Originally written in June of 2013, I’m re-posting this piece as a precursor to the new content I’ll be releasing going forward. I’m focusing more and more on the impact each of us has on our perception of the world. By seeking to understand more of what shapes our experience we can care for each other more deeply and completely.
I’ll never forget when I started to view the world as broken. That first moment when your brain turns on and you look around at the problems we’ve created as a civilization (the issues of government large and small, religion, education, etc). I can’t recall the exact moment, but I remember the general time period being just before I started High School.
I jumped on the “bash Christianity bandwagon” and thought I had pretty firm ground to stand on. It was through one of my juvenile and uneducated rants that I gained what really has turned out to be the best advice I have ever been given. I was voicing my thought of the day to my Father when he stopped me and asked, “Have you ever been to church?” Thinking the very idea asinine of course I responded “No.”, which he followed with, “Have you ever read the Bible?”. Another solid “No.” So he posited the following, “If you haven’t been to a sermon or read the Bible, how can you ridicule it? Don’t bash something if you don’t know anything about it.”
The words hit me like a ton of bricks, he was 100% right. How could I defy and ridicule a topic when I didn’t even know the details of it? That simple question has stayed with me over the years and has been the fuel to feed the fire of my day to day life. In the weeks following that conversation I joined a non-denominational church and began to learn about Christianity. In the decade since I have only grown in my resistance to not only Christianity, but supernatural explanations in general. That question has led me to seek the correct answers and admit when I’m wrong when presented with evidence disproving my point of view. It has shaped my view on politics, science, psychology, and so much more. I honestly don’t know where I would be without it. It opened my mind to the prevailing accomplishment of humanity: knowledge. The desire to better understand our environment has allowed us to become more advanced than we could have ever imagined. Humanity is astounding and it is because of this that I find life so amazing.
I have no way of knowing if this blog will be enjoyed by the few readers it may have and I definitely don’t know if it will inspire any of you. But that is not the point. I write because I can. I write because I enjoy it and I will continue even if my only audience happens to be my own display screen. Blogs, articles, short stories, and novels are all part of the plan. For me. For my drive to do it because I have the mind and the resources to create something out of nothing, just for the hell of it.
And that is what I ask of you. We all have the drive to do better. Aside from the sliver of society that would rather destroy, we strive to build. Whether large or small, we have the means to seek out our goals. I’m not referring to the standard “American Dream” or the more modern form of reality stars being famous regardless of ability. What I’m talking about is far more simple. Something as simple as reading a book that caught your eye, taking up an instrument, or just spending more time outside.
We can be such a complicated bunch of primates. Going back and forth with each other about nonsense and ignoring the beauty and splendor of the universe. Remember the fire that burned in your heart when you were young. Remember the passion, imagination, and drive that opened your eyes to the world. That is what makes you human. It’s what makes you great. We are all part of this crazy system and our idiosyncrasies are what make life worth it.