We grow up hearing fables, thinking they are true. Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Ferry, Coyote in Native American lore. These stories, used by parents to socialize children, become excess baggage as one matures into adulthood. There are some stories that remain, although not true, become imbedded in one's belief system through faith. These adult fables, shared by family, friends and communities sometimes hold the keys to values dearly held and followed. Religious beliefs contain the keys to institutional notions of dominion and support violence.
If we are to grow into full adulthood, we need to pay attention to our value systems to determine if they feed hate and violence. We need new values that are based on a moral and ethical value system based on compassion, and inspires one to think and act with human beings not being the apex of a pyramid, but as being part of a net of all that exists, water, air, soils, minerals, living organisms including flora and fauna.
A new story of care, compassion, competence and cooperation.
“The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard, who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by 'God,' one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.”
~ Carl Sagan