Religion reapplied

The modern-day practice of religion is generally a form of paying respect to those who came before us -- either by honoring their lifestyles, traditions, or the base of knowledge they were able to leave us.  The Abrahamic religions by far are the most prevalent, and we owe Abraham a great deal of respect for this.  But in part of that, we should never lose sight of the fundamental congruence between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  These three faiths are as inseparable as the Trinity that is so familiar to many Americans.  To different degrees, these three systems of worship honor lifestyles, traditions, or knowledge that ancestors have passed down to us; I'd like to suggest that the future holds a modification of the ratio of these observances, and it will bring much greater awareness to all.

Currently, most Christians in America focus principally on the knowledge component of their faith, and secondarily on the traditions associated with worship.  Save certain minor sects, however, lifestyles have been abandoned.  American Jews are less beholden to the dogmatic knowledge and also more likely to observe religious holidays through careful observance of traditions which emulate lifestyles common during the foundation of their faith.  The most orthodox among the American Jewry even still observe a Sabbath free of technological artifice.  In my experience, Muslims in America generally display a great richness of all three components of respectful heed.

There was a time when all the power went off at my old house at 1440 Broadway St., and all four roommates and friends ended up sitting around a couch drinking wine, eating cheese, enjoying each others' company, and decreeing fullthroatedly that we should regularly cut the power in order to foster the celebratory perspective of life.  It never happened.

I wouldn't want to advocate a particular faith, but I certainly would want to suggest that it would behoove us all to observe periods of archaic lifestyles, rather than focusing on traditions or on dogmatic knowledge.  And I suspect that for the reasons I crave this movement, our religious observances will collectively shift to match this imperative.