Often, we are faced with this question at some point in our lives. More so as an adult then when we are kids. What do you believe?
When I was younger I believed in the catholic way of being. I prayed, I confessed my sins much to my entertainment. As a child knowing I could maybe do something naughty and say a couple of hail Mary’s always made me feel better for being bad. But away from that I was the catholic girl.
Later on in life I became intrigued by philosophy, the mind, the different religions present on earth and boy did my mind swirl.
I dabbled in it all and I made sure to try as much as I could, to my mother’s horror, in an effort to find that missing link to what I felt at the time was what I needed to feel complete. A belief so steadfast in its roots it couldn’t be shook.
You know, like that saved friend that has seen angels and what not. I wanted that.
Other times when I was naive and wishful I believed in the government, and when I was free I believed in the silence of the earth.
What is to believe?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as:
1 a :to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion :to regard the existence of God as a fact Do you believe? —usually used with in believe in the Scriptures
b :to accept something as true, genuine, or real ideals we believe in believes in ghosts
2 :to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something believe in exercise
3 :to hold an opinion :think I believe so
With that in mind I ask:
- If I am to say I do not believe in religion or rather I have no religious conviction does that make me less of a spiritual entity then that person who is in a religion?
- If I am to say that I chose not to take anything as truth or genuine or ideal because in a world that has existed for so long one can never truly have such understanding, is it right of me to say that I would be deemed as not normal in terms of what is deemed as normal human make up?
- If I choose to hold no opinions what does that say about me as a whole?
I in my own limited and flawed understanding coupled with the little number of years I have taken breath on this earth can say, that if I am to place some form of belief in something, I believe in being.
In a sense I believe in the individual’s right to believe in what they believe to be right to them without the need to stamp it as truth for the whole of mankind to follow. That is what I believe in. No matter if you are religious or not, no matter if you eat cornflakes or sip tea, no matter if you are organic or dig into some bbq wings that just don’t quit. That is what I believe in.
One’s freedom to be, what do you believe in?