what is god for you?
mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
lh. it did make me realize how little i was occupied with it and how little i have actually missed it so far. having travelled to christian, hindu, buddhist and muslim countries, i do continuously enjoy getting to know and trying to understand the many very different forms of god; to see how these ancient stories have managed to survive and still influence societies around the world until today. my opinion has not changed but i can imagine that (as the question is so abstract) if you would ask me within a different phase of my life or possibly even on a different day, in a different mood, that my response could be different or from another point of view.
mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
lh. i think it always was a controversial subject as god is nothing materialistic, nothing proven to exist. this, as well as the fact that different religions developed, spread (individuals or countries having converted or been converted) and evolved worldwide throughout history, led everybody to see god as something different. theoretically this should not lead to any problems-if you think of the fact that it is even possible that two men of the same religion worship a different god: hindus often choose their own“favorite ”one of their endless gods to worship. i’m sure it is possible for believers of different gods or different religions to live in peace side by side, yet when one is seen by its believers as the superior, it can (in the worst case) lead to discrimination of others. when countries are then ruled or even wars fought in the name of any god, is when the controversy gets dangerous.
mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
lh. yes, as god or gods are the worshipped personifications that most religions are based upon. still, i know that in buddhism for example, no particular god or divine being is worshipped. i think that it is also possible to believe in some sort of personal interpretation of a god without being particularly religious.
mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
lh. surely both. i liked the remark that the terminally ill professor randy pausch gave during his renowned last lecture:
“we cannot change the cards we are dealt, but can only play the best with what we have at hand”.
mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
lh. something everyone should experience, with it being returned equally.
mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
lh. i hope and i think so.
observing my two cats, who visibly feel fear when threatened or pure enjoyment when caressed, why would they not feel love?
how could you otherwise explain that they refuse to eat what the neighbour feeds them while you’re away and ignore you during the first days when you are back. they seem like a married couple when sitting side by side on the terrace, watching the sunset together every evening.
this surely goes beyond plain survival instinct.
mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
lh. even though kind of kitsch, i remember enjoying a speech at a friend’s wedding (both of them being musicians) going something like this.
each person plays unique and beautiful music. the art is finding somebody whose music complements and enriches one's own to an extent that once the two are composed, a most beautiful sound is heard.
i interpret this that one has to want and enjoy to play together in the first place. one has to then make an effort to stay in the same rhythm by listening well to one another's similarities, as well as fine-tuning to one another's differences to form harmony, no matter how different the instrument or style is. still one’s music should not distract the other from staying in tune with their own unique sound.
mig. what have you learned about life so far?
mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
lh. the accurate description of the dalai lama just makes you smile at yourself and realize how weird human beings are. i just really couldn’t say it in any better words:
“man sacrifices his health in order to make money. then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
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