what is god for you?
mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
jg. god and religion, i think this is a subject that people confuse easily. some people believe in a higher power, i believe in the literal mystery having it's own powerful presence in the universe. it's part of the human nature to answer questions for ourselves, so i think the mystery is a huge driving force to the human condition.
mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
jg. for myself no, because i have an understanding of what god can be.
mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
jg. i personally do not, no.
mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
jg. interestingly, i've always believed that things happen for a reason. i feel that i have met the people that i've met for a reason; so there's a bit to say about destiny, but i myself believe everything does happen for a reason.
mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
jg. that's a really hard one. i have been loved and i have felt love from family and friends. to define it, i just think it's selflessness, it's being absolutely 100% committed to someone, or to a cause. i remember my mother pushing me out of the way of a car, without thinking twice about it, and she herself got hit... she's fine, but that's love to me. there was no question or hesitation.
mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
jg. i think if god is love, if beauty is god, if all of that is the same, then yes, i do think all lifeforms can appreciate love, or can at least know the communication between each other, what that's about.
mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
jg. i look at my parents, who have been together for twenty-five years, and they still go out on dates and still are so much in love. i look at friends of mine who have been married for two years and hate each other. so i try to look at the differences between their relationships and their dynamic. i'm not sure, it seems to be a roll of the dice, it seems that maybe my parents actually are in love and the two people that are my friends, they thought they were in love; that's why it's such a mystery to me, i can't really pin it down, what the secret is.
mig. what have you learned about life so far?
jg. no-one is going to do anything for you, especially in new york; you have to make it happen yourself. so whether it's getting a job, getting an apartment, finding a good partner, it doesn't matter. you have to get on it, do it yourself.
mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
jg. that's a big one. i look at the world as being tainted by something, that without it, it seems a lot of problems would be at least less than they are today. that seems to be greed and money, treasure, any sort of monetary system; as much as we love it, need it and depend on it, so many developing countries are so rotten with corruption because their people are so wanting for the money that the west has. it just seems that we've been tainted by that. going throughout history all these societies that were conquered were societies without any sort of monetary system, or any sense of greed or ownership for that matter. they shared ownership for their land openly, they shared their possessions openly and this sense of ownership, or any sort of monetary system seems to be something that really tainted us as humans.
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