Musings: The Right to Believe


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There is no communication more authentic than that between you and your idea of a greater power.

It could be God, the laws of nature, or a multitude of deities. Even atheists find their own way to connect with the Universe. It doesn’t matter who or what you reach out to. That private, heartfelt communion is a truly beautiful thing.

I was baptised Catholic and have identified as one for most of my life, even though I don’t go for Mass very much anymore. The truth is, as I get older, I don’t necessarily agree with the idea of organised religion. Mainly because it so often condemns and attacks those who don’t hold the same beliefs. We could wax lyrical about the pros and cons of religion, but that’s not what this thought bubble is about. (Although if you want to go there, consider Hitchens as mandatory reading.)

This is about the simple idea that a deep, transcendental connection with a higher power is a wonderfully precious thing, and should be respected as such. It’s an energy that’s incredibly honest, humbling, and often built on goodwill. It is life’s purpose revealed, shame and guilt brought to penance, fear finding comfort, and faith in the face of loss. And more importantly, it is deeply personal.

It pains me to report the horrifying things that happen everyday in religious wars and conflict. The frightening massacres in Syria, increasing number of chilling extremist attacks around the world, and senseless violence that goes unchecked. And i think if more of us could let every other person make sense of their existence in this world in the way they like (without hurting others of course), needless suffering can be avoided. Not everyone has to buy the same ticket to paradise.

This definitely isn’t an attack on religion or I’d be contradicting myself. It’s just a heartfelt appeal to each one of us as fellow human beings, to understand that others should be free choose their beliefs without threat of persecution. After all, we all want the same things in the end, don’t we?

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13 thoughts on “Musings: The Right to Believe

  1. Pingback: Musings: The Right to Believe – Nubian Nomads

  2. That was beautifully written. I’m an atheist myself, however, you’re right in that I seek out something greater. I have faith in humanity and reading Vonnegut helped me realize that. Thank you for bringing up this important topic. After reading your take on this, it makes me feel just like there’s a place for all of us, there’s a place for all of our religions. Peace and love!

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  3. Wow, what an inspiring post 🙂 I am currently at a spiritual crossroads, trying to work things out, and communication with a higher power at this point is very integral to all that. I was raised Christian, and my beliefs have always been in that circle, however I have become disillusioned with religion and people within the churches. Recently I have also come to greater understanding through Buddhist teachings, and other religions. My conversation with God is very open these days, yet I still struggle with matters of faith. Thank you for this post and giving me more to think about this morning. We truly are all seeking a similar outcome I believe. We just have different ways of getting there.

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  4. True, but I often think God, in whatever form, is a shady excuse for our most base of human drives. The world is getting crowded and people are worried they won’t have a space. How can we justify the violence? I seek something better by avoiding religion at all costs. That’s my choice and I respect others. Unfortunately it highlights the problem: 7 billion people are never going to agree until the day we are universally threatened.

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  5. Humans, unfortunately are capable of some very in humane behavior. Since the dawn of our capacity to express our consciousness, we’ve struggled to identify our place in the universe. The universe is immense, and our presence is minuscule in comparison. The ego feels threatened by this obscurity…thus, faith is born.

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  6. I’m not sure it’s very much relevant to the beautiful take you have on religion, but I’m persuaded that we should police religion. Do you know about the Appleton and Heaven’s Gate? Sometimes a belief is not a set of ideas we possess but rather possesses us. By this reasoning, benign religious practices should be help equally suspect as terrorism and everything of that ilk. I have a friend of mine who died two months ago from a pneumonia infection after insisting myriad times that the devil was a liar and disregarded the diagnosis.

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