One thought about religion, and one about money


Earlier this evening on my way back from to the buffet place, I thought about how much of my adult life so far has run counter to the values my parents maintained – especially regarding religion and the importance of money.

Two thoughts emerged from this:

1. That I stopped believing in traditional Christian doctrines was a direct consequence of the seriousness with which I had previously regarded traditional Christian doctrines. One can even go so far as to say that my eventual “faithlessness” was the result of my former “faith”. I believed in traditional Christian doctrines because I had been taught the value of Truth. I believed in the traditional Christian doctrines because I believed it was the Truth. When I learned how the “truths” had evolved and changed over the ages to serve human agendas, I took the only option that allowed me to maintain my integrity: abandon the path of traditional Christian doctrines, and continue following the Truth.

2. I like to say money isn’t everything. To my parents, thirty years ago, with three children to feed, to keep healthy, to provide with clothes, warm beds and a roof over their heads, and to support in their education, the sentiment that money wasn’t everything was a bigger luxury than a new caravan, a bigger luxury than a holiday by the sea. To say money isn’t everything was a sentiment they could simply not afford.