Religion and Materiality


September 18, 2006

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Isn’t it strange how Rs.200/= seems like such a large amount when you donate it to a fire-temple, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn’t it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you’re at the fire-temple, and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?

Isn’t it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Khordeh Avesta, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

Isn’t it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games, but do whatever is possible to arrive late and sit at the last row at a Jashan, Navjote or other religious ceremony ?

Isn’t it strange how we need to know about a religious event for 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

Isn’t it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about our religion & history, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn’t it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in our Khordeh Avesta or Vendidad ?

Isn’t it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded right away, but when we are going to forward messages like these, we think about it twice before we share it with others?