit of the mysteries and miracles of this phenomenon of life. This ‘rebuttal’ takes shape in many ways of ‘alternative thought’…..good and bad, right and wrong, humble and arrogant.

‘Noneness’, again, is just a word. It is not ‘noneness’ at all. If anything, within the defines of ‘religions’ it is a diverse and complex collective of ‘Infidels’ (non-believers). And, without each religion and person within it realizing they, too, are infidels to the remaining billions who believe differently. Yet, each believes in something. The question arises….is this an advent of human anarchy or the rise of real and authentic ‘freedom? As we look objectively at the history of human conduct under the structures of religions it has obviously manifested horrendous human anarchy and inhumanity, past and present (as well as some desirable and worthwhile qualities of humanity). The simpleton question arises….”how has religion done for us so far?”  The undeniable reality is that it has done more to justify our inhumanity than it has to manifest our greater ‘self’.

The Forecast of ‘None’

The persecution of non-believers (Infidels) will continue, in some form or another, from every major religion. It is a matter of desperation and fear as well as rigid doctrines of justification. On the other hand, this may be an element of restraint essential to the positive progress of human development. The due course of ‘gleaning’, not throwing out the baby with the bathwater, saving the nectar from the ‘culls’ is an element of wisdom yet to be seen.

In any case, religions as we once and now know them, will slowly fade away for the paganisms they possess and the arrogances they perpetuate. What will replace them is an unknown; yet, has some degree of predictability. A ‘creative-catalytic consciousness’, an omnipresence in all space and time, is too big for most minds and whatever ‘soul’ each may consider. This form of ‘endless animism’ cannot be confined to a word or name. Few are or will be capable of being comfortable with this level of awareness. A defined structure and belonging is essential to the gregarious nature of most humans.

As a result, the world of humans will always have various forms of religion accommodating this insecurity, a need for belonging and sense of exclusiveness. Even those who totally deny any form of ‘creative consciousness’ in the universe will form their own breed of ‘belonging and arrogances’. It is foreseeable, assuming our species continues, there will be new names/words arise as the old is replaced. The integrity and worthiness of these new religions and cults will be the measure of whether it was ‘progress’ or the same-o/same-o by another name.

Even in this, the curiosity of who or what will be present to do the measuring will remain.

Clay (The Universal Infidel)         

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