Of course, today was Easter. We had a great day with family, and food, and fun. Egg Hunting. The works.
But perhaps the most interesting twist of the day happened as most of our guests were en route. Three different cars of people passed a wild turkey on their way to our home. Just down the road. Had this been Thanksgiving, I would have claimed the well-placed prop. But today, it should have been a very big pink rabbit.
No matter. I would like to wish a truly Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday, a Christian holiday.
There are many in our world who do not recognize this holiday. I thought this occasion would be a good reminder about all the people sharing the planet. The all of us. The Christians are outnumbered by about a 2 billion, overall.
The world’s 20 largest religions and their number of believers are:
1. Christianity (2.1 billion)
2. Islam (1.3 billion)
3. Nonreligious (Secular/Agnostic/Atheist) (1.1 billion)
4. Hinduism (900 million)
5. Chinese traditional religion (394 million)
6. Buddhism 376 million
7. Primal-indigenous (300 million)
8. African traditional and Diasporic (100 million)
9. Sikhism (23 million)
10. Juche (19 million)
11. Spiritism (15 million)
12. Judaism (14 million)
13. Bahai (7 million)
14. Jainism (4.2 million)
15. Shinto (4 million)
16. Cao Dai (4 million)
17. Zoroastrianism (2.6 million)
18. Tenrikyo (2 million)
19. Neo-Paganism (1 million)
20. Unitarian-Universalism (800,000)
(Statistics taken from an article by Stephen Juan, Ph.D. is an anthropologist at the University of Sydney.)
We all have different ideas about religion, and holidays, and politics, and life. But religion is the focus here today, on Easter. The truth of my life is that I don’t follow any single religion on that list. My spiritual path has come to an amalgamation of ideas and beliefs.
Part of that belief, is attempting daily attendance at the Church of Kindness and Compassion.
Most days, I make it there in one form or another. But there are too many times when I walk right by the front door. For those times, I am very sorry.
You know those times. When I am a turkey, and not a big soft pink bunny.
Yet, the big part of things, in my opinion, is that no matter what denomination we choose, we should keep love in our hearts. All the time, for everyone. And as long as we have goodness in our hearts, the rest probably shouldn’t matter.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
― Desmond Tutu
“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”
― Roy T. Bennett
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
― Francis of Assisi