Practical Religion

friendship Are there more lives or just one?
With this dilemma I am done.
What matters is to always be fair.
Which makes it easy to make friends everywhere.

I was not raised in any religious way. And since I was a diligent student, I believed in science. Life had many surprises in store for me though. Exploring alternative psychology in my thirties I involuntarily started to explore the spiritual level of human existence. I liked the idea of reincarnation right away, because it gives us so many opportunities to make things right. I found it much more gentle than the harsh catholic one-chance-eternal-damnation-or-heaven-philosophy.

Today I know that my parents taught me the most important thing in life: to be honest. If you can manage to be ethical just because it feels right, you do not need any religious interpretation of what happens to the sinners.

In retrospective I can say that even if there is only this life and death means the definite end of us, it pays to be ethical. Why? You will always have friends to share joy and sadness with. Your spouse will be your friend too and so will your relatives. What you give out you receive back. An exception are the extremely negative people that never respond in kind. They are to be avoided.

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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