My post yesterday raised some interesting comments on faith and spirituality and I’ve spent quite a lot of time thinking about the matter.
“A Creed for the Third Millennium” is a book by Australian writer Colleen Mccullough; I read it in my early twenties, having been blown over by her better-known novel, The Thorn Birds.
In short, the plot deals with a post-apocalyptic future world, a grey landscape and a joyless, dehumanised population who are governed by an Orwellian band of baddies. The government decide to create a Messiah, a media-whore if you will, to give the people something to believe in. It is a thinly veiled rewrite of the New Testament and the analogies are disappointingly bland: the Messiah character is named Christian and the chief baddie who eventually betrays him is Judith.
“Creed” proved to be a dreary book, but the subject matter is food for thought: mankind must have something to believe in.
I went to Wikipedia and got this:
A creed is a statement of belief—usually religious belief or faith—often recited as part of a religious service. The word derives from the Latin: credo for “I believe” (because the Latin translation of the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed both begin with this word). A creed is sometimes referred to as a symbol (Greek: σύμβολο[ν], sýmbolo[n]), signifying a “token” by which persons of like beliefs might recognize each other.
Ergo I am left with the impression that creed = organised religion, which – in my experience – equates to institutions run politically with the view to becoming financially profitable.
Rather like a Customer Relations Management campaign in advertising?
I know I am rambling with this post, but I am left wondering what criteria I would include if I got that ultimate writing brief: if there is – indeed – an Ultimate Higher Power and an email arrived in my inbox from His/Her PR agency to write a Global Creed for this Millennium …
I think my first point would be Respect; for yourself first and foremost, in your every thought and deed. That should create a ripple effect that would create some good vibrations, don’t you think?