LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

If you really want something, then it does come to you, because if everything is connected, you are everything, and everything is you.

If you really want something, then it does come to you, because if everything is connected, you are everything, and everything is you.

I believe everything happens for a reason. And that on some level we choose our experience in this life. I believe in spirit as well, so material and spirit, earth and sky, that kind of stuff… Indian culture had some sort of influence on it [interviewee was born in India]. When I was growing up,Read more about If you really want something, then it does come to you, because if everything is connected, you are everything, and everything is you.[…]

When you smile and you’re happy, and the person you meet is having a bad day, maybe it will change that

When you smile and you’re happy, and the person you meet is having a bad day, maybe it will change that

I believe in god, in a god. I am from Ecuador, most of the people are Catholics, so I was raised Christian, and I did the sacraments, but when I became a teenager I started to think in different ways. I would say I’m not religious, but I’m…like…spiritual, I don’t know, I try to keepRead more about When you smile and you’re happy, and the person you meet is having a bad day, maybe it will change that[…]

He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.

He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.

I don’t believe in any specific religion. I don’t even want to call it spirituality – you know, in the commercialised sense with all the kind of hippy paraphernalia? But more in terms of the Buddhist practice of spirituality. Not in terms of dogmatic belief but in terms of scripture. I side more with theRead more about He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.[…]

I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated

I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated

I believe in the humanity of human beings. I was born in a Catholic family, which is actually quite unusual for India, it is a very very small percentage.  When I was in medical school around 19, I had my first confrontation with the church, with the local priest. Something happened, and I was extremelyRead more about I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated[…]

Suddenly you realise, “oh yeah – that’s what I believe”

Suddenly you realise, “oh yeah – that’s what I believe”

There’s many types of belief. Religious belief, political belief, how much you trust one friend over another. Many people believe what they grew up to believe – what they were encouraged or told to believe. But I was raised by a single mother who had perhaps the most hands-off approach to raising me that IRead more about Suddenly you realise, “oh yeah – that’s what I believe”[…]

I’m committed to fairness and justice but I still breathe life into capitalism in what I do every day. So I guess that’s kind of hypocritical and contradictory.

I’m committed to fairness and justice but I still breathe life into capitalism in what I do every day. So I guess that’s kind of hypocritical and contradictory.

I don’t want to start off with a negative answer, but I want to say I don’t believe in anything spiritual. And I suppose what I do believe in is concepts like fairness, respect, honesty, that you don’t necessarily need to link to something extra-human. But then what do I mean with believe in thoseRead more about I’m committed to fairness and justice but I still breathe life into capitalism in what I do every day. So I guess that’s kind of hypocritical and contradictory.[…]

I might not encourage the practice of homosexuality, okay, but everybody has a right, we are not to judge and kill people. That power is beyond us.

I might not encourage the practice of homosexuality, okay, but everybody has a right, we are not to judge and kill people. That power is beyond us.

I believe in God. My religion is Protestant. I know that God is there, although I’ve never seen him. I grew up in Uganda, in a family that believes in God. My grandmum was a strong Christian believer, and she always encouraged us to go to church. But not only her, most of the familyRead more about I might not encourage the practice of homosexuality, okay, but everybody has a right, we are not to judge and kill people. That power is beyond us.[…]

You’re just a believer because you’re a hipster; it’s your new gadget

You’re just a believer because you’re a hipster; it’s your new gadget

I believe in something, I’d call it God, that acts as a limitation on human aspiration. And I mean that in a very positive way. Fundamentally I believe that humans are good creatures. They’re perfect as they are. And if they don’t accept that limitation, and try to be bigger than they are, then theyRead more about You’re just a believer because you’re a hipster; it’s your new gadget[…]