While the importance of purposeful conversation adds substance to our lives, certain subjects like religion conjure questions of life that need answering… more importantly why we’re here, why certain things happen and the meaning to life? Understanding our presence on earth is often mysterious and complex – through the centuries and today, religion maintains a presence of interest and turmoil. And since its existence, communities of organized religion across the world have followed blue prints of value, books of “how to” guide lining our self centered lives into a mold of purpose and hope. No wonder there’s so much debate.
Getting back to last night’s questioning… Zach and Claudia (best friends) began discussing the controversial aspects of religion, influenced and focused by a higher being and our will to know what’s right. On one hand you have Zach who is very analytical (right brained – outside thinker) focused on scientific methods and conclusive data. While Claudia fashions a view stapled in faith (firm belief in something for which there is no proof), her neurological position finds proximity between both hemispheres (logical/structured) – by no means am I labeling Zach simpleminded, he is honestly one of the brightest people I know. That’s what makes this discussion so difficult… so much of this topic rests on faith based principles and spiritual not knowing. For someone such as Zach, trying to wrap their mind around this veiled concept is very difficult to discern.
As the conversation continued, I listened anxiously… here we had two people, madly in love conversing on a level of intensity. It really was a sight – two brilliant minds dishing out meaningful and passionate chatter. At times, voices were raised, eyes rolled, and feelings were scratched. Silence was heard more times than one… offering moments of reflection and growth. Its times like these that I wish I had a video camera. I learned a lot this evening, many things.
All of us cope to life’s difficult demands through familiar means, whether its positive outlets such as friends or a super natural power, we find refuge in its strength. I truly believe that each religion presents examples of how we should live our lives. As a society, if this subject matter improves our life, provokes dedication and mediation, I’m all for it. This engagement showed me how two people can disagree and at the end of the day still find each other as attractive as before… inviting a wonderful opportunity into each other’s hearts and minds. I had to share my story, emotions lie heavy on my heart sometimes… the need to express my voice must be said.