“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.”
This is my short explanation of Anaïs Nin’s point about religion in the above quotation:
First, in the past ages there have been mass conversions from one religion to the other. But not any longer in this age.
In fact, most of us are born into a religious community; we inherit religions from our parents and our societies. As a result, the followers of a religion regard their religion true and the embodiment of all virtues that human beings need. They don’t say they are following their religion ‘blindly’. Never.
They think they are rational human beings and what they believe in is true and the only right way.
Some may ‘tolerate’ the followers of other faiths; but that extends only to tolerating them, nothing more than that!
Secondly, in these times only a limited number of people change their religion for a new one. No mass conversions take place.
Thirdly, religious people do not accept any argument that goes against their religion and its dogmas. No rational exchange of views is possible with such people. They will justify what they believe in by appealing to some ‘Authority’ they can never question. Full stop.