Hey guys,

Before we start, I'd like to ask you to listen to this song. Just listen to it (or a part of it) and read the text. It'll make sense later on...

At the beginning of the year I got an assignment in my religion class. We got a bundle of literature study about religion, spirituality, gods etc. Those texts were very diverse. It went from interviews with a very catholic man to a buddhist who talked about regrets and the society we live in today.
We had to read all those text, highlight the important sentences, give comments etc. Afterwards we had to write a text about our "spirituality" or "religion".

This assignment made me think a lot. I never really thought about my religion until a couple of weeks ago, when I started writing that text. I discovered so many things about myself, and I'd like to share that with the world.

I'm warning you, I'm a very straightforward person. I'm not religious and I'll try not to be offensive towards anyone but I am going to express my opinion. I want you, whether you're religious or not, whether you're catholic, jewish, buddhist etc. to read this article with an open mind. I really want to know what you guys think of this. I want to learn new things and if you have an opinion about this, please message me. I love interacting between cultures.

But anyway, now you've been warned, let's get talking.

Let me just throw it on the table: I'm an atheïst, I don't believe in a god. A lot of people think that atheïsts are shallow and not open-minded. I don't think so. I think it's okay not to believe that a god exists. I do respect each religion though. I think every religion has something very beautiful about it and I respect each and everyone's opinion. Believing in God is just not for me, and I'll tell you why.

The main factor I think is my upbringing. I was raised in a non-religious family. My parents married in church, I was christened at birth, I had my first Communion and confirmation etc. but my parents don't believe in God. They're technically catholic but not really. It's just society that makes us do all these rituals, but it has never had a religious meaning to me.

I'm a person that thoroughly believes in science. I'm in my last year of high school and I've always followed a course with a lot of maths and science. Ever since I've been a little girl, I was thought how the universe works, how our earth works, how natural disasters form etc. The idea of a god just doesn't fit that image. In my head, the universe is way too big for us to be that special. To have a god that's "above us" or to have life after dead or something. I just think we're a production of coincidence. Again, I know this opinion is very straightforward. If you want to comment on it, please do! You can message me at any moment.

But there's another thing that is a little deeper, that has made me dislike religion. First of all, I think that religion has trouble keeping up with the 21st century. Everything is moving so quickly recently and I feel like religion is falling behind a bit. If you couldn't tell from my last article, I'm very supportive of LGBTQ, mixed religion etc. and often, religion isn't. A lot of very religious people think that LGBTQ people shouldn't be allowed to be married, or they think that if you don't agree with an aspect of a certain religion, you're not allowed to be a part of it; I think that's bullshit. It's like they're making these little boxes. One for true Catholics, one for true Muslims... and when you don't meet their expectations, you cannot be a part of it. If you're different than people were 100 years ago, you don't fit in. Well, then 99% of youth today doesn't fit in. Times are changing, we are changing and religion should too.

Religion should be a place where everyone is accepted. A place where it doesn't matter whether you're Jewish or Muslim, whether you believe in 1 God, 10 gods or none at all. A place for everyone. I wish religion was a little more free than it is today.

If you've read this and you're even slightly interested, I encourage you to do the same thing I did. Sit down and start writing about how you feel about religion. It doesn't have to be structured, or well thought about, just write. Write pages, books if you have to, but try to discover what you really think. I did that and it was very freeing. And as I said way too often before, let me and all the other people around you know about it. Because times are changing and communication is key. Interreligious communication is so important and is forgotten so often.

I consider myself religious, even though I don't believe in God. I do believe in love, I believe in the good in people and I believe that we are capable of doing incredible things if we want to. I believe in me and I believe in you. And that's religion to me.

I would like to end with this quote, which I think sums together half of what I just said. I hope you remember this, or some of it. Because even though it was just a religion assignment, I'll remember it, I really will.

In the end, we’re all in this together, we’re all humans, we’re all believers.

Lots of love,
H.

Now I'd like to ask you to listen to this again and I hope it makes so much more sense now...