Religious materialism takes place on the inner degree within the type of concepts, ideas, and ideologies—or what Trungpa loosely defines as our mind. Similar to we lean on our bodily issues to convey consolation, we will lean on our mind to navigate life extra comfortably. “Nationalism, communism, existentialism, Christianity, Buddhism,” Trungpa says, “all present us with identities, guidelines of motion, and interpretations of how and why issues occur as they do.” Mentally, we use ideologies, beliefs, and ideas to guard us or soften ‘what’s.’”
It’s true: How usually will we lean on our beliefs to self-soothe? Even the widespread non secular maxim, all the things occurs for a cause, can sugar-coat the current second. And once we use non secular truths to consolation ourselves, we typically miss the chance to face the doubt, uncertainty, and confusion that are, frankly, the very best academics.