Helena Blavatsky, the famous theosophist, must be chuckling in her grave at the consternation Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks is causing because she strongly believed ‘There was no Religion more powerful than Truth.’ Although I always felt that to be true . . . it is true only for those who think. For those who simply react, as in the famous American reptilian response, when faced with crisis, religion has proved far more powerful.
If ever there was an antidote to truth, it is surely religion. Nationalism ranks up there, as does sects, gangs, and party politics, but when it comes to controlling the masses, religion takes the biscuit every time. The fact that religion succeeds so consistently is surely because it exploits the most powerful of human emotions. It provides immediate comfort, threatens the ultimate punishment and, most importantly, flies in the face of reason by generating fear. It generates fear of purgatory, of isolationism, of endless punishment of one’s loved ones, but most of all, it generates fear of the unknown.
We don’t know what happens after death so death becomes the perfect breeding ground for fear, and, the perfect place for the promise of everlasting peace. Slick tongued preachers can drag the uninformed into their doctrine with promises for which they can never be held to account. What could be easier? Their problems arise only when the uninformed comes face to face with conflicting information. They can shout it down as blasphemy, heresy, or even accuse the recipient of Antisemitism, or even of being un-American or . . . they could stop and think.
Historically, at least since the rise of the alpha-male, the most powerful religious orders have shouted down the less militant, and just to be sure, pulled down their temples and built their own edifices over the top. If we peel back the layers we will find under the altars of Christian Churches around the world the original dense, black, stones thought to be the sacrificial blocks of pagan Sun worshipers. Further research shows them to be huge thermal storage devices for solar energy.
What a relief to learn that we were right all along: that our ancient ancestors knew better than to burn the trees, or dig out coal, for their energy needs. Not that it was easy to discover. Victorian archeologists had there own, set, views as to the functions of ancient buildings: views that had to encompass their curent religious doctrines because to fly in the face of the Christian teachings was fatal until quite recently. To fly in the face of Islam still is . . .
Well we have a beginning in WikiLeaks. The less visible leak sites will surely come to the surface as we use the paring knives of Julian Assange, and his many contemporaries, to peel back the layers of bigotry and lies that hide the truth. Electing to remain in custody was a wise decision on Julian’s part. He is safe in a London jail.