Here's a wonder to ponder - An Essay CONTRADICTIONS IN FAITH: Ever wanted to point out the differences between "religion" and "spirituality"? I tend to keep myself up late at night, contemplating this. My point of view on this whole mass confusion of belief and hope is that, religion is nothing but a commercialized form of an occultism. People gathering in million dollar buildings, in front of golden crosses, and priceless marble statues, all believing in a faith which has made the sinners of the Jewish faith into people who's ignorance now is intolerable by many groups alike. How many of those of a particular minority have died due to "God's will"? How many Jew's have died due to "God's will"? (Apparently hypocrisy is even found in God himself, by condemning his original followers) How many people have been shunned, pushed into the streets, forced to live in boxes, due to the one infamous quote "In God we trust." This form of "faith" labeled "religion" is nothing more than a way of throwing away your very humanity, your very instincts, and living the rest of your life in denial. Spirituality may not be as different as "religion" but true spiritualists realize what the world has come to, they recognize their wrongs, and fix them, they use their "hope" as a tool to motivate themselves to correct and change. To live, to grow, to mature. That's Spirituality. To keep your eyes open to all the views in this world, to learn more about people who share beliefs different from your own, that's spirituality. It's a human trait to learn from eachother. I believe the definition of "spirituality" is simply pointed out in how one opens their mind to fill their souls or minds with opinions. Only through questions and opinions, can we learn. Religionists claim to have all the answers. How could someone live so ignorantly? Beats the hell out of me. But it's their life, I'm glad it isn't mine. THE FOOD CHAIN: I think humanity, as a whole should realize, we too are listed on the animal kingdom food chain. We kill animals just as they tend to kill us in most cases. We cage them up, we show them off and make them do tricks, and it's a wonder why there hasn't been a Circus Rebellion. And we still manage to cage our selves up, we manage to crack the whips at our own brothers and sisters. This is the way we live. We are the only species who kills eachother over the most pathetic reasons. Either because of our own inventions, or because of our emotions. Yet most people still have the nerve to consider our kind the dominant race. Sure we can play doctor on eachother and claim to have broken to the next level of Earthly God-like knowledge, but no one is the dominant in our race, yet we still kill eachother over who should be on the top of the hill of bodies. People die and crumble under our feet thanks to our superiors. Kings, Queens and their Kingdoms. Presidents and their staff. Everyone else is a mere pawn for his or her own personal glory. I'm sure Jesus himself realized how easy it was to manipulate the weak minded and to have those proclaimed him the Son of God. It's all a mental game. Some of the worlds greatest leaders, have figured this out, most have used it for what may have seemed as "wrong" such as Adolf Hitler, Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin. The Pharaoh himself started it all by creating the worlds biggest and most ancient civilization of slaves in his name. Even infamous criminals figured this out. Charles Manson, for starters was a genius, realizing how week the human mind can be in a person who's weak in their search for individuality. Even Osama Bin Laden and the great Alija Muhammad have taken advantage of this mind-boggling trend. To sum up most of what I'm trying to say. You can't live your life by someone else's standards to survive in this world. Survival of the Fittest. Those who strive for knowledge will succeed in their quest, those who claim to have the knowledge, will not go anywhere, and those who will only accept the rules of a New York times best seller (The holy bible) will be left behind. These are my views, my opinions, if you judge a free mind, then you have a lot to learn my friend. You can't judge a free mind; you can only accept him/her for who they are. "A strong mind is a free mind." - Leonardo Da Vinci the first part "contradictions in faith", is pretty much self explanitory, people who cant make up their mind. wanna know why? cause we all strive on doubt and "Food chain" is about how not only do we attempt to conquer the seemingly insignificant species of earth, but we also try to conquer each other. Its a wonder why we arent extinct.