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?