LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

There’s a sense of gratitude and grace that is heightened by the idea that things are random and could have been a different way

There’s a sense of gratitude and grace that is heightened by the idea that things are random and could have been a different way

I believe that the universe is essentially random. Moments of beauty and pleasure – we’re lucky to be there when they happen. I don’t believe there’s a greater purpose or meaning to life. We’re here to make our way, and to hopefully make things easier for other people, to live well, to think, to feel.Read more about There’s a sense of gratitude and grace that is heightened by the idea that things are random and could have been a different way[…]

After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s

After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s

I used to be very religious. It started when I was 8: when you learn everything about god through school. You kind of become indoctrinated. I was Christened and confirmed, and that probably compounded it. And then when I got to a Church of England school, it was even more pushed in your face. AndRead more about After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s[…]

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’[…]

Sommige mensen worden heel aardig geboren, sommigen worden minder aardig geboren. Die moeten het dan nog leren.

Sommige mensen worden heel aardig geboren, sommigen worden minder aardig geboren. Die moeten het dan nog leren.

<for Dutch scroll down> I think life is pointless and we just have to make the best of it. I don’t believe there’s a god. It is too complicated a story that is scientifically completely unsound. I was raised protestant. Went to church. Did Catechism. But it’s like with Santa Claus for children. At someRead more about Sommige mensen worden heel aardig geboren, sommigen worden minder aardig geboren. Die moeten het dan nog leren.[…]