Reflections on a Sunday

Daniel Louis Duncan
2 min readJul 17, 2022

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It’s Sunday. A distinctively American tradition of church attendance by many, clearly not all faiths, will be practiced by me today because we are at an undeniable crossroads that will not let one of us bury our heads in the sand and not pay attention.

As you all know, I clearly always have something to say. So, today I will give you my sermon on the mound of cyperspace. You have free will, so take it or leave it. It is mine to own.

We are born as individuals with truly innate powers of creative thinking and being. Before we develop those powers we are taught to suppress them, fit into boxes that are natural for some and violationally limiting for others. We are taught to judge and ridicule those that defy these boxes causing emotional harm instead of using our own instinctual ability to learn and grow our lens of perspective with love and compassion.

Before we are innately able to decide for ourselves we are indoctrinated with organized religion’s fear of free will, because doing so may erase their need to exist. We are taught to look at a flawed document handed down, interpreted many years after the events not by the authors of the journey, but hand selected translations from languages impossible to dissect unquestionably.

The story may indeed be valid, and clearly the story of Jesus is one of love and compassion, but the organized dogma is shackled by chains of fear to strip you of your self esteem, your ability to question what remains unanswered in these documents, while being told they are clear. Questioning is our human nature that should not be repressed.

You are born to a family that has chosen which document to follow, or not in some cases, making your will restricted if you question those that are your only reference for care and love at the time of your own development when you want to please. This shuts down the questioning which is our undeniable gift to reason and be human.

The one undeniable truth is love and dignity. You don’t need anyone to teach you this. It is our innate trait that is given to us freely at birth. Being determined to unlearn doctrine and return to the state of wonder, inquiry and compassion is the hard choice, but the clear path to a well lived life which may lead you to a building of worship or an inner building of your own design.

That is our collective church we were born into. I hope to see you all return there to build hope and live authenticity in the service of humanities survival where we question and wonder at the awe of life. The dialog with self is a dialog with God.



Daniel Louis Duncan

Writer, researcher, lover of history, philosophy, politics and critical thought