Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Beyond These Walls

There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing just the way you are
And when you smile...

-"Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars

I don't need walls, a ceiling, roof, steeple, pews, or people to make a church. The world is my church, and it can hardly be perfected beyond its natural state.

Yes, I work, and drive a car and live in an apartment because society requires it of me, and I cannot keep my health and my life and my apparent sanity (as determined by the society) if I do not conform to those requirements. A car is perhaps not among those requirements, but where I live, public transportation is something of a joke, and insufficient to get me to and from work.

These buildings that I use to preform the work that I do do not all improve the earth's beauty, but they allow me more opportunity to appreciate that beauty, and it would be too assuming of me to expect every building and every person to conform to my beliefs. I do not. However, as I respect the rights of others to believe in their supernatural deities, whether they be immaterial, unrecognizable, inconceivable, or surprisingly human or inhuman, I hope that they do the same and respect mine.

I try not to take more than I need, whether that is interpreted as living beyond my own means, or the means of the world. I produce very little refuse, waste very little water, energy, or heat. If I am guilty of being wasteful of anything, that alone would be time.

Do I still attend a church-like building and association? Yes. However, the service is rarely referred to as a "church service" except in moments of brevity. It is too much to ask of others that I visit a society of individuals on Sunday mornings where we worship and praise our choice of subject that we feel is due such praise and worship, be it a supernatural deity, the earth itself, or human character; instead, I say that I go to church. It brings to mind the same concept and personal interpretation without being so technical and confusing.

As we say in every service: We have associated ourselves together--not as agreeing in opinion, not as having attained universal truth in belief, or perfection in character, but as seekers after truth and goodness.