what is god for you?

name.
michael schwartz
date of birth.
05.04.86
place of birth.
silver spring, maryland, usa
profession.
to promote, but at the same time i believe my profession is to create.
philosophy.
it's not what you say, it's how you say it.

mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
ms. no, i believe exactly what i said.

mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
ms. no, i think the word god is just something that is personal.

mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
ms. i do not think of religion when i think of god; i think that the two can be thought of as one by a lot of other people but, again, that is something that is more personal.

mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
ms. i think some things happen for reasons; i think there is cause and effect. i think whatever energy we put out, we get back. but i also think there are little influencers along the line, i very much believe that astrology affects us to an extent. i grew up believing that when the moon is full, "the crazies are out!" when you look at the moon and how it affects the tides of the ocean, and the fact that we are mainly made up out of water, i think the moon affects cycles that we have in our life. and i think if the moon can affect us, then other planets can be influencers as well. those influencers will lead us to do and act in certain ways which then will be the cause and effect of other people reacting to us, and the energy that we put out.

mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
ms. love is about finding happiness and peace within yourself. i think for me the ultimate love is not only finding it in yourself, but finding it within somebody else; someone who mirrors and can share that exact same notion and feeling of fulfilment.

mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
ms. i absolutely think so. i think whether it be a deeper love or an immediate gratification found in something material, which i think is a just form of love; love is found in all life forms. i think we find love in honouring ourselves by treating ourselves to something that we appreciate on a regular basis; like buying a present for ourselves or buying a meal that we want to treat ourselves to; that's self-love. i think that all parts of nature partake in a very similar sort of love. and i think most life forms feel a bond or deeper love and connection to their physical surroundings, whether it be their habitat or life partner, as penguins do, or the love of their companion guardian.

mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
ms. i think it's about finding a common ground, and working every day to meet in the middle. this all begins with finding love in yourself, and building on top of that, and allowing it to grow.

mig. what have you learned about life so far?
ms. i feel like i've learned that there are a lot of things in life we need to take with a grain of salt. there's also a lot of unnecessary noise in life and we have to learn to tune out a lot of noise; whether that be basic banter, that you hear on the street; whether that be bits of information that you don't need to hear, that doesn't affect us, or are simply negative; we have to filter the noise that we hear. and we also have to filter our thoughts; the mind is such a powerful thing, and our perception plays such an important role in every situation. we create exactly what we're thinking and that's a really hard lesson to learn and understand. it's something that i have to work on every day.

mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
ms. as a cycle, a repetition, a pattern. i think history constantly repeats itself, whether it be a love story, a war or a conflict. i think we're constantly relearning and reliving the same old truths.

thank you michael schwartz for participating in the 'mig' project.

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

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