My Core Belief
I believe that in this world we live in there is an underlying force, not a god, more powerful than ourselves, which affects our lives based on our everyday actions. I also believe that our everyday actions dictate the not only the events of our future but also the quality of our future.
I was born and raised as a Catholic. However over the years, as I was introduced to new beliefs and philosophies, I have started to believe that there is no god. I am not one of those cynic emos who runs around depressed and feeling that life sucks. I love life and everything it allows me to do. When I took biology this year I was introduced to ideas like evolution and the primordial soup theory and to me they made more sense than one omnipotent creator. Although I do not believe in a god I do believe in both a higher life force far greater than our own, which has a daily impact on our lives, and a system that keeps a balance in the universe. I find it hard to believe that in the endless realm of existence humans are the most powerful beings. I believe that there are many, not one, life forces in existence which possess powers far greater and more complex than our own, and I think that what ever they are they provide our world with a certain system of checks and balances. The system is known as karma. The main belief of karma is that those who are genuinely good, do good things for others, and work hard will be rewarded. Conversely those who are evil and live with bad intentions will ultimately be punished. It is this belief that governs my life. If I see that someone is struggling, I generally will stop to help them. Grant it I am not expecting to go home and win the lottery or some miraculous event like that but maybe someone will help me when I am in need.
Now as for an afterlife I am not 100% sure what to think of that. I surely believe that there is more to our life after Earth. However I know that I am not going to die and suddenly be reunited with my family and dog. In the grand scheme of things, the world will never be completely understood. A person never knows when they will die, and they only have an idea of where they will truly go when they die. I attempt to live my life to the fullest, so that at any point I can die and not go with any guilt. Nothing that I wish I could have said or done or expressed. Just go and be completely satisfied, completely ready to begin my next journey, whatever and wherever that may be.
If you enjoyed this essay, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to This I Believe, Inc.