Friday Five – November 4th, 2002

Since I don’t feel like writing anything substantial (which I promise I will do at some point) I thought I would do a Friday Five since I haven’t in a couple of weeks. Plus this one is about religion which is also a fun topic to talk about.
1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
Not really. My family went to church almost every Sunday (the only times we didn’t go was when people were sick, we were going somewhere that morning etc.
2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
I don’t specifically practice the faith that I was brought up in (which was United for those who care) but I am proud that I was brought up that way. I think that the United Church is one of the most liberal Christian based religions which doesn’t focus on that fact that if you sin your going to hell but focuses more on caring about each other. The reason why I don’t “practice” is because I have my own version of faith and my own set of beliefs which sometimes doesn’t mesh with organized religion. It sounds like I’m a religious rebel but that’s not really the case. I just don’t need an organization telling me what I should believe in.
3. What do you think happens after death?
I don’t know if there is an afterlife. Though I know that my energy will always be part of the universe so in some way I will still be present (according to the laws of thermodynamics). Whether I will be concious of that presence I don’t really know but I’m not too concerned.
4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
I don’t have one. I always enjoyed Sunday School 🙂
5. Do you believe people are basically good?
Right now I tend to believe that. I want to believe that people want peace more than they want war, love more than they want hate, happiness more than they want sadness but sometimes I don’t know. Sometimes people can be misguided and that good is changed into something bad. Sometimes it is hard to be optimistic about people. Especially if you watch the news and see all of the war and hurting that is going on in the world and sometimes even in your own backyard.

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