|Stuff that makes me a bit weird, Part 8,684.
||[Jul. 29th, 2010|11:32 am]
I am agnostic with suspicions of atheism and I really like being around people of faith. Obviously, I go in for the liberal-tastic, love-not-judge types, but still. I like it.|
Make no mistake, I don't have any faith myself. I've tried to and I think the ability is just . . . gone. I'm religiously/spiritually educated out the wazoo but faith is just beyond me and I don't know if its the sort of thing I'll ever be capable of again, no matter how wonderful I think some forms of faith are.
So, I like being around people who are and I couldn't exactly tell you why. They're not more hopeful or kind than other people; all about the same, really. I suppose I'm hoping to learn something.
Speaking as a person of faith who helps to lead/facilitate a spiritual community that includes agnostics and at least one atheist, hearing things like this makes me very glad - I feel like I"m at least . Just because you don't have "faith" doesn't mean the trappings of religion and rituals can't be important or fulfilling. (though that may not be at all what it is for you...I don't know.)
2010-07-30 11:28 pm (UTC)
Was there something after the "I'm at least"? I feel like I missed something, heh.
I know for many that it's the rituals that are appealing even if they lack faith, but for me it isn't (though I do like the aesthetic/decorations and accessories, for lack of a better way to put it, haha.) I think what I like about it is that if someone else can possibly have faith even though I cannot, then perhaps there is something to it. To make perhaps a bizarre analogy, I am especially crap at calculus but some people are amazing at it---and in that case, that's because math holds true but I just don't follow it well enough. So, sometimes I wonder/hope that faith is like that----that I'm just bad at it now due to my experiences but that doesn't mean that there isn't something to it.
Oops, forgot to log in! This was me :-D
Heh, yeah, that should have been "at least doing it Somewhat Right if it's friendly-looking to folks who don't follow the same/any faith."
This is what I get for responding at work while being pulled in many directions.
yugh. This is where we differ. I am afraid of people of faith, largely. It's all about experience--I have yet to have a truly positive experience with more than a handful of religious people my whole life. I'm sure they exist--just not obviously in my world.