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Religion has always explained the unknown in knowable terms It has created symbols for that which could not be known This symbology is so deeply imbedded in our minds cultures and cosmology that it is rarely questioned from inside the religious paradigms From outside that paradigm the religious imagery loses its impact its subliminal meaning Religion functions to relieve the anxiety of the absolute fact for each of us that we will die that our family will die that our friends will die Religion promises us that although we may die we will continue And if we believe then our afterlife will be glorious Spirituality offers another perspective to this man-made solution The spiritualistic belief is that of love for the fellow man instead of god hospitals instead of churches deeds done rather than prayers said Spirituality although bordering on atheism seeks to understand and love to find an ethical way of life rather than turning to a higher being for the easy way out In Night by Elie Wiesel we see death of religion in a child because of absolute evil and consequently the embrace of spirituality Separated from man made institutions the core of religion and spirituality-- morality and goodness -- must be preserved if one is to survive in the midst of horror The Jewish religion was a key motivation to the citizens of Sighet To Jews religion is not only a method to achieve immortality but a way of life that must be holistically embraced This all-consuming religion demands total obedience and is a key motivation in the Jewish deportation and personal surrender to Germany German officers Analyzing history one sees the pattern of a Jewish nomad lifestyle -- Jews escaping persecution by placing their life in Gods hands - so deep is their faith and moving on Night is the first episode where this blind faith could not save them Spawning from this failure of God is the genocide
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