“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” ― Paulo Coelho
I was born in 1980, in the city of Salt Lake. Not a son of a mormon family. Just a son. By the time I was six. I had already lived in a dozen homes. I was an orphan. A wanderer. An unwanted. The world, and all it's chaos had already decided that I was mischief. And it didn't know how to accept me.
This pattern of life has continued all of my life. With me roaming the plains of Wyoming, the foothills of Colorado, the Mountains of Montana, and living on both the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and the beaches of the Pacific.
This earth is not my home, but instead I've chosen to traverse it, to explore it, to breath it in for all it's worth. I became an entrepreneur at an early age. And I haven't looked back. I believe in unschooling. Because I've pretty much taught myself everything I know. And outside the lessons that my father taught me not many souls have had a greater impact on me than reading, traveling, and life experimenting.
My first job was in a restaurant. It was more about surviving. A restaurant job provides you access to food, and allows you to save money. My second job was an office job. It was the worst of my jobs. After that I determined that jobs weren't really for me.
I had a great conversation with a good friend last night. About faith, religion, and spirituality. It's something I've been struggling with for a few years. Honestly religion is something I clung to when I was younger. I grew up somewhat Christian, and clung to some unique activist beliefs into my early 20's. I spent some time living with Amish and Mennonites and have even for a short time lived with the Twelve Tribes Community. For a short time I explored Buddhism, and have studied Islam and Judaism to a large extent. In many ways I would consider myself an expert on the world's religions. I run a for profit website aimed at helping Christian's find the best christian degrees.
Now, a few years later I would more closely identity with Christianity in it's beliefs, but rarely in it's practices. Likewise i belief much of the practices of the Sufi faith I could align myself with, as well as many sects of Judaism. Some of the underlying practices of all faiths is our inability to come to understand the Universe and our place in it. Nor do I believe we understand our place amidst each other.
Originally Earth was made up of families, and tribes, and then later nations. They used religion to connect one another, and to tell a story that linked them to the Universe, and to their creator. It defined their relationships to one another, to their tribes, and ultimately to their creator. It gave them a framework for living,and rules for existing amidst each other, and gave them meaning where they didn't have meaning.
Religion has evolved over the centuries. 1st century Christianity, and Modern Day Christianity are as much alike as a Steakhouse, and McDonalds.
Every religion has gone through it's ups and downs. But ultimately the purpose has remained the same. To help mankind identify itself. With each other, with our families, with our tribes, and with our Creator.