what is god for you?

joke de coninck
date of birth.
place of birth.
brasschaat, belgium

mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
jdc. i believe that my opinion about god can sound quiet naive but i think this also has to do with my upbringing; because of my parents i was raised really religiously. now i just make of it whatever i want and feel; it’s not the same as my parents’ point of view anymore. but i’m very happy with how they raised me because that gave me my own ability to have an opinion about it.

mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
jdc. no, because i was raised with the word god, and it’s meaning feels natural to me.

mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
jdc. most of the time i do, since every religion has his own god or leader.

mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
jdc. i think both. some things just happen and you have nothing to do with it. sometimes you can make changes, but i don’t think you can change everything, sometimes stuff just happens and you have to live with it.

mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
jdc. the answer i’ll give has been here since the birth of my son. it was then it hit me what love meant; before that moment i had an idea about what it was and it was nice, but now it’s much more about the fact that a feeling is just there and you don’t have to force it. it's something unconditional; you can’t control it, it’s a nice feeling but it can also cause a lot of trouble sometimes, if you mix it with jealousy.

mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
jdc. i think humans, yes and animals in a more simple way, they care for each other, but i’m not sure if i can say that flowers can love too; they live but they don’t have a mind, i think you need a mind to love.

mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
jdc. i wish i had the answer to that. i think the thing that can help is communication, not always the same communication, it grows and it changes, you have to adjust with it.

mig. what have you learned about life so far?
jdc. since i have had a son i think my opinion about what is important and what isn’t has changed a lot, in a positive way; i think i’m less self-absorbed, i think more about what is relevant, and the rest are just details. it gave my life different priorities. to me being a mum changed me a lot, i learned a lot from it. also if you want to achieve something you just have to try it and do it. i mean, the goal has to be attainable, but if you really want it you can try and most of the time you will succeed.

mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
jdc. i think humanity globally is kind of f'ed up. because you have so many differences between people, between cultures. i think lots of people are not so happy and not so lucky. i think humanity is not really a thing to be proud of these days, globally. i can say that here, my friends are nice people, and in my small environment i think we’re doing quite alright but globally it’s not that great. everybody wants something else, and is raised differently, with different religions, thoughts, everything. i know that you can’t expect everyone to live in peace, react the same way and have the same opinion, but we don’t accept each other enough.

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