Recently at work, my older, male co-worker asked me what religion I follow. This is a really hard question for me to answer because I’ve been going to Christian schools my whole life, but as of now, I don’t really follow any specific religion. I usually say I am agnostic because there is no other word to describe my religious limbo. Whenever someone asks me this question, I get two kinds of responses on opposite extremes. The first group is very into their own religion and tries to convince that I’m going to hell for not believing in anything and are usually significantly older than me by ten or more years. The other extreme is an atheistic point of view, or agonistic, and accepts my answer and moves on.
You would think I’d prefer talking to someone from the latter group because of their lack of judgement for my little religious beliefs. Actually, I rather talk to someone in the former group. I admire their faith of believing in something they can’t see and can’t necessarily prove in a scientific way. They intrigue me with the way their eyes light up when they talk about their Holy books and how religion changed their lives. Though they may condemn me for choosing not to follow a religion, I appreciate their willingness to express the inner working of their religion, so I can understand what exactly appeals people to following these “holy” words.
This co-worker happened to be Muslim, which was new to me because most people that I talk to about religion are Christian. I have not met many Muslim people in my life and I was genuinely intrigued by his stories about the Qu’ran and his take on other religions. I didn’t even know that Islam and Christianity both believed Adam was the original man. Why is it that there always seems to be a war going on between these two groups when they have things in common? To make his point clear on how important religion is in one’s life, he showed me this video of Muhammad Ali talking about what he is doing after his boxing career is over. I can tell you now, it is not what you’d expect.
Whether you are religious or not, this video really does make you think about the concept of time and how you choose to spend the little time you have. As of now, I still don’t know what to believe, but I guess that is something that will become clear to me eventually.
–Anna Sky, Contributor