Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On religion

While getting ready for work in the morning, I often have The Today Show playing in the background. I like to see the weather, hear some news, and see interviews with interesting people. Today Meredith Viera did an interview with Gayle Haggard, wife of former pastor and president of the National Association of Evangelicals. (I was unfamiliar with Ted Haggard before today, here is his Wiki page if you care to read more about him). I found it interesting when Meredith asked Gayle if she believed that her husband was a hypocrite (preaching against homosexuality, while participating in a homosexual relationship). I liked Gayle's response: "The term means to say one thing, and do another.... I have discovered that this is the human condition. All of us have ideals that we strive for in our lives. So I think that all of us are to one degree or another a hypocrite. Ted just had to play his out in a very public stage."

That reminded me of something I recently read. The Dalai Lama, on religion: "The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life".

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