what is god for you?
what is god for you?
mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
joshua. i think i'd like to add that i am passionately critical of most forms of organised religion. god is often a tool used to control.
james. i very much agree with that.
mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
joshua. absolutely, the moment someone brings up the word god i'm ready for a discussion.
james. yes, because "god" evokes many ideas of how one must live their life. this often creates separation or isolation. i find that "god's wishes" are often swayed by those in power.
mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
joshua. i do associate them.
james. i do.
mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
james. when you're actively seeking something you put yourself into a position for things to happen to you. i don't mean in thought, i mean taking physical action. if you only think of your aspirations and not actively give to the world, you will less likely get something in return.
joshua. i think a lot of people fall back in this idea that everything is god's plan, everything happens for a reason, and that's the opposite of activism for me, which is seeing something in the world and acting to change it. that requires the knowledge that it's up to us to go out and actually make changes, to push and work. so sit back and pray is almost insulting, it's so passive.
mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
james. i feel like love has something to do with evolution. without love we couldn't form communities, or care for our environment.
joshua. it's the advantage of survival for any species. if there wasn't love what would stop mothers from abandoning their babies? love from a scientific standpoint is a biochemical process in the brain. but socially, love is knowing how to say yes to the right things and knowing how to say no to the right things. a lot of people confuse love with lust, or always say yes to everything, or always saying no to everything.
james. or putting everything else before yourself, but that can't be love, because love also requires people to love themselves, and respect yourself.
mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
joshua. i think when you look at love as a biochemical process then yes, i think that without love as a function of an organisms needing to have a community, family or support system, whatever it may be. i don't know if all lifeforms share love, i mean, are there lifeforms that are completely independent of each other? that thrive alone? i don't know. but does a tree's roots love the soil? does the soil love the roots?
james. i think it's interesting when the sun is in a different directions from a bed of flowers they turn towards the sun. perhaps we can define that type of relationship as love. going towards a source of nourishment.
joshua. maybe our language just falls short of us here, love is such a broad term. aren't there languages where there are 100 different words for love, different types of love?
james. i would say that, to get back to the question, with all those definitions considered, yes, i think love is something all lifeforms share, or at least i certainly hope so.
mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
james. it requires a lot of communicating and awareness of the other. sometimes you may get caught up in your busy life and not realize that you're not giving to your partner, then you could be hurting them without realizing and they could be hurt without realizing it. open and frequent communication is the endurance exercise of a lasting relationship.
joshua. hmm, my parents are still together, which is rare, i think it comes down to humour. if you can't laugh at yourself and everything and each other, i think comedy takes darkness and allows you to cope with it. having that coping mechanism can create friendships that last a lifetime, relationships that last a lifetime, anything. if you can find some form of joy in the darkest things, that can save anything.
mig. what have you learned about life so far?
james. even if you want to believe what they're telling you you should always find out for yourself. from many many sources, and then still come to your own decision, after you've heard a lot of different opinions.
joshua. i'm learning perpetually that you can't wait for life to start. i think a lot of people think that 'life is really gonna start when i get that job or get that marriage, or kids, or after i've accomplished this thing'. i think what i'm learning more and more is that time doesn't stop, it's constantly moving and you have to be ok with what is happening right now in order to enjoy life. and if you're not enjoying life then you have to act to change it.
mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
joshua. a blip on an enormous timeline - or timecycle.
james. humanity is probably having a conversation right now, and it started with the internet. because we are now more aware of the entire worlds' situation. that is what's so exciting about now, that the conversation has been opened to be, almost, global. i think that's why veganism and environmental issues, and human rights have been coming into the news more lately. or you see it in celebrities and pop culture more.
joshua. i agree with maslov's laws of social evolution, and i think we're in the phase of infantile self-gratification, as a civilisation. i think that's a very pessimistic view but for me it's honest. there are communities within our civilisation that are struggling to evolve socially.
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