Blog 1457 – 09.14.2019
Friday the Thirteenth
As a young boy I decided that Friday the Thirteen was going to always be my lucky day. I was never superstitious in that way. But, oh, I have believed more than one conspiracy theory, ghost story, and religious, sexual, or political fable. But Friday the Thirteenths, black cats, spilling salt, or breaking mirrors have never been particular fears or problems for me.
One story about the origin of Friday the Thirteenth being an especially unlucky day comes from the story that many in the band of Middle Age Crusaders called the knights of the cross, the Templars, were murdered on a Friday the Thirteenth. Unlucky for them perhaps, but not for the narrow religion they tried to circumvent that still survives to this day. To me it is the height of incredulity that any religion claiming Jesus Christ as its founder and head could order or condone the murder of people with differing opinions on the how, who, and what way religion should be expressed. And yet we see it today with so many different groups of people all still claiming to be God’s chosen people and guardians of the one true faith. News flash: Most who say they are, are farther from heaven than the whores and sinners Jesus loved and said would enter first. Gotta love that Jesus, he always had a grabber for the church crowd of his day.
I especially grasp the significance of the Second of the Ten Intentions For A Better World:
“I follow my inner compass and discard any beliefs that are no longer serving me. I go to the source. I seek truth.”
Only con men and con women would ever want us to hold on to beliefs we out grow or that no longer make sense to us or serve us. Faith like Patriotism is often “the last refuge of scoundrels” who far from wanting our happiness and well-being only want power over us, our labor, support, lives, and resources usually preferred in cash or instruments easily converted to cash. Their favorite religious motto being, “In God We Trust.” One can only assume referring to the coin and cash it is stamped and printed upon in the U.S. – the land where “If you ain’t a millionaire or billionaire you ain’t spit.” (I slightly pull that punch but you know what I mean.)
I hope this Friday the Thirteenth rant was an eye-opener for some to follow their own inner compass, not someone else’s, for it always points to true north and will help us all to discard beliefs that are no longer serving us. For to keep discovering what is true for us we must often stop believing others and those things that no longer pass the truth test and scrap them with all the rest. “When I was a child, I thought as a child, I spoke as a child, but when I became a man (a woman) I put away childish things.” I think the writer got that one right. What do you think? Do not let me or anyone else do your thinking for you.
Your friend and fellow traveler,