Two Kinds of IED that Destroy
Civilizations and Religions
We hear much these days from media and leaders of how IEDs or Improvised
Explosive Devices are symbols of terrorists trying to destroy
civilizations and religions. However, there is another kind of IED that
is also extremely destructive, possibly even more destructive
historically. It is an IED that the world has cyclically seen used for
many centuries, and which seems to be on the rise in recent decades.
This IED comes in many disguises, but also has as its goal the
destruction of civilizations and religions. This IED is the Insidious
The users of this weapon have already successfully destroyed many
civilizations and religions throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia,
Australia, and Europe over the past thousand or more years. They
continue their onslaught today and there is no reason to believe that
these IEDs will not continue to be used in the foreseeable future.
Sometimes the proponents of this IED even refer to themselves as
warriors or crusaders, leaving little room for doubt about their
approaches and motives. Unlike an Improvised Explosive Device, which is
a mechanical device, a bomb, this IED, the Insidious Evangelical Device,
is itself a human being who invades the communities, countries, cultures
and civilizations of other people, proselytizing that theirs is the only
As a man or woman may have eyes only for his or her own spouse, one may
passionately love her or his chosen teacher, deity and religion.
However, people thinking that theirs is the only valid, authentic,
legitimate or true teacher, deity or religion is like people thinking
that theirs is the only valid, authentic, legitimate or true spouse and
marriage. When that limited view is coupled with a sense of duty to
change and dominate other people, the result can be extremely
destructive to civilizations and religions.
Unfortunately, many people of such views are in very high government and
corporate positions, and use their power to overtly or covertly maneuver
others to carry out their missions. The proselytizing and manipulative
conversions are in effect government and corporate sponsored acts of
aggression, violence, ignorance and arrogance. These politically
powerful people easily navigate through the legal systems and world
communities of governments in such a way that they create the appearance
that it is others who are the religiously intolerant because of not
sanctioning their conversion dogma.
To divert attention from their actions these extremists call the other
extremists extreme; the radicals call the radicals radical. Unless
wisdom comes to prevail, history may again be repeated, with millions
more slaughtered because of these myopic Insidious Evangelical Devices
who, although a minority, have a very loud, effective voice of
Improvised Explosive Devices are vicious weapons that need to be
abandoned by the community of humankind. But Insidious Evangelical
Devices are also vicious weapons that need to be renounced for the
shared benefit of all peoples of the world. If humanity wants the world
to be a better place, we will need to first set aside our ignorance and
habits of mind that set the stage for both of these forms of IEDs.
People of religions and spiritual traditions that do not participate in
conversion need to be more outspoken about this, rather than shrink in
silence so as to not offend the proselytizers. People of religions and
spiritual traditions that do promote conversions, but do not personally
agree with these conversion philosophies, also need to be more outspoken
about this, rather than timidly turn a blind eye so as to avoid the fear
of being shunned by their religious peers.
All religions, cultures and civilizations evolve over time. Let the
followers of the conversion religions, denominations and sects rethink
their priorities and set aside their outdated habits, and reclaim the
higher spiritual values of accepting and loving all, and excluding none.
If there ever was a time in human history when a proselytizing,
converting type of religion was of use, that time has passed, as our
world has become so small due to communications and transportation.
We must see that we are all trees of the same forest, waves of the same
ocean, stars of the same sky, and humans of the same humanity, though we
may conceptualize this principle in vastly different ways. This does not
mean that we need to merge all the religions into one mega-religion, or
all the civilizations into one mega-civilization. Tolerance needs to
mean not a mere grudging acceptance of a persistent annoyance, but a
loving admiration for the diversity of civilizations and religions that
exists within the unity of humanity. This may seem a mere dream, but we
humans have done many amazing things that began as only dreams. Maybe
through our dreams, devotion and efforts we can learn to live without
either kind of IED.
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