This is a short ramble about faith – a very controversial, deep and complex subject. It would be lovely to hear your comments about what you believe in (provided they are written respectfully to the author and other readers).
Foreword: this post touches upon a sensitive topic – religion and beliefs. If you decide to comment on it, please refrain from criticising others’ views on such a personal matter and avoid foul language at all costs.
I know from three years’ experience of living in the Western world that many people here don’t really stop to think about what they believe in (or at least it seems so – I might be totally wrong about this). Maybe it’s a result of the get-stuff-done culture that is on its peak right now, stimulating us to focus on external achievement over inner peace and development, or maybe it’s just too complex a matter to delve into on a regular weekday. The fact remains – for most of us here (it would be interesting to hear how it goes in other parts of the world!) it’s difficult to answer the question “What do you believe in?”
To be honest, my faith changes, or rather evolves, almost by the season. Not being a particularly religious person, I enjoy learning about different ways people approach the subject of faith, the deities they believe in, and the rules of the world that shape their perception of reality. Being non-committal in this matter helps me stay open to hearing new views and opinions about faith, thus expanding my horizons.
But there’s one thing I have always believed in. People need to have faith. Whatever it is you believe in, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone and helps you find enough meaning in existence to get out of bed in the morning, it’s worth nurturing.
No matter if you believe in specific rules and gods or not, you hold the power to shape your belief. You can focus on aspects that appeal to you the most within a religion you follow, or develop a set of beliefs based on different religions. You can find comfort in following your faith without question or in questioning it relentlessly to deepen understanding of reality.
Whichever way you choose, please try to be mindful that there are other approaches, too, that make sense to other people as much as your faith does to you. And if you haven’t chosen a faith for yourself, try not to avoid the subject and give it at least some thought.
- What do you think is good and bad? Why?
- Are there any rules you would want to follow yourself and see others following?
- Why do you wake up in the morning?
- What are you trying to bring into lives of other people?
- What would be the one thing that, if you did it, you would consider your life worthwhile?
There is no real conclusion in this article, other than perhaps that faith can be a great motivating and grounding force to us, helping us stay hopeful about the future. Perhaps, someday the mankind stops directing collective faiths against each other for profit and embraces faith as a unifying force that we all share inside, and which helps us find meaning to move forward. Though this might be wishful thinking, I find comfort in having faith it is still possible.
Enjoy your journey!
Thank you for being here ❤ It would be great to hear, in a respectful way, what faith means to you.