Not that he couldn’t be my savior. I’m happy to interview him for the position if he happens to make an appearance.
I knew when I selected the title for my blog it might mislead. But I thought that anyone who would actually read the blog would realize that my reference to “born again” was founded in culture and not religion. (I recently added the tagline “Not religion, just Brazilian” to further clarify.) However, I’d still like to apologize to all those that had hoped I might be a fellow online devotee.
It’s not that I don’t believe it’s possible that Jesus is King of the World and he’s coming back to save the good and that he was born of a virgin. But I also believe in the possibilities put forth by the science of evolution. I believe it’s possible that thousands of years ago aliens came to the earth and bred with indigenous homo sapiens to create a super-species that would eventually develop the technologies so that the aforementioned aliens could come back and live in comfort. I believe in giving all theories equal consideration. I believe it is possible that a few thousand years in the future people might dig up copies of J.K. Rowlings books and convince themselves, and most everyone else, that we worshipped a guy named Harry Potter.
If you are interested, here is what I do believe in:
I believe in being as good of a person as you can possibly be. I believe if you are a good person you will win in the end. If you happen to be a good person reading this and feel like you are not winning, then the game is just not over. And yes, there are good people that die in cruel and violent ways, but I believe that the goodness they put forth claims victories for them even after they are gone.
I believe in evil. I don’t know if its origins are mystic or scientific, like a run of mutated genes, but I know it exists. I’ve seen it first hand. I think that is one thing that most everyone agrees on.
I believe in the power of prayer. Not because I think there is some guy on a cloud taking our calls, but because I believe that our brain has much more power than we give it credit for. I believe in the power of group prayer because I believe in the power of the collective mind. When my husband was in the hospital, and some of the world’s best doctors had cemented his fate to live in a “home” for an indefinite amount of time so he could be rehabilitated due to brain damage from dropping dead of a heart attack, not only friends but mere acquaintances from my work organized prayer groups around the country. And within a week, that man walked out of the hospital on his own accord, if not 100% then at least 95% recovered. (Please don’t assume that everyone at a Wall Street firm is evil, because it’s just not true.)
I believe you should never give up hope.
If you are still reading, and still interested, here is what I hope:
I hope that it doesn’t all end when our bodies die. I hope that we come back and get to be with the ones we truly love time and time again in another life or another dimension, because I do believe in love.
I hope that the world doesn’t really end in 2012 because I haven’t quite accomplished everything I’ve set out to do. I hope that the aliens of the previously mentioned alien theory don’t come back to settle next year either.
I hope that at some point our society evolves into one in which people are not persecuted for their religious beliefs. I hope that people stop using faith to make themselves feel more important than others. Because if there is a God, a God that is supposed to be good, I’m certain that is not what she/he/it had intended.
I hope that spell check hasn’t completely destroyed my ability to spell, because I’ve had to use it about eight times while writing this. I hope my blog offends no one because that was never the intention.
(Full disclosure – despite all my radical thinking, my uncle was a Catholic priest, so if the Catholics are right, I assume I’ve got an “in.” If God is Brazilian, I do for sure.)