Discuss your views on religion.
If I had known that this was the next prompt, I wouldn’t have gotten so into it when I was writing my last post. I know redundancy can get kind of irritating, especially when it comes to touchy subjects such as religion. I don’t think it shouldn’t be talked about either, because exposure increases awareness.
As I stated briefly in my last post, I don’t practice a religion. I don’t have any sort of spiritual beliefs. I’m not sure if I would go as far as to say I’m atheists, because I don’t deny the possibility of things being other than what I believe them to be. I don’t want to say that this or that does or doesn’t exist. It’s kind of… more complicated than that.
For me, I put my faith in the universe. Like… que sera, sera, you know? It is what it is. I really do think that my life is based on my decisions. I don’t think anything is meant to be, only made to be. I don’t believe that anyone or anything is pulling the strings or guiding me on some path or something beyond my powers. That kind of thought makes me uncomfortable. I like knowing and believing that everything is up to me and the choices I make. If I want to be with someone, I will. If I want to do something, I’ll do it.
There is one poem that has resonated with me since the 9th grade. It’s called “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. In the last 2 lines he says, “I am the master of my soul, I am the captain of my fate.” That’s what I believe. As for afterlife and how the world was created and all that… I never think about it. I don’t really care? I wasn’t born then and I won’t be alive to care after so it doesn’t really matter to me. I’m not worried about death, really. I’m scared of aging and I’m scared of pain. Those are tangible things that I know and understand. Death can happen whenever and, sure, I’m kind of worried about when it’ll happen but not really what goes on after.
There’s not much more to it, really. Religion was never a huge part of my life and I don’t really plan to make it a huge part of my life. Things don’t seem worse for me just because I don’t believe in God. Everything is kind of normal, really. I really do like learning about other people’s religions, and I do think it is beautiful for people to believe in something. I just was never able to grasp the ideas.
Thank you all for reading!