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Here's the thing, at least in terms of religion:

I was born Catholic.  I was baptised and all that.  But what actually got to me was not the decades of going to church and hearing the parbles and gospels of the 'Word of the Lord,' it was childrens books.  

Let me sum up - I was born in Ontario, but spent most of my life on Vancouver Island.  There's a Catholic church called 'The Church of the Ascension' halfway atwixt Qualicum and Parksville.  The church has services like any other church, but it's also got childrens books by the rectory.  Because, in my mind, I'm about six years old, I read all these books, which were all religious stories.  One of them was about Jesus.  I forget what it was about, but there was a young child who saw Jesus around town (Bethlehem or Jerusalem, or whatever.) and said that he looked like a regular guy... but his eyes - his eyes were the sweetest, softest, kindest, most sad eyes that she ever saw.

Fast forward five years, I've still got an inner-six year old, because I'm watching a Jay and Silent Bob movie called Dogma.  It's got Chris Rock in it - one of my favorite comedians - and he talks about Jesus.  There's a lot of talk about Jesus in the film, but this is what got me:  

"Imagine you're a twelve-year old boy.  You're told you're God's only son, but more than that, you're God.  How long do you think it would take to come to grips with something that huge?  Maybe, say, eighteen years?  In the bible, Jesus suddenly goes from age 12 to 30.  12 to 30.  Now that's some pretty bad story telling."

Now, in the plot of the movie, Chris Rock is trying to emphasize a different point.  The point still stands, though, that Jesus either was told, or knew of his end.  

That's what moved me.  The explanation of Chris Rock, the story of a little girl seeing Jesus Christ, and him having these sad, kind eyes, got to me.  The idea that Jesus (Yes, I'm on a first name basis, I think he wouldn't mind) is a nice guy who understood - even if he had to take some time to understand - the grand undertaking of his existence - I, in some small way, understand.  At least a little bit.  

In the interests of going full circle, let me sum up: I'm not Catholic - but I'm not an atheist.  I'm spiritual.  Jesus Christ may or may not have existed... but his spirit lives on in stories and parables, and the parables that represent him, his image, is that of a regular man in an older age realizing his importance in the grand scheme of things - maybe more than the importance that you or I may have, importance that took some time to realize and come to terms with, but importance nonetheless.  

My religious nature has become less structured and more tuned to deed rather than faith - Abraham Lincoln once said "When I do bad, I feel bad.  When I do good, I feel good.  That is my religion."  I think I follow that - I think I want to follow Jesus' example more than a belief in Jesus as a person.

I don't know why that is... I guess I'm inspired by him.  Or the idea of him.  Or the... whatever.

When I do good, I feel good.
  • Mood: Hope
  • Listening to: Come On - Tegan and Sara
  • Reading: The Mysterious Affair At Stiles - Agatha Christie
  • Watching: Dogma
  • Playing: Heavy Rain
  • Drinking: Constantly

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