LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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[…]

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[…]

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 guess if you were to give my philosophy a name it would be ‘nature’

I guess if you were to give my philosophy a name it would be ‘nature’

I believe in human beings, and in particular the advancement of knowledge. I suppose I believe that there is a perfect balance in all things – whether that’s how many calories you’re taking in, or how you’re relating to the earth – and that as knowledge improves, we come to know what the balance is.Read more about I guess if you were to give my philosophy a name it would be ‘nature’[…]

I’d like my relationship with God to be stronger, without the cynicism – but also without the hypocrisy.

I’d like my relationship with God to be stronger, without the cynicism – but also without the hypocrisy.

I believe in God. But I feel that means less than I’d like it to. I’d like to be a better Catholic. But I don’t put much effort in. I’m probably too in my comfort zone. I feel I should pray more often or go to church at least every Sunday. I feel that IRead more about I’d like my relationship with God to be stronger, without the cynicism – but also without the hypocrisy.[…]

If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.

If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.

I don’t believe anything really. I think the world probably started with the Big Bang and then whatever the scientific consensus is. In Australia, I was kind of raised Catholic and it just sounded a bit silly. My parents were a bit half-assed Catholic as well [laughing]. And they were doing it just because theirRead more about If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.[…]

Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.

Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.

<The 88-year-old I approached this week preferred not to be submitted to a semi-formal interview. So instead, this is a reflection of what they decided to share of their deepest beliefs and doubts. Also, the interviewee preferred not to be photographed. They instead offered a rosary for a picture, which they carry with them inRead more about Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.[…]

Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.

Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.

I believe in Darwinism. I think that came with age. I grew up in a Catholic family but right now I am a little skeptical about it. I was pretty into believing in god as a kid. I was an altar boy until I was eight years old. In our village every boy wants toRead more about Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.[…]