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[…]

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.[…]

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

I believe there is a universal, supreme force. In terms of Christianity, it’s what you might call more than the seventh heaven. In Hinduism we have this concept. Krishna says: “I am the Lord, I am him but beyond Him”. That “but beyond” is what I believe in: something beyond the world, universe, galaxies, allRead more about The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.[…]

I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now

I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now

I am an agnostic at this point. I do think that there are forces that we don’t know and can’t comprehend, but I don’t believe in any one ideology. I was raised pretty Christian. My mom was Christian, my grandparents are WWII Austrian Catholic. My dad…we don’t even know what he is. He never saysRead more about I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now[…]