The other night, after a wonderful dinner and dollar beers at a divey sports bar, Robin and I were driving home and listening to the Crusades album for the hundreth time (are you really surprised?), which obviously led us into a discussion about religion.
I was born and raised Catholic most of my life. I spent my entire pre-college academic career in the private Catholic school system. I subscribed to the teachings until I was about 14 or 15 years old. At that time, I seriously began questioning a lot of what was being shoved down my throat. Instead of accepting things with a clouded version of faith, I began to dig deeper into the foundation of what was being taught. I wanted to find out not only WHY it was being preached, but how the institution of Catholicism came to be.
Safe to say, I am not a religious person, nor do I hold any value in an organized religion. I pass no judgement to those who are religious or hold beliefs of a god or congregate weekly. It is not my place to do so, nor does it have any bearing on what I believe in. I do believe there is some sort of higher power (or energy) that exists. Not to say that it directly controls our lives like others' "higher power", but it exists nonetheless. The closest semi-tangible form I can compare my belief to is Karma.
That, however, is not the point of this post. One of the main things I caught myself in the middle of the other day was observing certain Catholic teachings with a completely removed sense of circumstance. It was like I was hearing these trite teachings with new ears. According to Catholic teachings, we were all created in the likeness and image of God. We were then placed on this earth to spend our lives working toward spending eternity with Him in Heaven. Upon hearing this said in one medium or the other just a couple days ago, an overwhelming sense of "WHAT THE FUCK" overcame me.
Maybe it's just me, but this particular day, I realized how incredibly SILLY this cornerstone to the faith is. We were created by an outside force to work and live and exist on this Earth in hopes we would get to join them in Heaven? Doesn't that kind of invalidate the entire point of being on Earth in the first place? It seems like an inconceivable waste of time and energy.
That's not how I see it at all. To one person, the world is infinite; the human race is infinite. When said person ceases to exist, their view of the world ceases to exist. Therefore, when their life ends, the world (in a sense) ends. Every second they are alive, there is all of the time in the universe.
Now, apply these thoughts to an entire country of people, the world. To all of us alive at this very moment, the past and future do not exist. Our world view knows no time frames. Everything is moment by moment, day to day. Instead of chasing down the past as a reference for the future, instead of slaving away "worshiping" a god or higher power or what-have-you, I believe there are better ways to spend our moment-to-moment existence.
You should inspire the ones around you. Create. Live and breathe your passion. Take care of the ones closest to you. Put your friends and family before yourself always. Work hard to change negative aspects of your life and never stop working at what you truly love and believe in. Don't chase down the past, chase the timelessness we're granted by being alive. In doing so, we become immortal.