The religious zealot may look upon the world as if it were filled with 'INSERT OWN
REFERENCE TO EVIL' and little else. Most is perceived as the actions of humanity
concerned only the interests of self. It is world to be avoided as factions peal away
from the universal interests of humanity. It is segregation, self imposed through the
belief that in order to avoid sin and evil it is necessary to exile oneself from society.
Unfortunately-for the zealot of any flavor- an exile from broader humanity often limits
access to the benefits affiliated with the equitable exchange of
goods/services-especially true as the nature of commerce becomes increasingly
global in scope. Ultimately, it is not possible to wholly avoid participation in a broader
society/humanity; the religious fanatic inevitably does merge with a greater humanity
and it is often a reunion fraught with frustration, hostility, and misunderstanding. A
tangible disparity of material wealth suggests a change in belief is necessary in
acquiescence to at least the basic human needs.
For those who elect to participate in a heretical society outside the rigid
boundaries of faith there is no partial way to apply doctrine. Any move toward
cooperative collaboration in the context of broader society stirs the echo of
voices past and present warning of evil delivered by way of pleasant
packaging. On one hand reciprocal benefit through material exchange seems
so right which only reinforces the notion it must be so wrong.
Those who continue living are surely wicked while those who die in service to their
God assume a fate that was 'meant-to-be'... Never doubting a God "wise beyond our
understanding" while simultaneously failing to entertain the possibility of a God "wise
beyond our understanding".
Meanwhile, the unadulterated fanatic arrives to a junction at which there is no path
allowing for travel among the living. There are only those paths in line with endeavors to
vanquish those seen as evil and the plans of the future assume great reward in the
after-life. It soon becomes entirely evident that material prosperity was never intended
to be experienced in the course of a life lived on earth.
Beholding the World with Disgust
Imagining it to be better elsewhere
It is segregation, self-imposed through the belief that in order to avoid sin and evil it is necessary to exile oneself from society.