Today, a friend posted on fb: “Never let religion steal your identity.” My response was this: our devotion to our Gods is the only part of our identity that matters.”
We are what is irreducible. We are more than our mortal shell and in the end, the thing that I think is most important is that we have honored our Gods and ancestors rightly and well, the latter involving taking care of our living family and community too.
The physical body is part of our soul. It’s the part we leave behind with every incarnation. It is that which we give back to the earth in payment for what we have taken, for all the ways the earth has nourished us. It is our payment of our life-debt (so maybe we should treat our bodies well and value the things associated with them, but keep all things in proper perspective too, pious perspective at the same time).
My cat is plotting my death for this. Give time, folks. She’ll do me in one of these days.