We Must Pay Homage to The Religion We Killed — And We Do It By Using Its Names
It still fascinates how people are named after Islamic and biblical stories: Isaac, or Ishak (pronounced Iss Hak). My name is Nabil, meaning Nobel, and Chems Eddine, in its literal meaning: The sun of religion, and figuratively: The sun of faith.In order to pay homage to religion, we must use still use its symbolisms and stories.
By naming our children heroes of stories that influenced us, we stand on the shoulders of the heroes of these stories to create inspiration and goals, even if only symbolically. We are in a different time, so war heroes may not apply, but courage in the war stories to solve climate change, for example, are ways we can pay homage to the heroes, story makers, and story tellers from religion, myths, legends, and prophecies.
We accept the humility to be extensions of these stories, and a continuation of our ancestors (not ethnic, but as human beings). By naming our children Is-hak, be being named Ishak, we want to live up to his values, try to, or at least, tell ourselves that we respect them.
As humans, it is thought we relate ourselves to the hero he is and the hero we then have inside of us .
We are now in a society that denies religion fully, with its stories, and it is as though we need to figure ourselves out all over again, we refuse to stand on the shoulders of myths and legends which still exist for a reason. We lost values to look up to, by disassociating ourselves from ancestors and histories of humanity.
And I emphasize humanity, as we can get caught emphasizing values of only our culture, if other cultures has proven to hurt us. I don’t know if this is right.
We want to relate ourselves to other humans from the past based on their stories. Much like innovation and inventions, we still stand on the shoulders of all our past, even if it’s just fictional tales told throughout the years.
We forget how powerful religion is still. Humanity has lost a richness in its identity and is struggling to stay upright because it refused everything obviously symbolic of religionm or symbolic of a foreign religion than ours.
We should keep religion in their hearts. It is much less creative to abandon it and think it is for the weak than it is to protect and use it. The same applies to local myths and legends. We must embrace that we are extensions of the human past, and pay homage, at least by explicit respect, to the symbolisms of our past.
Vocabulary can make abstraction in our bodies more tangible, and make us more connected with others. Though, it is a double-edged sword, as people from different religions, who adhere to different symbols, can be alienated if there was a clash between these two groups in the past. The human brain, unfortunately, is programmed to stereotype then to be sensitive.