LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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.[…]

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[…]

I don’t waste time arguing with people about the veracity of Noah’s Ark

I don’t waste time arguing with people about the veracity of Noah’s Ark

[This week’s interviewee didn’t want their picture taken. Instead they asked to post a picture of “my hero, Epictetus” – the Greek slave-cum philosopher] What I believe depends on the time of day really. Everyone has doubts. But I’d say I’m a Muslim. That’s the moral system that’s most compatible with what I consider to beRead more about I don’t waste time arguing with people about the veracity of Noah’s Ark[…]

Our ability as humans to know things is extremely limited, our propensity for hubris is large

Our ability as humans to know things is extremely limited, our propensity for hubris is large

I’m from Northern, Northern New York. In the mountains, by a forest, by a lake. Wearing flannel, chopping wood, listening to grunge music in the 90s. I’m a stereotype. I still now try to make sure I’m as close to nature as I can be within a city. The most important belief that I holdRead more about Our ability as humans to know things is extremely limited, our propensity for hubris is large[…]

Since my mother passed away unexpectedly, I believe in spending time with people you love

Since my mother passed away unexpectedly, I believe in spending time with people you love

I never really thought about what I believe. I don’t believe in any religion. But I what I do believe… Maybe I believe in myself? I don’t know. Makes me wonder what is there to believe in. I’m in a period now where I believe that you have to take care of the people aroundRead more about Since my mother passed away unexpectedly, I believe in spending time with people you love[…]