I was listening to some old John Lennon songs and naturally, Imagine, was one of them. It got me thinking because he opens with the lyrics: "Imagine no religion..."
I believe in a spiritual force at work in the world, but I'm not fussed on organised religions. Look what a mess they've gotten the world into. Would we have 9/11 without Islam? Would we have the Crusades without Christianity?
Buddhism has not seemed to blot its copybook. It does not believe in violent proselytisation. But it has slightly factionalised as well into the Thai and Tibetan traditions.
But as John Lennon says: "Nothing to kill or die for." Are you listening Al Qaeda, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney et al?