When I was young, I remember I was a devout Christian. I prayed and prayed for others and sang so well at church. But growth came with the realisation that religion is psychology manipulated. Its main purpose is to use what is morally upright to cage the mind and subdue our animal urges (which they are failing miserably)
Why did I get to think that before I was fifteen? I can’t tell but I stopped attending church one day when a woman used an appeal for fund to ask for money I did not have and embarrassed me by calling my name and reprimanding me for not having the said amount in the full glare of the congregation. Did I begrudge her? No! I only begrudged the system which was turning into a money grabbing system. Because many were fighting with gestures to be the Miss or Mr. Church for the day by wearing fancy and expensive clothes. We cannot miss the part where many demons are being cast out of high fever patients and the breaking of family ties by using the witchcraft card. (I have to be fair by saying there might be genuine cases)
Then I came up north and started studying the Islamic religion. I saw it as the worse form of Christianity where the treatment of women are concerned. If I were a man, I may have fancied it. (But I realised that the Quaran might have given them a green light to abuse women “slightly” when all else to reprimand them fail but people in northern Ghana confuse their culture with Islam and stand on the ticket of Quaran’s mild beating to abuse women” There is also the aggression part, where most of them fight in togetherness, so if a brother has a problem with one man, it becomes a general problem and mass fighting breaks. And there is also the part of being defensive whenever the unfair behavioural traits are raised. Instead of trying to understand the meaning of peace, they resort to insults and assault those who say the truth.
I started studying the traditional religion in my desperation. When a dear one got seriously ill and could not be cured. I realised people confuse herbal medicine with traditional healing. Whatever it is, some fetishes are worse as they only want to take money from desperate people to enrich themselves. If there are good traditionalists, I may not know but sure the good ones are difficult to come by.
I decided to have my own religion where I pray to the most high God by myself, not through Jesus, Mohammed or a lesser god. If we look at it carefully, religion seems to be the cause of all greed. Please let’s not bring the God and blasphemy factor in here. I am talking about the worldly realm of religion. When some philosophers say religion is one of the tools of colonisation, they are not wrong. Can we count the number of people who have died in the name of religion? Can we think of anything that brings division among humans without mentioning religion? It can subdue and infuriate depending on a person.
Even writing this, I am a bit worried about the nasty comments of some passionate followers of some religion who are drunk by the defence of their beliefs but that should not deter me from airing my views or putting across my opinion; which is like a nose, and everyone has one (according to a famous saying) I feel if unnecessary passions are tamed and humans reason as humans first of all and show respect for each-other as we practice what we believe in quietly, and stop hailing people who tend to exploit us, the world will be a better place.