Religion, The Heroic Life

Multireligious

Photo by Vicki Ashton

Recently I defined what polytheism means. But my beliefs are in flux: on top of polytheism I consider the Heroic Faith my religion, and it’s still unformed.

When people ask me what I’m a priest of, it’s hard to answer. How do you explain a faith that doesn’t exist yet? Here’s my best attempt:

I don’t have a strong sense of faith. I seldom pray. What inspires me is heroism and sacrifice, which are how humanity endures. I believe every single person has the spark of heroism. It’s the ability to stand up when no one else will.

I want to know how that spark is kindled, and how we keep that flame burning bright.

That’s why I’m on this journey.

This is the very edge of my ability to explain my beliefs. The conversation seldom gets this far—most people either don’t talk about religion, or want to tell me their own views. And me? I listen with care. Mine is the journeyman, not the master; I have no sermon to deliver. I am here to learn.

But sometimes they truly want to know what I believe. And that helps me figure it out.

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4 thoughts on “Multireligious

  1. Love this: ‘I want to know how that spark is kindled, and how we keep that flame burning bright.’…. yesyesyes, as I would like to know too. The conditions of how fearlessness arises fascinates me, which I link to prompting {Heroic} action.

    Have you seen the movie ‘Cloud Atlas’? You might be interested as it deals with individual actions (I would term Heroic); the emergence of; reasons for; & time effect. Anyhow, I thought of you (& another good friend who is a Heroic themed author) when I saw this movie.

  2. I’m a new reader. I do not quite remember how I got here but I am struck with what you said here:
    “I believe every single person has the spark of heroism. It’s the ability to stand up when no one else will.

    I want to know how that spark is kindled, and how we keep that flame burning bright.”

    Your words will resonate in my mind and I will muse upon them as I explore and examine my own beliefs.

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