Alain de Botton knows that even a bad example can be a useful example. He wants to learn something from religions and use it for today’s new worldviews. I thought this fit in well to the series God: From Magic to Motivation.
Even rationalists understand it’s important to sometimes look at what works, rather than what’s right.
Some key points:
The sermon wants to change your life. A lecture wants to give you information. Sermons tell you to repeat the lesson many times a day. Lectures tell you information one time and assume that should be sufficient.
Religions have given us calendars that make you reflect on your place in a community through ritual and connection and participation. Religions address personal change and growth. Secularism has given us the choice of who will represent you in government.
Religion combines our physical selves with our mental selves.
Religion uses art to remind us of what to love and what to fear or hate.
Religions are institutions fighting for the higher things of the mind.
Corporations are beginning to reflect much of the structure or framework of religions, but their goals are worded differently.
There are many gaps in secular life, and they can be fulfilled. Atheism shouldn’t cut itself off from the rich resources of religion because of the unserviceable doctrines.
Shannon found this talk from Raffi at Victoria’s TEDx event. He connects the idea of respecting the child as a whole person with respecting the world as a whole earth. It’s a talk, but he sings a song too. It’s Raffi!
Shared Experience – We all have a common experiences of being born babies.
Formative Moments- what’s more important than a child’s first impressions of life?
It Takes a Village – Raffi sings a song. (Apparently, Raffi sang for the World Bank, and they really appreciated that. No one ever sings for the World Bank. This got a smile out of me.)
There is nothing small about the human spirit.
Child Honouring – not being ruled by children, but ensuring we respect them and they feel respect for who they are.
Infants are uniquely impressionable, susceptible and vulnerable to their environments
We can redesign society for the greatest good.
We are the roots and shoots of the world.
You are the hope for humanity. Each of you. Not someone else.
I think Raffi might be an idealist. But, I don’t mind that.
Finding Joe is a short film on Joseph Campbell’s contribution to the world and an exploration of how his ideas still apply today.
(Unfortunately, some critics suggest this 80-minute documentary is made more to justify today’s self-help experts rather than examine Joseph Campbell’s work. This sounds like a common problem with dissemination of a message to the mass audience. But, maybe it will inspire a few people out there to take up the journey…)