Religion is one of the major causes of bloodshed all over the world even today. Its a pity that the meaning of religion is interpreted through customs and not ideas. And its amazing and amusing really that an idea should be hereditary. Seeing so much of bloodshed there are people who come to the conclusion that religion itself should disappear from the world and claim themselves as atheists. But an idea can never be killed but followed, denied, modified or generated. And religion should be treated in similar manner.
The birth of any religion is mystery. The curious mind keeps looking for answers regarding our being and surrounding that compels him to think and come up with answers regarding his origin, life, livelihood and existence. But a few people who were thoughtful enough and had the capacity to go beyond questions gained regard from the people around who listened, thought, agreed and followed the same. Thus was a Master created, followers formed, and a religion made.
But what is illogical is that the children of these followers should also follow the same. Thus a child before knowing why he or she is Brahmin and a Hindu, Shia and a Muslim, Catholic and a Christian already is decided by the society what his or her ideas should be. And its even worse to think that religion needs to change in case of inter-religion marriage for a woman.
The base of every religion is philosophy or the ideas about creation, creator, life, death, morals and conducts. And philosophy needs to be questioned and thought, understood and realized. To the periphery comes the customs and cults, food-habit and rituals though these are sometimes very much interlinked with the core. But what a pity that being religious means to blindly bow down and to be ignorant means to be atheist, and to be atheist means arrogant and proud.
And hence religion is hereditary because though ideas can not be inherited customs ofcourse can. Hence a Hindu child knows he is superior than the rest, a Muslim child knows he is pure. And the same follows all over the world where people can fight and die, live and kill for a reason they really know not.
When a society would be built where a person has the right to choose his religion just like choosing his political parties then would religion truly exist.
Rather than having religion pre-decided if a person had to know the core ideas of various religions in order to choose which he inclines to most, neither would have babri masjid been destroyed nor jihads been called to slaughter.
And religion would then truly succeed to restrain and comfort, to free and confine...to teach and preach tolerance and sacrifice and thus play a role to change a human----
for we are human and humane only when we know WHAT WE ARE, moreover, WHY WE ARE.