Who are you?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately. Thinking is good but it can become too much to keep in your head so I thought I’d write something down again – I know it’s been a while. Not my usual writing style, more reflective, but I still hope it can make you think and maybe challenge you a little. Who knows? Anyway, here we go…

Perhaps it’s just me that deceives myself into thinking that I know myself well enough to be able to predict what I will do, how I will react or what I will think in any situation. The truth is, I learn things about myself all the time; I don’t have a fully formed philosophy and sometimes it is difficult to be at peace with this, to be at peace with things I’ve done in the past that conflict with who I am now or even who I want to be.

At some point in everyone’s life we realise we’re not the same people as our parents – we don’t share the same opinions, we don’t vote for the same politicians, we don’t have the same philosophies. This is fine, we’re all different people and this is something that should be embraced. I’ve known this for a long while but taking the next step and really taking control of my own life is something that I still struggle with. It is far easier said than done to take a step back from other people’s opinions and become the person that you want to be, to live the life you want to live. I am, by no means, there on this one.

So how does one cope with the internal conflicts of living a life that’s different to what’s expected by friends, family, social constructs and even oneself? Well I wish I knew a quick fix for that one, but the reality is that I don’t have an answer. For me, now, I try my very best to discover myself and to take those steps to realising what’s important to me. This does involve a lot of thinking, which is inconvenient at best but I’m getting there. As for the feelings of regret and apprehension about the past and future, I try to focus on my faith, but this is far easier said than done.

Who am I? I don’t know. But I am doing everything I can to find out.

About this blog.

I decided to write this blog because I believe that a life without religion is depressing and unfulfilling. I write, not to convince you or to win you over, but to present a point of view that you may not have previously considered. I simply aim to aid you in forming your own views and opinions because I believe that life is something worth contemplating to the full. So I encourage you to give this a read regardless of your current religion or viewpoint.

To give you some idea of my background, I am a British male living in South-East England. Before I came to religion I was a nihilist. Nihilism is a subsection of atheism believing that, not only is there no world beyond the natural world as we see it, but that after death your consciousness ceases to exist and your being becomes extinct – you cease to exist. Many people hold this view without recognising its implications and I intend to explore this in greater detail on this blog.

A couple of years ago, I became a Christian. I am not going to lie and say that these blogs will be completely objective because I don’t believe that is possible. This blog’s primary objective is to convince people of the validity of religion but, of course, as a Christian I would love for followers of this blog to come to Christianity over other religions. Although, please be put at ease, because I am not going to be blogging about Christianity as a focus.

I welcome criticism and counter-arguments to my page. I hope you understand that I, being human, have not fully formulated my opinion on life, the universe and everything and can be both incorrect and convinced of other views. This, to me, is the only way to live my life – with an open mind.

I hope that you decide to follow me as I explore some simply mind-blowing and thought-provoking topics to encourage a naturally philosophical mind.