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The Tribe of Religion
By Waeil Borhan
If religion becomes a tribe, all that applies to a tribe applies to religion: it becomes a collective ego par excellence and prejudice, unfortunately, prevails. A powerful “Us” appears, seeking a Them against which to define itself, to serve as an enemy, and thus to reaffirm its presence. The tribe of Religion is now a source of security and prejudice to those who belong to it. The Self uses it for its own interests, or to drive away threats. Religion becomes the tribe that shelters us and gives us sustenance: we defend our existence when we defend it. Individual and collective Ego runs high when defending the Tribe of Religion. Instead of a means to an end – finding God – religion becomes an end in itself. The result? God is reduced to a footnote in the consciousness of those who imagine they follow him, replaced by the Tribe of Religion, taking center stage.
The Self spills rivers of blood in its defense of the Tribe of Religion, its gains its existence. In appearance, this is a defense of God; in reality, it is a defense of the Tribe of Religion, of Us, of the Collective Ego – self-defense. History is full and the present is bursting with examples of people dying for what they think is God, and in fact is the tribe of religion.