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Prayers to be Observant - Or to be Observable - Do We Honor Our God or Ritual

Reader comment on item: Disquiet about Philadelphia Airport's "Quiet Room"
in response to reader comment: RE The PHL Airport Meditation Room

Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Apr 13, 2022 at 18:59

Interaction with one's deity is supposed to be according to one's instructions in communicating with the Supreme being, whichever religious affinity one assocaites with, whether Abrahamian, Bahai, Hindu, Judeo-Christian through Sikh and Zoroastrian: all are supposedly defined and armed with a code of conduct/rules of observation that follows a demand as perceved from the respective deity to its respective devotees. Presuming a peaceful interaction, this should not be subjective in determining which should have priorty of one over another, right?
As everyone in the forum knows (or may it be presumed there is acknowledgement otherwise) this is not the case. The reality is that from the beginnings of human existence, acknowledging the true Deity is a matter of accepting or rejecting one's religious affiliation and for some, adopting a superiority attitude to whether a God or man controls the religious destiny of any individual or multitude is a matter of choice. It is either done in humility (in quiet discourse of silent prayer); or as mandated for some, in some observable and sometimes overwhelming demonstration to proclaim the moment. History is filled with millennia of thousands of those moments, in many instances accompanied by shouts of victory of one belief over another. This has not stopped. One wonders with the reputation of Islam for projecting the voice of the Muezzin in the rest of the Muslim world, does the quiet space in an airport represent that much of threat against the quiet meditation of, say, the silent prayer to the Supreme Deity of the Judeo-Christian family that reigns supremely over all the world's affairs, that, like this season to remember the resurrection of the Savior in His glory, which prayer is answered in light of the fulfillments seen today.


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