what is god for you?

name.
haidee findlay-levin
date of birth.
19.02. (year undisclosed)
place of birth.
johannesburg, south africa
profession.
fashion editor, consultant, stylist, journalist
philosophy.
whatever you do, do it with integrity.

mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
hfl. no.

mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
hfl. yea, i think it is, because it brings up so many opposing views, that should actually all be one singular point of view. i think all religions are looking to a higher power, something we don't understand, we can't comprehend, something beyond our control. this is not controversial, where it becomes controversial is that each religion has it's own form of elitism or separatism. in stead of it being inclusive, it's almost exclusive, and it excludes some other races, other religions and sexual preference. to me this is a big problem. i understand the pleasure in celebrating traditions of various religions, and i think there is something very beautiful in a lot of the traditions, but the bigger controversy is the higher issue of guilt. this is where a lot of religions fall for me, that instead of it being uplifting, there's this feeling of enormous guilt, that you've done wrong, that you've done bad, that you need to repent, that you are a bad or evil person. i don't think there's enough acceptance. if there would be a religion that celebrated freedom of thought or individual thought then i might join that religion.

mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
hfl. yes, i think of religion. while some people find comfort and inspiration in religion, i do not. it immediately puts me on edge and makes me feel trapped with an immediate desire to get away. personally, i see formalised religion as such a source of conflict; within families, communities and countries with diverse beliefs. religion has been the reason for discrimination, anti-semitism and has led to numerous wars, even world wars.

mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
hfl. i would like to believe that everything happens for a reason, but i'm always searching for that reason, so i'd say it's probably the opposite.

mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
hfl. it's an unconditional emotion or affection for someone else. it doesn't have to be sexual, it doesn't have to be physical, but it's unconditional. a positive feeling for someone else.

mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
hfl. no.

mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
hfl. i don't know if i believe it can. my parents have been together 60 years, or more, and i think it's incredible and amazing, they're like two peas in a pot, it's remarkable. but i don't know if that can happen in this day and age. do they argue, do they fight? yes of course, all the time, and my mom also says "how do you think we've been together for so long?", but i don't know if we have the staying power anymore. we don't have the concentration span. i think to last a lifetime we have to get over the humps in the road, and i think we opt out very easily, you always think 'if it's not right it's time to go'. we're very quick to walk away from a situation. and people always think there's a bigger better deal around the corner. so maybe we need to redefine what it means to stay with someone for the rest of your life, it might have to include some other distractions in-between. it might be life for life but many departures. i think to stay with someone your whole life you'd have to be able to give this person a huge amount of space, that's very important. to trust their independence.

mig. what have you learned about life so far?
hfl. i've learnt that there's many forks in the road and one doesn't necessarily take the right one.

mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
hfl. i think we've lost sight of what we're meant to be doing. i think we're so caught up in speed and money. it's not to say that the world hasn't always operated with being driven by money, but i think speed has made it even worse. i think we need to take a breath, slow down. there's no time to reflect, there's no time to make a clear decision, no time to produce something of merit or beauty, people just want it faster, quicker and cheaper. we need to use money as a tool and not let it dictate us.

thank you haidee findlay-levin for participating in the 'mig' project.

videography by mig. all rights reserved 2014.
photography by mig. all rights reserved 2014.

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  1. Merel

    Haidee I love your work, great to read this interview.

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