I didn’t grow up with any religion. That may seem weird to you, or it may be completely normal. In the grand suite of people in the U.S.A., I think it’s less common NOT to grow up religious. I don’t know about other non-religious kids, but I always had a keen interest in the spiritual world. My natural curiosity led me to learn about everything from ghosts to Buddha. I tend toward ancient cultural belief systems mostly because I think they’re cool. I guess I just like the idea of biological magic and ancestral spirit guides.
Somehow I think NOT being told what to believe facilitates an openness for our curiosity to explore freely. By not growing up with a specific belief system I was able to consider any of them that sparked my interest. What I saw, as many people will say, was the similarities and trends common to different ways of thinking. It isn’t really about the details, I don’t think. What’s important to recognize is that humans long for an explanation, and whatever explanation makes the most sense to us individually serves a purpose.
Whatever your beliefs, I hope my thoughts about the umbrella idea of religion stimulate your own curiosity. I’ve spent a lot of time learning about multiple religions and belief systems, and think I offer a broad and unique viewpoint on the big questions in life. Whether we think we have it all figured out or not, there’s always room to ponder the greatest unknowns.
Link to episode preview here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=445506546508041
Original post with episode links here: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/10/09/kew-episode-24-religion/