“Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur, sed auditu solo tuto creditur; credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius: nil hoc verbo Veritatis verius.”
This line is from a hymn written by the scholar St Thomas Aquinas, and below is a topic I’ve wanted to discuss for a while. Not whether or not there are metaphysical things, but rather people’s attitude to discussion.
Much like politics, the current state of debate about religion and philosophy is in complete shambles. To the point where I felt the need to write this post. I’m not the sort of person who likes to bring religion and philosophy into my online life I think it’s a private thing and I don’t feel the need to force it onto anyone. Neither do I mind other people sharing their own beliefs.
Being a lifestyle blog, I want to share things in a way that I’d like to read them for myself too. I like finding out about people’s lives and what drives them – it’s fascinating. In my blogosphere travels, I have seen many people talk about their paranormal experiences on their blogs, their wiccan rituals and strong vegan moral beliefs. I thought I’d be a great idea to write about some of the fun experiences I have had because of my religious beliefs. I started writing the post, when after the first paragraph I felt my blood leave me. I realised I was writing a massive apology paragraph trying to explain my beliefs (similar to how I actually did in this post ha). Sooo here’s kind of a reply to myself and to everyone else struggling with wanting religion to just be a normal part of their online life, just as it is a part of their everyday lives.
1) Having a religion or a belief shouldn’t be and isn’t embarrassing.
We live in a toxic online space where social media spaces are designed to make us want to fight each other. We feel like we need to share and protect all sorts of views, even the most menial, like does pineapple belong on pizza? Does chocolate belong in the fridge? Both of these habits are disgusting, but jokes aside it is true that on the internet you need to have an opinion AND be an expert in defending it. When it comes to faith people are often ridiculed and not given a chance to speak. Everyone needs to establish their beliefs and attack. I mean look at youtube comments section somehow they always end up being about whether God exists or not.
Remember: Saying that you believe something because that’s what you want to believe is reason enough.
2) It depends on where you live.
The truth is that religious belief in particular depends on country. A lot of people assume that the more westernised the better, probably because we have the highest living standards. I’m not here to argue about whether that is true or not, but I will say that if you’re from a different culture chances are that British people will look down on you not only for religion but for all sorts of other practices you may have. Don’t worry about it and take a step back. Chances are you just seem “different” to some people, and that’s ok.
Remember: You don’t owe anyone an apology for being the way you are. Nor do you need to educate them.
3) People are ignorant.
This goes for everyone despite their beliefs, political persuasion and a range of other things. Remember that some people might dislike you because they associate your belief with something outrageous they’ve heard in the media or heard from a friend of a friend of a friend… I find it hurtful when people assume I hate lgbt+ people because of my belief, or that I am not strong enough to stand up to something they think they would in my place. Again, you don’t need to take part in these forms of conversations, but you can politely explain what you actually believe. Although I’ve found that even providing scholarly proof isn’t enough for some hysteria fanatics.
Remember: Saying all priests are paedophiles is just as hurtful as saying all Muslims are terrorists.
There are even more sad examples of this…
4) People confuse religion and politics.
As I’ve mentioned before, the debate in politics right now is shambles and a lot of people involve religion in this, forgetting that people have the right to believe in whatever they want and don’t need to explain to anyone why that is. Just because you happen to be a Christian, doesn’t mean you’re conservative, and not does it mean that your religion is going to have an extreme reflection in your political persuasion. You may not even care about politics.
5) It’s a part of you.
If it’s a part of you, you can share it. You shouldn’t be put through more ridicule just because of the subject matter. The truth is that the internet skews the ways in which we see the world. From a social media perspective it feels like most people are far-left corbyn supporters, who are crazy about cats and are militant atheists.
That’s it. I’ll add more if I think of something.