With the widespread outrage over the acquittal of Zimmerman and the nationwide discontent with Washington on a variety of issues, the system of American politics and justice appears very grim, if not altogether broken. Oftentimes, people tend to blame religion (or lack of religion, on the opposite side) for all the problems of the world. As a Filyani, this article will be primarily from a Filianic perspective, but the ideas about the relationship between religion and politics can easily be applied to any religion. I also want to state that as a Filyani, I may or may not agree with everything other Filyanis believe in. I do not speak for Filianism on a larger scale.
I believe that every religion teaches valid truths at its core. Granted, that truth may be obscured by any number of things, from greed, to sexual abuse, to religious rulings on topics like marriage that are not timeless and reflect the culture from which the religion first emerged more than any universal truth. But deep down, hidden by all the confusion of our postmodern world, lies a grain of truth. In Filianism, there is a teaching of a true and false self. The true self is in harmony with Divinity, with others, and with all of Creation. Everyone has a true self, but the false self obscures this true self, and closely parallels to Maya from the Buddhist/Hindu religions.
I agree with many Filyanis that timeless religion should not be made subordinate to modern, fickle politics. I also agree that Filianism should not become tied up in secular, political issues. I don’t advocate for theocracy. I don’t want to push my religious views on others. Nor do I advocate basing our society on “relative truths” that are in constant flux. However, I also do not claim that religious opinions (or lack thereof) do not affect one’s political opinions. Every traditional society has it’s own set of laws and taboos, many of them based from religious and spiritual teachings.
What I believe is needed for a better society is an application of universal truths in political management (be generous, don’t harm others, have respect for oneself, others, and the natural world, etc.) If we become more in touch with our true selves, we will have a clearer vision of how to apply justice and how to govern society on a larger scale. But first, we must look within and set our own homes in order before we look out.