I believe

My stepmum Jade Rachel and I were talking about how some ideas or lines from books stick with us.
How sometimes a fictional book will make us want to find out more about a topic (like reading Angels & Demons and wanting to know more about the Illuminati).
How sometimes there’s a line or a passage that for some reason always sticks with you. For her, that’s the opening to I Lucifer by.. um whoever wrote it.
Or how something just resonates and makes sense.

I keep remembering a bit from American Gods by Neil Gaiman that I read earlier this year. I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.
I googled the whole thing because it’s quite long and I can’t remeber all of it

“I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

I like how its all about how belief is such a personal thing and no-one should have the right to dictate to anyone what they can or should believe in. I believe in what I believe, whether it’s true or not.

And I’ve never really thought about religion or anything, not really. I mean yeah we do RE in school but its boring the way it’s taught. My mum was an Atheist and Jade Rachel is a Wiccan but none of it was ever a part of my childhood. Except now I’m starting to wonder about all the religions that’re out there, about what people believe in, their myths and legends and kinda wishing comparative religions was taught. I’ve picked up one of Jade Rachel’s books about Wicca to read and I think I’m gonna go to the library and find books about others too!

2 thoughts on “I believe

  1. I do believe that beliefs are a personal thing. That’s why we stick up for our beliefs whenever someone tries to put them down. I hope that your journey to religion goes well for you, whichever you choose to follow that best fits for you.

    P.S. On an off-related note, I knew a Jade Rachel who is Wiccan who blogged. I don’t remember her site, but that name just reminded me of her so much. :p

  2. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and American Gods is a fantastic book. This excerpt stuck with me as well. It’s fascinating to think of how our intimate our beliefs are, and it also helps to explain cognitive dissonance. Can’t wait to read about the books you find and read about religion!

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