Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Pe/reli/gion Hole

I felt her looking at me. With my eyes closed and my fingers wrapped around what must have seemed to her like a talisman. My head was covered with a silk scarf.

I could almost see the thought bubble floating above her head. "Ugh. Another one of those religious types."

Religious, huh? What kind of religion then?

I might be a Hindu, with my name, my upbringing, my vegetarianism, transitory beliefs in multiple "Gods" for multiple purposes, my belief in Karma and love of Diwali.
I might be a Buddhist, with my pacifist nature, my belief in moderation and 'the middle path'.
I might be a Christian, with my belief in kindness and forgiveness trumping revenge and regret, my sometimes Puritanical guilt and Protestant Work Ethic.
I might be a Muslim, with my belief in generosity towards the lesser privileged, and my reverence for culture and history.
I might be a Jew for my Shylockian ways and immense respect for learning.
I might even be a Shaman, with my feeling of connectedness with everything and everyone and belief in sustainability and honoring earth's spirit.
I might be a Jain, with my intolerance of violence and hurtfulness of creatures big and small.

Who would have ever guessed! I suppose you could call me religious.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice, new clean look too :)

2:37 AM  
Blogger frissko said...

hmm..nice post..every belief system has something to could borrow from them, form your own moral premise, and live by it, religiously...

9:59 PM  
Blogger frissko said...

btw, by you i meant the generic you and not 'you'...

5:06 AM  
Blogger RTD2 said...

Cherie - I didn't really change the look, other than adding you and some others to my list, if that's what you liked :)
Oh Frissko - I got that...I never thought you meant 'me' don't worry!

7:19 PM  
Blogger elly said...

religious, sure. or spiritual. how about "spiritual?"

4:02 PM  

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