Our theme for October is “Why I Believe.”

If you had all the facts all the fictions,
If you knew everything about science and all about religion,
Would you stand by your convictions ?
Would you still make the right decisions?
Would you accept someone else’s opinions in this life?

I’ve read all the books
And I still don’t have all the answers
And that’s fine whatever it takes to get you by

Because it’s all a leap of faith
From white plastic saints to
To all those hard questions you have to face
Every single day

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I often wonder about my beliefs and convictions.  Am I simply a product of my upbringing?  My surroundings?  Was I born into the world a blank slate with no preconceptions?  Were my belief cemented in me at a young age?  Just how much have my beliefs changed over the years?  Just how much can a person’s beliefs truly change?

(And on and on and on….)

I know the answer to some of those questions.

I believe some things because I genuinely think they are true.
(Seinfeld is a terrible show, and everyone who likes it has moronic tastes.)

I believe in some things because they are trite and don’t matter.
(My cat Marco is literally the cutest, bestest cat of all time.)

I believe some things because I choose to believe them.
(If every single eligible person in America voted their true convictions, we wouldn’t be stuck in this binary Republican/Democrat hellhole.)

I believe some things because it is easier than wrestling with the hard questions.
(My agnosticism is a cop out.)

I believe some things because the alternative scares me.
(I can and will beat my addiction.)

In the end, however, I believe a lot of things because I have to, and I try to make an educated guess.  But at the end of the day, it is all a leap of faith.  And I try to believe in things that give me comfort.  Or at the very least, help me function in a fucked up world.

Maybe that is a glib, simplistic answer. Like The Buzzcocks sang—I believe what I believe in!

Why do I believe?

I believe so that I can get by and live my life.

Paul Menn
Paul ('10) lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Emma ('10), and cat, HandsomeMarcoCat. He loves board games, Babylon 5, and honey-curry chicken. Everything else is negotiable.

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