Title borrowed from a certain fantasy series, a philosophical reflection on old and new religion. It also feels relevant in the light of recent US court decisions.
The old gods and the new
Our forefathers from long ago
They believed in many things
They thought a man drew the sun
In a carriage ‘cross the sky
They believed in gods that came on down
And mated with normal men
And made godly offspring
That could fight in their many wars
They believed in things that lived
In both forests and in fields
Creatures with special powers
That even nature had power too.
They treated them with respect
For they thought that if they failed
So would their crops and their lives
Disaster was a certain thing.
But this we see as primitive
Now we only have one God.
And he only lives in houses
That we have made ourselves.
This God has made us certain laws
And shows how we must live
But some of them merely say
That we should be kind and good
Do we really need a God for that?
And then there are the other things
Written words interpreted
In ways that cause others harm.
So put aside those ancient tomes
Take a walk outside
Smell the flowers, taste the wind
Were our ancestors really wrong?
Is it not better then
To care about our world
To treat it with the love and care
We should bestow on our fellow man?
I do admit there is one man
From that old, old book
Who did mention one good thing;
He advocated love.
So stay by your God if you must
But please don’t read too much
Recall instead his message of love
And forget ‘bout all the rest.