How I Think Religion Affects Us

I am not a very spiritual or religious person. Growing up I joined religious activities because it was expected of me and I feel that I never fully understood why I did what I did back then. It was either you do or you don’t.

Despite all that, I have had experiences where my faith and belief were tested and I would say that if I did not have my basic religious knowledge, it may have been rather difficult to overcome them.

I’m not here to talk about any religions. 

I am here to share about how I see the role a religion plays in our lives.

I see a religion as a concept that can be all powerful in terms of how it drives people to act in a prescribed law.

I see religion as a code of conduct. 

I believe religions are good.

But the people who choose to believe those religions may not always be good.

There are people who choose to leave their religion for all sorts of reasons.

There are also people who choose not to be affiliated to any form of doctrine.

When I was younger, I felt that religion wasn’t that important. Nice to have, but it did not have to be relevant.

As I am much more older now and I live in a place where not everyone has a religion, I could see how lives could be improved upon if only they have some sort of moral conduct or a spiritual compass.

I think human beings are ambitious creatures. Creative thinkers. Adaptable.

As they grow older, their personalities are shaped based on their life-long experiences. Some may have had a lot of successes in their life. Some may not. And as they get much much older, some may have some level of resentment towards other people just because their situation is not as what they expected it to be.

Now I feel that if you have some sort of spiritual awareness, you would know that we can’t have everything in life. We are all gifted with different abilities and they are all blessed upon us. If we could just look at what we have and count them as a blessing, wouldn’t we all lead at least a fulfilling life?

This is where I believe that religion keeps you grounded and thus giving you a peace of mind. Even if someone does not believe in a spiritual deity, being aware of the fact that there is such a thing as a circle of life means nothing lasts forever.

What goes up must come down

Isaac Newton

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Kids and Science

I’ve always tried to get my children to be excited about science. Because science is life, you know? Maybe also because I was a student of science. Never a brilliant learner but nevertheless I was always in awe of how science can explain (almost) everything about life itself.

My daughter does not respond well to suggestions of a home-made science experiments when she was younger. I have not asked how she feels about it now, but when I tried doing home-made science experiments with her a couple of years back, she just didn’t want to participate. Partly because she just didn’t know why we should be doing something called SCIENCE. It’s too big of a word for a little kid right?

So since then, I never tried doing any science related stuff with her.

Until a few days ago when she requested to help me fill up the ice cube tray. She filled the tray with water until it overflowed and I told her to remove the excess water. She asked me why, and I said solidified water expands and the excess water will form a solid surface on the tray making it difficult to twist the tray when we need the ice cubes later. I thought that was it.

The next night she wanted to put a toy whistle in a container filled with water, and to put the whole set in the freezer section. She told me that she wanted to see how it looks like when the whistle is in ice. So I said to her, that she might break the whistle while it is in ice because solidified water will expand, just like the water we put in the ice tray. She stopped to think and said she doesn’t want to break the whistle. Instead she put the whistle in the fridge because she wants to blow a cold whistle. I would have suggested another toy that she doesn’t want to play with anymore to be frozen, but I guess I made my point in teaching her a little bit of science?

If only it was just a little bit, but it worked, so it means I’ve done something marvellous, right?