“If your religion doesn’t grow corn, I don’t want to hear about it.”
Internet quotes are super sketchy, but I like this one. I don’t care if it’s real or not, it’s legit.
Here is my favorite made up quote, mostly because I see it shared all the time:
For our purposes today, religion includes all the ideologies and philosophies people live their lives by, because at the end of the day none of them are that different in their function. So, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Communism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Nihilism, Spiritualism, and everything else. Even Stoicism and Mindfulness have to be evaluated.
So anyway, growing corn.
This is my litmus test for anything anyone tries to share with me.
Does it grow corn?
How is their philosophy/ideology/religion affecting their life?
Do they make wise decisions?
Do they have joy and peace? (happiness and contentment are fleeting and useless)
How do they treat other people? All living beings?
How do they treat themselves?
How much fear is needed to sustain their belief system?
How much judgment does their belief system bring into their life?
Our belief systems are the lens that everything passes through before it gets to us.
They often help us make decisions before we even know the facts, and decide what we think about people before we actually know them.
If we aren’t careful with our belief systems, they can lead us to judge someone or a situation from a single fact or aspect about them or it. They can cause us to miss experiences out of fear or subject ourselves to abuse at the hands of others without questioning it. They can cause us to reject all authority or submit ourselves to incompetent authority.
They are everything, and they matter.
Do your beliefs grow corn?
Are you willing to throw them out if they don’t?