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A christian I was born and raised
but life taught me to change.
From the good and bad I faced
A Buddhist I became.

Telling good from evil
ain't the pattern of my life,
now I have seen what we will
accomplish with white lies.

A christian I was born and raised
but life taught me to change.
From the good and bad I faced
A Buddhist I became.

I now spend my whole life reaching
for what I will never be,
but I live for learning & teaching,
for the journey to a dream.
And all their trying, all their preaching
will not stop me being me.
This is my entry for =ScENeYmE's All about you contest.
It was also featured here by =WorldWar-Tori :)

This was inspired by my friend :icons1v1:
I told him what I believed would be the best way to live, which - summarised - goes something like this: to find an impossible goal to accomplish and to spend the rest of your life trying to make it happen, and most importantly, enjoying the journey to the goal.
He immediately replied by telling me it seems a very buddhistic way of thinking. I was raised a christian though, and I'm not actually Buddhistic as such, it's just the way of thinking that seems to be similar to Buddha's :D

Title inspired by 7 days to the wolves by Nightwish.
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ArterialBlack716 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
i think it's rather strange, i am a Christian, but people often compare my philosophies with Buddhism. it's interesting in a way, to compare my experience with your poem. life does interesting things.
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah, interesting! :) Thank you for commenting!
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011   General Artist
I see so much of myself in this poem. I was raised Christian (like nearly every other American), and after a great deal of research and thought, I later came to reject all religion as woefully unsubstantiated by evidence and some religious beliefs as logically impossible. I'm not a Buddhist, but the Buddhism's teachings of skepticism and its rejection of a divine creator and immaterial existences are very close to my own beliefs. In fact, I think the only topic on which we disagree is the rebirth after death. I could go into detail as to why I disbelieve this, but it essentially relates to the teleporter paradox. (In fact, I've already written very detailed essays describing what I believe and why.)

Another way I relate to this is in your desire to believe despite the evidence to the contrary. I don't care so much about the existence of God, but I really wish there were an afterlife. The existential terror of eternal oblivion after death is palpable. But no matter how futile and nihilistic a finite life may seem, that doesn't change the reality of the situation, which is a fact many Christians seem to ignore.

In any case, I enjoyed reading this. It's nice to see someone else who's not afraid to question the status quo and admit they don't drink the Kool-Aid.
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thank you for sharing your thoughts! :hug:

Yeah, I'm not sure about afterlife, myself. It'd just be so wonderful if there was such a thing. :XD:

I prefer to avoid speaking about 'reality', 'truth' etc when discussing religion.. because perception often plays a big part in that. I do not see atheism as better than religions, just as the one that makes the most sense to me, if you get where I'm coming from :ashamed:
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011   General Artist
I don't see how you figure that atheism is not better than religion. Religions make outlandish claims with little or no evidence, and an atheist is skeptical of beliefs that are poorly supported. (Contrary to what many religious people will tell you, atheism isn't a dogma or the systematic rejection of God. Atheism, itself, isn't a belief system at all, but merely the lack of religious faith.)

The fact is, there is a 'truth' and 'reality' out there that persists regardless of what we think about it. In the realm of theology, it has become fashionable to say that the questions of God's existence and the afterlife are unknowable, but I contend that they're quite knowable given the information that's available to us. (It used to be considered heresy to suggest that religion was unprovable or unknowable.)

If you're curious, I've written a detailed publication about why I disbelieve religion, responding the most prevalent and convincing arguments presented by theologians. It's called The Best Case for God: Refuted. It primarily focuses on Christianity because it's the most popular religion, but some of my counterarguments can apply to other religions as well. If you have time to read it, I hope you find it informative and enjoyable! :eager:
WingDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
:iconnedflandersplz::iconsaysplz:My "Satan" alarm is going off! :giggle:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Ninjawannabe98 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
this is beautiful! :iconamazedplz:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thank you :aww:
Borbonne-le-Bonne Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
:iconrlytearplz: That's beautiful, man. I like simple poetry like this more than excessively flowery poetry, don't know why, but I do. Straightforward, simple, tells a story; instant fave. <3
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