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“This is my simple religion. The philosophy is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama

Has religion gone out of style?

Among Americans ages 18-29, one in four say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion, according to a Pew Research on Religious and Public Life.

Over the years, we’ve seen the side of religion that seems to be harsh and mean. No need to cite specific instances or examples. The following adjectives might elicit the feelings that lots of people nowadays associate with religion:

Judgmental. Controlling. Oppressive. Divisive.  Non-inclusive. 

Well, no wonder many might decide that religion isn’t for them.

The Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, both leaders of religion, inspire many people because they haven’t lost sight of what their religion, and most religions, is really all about.

It’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong, despite what elaborate doctrines say.

What’s “morally acceptable” in society is constantly subject to change. Rules, customs, laws evolve.  It can get so complicated.

Through it all, there’s one question you can keep asking yourself in daily life to keep you on track, whether or not you follow any religion.

Am I being kind?

It turns out, that’s all there is to it.

How does being kind make you feel? When someone is unkind to you, how does it make you feel? Compare the feelings generated by acts of kindness, with the feelings that surround mean thoughts, words and actions. Leave a comment!

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