This I Believe

Michael - Santa Monica, California
Entered on January 21, 2007
Age Group: 50 - 65

What matters most — This I Believe — is not what one believes but how one behaves. Avowal of religious belief alone does not make for a better world. Arguably, it is religious beliefs — if those beliefs conclude there is only one path and all others need to convert to it or perish – that are responsible for great cruelty in human history. Merely exclaiming a belief in principles, an allegiance to an ideology, a belief in a supernatural being is not who we are, but only what we say we are. This I believe — if the behavior of religious people were guided by their religious principles, the world would be a better place, for all religions direct us to act with compassion, with mercy, and in the spirit of love. Would that we did so instead of simply said we believed in it.