The Wicked Atheist's Perspective: Hindude

Followers of what seems to be the world's coolest religion are never as cool as their faith can make them. I am of course talking about the Hindu faith. A cultural Hindu( as opposed to a religious god-fearing one) I have every right to call it that. Limitless possibilities- 33 million gods and counting, 3000 years of history, no great mass exterminations(except the BJP inspired carnages in modern times), no defined "way of life", no defined holy books, nothing too sacred( not even the Holy Cow), no forbidden fruit, no original sin, no guilt, an "everything goes" attitude. A belief system with no bars, it would seem the ultimate spiritual destination- simply by the oodles of joie de vivre and tolerance the followers seem to exude. Sadly, they rarely do ( which is why an unbeliever like me has to take up computer and screen and compose this hopefully more balanced ode.)

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Comment by Allytude on August 3, 2008 at 3:12pm
But it has led to a severe polarization of the people of India- region, caste, language, color.. male, female.. it is not so benign thus.
Comment by mrmister on August 3, 2008 at 11:47am
but hinduism has not invaded or caused too much violence in all its existence AFAIK .... so i think it may not be as bad as say fundamental xtainity or islam...
Comment by Allytude on August 3, 2008 at 11:39am
.. and honestly the new-agey ness is very very stupid...
Comment by mrmister on August 3, 2008 at 11:31am
ya ... hinduism n buddhism have been riding on the 'cool wave' for way too long....
Comment by Allytude on August 3, 2008 at 11:28am
Of course it is garbage. Like all religion is.
The point of this post was that even those who try to sell the "Hindutva" idea know very little about its plurality, the variation in the entire "way of life" that they say they follow. It is a representation of the history of the Indian subcontinent- social, culture, traditions all in one.

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