what is god for you?
mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
jrw. god is love. loving everybody and everything, having the space in mind to improve on that, having compassion.
mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
jrw. yea, it's been too detached, like an entity outside of who we are as people, as beings. it seems to be above us, or higher than us, while it should be within ourselves. god should be something that we are too, not outside of ourselves, so we can use it.
mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
jrw. yes and no. yes from conditioning, but no from life experience, god can be so many things.
mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
jrw. that's a good question. i think the idea that "everything happens for a reason," is a pretty hurtful belief system. i mean, why do people get killed? how is that an "everything happens for a reason" situation? i think we're the reason why things happen.
mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
jrw. i'm still trying to figure that out. but it's definitely something to be desired, something i'll always want. for me love is always trying to do better by yourself and by others. there's always a new plateau to be reached in both my love for myself and my love for my family and friends.
mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
jrw. yes, at least that's what i want it to be. i've experienced love with beings other than humans, so yes.
mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
jrw. you got me, wish i knew.
mig. what have you learned about life so far?
jrw. it's up and down, on again, off again. giving up is not an option, because most situations are only temporary anyway. it's a struggle sometimes to want to remain present in our world, but at the same time everything can get better and remembering this is something that i've learned in life.
mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
jrw. i think a lot of people are seeking to be better people, and i think that is a good thing. i see an evolution in the spirituality of people, and i definitely feel hopeful about it. there's many things that are wrong, i've witnessed a lot of people that are good people -strangers, friends, lovers, i've seen people trying to be good, whatever good is. i see hope, a lot. it could be the simplest interaction with a person that reminds me of that, and it can change my whole day. someone wanting me to go first to cross the street, and me telling them to go first, and the next thing you know we're both hesitating cause we're trying to be so polite. i like that, that we're laughing at each other cause it's like ok, somebody has got to go. those things to me are special, and i like that especially in a place like nyc where we have so many stereotypes about who we are as people. i've broken all of them and i've seen them broken by so many people, and that's the kind of things that fill me up and make me happy.
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