I go through Religions like a trucker goes through truck stops: Sure, I got my favorites I come back to often–but there’s always new territory to cover and more space to explore. Is this healthy? Can I live life (and raise kids) while church hopping?
The reason I’m only 30% Buddhist is twofold: first, I like beer and meat; second, like Einstein, I’m a betting man who likes to keep God on his side (if there is a God). So I retain 30% of my Catholic faith for this, as well as for reasons of family and tradition. I disagree with so much about the church, but in many ways the foundational traditions of my life, my culture, are rooted in the Catholic Church. So, like a good friend of mine who is atheist but still practices the Jewish traditions for reasons of culture and heritage, I attend church with my family—sometimes. I like to say that I’m 30% Taoist (maybe even 31%) because I carry the Toa Te Ching with me wherever I go, hoping that someday its very practical advice will travel from my pocket to my head. But I really don’t know what it means to be Taoists.
I’d like to be a Vedi, or Vedanta, or Vedantic–especially after reading Allan Watt’s The Book on the Taboo of Knowing Who You Are, but as you can see, I’m not even sure what to call it, so how can I be it.
Balance. This is the essence of Give Up and Die Living, and I believe this can be carried out in all aspects of life, even religion, opening ourselves up to the diversity of life and experience, instead of locking ourselves inside a jail of certainties.
How can we achieve balance as modern people and parents in regards to our spiritual practice? Can we raise children on more than one faith? This is an issue I’ll be exploring over the next few months, as I finally make the concerted effort to get my family to officially commit to a church.
Until then, here’s more on this topic:
GIVE UP the need to practice one religion AND DIE to the idea that one school of thought will offer all the answers.