I am not religious or at least not what most people would consider religious, but before I tell you about that, a little background first…Once upon a time, not so long ago, I used to do a regular feature called, I Comment Therefore I Am, in which I put together a weekly post from either comments I had left on other blogs or comments that were left on this blog. I’ve stopped doing it as a regular feature, but sometimes it begs to be revived and this is one of those times.
One of the best parts of blogging and reading blogs is the conversation and exchange of ideas that is made possible by commenting. Sometimes a post can be so thought-provoking that I end up leaving a comment that could be a post of its own. That’s exactly what happened when I read Mrs. 4444’s post, In Which I Am Enlightened by Athiests. Now, I wouldn’t call myself an atheist, I am much more of an agnostic. This is the comment I left on that post…
I have a deep and abiding belief in the oneness of all of us. I call it the Universe. I do not pretend to know what came before or what comes after (if anything at all) and I’m not really concerned because I am more concerned and invested in the now. Now is all we have for sure. I believe we are responsible for ourselves, but being that we are all one and all in this together we can not pretend that we are not responsible for all. I’m not sure if I am making sense, but it makes sense to me. I feel that many people think you have to be religious to have morals, I disagree. I think of the whole Judeo-Christian tradition/story as another mythology. I heard a college professor say, “Christian mythology” and to me a huge light bulb went off and I understood that for me that is exactly what it is: mythology. All mythologies have useful stories and guides by which to live our lives. I think that at our core there is humanity and our morality stems from our humanity or our lack of it. Of course it is more complicated than that because some of us are truly insane and that is when the whole being responsible for each other thing plays out. Too many people are not well or whole and we just leave them be because they are not our problem, but they are our problem. Apparently, I have much to say on the subject. Thanks for the opportunity to express some of it.
I have many readers who have a deep and abiding faith and I respect them and their faith and have no problem reading about it, but I do not share it. For a long time I didn’t write about my beliefs or lack thereof, but then one day I decided that I shouldn’t have to keep my beliefs a secret so I wrote, Are You There God? It’s Me Mami and I explained myself and no one got mad at me, no one called me a heathen.
I profoundly appreciate being able to be challenged by others. I appreciate that we can share our beliefs whether they are the same or not. I appreciate blog posts that make me think and examine where I’m at spiritually and I appreciate being able to leave comments on those posts.
What about you? Comment to share?