On spiritual language
Jonas Ellison

Everyone is by necessity, spiritual. Everyone needs to breathe in order to live. It pains me to think that people think that being spiritual, really just meaning being alive, has anything to do with being better or good or that it is going to help them reach some wished-for goal of reaching a lofty place called heaven.

I would prefer that authors stop using the word SPIRITUAL. Tying the word spirituality to anything to do with a belief in, “THE WORD MADE FLESH” means that everything you write is tied to worldwide patriarchal belief systems that consist of a MALE DIETY and his offshoot prophets or saviours.

I am constantly being told by christians who do not profess to belong to a particular christian sect, that they do not believe in religion. Then, they go on to tell me that they are instead, very spiritual. After which, I hear about how they were brought up to believe but no longer believe or they were never taught any christian belief which is utterly impossible in any country with a christian legal system. Invariably, these people start telling me their version of belief in everyone’s metaphysical SOUL.

If they want to continue this line of conversation, I will tell them that they are believers in soul and they are not talking about being spiritual which means the conversation is over. Sometimes, dramatically! One woman refused to believe that I do not believe. She stomped out of my home saying, “You are nuts!” I said, “What I am not is: I am not schizophrenic.”

Tweaking the old patriarchal god and son of god words means you are a believer and you are seriously connected to all of the history of disgustingly warlike religions. You are perpetuating a belief system, that has been handed down throughout the generations by male prophets and male spiritual leaders. A belief system that is primarily taught to children, when they are very young, by their mothers or other women. Indoctrination of children happens in tribes in the Amazon, in the Middle East, in North American indigenous nations, in various Christian families, churches and schools, and governments and by enacting laws that each and every citizen in the country are forced to follow.

The new and improved versions of patriarchal religions talk about SPIRITUALITY but they are actually talking about the metaphysical SOUL. Jonas, when you add God or Jesus to your writings it seems to me, that you have switched to telling an interesting fairytale or fable with a moral twist; you are insisting on using the big dudes to get your point across. Those words imply the biggest stick of authority possible whether or not you acknowledge their antecedent meanings.

It was Christianity that carried out the witch burnings when males wanted to take over and create a male centred medical profession, it was two versions of Christian belief that supported the “troubles” in Ireland; Christianity held both a Protestant Reformation and a Catholic Counter Reformation. Currently, we have New age so-called spiritual versions advocating less violence but they stem from the same source and use the same language. LANGUAGE CAN CREATE A FALSE SENSE OF REALITY.

Since the violent death of Christ and the male authored creation of the mythology around his personhood there have been many wonderful people who have given up their lives for the betterment of others and some of those people have been women but patriarchal power has not added these people to the various overarching male metaphysical belief systems.

There is nothing “real” about using the words, God and Jesus. The way authors use those words to describe a belief in SOUL is especially confusing if not downright ingenious.