What’s it all about, Alfie?  What is the meaning of life?  Is there a meaning to life?  Do you have a theory?  Or, not?

It’s all your call.  You have lived your life to this point and you have formed opinions and beliefs.  You have the right to believe whatever you want to believe about this life experience.  Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

I have my beliefs about the meaning of life….and I have written here about them often.   I hope you benefit and learn something from my thoughts, but I really hope that you create your own system of understanding life.  I want you to be a free thinker!  I don’t want you to accept blindly what anyone (including me) tells you.

Not everyone wants that freedom for you.  There are many people who want to tell you what to believe.  This is especially true when we move into the realm of religious and political beliefs.  Some religions want to convince you that they are the one true way.  You are going to suffer eternal damnation if you don’t believe what they believe.  “Ah, but don’t you believe it.”

Form your own opinions. Believe a religion if it fits as truth for you, but don’t believe it out of fear or because it was your religion of your youth or because you want to be accepted or because most folks in the culture believe it or any other “external reason”.  This is really an “inside job”—you have to know if it right for you.  It’s ok to march to tune of a different drummer.  In fact, it is the preferred path.

I feel so strongly about this that in my recent statement of our human rights and responsibilities, I put on my short list of our human rights this:  “By virtue of being infused with the spirit of life, all humans have the right to fully believe whatever they wish to believe about life and its meaning.”  I also pointed out that we have the responsibility to ensure that everyone else gets to express their rights and that in expressing our rights we should do no harm to anyone else.  In other words, we need to look out for and support one another –not try to control others.

Some religious zealots can in their fervor impinge on the rights of others when they express their religious beliefs.  Share what you believe but don’t try to force it on others.  Let them learn from you but encourage them to make up their own minds.

We are moving into high gear here in the U.S. on political ads.  I heard the other day that over two billion dollars were going to be spent on these advertisements this year.   If that is true, then we are going to have to be careful not to get overwhelmed  by the opinions of others.  And to make matters worse, the majority of these upcoming ads are predicted to be negative in their tone.  They are going to play on people’s fears.  They are going to try to convince you to believe whatever their point of view is.

Although they certainly have the right to say what they want to say (my personal disagreement with the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision aside), please always remember that you have the right to believe what you want to believe.  I would encourage you to not slip into believing something that someone tells you blindly without checking it out and thinking about it yourself.  Don’t simply believe it because it happens to fit your political belief structure.  Whether you are conservative or progressive, listen to the broad spectrum of opinions, check things out, and then decide what is right for you.

Form your own opinions without coercion from others.  Don’t coerce others to believe as you do.  We all have the right to believe as we do.  Whether I agree with you or not, your right to believe as you do is more important to me that you seeing things as I do.  Please hold that right for others in your awareness as well.

Love and blessings,

Mark

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