what is god for you?

rodney bethea
date of birth.
place of birth.
philadelphia, usa
be so good that they can't ignore you.

mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
rb. for me god represents a foundation of goodness. everything about god that was taught to me was meant to make me better.

mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
rb. it can be at times. i think everyone's definition of god is pretty clear to themselves. i think what makes it controversial at times is when someone doesn't agree with another person's idea of god.

mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
rb. yes, but i shouldn't, because i think religion and god are two separate things. religions are old. so they're altered to people's beliefs or what they want to believe, because everyone needs to believe something and it's comfortable when the thing you believe fits to what you want to do anyway. you can't mix religion with god just like honesty doesn't mix with politics.

mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
rb. i definitely believe that things happen for a reason. i believe in layering. life to me is about layering, and sometimes you have to go through layers to get to an ultimate layer. so things definitely happen for reasons. it's about how much you're paying attention to your life. if you're paying attention to your life in the right way then it's kind of clear as to why these things are happening. if you're not paying attention to your life it'll just seem like, why are these things happening? what's going on? but if you pay attention, things make a little bit more sense.

mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
rb. love is probably the closest feeling you can get to god. there is no other feeling stronger than love. to feel love is to feel god.

mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
rb. definitely.

mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
rb. love. love is really the only thing you need. but you have to be really clear on what is love and if you really have it. love is not mad, love is not angry, love is not jealous, love is not vengeful. love isn't any of those things so once you start adding those things it's not true love. it's hard because we're not perfect, we're humans, so it's difficult. love is really the only thing you need.

mig. what have you learned about life so far?
rb. you can't call it. It's like a roller coaster ride. the only thing you can do is learn from it and grow. life is all about growth, because anything that isn't growing and changing is dead. i think life is all about changing and knowing how to make the change work for you because you can't stop it. that's what life is about to me, adapting to change and making it work, finding some happiness within the roller coaster ride.

mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
rb. it definitely needs more love. it's hard to say because things in the world have changed so much and one could say that things in the world have got so much better but at the same time they've got so much worse. it's all your take on it. humanity has gotten just as good as it's gotten worse.

thank you rodney bethea for your participation in the 'mig' project.

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