what is god for you?

warren reich
date of birth.
place of birth.
stuttgart, germany
carpenter, furniture builder
taoist beliefs of balance and harmony.

mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
wr. yes. i believe that god permeates our life. he infuses him, her or itself into every aspect of our being. it's not something you can get away from, or something you can fight, it is something that exists within.

mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
wr. no, not at all. i think it's something that you should think about. the more you think about it, the less it has anything to do with any specific god, but more to do with your relationship with god.

mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
wr. personally, 'no', but just about everyone else, 'yes'.

mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
wr. i think there are things in our life that we are meant to experience, and through these experiences we find ourselves closer to or farther from god. we have the choices that lead up to these experiences and then through those tests, we define who we are as a person, define our character.

mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
wr. love is probably even more complicated than religion. it seems easier to have a personal affinity to some thing, then to have an affinity for somebody. love is more overarching than passion, but i think passion is a key aspect of love. to define love you'd have to define it's attributes which are too many elucidate. however, love for another can be defined as the most innate expression of yourself in accordance with someone else.

mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
wr. yes.

mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
wr. always being true to the core of yourself, of your belief. never varying or allowing the person you are in love with to not have respect for what you believe in, and hopefully making each other stronger in your journey together.

mig. what have you learned about life so far?
wr. i know that my own personal journey is explicitly interesting, really only to me, and hopefully to somebody else. i found peace once i discovered that it's a personal journey, that i shouldn't be living it for anybody else. the only other person to participate in this journey would perhaps be my intimate partner, because i feel that i've conjoined my life with theirs. this is my life, and i should live it to the fullest. i should recognise every opportunity laid before me and utilise it to make myself into everything that i could be in this world.

mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
wr. i think humans are an interesting species, i think their consciousness has, in their own mind, elevated their status and importance in the world. i think because they have the ability to reason, through intellect, they lose connectivity. they become too egocentric. this goes back to my belief in religion. there's a line from a song that says: "did we make god, or did god make us?". i think a part of religion is that we're trying to infuse our own consciousness into what we believe god is. this can be problematic. our consciousness can be an elevating device. it could be used to such an advantage, but not when it is deceitful or manipulative. i think the problem with humanity is that i see the potential and it bothers me that they're not realising it.

thank you warren reich for participating in the 'mig' project.

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