I am in the seventeenth year of my life, living in the 21st century after the Death of Christ. Funnily enough, although life is, in physical terms, fairly simple, our minds are barraged with an endless stream of information due to a modern phenomenon named the internet. Because of this, it is very simple to forget about or ignore the more important things in life. Religion, morals, art, or even family. So why am I writing this small piece? Well, I think it is an important exercise for me to actually define what I live by and believe in this world.
To begin with, the physical world has to be dealt with. In an economy where physical capability is much less important than your attitude towards the job, it is very important to be in the right state of mind. You have to be willing to put in the “hard yards,” and keep a positive mentality while you do. This doesn’t only apply to working for an income, either. I’ll quote the great Eric Idle; “when you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble; give a whistle!” There isn’t many things that we, humans, have complete control over, but our mindsets and attitudes we do control; so it’s important to maintain them healthy and positive.
With that over and done with, let me bring you to my thoughts on religion. I have come to the determination that there is an unexplained force that has created this world and continues to influence it. Evidence I have read has led me to believe and follow the Roman Catholic faith, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Why? It is one which my morals are most close with, and the rituals and teachings associated to the religion are also well-rounded, established, and orderly. Currently I am devoting my time to learn about other religions so that I may flesh out my spiritual perspective. And even though monotheism is most widely believed, I think it is important not to dismiss older polytheistic faiths, although I am not sufficiently read in that area to give any further comments.
The modern world is riddled with greedy, visceral people, but there is some good in this world too. Beauty, although diminished, continues to reflect the pure light of the stars, and it is my dearest hope that people come to this realization. As a race, we should strive to bring peace, justice, and love to this world which we have been given.