There was a day when I was just like you, a believer. I was so passionate about my religion that I studied it; hard. I studied its history, its structure, its personalities, its relation with other religions... But the more I studied, the more I realized that there is an incommensurable difference between what people think about their religion and what their religion really is. And I also learned that there is one thing that keeps religions alive: fear. Fear of hell, fear of punishment, fear of pain... pure fear is the air, water and food of every single god. Fear can be overcome only if we gather information about the objects we fear.
Some people might call me an atheist, others an agnostic. I prefer to think of myself as a skeptic with an open mind. And I want, just like you, to live in a better world. If there is indeed a divinity, then we will be able to find it only if we search its entire creation. And if at the end of our journey we find nothing, it is of no consequence, because we ourselves shall have become divinity. The universe is the last sacred book and science is the ultimate theology. Embrace them by gathering information, as much as you can. Information is the most precious thing humans can possibly have. It is more precious than air. Regardless of your beliefs, never be afraid to access and use information:
Question: question everything, question others but most importantly question yourself. Who are we? Where do we come from? What is the purpose of our life? Why are we here? Why are things the way they are?
Read: educate yourself in biology, geography, history, physics or astronomy and don’t get stuck in a single field of research or a bundle of religious texts.
Discuss: discuss what you learned and never accept anything as the absolute truth no matter what that might be.
Speak the truth: be honest to yourself and those around you; don’t be afraid to speak the truth regardless of how harsh it might be.
Dare: all new ideas are considered extreme at the moment of their birth.
Think, above all: never let anyone or anything do the thinking for you.
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