what is god for you?
mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
cj. i never really thought about it, because i was raised as an atheist. my parents were allergic to organised religion, but when i was really in a deep dark hole once, and i really needed to find an answer i came across a book on mhat mgandhi, and the page was just open. he said: "truth is god" and that really worked for me. and it stayed with me.
mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
cj. i don't know about the word god but i think what people perceive as god i find is controversial. i mean you can name him / it anything you like, but what people do in the actions, people do controversial actions in the name of god.
mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
cj. wow, i think it's a little arrogant to say that we are the reason things happen, but i think if you can be the reason for things to happen that's a really good place to be. but i don't think everyone is the reason why things happen. i don't knot if i can believe that things happen for a reason. i think i'm more into that we are the reason things happen. but i also think that there is something where things just happen and we have to adapt. we go in waves of being a more open society, or closed society. we go in waves where we are really in need of peace, or we really are seeking war. i think we live more in waves than we believe. it's like a sea of humanity that goes and comes in waves, that feels in waves. so we have a collective feeling and an individual feel.
mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
cj. well, i can see that too. i think that truth and love are very close. i think that when you're in love you can be honest and you can take almost anything, and lies kill love. so yea, love is what makes you strong.
mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
cj. oh, i don't know how to answer that question. we share resources, and i know we're not very good at sharing nature, haha. we might be hedonistic and loving ourselves, but maybe we need to love nature more in order to become aware of that.
mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
cj. humour, and communication. yea, humour is really important, especially when you're in a conflict situation it's really good to find your humour.
mig. what have you learned about life so far?
cj. that you can waste a lot of time on being scared and that you shouldn't. that fear is a waste of time. and that as long as you stay decisive, and you keep trying things out, there's nothing wrong. you can always reverse a decision, but you have to overcome fear. realise that the things you should be scared of you'll never know, and the things that you are scared of will never happen.
mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
cj. i feel that it's like a mirror, and it's constantly shattering into smaller pieces. i think some people are incredibly progressive and are lightyears ahead. and for every person that is really progressive there is one that is trying to drag us backwards. and we all think "what? weren't we here a hundred years ago?". i wish we would, as a whole, be a better people. that we could really progress and learn, but i think that humanity is also part animal. we're becoming an overpopulated planet, we're not thinking that through. we're treating it as an animal behaviour, while we should be rationalising it, and try for everyone to have opportunity and a life worth living. we need to think this over, because this is happening really really fast. but once this thing is set in motion, which it is now, it's really about survival. like survival of the fittest, and it's really scary. i fear that because we are not rationalising this issue, this problem, and we're not trying to deal with it, it's going to hurt us and make us lose our humanity.
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