''The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts' - 'Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them' - 'Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones." - Marcus Aurileis
There is no doubt my grandparents had a big influence on my life. My Nana was obsessed with clippings - quotes, stories, news items. You would even see her rip them out from cafes. All of varying topics and interests - this is one of the many that always stood out for me.
The reason why I was drawn back to this quote was the fact that last night had me rather rattled - not by the Albino or the fact that I slept in a gutter. Rather the line of questioning by the temple priest that made me feel uncomfortable. From the judgment about mine and my parents' faith to asking what I was intending to do for his people of India. All said with crazy eyes that sent a shiver up my spine.
Why is it that so often those who have such extreme faith feel they have a right to pass judgment on others?
For me, I don't hate religion. Faith is a powerful tool that can help people through moments of need. It also can be used as a dangerous tool to control and manipulate people.
And it is only my opinion - as after all I haven't died so I can't look you directly in the eyes and say there is 100% no God. Rant over.
Hardest day of the walk so far. My gut was in turmoil - fair to say my squat game was strong as I battled through the 31km in the heat. The endless supply of coconuts on the side of the road helped the cause - Bondi would lose their shit at the 20cent price tag.