Some More Thoughts From Tribes
Seth Godin writes,
Faith is the cornerstone of humanity; we can't live without it. But religion is very different from faith. Religion is just a set of invented protocols, rules to live by (for now). Heretics challenge a given religion, but do it from a very strong foundation of faith.
Jesus was viewed as a heretic of his time for challenging the status quo. Martin Luther was seen as a heretic in his time too. You can say that about MLK too. Yet, history has now hailed them as visionary leaders.
It's hard to break out of the box, with all the religion around us. The religion of "you need to graduate from a good school so you can get a good job and climb a good career."
"You need an influential church with a good children's program, excellent gospel choirs, and MTV-esque band with hypnotic background displays for the sake of bringing in non-believers."
"You need as many toys as possible to show that you arrived."
Yet all of these things reinforce the status quo. It's not unique, it's not visionary, and it's not the way it's meant to be.