In a slight continuation from the last Quick Shot, let’s talk about belief for a bit. Note, this post might contain some controversial statements and are solely meant to provoke thought, not to pass judgement or reflect opinions.
I am and always have been fascinated by the power that belief and faith have in today’s society. I am intrigued by what drives people to do what they do. Good or bad, it seems to me that all actions are driven by a belief system. I’m not necessarily talking about religion, though is most cases, religion is the medium of belief.
Religion, like magic, ONLY works if there is faith. If there were no believers, then there would be no religion. Furthermore, without a belief system, would there be anything? Ever.
I was listening to Pandora the other day and John Lennon’s “Imagine” came on. There’s a stanza in that song that goes like this:
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
This made me think of an interesting question (here comes the controversy part). If given the choice, would one give up religion for peace? For example, let us say all the deities ever written about or spoken about all got together and held a press conference. Let’s say they only had one statement. If EVERYONE denounced all forms of religion then there would be true peace on earth. So the choice is this: Belief system OR Peace.
Interesting thought, huh? Now, usually in these posts I like to keep my opinions to myself, and as I’m writing this sentence I’ve gone back and forth a couple of times whether I would stick to that or not. I think I will. No opinions here.
However, it does pose a scenario that some will find completely abhorrent and some will say, ‘Duh!’ Either way, there is no true right answer, as the beauty of the human mind is that we can always ‘think up’ or imagine possibilities. And THAT is the true power of belief.
Whether you belief in an all-powerful god, a karmic paradise, or whether you just believe in yourself, you do belief in something. That belief system, your belief system, is the one that drives you to live your life in the way you see fit. And in most cases, that way of life (in general humanity terms) is compatible with others. This is a good thing.
What this also means, is that others have their own belief system, so don’t be too quick to judge on how others act. To each their own. All we can do is try to stay on the same forward path and surround ourselves with those who make us better. In the end, that is all that matters.