Taking the first tentative steps on this journey of self discovery is a daunting prospect.
Some people would say that finding that ‘golden path’ has to be a spiritual journey. However, I will state now for the record that mine will not be a spiritual journey. I will not be ‘finding god’ during this process. I spent my teenage years being a good C of E christian and believing in god. I followed that path, but ultimately rejected it as all I could see before me were lies and hypocracy. Don’t get me wrong, I think that religion can serve a moral purpose and for some people, is a good thing. The fear of death and the overwhelming sense of being a mere fleeting grain of sand in the vastness of time and space, is just too much to cope with or contemplate for some people. These people turn to religion as a tool in order to come to terms with the cruelness of life… and death. They need to believe that after death there is something even better… a continuation. I don’t. Sure, I’m afraid of death and the unknown as much as the next person, but I will not cower behind religion to try and make myself feel better about it. I do find it staggering (and irritating) that there are so many religions, with so many differing views, all absolutely convinced that they are right and everyone else is wrong. How many wars have be waged in the name of god? Well, the way I view it, is if there are say 500 different religions in the world, that means that at least 499 of them are wrong. It seems ridiculous to me that anyone can honestly believe in any god when the odds of picking the right one (if one exists at all), are so small. So no, religion is not for me.