The Cult of NIHA

It can’t be classed as a widespread cult when there’s only been one member of this sect for the last fifty or so years, so perhaps I should explain why.

pathway to light through rough field

Like many teenagers of my generation I was looking for a religion that I could accept and believe. It later became fashionable to describe this as having ‘a god shaped hole in your life’.

I could never bridge the gap between belief and proof, so I looked for a commonality in those religions I explored. They all had a basic mantra of doing good, respecting each other and caring for the world in all it’s intricate beauty.

Okay, so they pretty much all declared wars and vendettas against each other over the centuries and claimed they were the only ‘one and true religion’. I needed something that give me a path to follow, avoided the negatives and focussed on the positives. It was and is NIHA.

Never Intentionally Harm Anyone

The credo is simple. You will accidentally hurt or harm people, emotionally or physically, in your journey through life – but never do so intentionally.

Have I lived up to this objective? Probably not as I’m not a saint. But the direct alternative is nihilism and in that path lies madness and hatred

I have rarely spoken of NIHA to anyone, never tried to promote it on any social media, never introduced it as #NIHA and never written about it until now. Probably very few will ever read this and I don’t expect it to be adopted by anyone else, but it has worked for me I hope.

If you want to join me, there are no leaders, no meetings and definitely no initiation ceremony.

Other religious beliefs are available.

3 thoughts on “The Cult of NIHA

  1. I like it…I don’t know if I would think of it as religion, more like a way of life, a path to take. I am continuously amazed at the hatred and ugliness that still occurs in this world. I think that all races and ethnic groups have suffered over the centuries and I am not saying it didn’t suck for them, but times are different now and so should views on differences. I understand if there is a group that you believe does wrong and so want to “dislike that group” but that isn’t the general population, it is a group. I think it is okay to not like, but it is also not okay to be hateful or hurtful. I am going to wade into some ugly waters perhaps by saying this but I don’t mean anything negative: When I hear about other races wanting retribution for what happened to their ancestors at the hands of mostly white men back in the day, I want to stand up and say “what about my ancestors that never made it out of Auschwitz?” I can’t go and be angry at Germany because of what Hitler and his people did? I have to learn from it and move on. Would I love to get some payout? Sure, how much? That is me being “funny”. It has nothing to do with money, it has to do with unfair treatment. The biggest part of all of this and religion is learn from the past! Maybe that is part of NIHA. Thanks for sharing anyhow.

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  2. Me again…Can I ask why you call it a Cult? That sounds really negative to me and when you look up the definitions it says “a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.” I don’t see your beliefs as strange or sinister.

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    • Good point. I hope there’s nothing sinister about me. I thought of it as a cult because I was looking for some formal structure to believe in my teens and was a bit of an outsider – no religions worked for me. So many religions have conflict embedded in their history that I couldn’t accept them.
      Much of my blog is a dumping place for unanswered questions in my own head. Racial crimes are even more complex. Slavery in Africa predated the arrival of Europeans, but little is said of that period. We often only hear half a story from anyone claiming reparation.
      Thanks for your feedback, I like to think my opinions are always open to change.

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