what is god for you?

emiel rymenans
date of birth.
place of birth.
brasschaat, belgium
listen to your heart.

mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
er. no, not per se.

mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
er. yes it awakens a lot of controversy in newspapers, music and whatever. it always makes a point of discussion, so yes i think it's controversial.

mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
er. not per se, because religion is something that drives you, something you believe in. buddhism isn't a religion but it moves people and it moves me, but there's no god involved.

mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
er. nothing happens for a reason, absolutely nothing. i don't say it's coincidence, there's no reason at all.

mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
er. like i said before, love is the thing that moves us, what moves us to raise children. if i have to define it a few things always come back, love is survival, love is the essence. love is the essential to survival.

mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
er. i don't think so, to give a very literal answer: reptiles, do they love each other? i don't know, maybe that's why i'm so scared of snakes. because they're not like mammals, i can't tell.

mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
er. trust.

mig. what have you learned about life so far?
er. let's say that things do not happen for a reason, there is no reason at all. we're all very alone in the galaxy. when you open the history books or read the paper you see that everything is repeating constantly. along with the fact that the galaxy is very very big. we don't mean a lot in the galaxy, we always think we're doing great things but it means nothing. when i was a child i looked at all these great things i could do but now a lot of things don't have a meaning anymore. so that's why i don't believe in god. all these believers tell you that you're doing great things, that's something different. if you believe in a god then there's always a meaning and a purpose, but for me there isn't.

mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
er. wow, that’s a very good question. we’re not that old, we’re looking for answers but we haven’t existed for that long. that’s a very important thing to know, i mean, we’re still looking. what makes it harder is that we’re with more and more people. let’s say the planet ain’t that big, and we’re still trying to figure out how to deal with this. we’re not there at all yet, and i’m often convinced that we’re running out of time, that we’re almost at the end of humanity. that’s how i look at us today, but i’ve always, since a very young age, have had this apocalyptic view. maybe we’re just going to be here for 100.000 years and that’s it.
i think our biggest issue in this is our emotions. emotions are what makes us human, our brain. we haven’t discovered yet how to live with ourselves and live with each other. religion can take over the wheel for a bit, but there’s a lot of injustice that comes along and it will take revenge in the end. that’s how we end up in wars. i’d say that the human body isn’t finished yet, that we’re still evolving. we have a lot of emotions and desires and we haven’t found a way yet to deal with this ourselves and together.

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