God and meaning to life

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Allah will provide.”
People who are religious believe that situations they go through are in god’s hands. “God must have a reason for why he did this to us.” This idea helps you cope in stressful situations. “What will be will be.”

I don’t believe that. I don’t believe in a higher power. Maybe it exists but I can cope without believing in it. I believe in strength of relationships between humans, and that the world and the universe is far more complex than we understand. That’s great.

When I’m in a stressful situation, or have a terrible experience, I tell myself that I can learn from it. I can learn not to do something again. I find out things about myself and humanity. I learn how to be a better person. For me, every experience, good or bad, is an opportunity to learn and build something better.

This is probably the reason I am an optimist. Would it be useful for other non-religious people to employ this philosophy, or should it stay personal to me?

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