LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

If I’m going to die, I hope the coyotes take my body

If I’m going to die, I hope the coyotes take my body

I believe in a better world for everybody else. For example, take these cars [going by behind us]: if they’re diesel, make them into biodiesel. And then you’ll have 44% less carbon dioxide in the air. Or solar panels. Anything that you can generate electricity from that offers “free” energy. I’ve got one solar panelRead more about If I’m going to die, I hope the coyotes take my body[…]

The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”

The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”

I practice Islam, but what I believe, perhaps you could call it humanism, even beyond humanity. I feel that everyone is here to spread love, peace and all those things. It’s not only human beings; every creature is here for the ultimate purpose to spread peace, love, happiness. This is what I believe. It isRead more about The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”[…]

Half of the world’s population is going to be wiped off the planet. Now sit here and ask me, “what do you believe in?”

Half of the world’s population is going to be wiped off the planet. Now sit here and ask me, “what do you believe in?”

[This week’s participant asked not to have their photo taken. Instead, they suggested that the best representation of what they believe is the diagram they had drawn for our interview, which demonstrates the irreversible impact of climate change. In the diagram, TW = ‘trillion watts’; FF = Fossil Fuels; PPM = ‘parts per million’; andRead more about Half of the world’s population is going to be wiped off the planet. Now sit here and ask me, “what do you believe in?”[…]

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

<This week’s participant requested to remain anonymous. When I asked them what picture they would like to accompany their story, the answer was: ‘The Hagia Sophia. It should be a church again’> I believe in a less naïve version of god. It could be a Cartesian view, it could be a Kantian view. A CartesianRead more about I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god[…]

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.[…]

Life is not black and white, so why would god be black and white?

Life is not black and white, so why would god be black and white?

I grew up Christian so I still believe in Christianity fundamentally, but I do believe that religion is so much bigger than Christianity as well. I don’t think that Christianity’s necessarily the right answer but it’s the closest to what I think. I do believe in a higher power, in a god but I don’tRead more about Life is not black and white, so why would god be black and white?[…]

Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all

Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all

I am Muslim. I was born in a Muslim family, in a Muslim environment, so automatically, it just came like that. I believe in the Quran, and the Prophet Muhammad. But actually, I don’t really practice what the Quran recommends. There’s not really any reason that I don’t practice. By the way, my wife isRead more about Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all[…]