Sunday, May 21, 2006

Da Vinci Code

Picture borrowed from Salon.com
I watched the movie yesterday (I read the book beginning of last year.) and I think it was good. Seriously, I don't see how people can condemn it so much. Maybe its because I am not a Christian, so I am not offended by what the book claims. Of course it is surprising, but I took it with a grain of salt - it could be true, it could be false.

We hear a lot of things these days - religion claims this, science claims something else. Yet, we still believe in our religion, right? So I honestly think people should not let it get to them.

I like how Langdon says "...every faith in the world is based on fabrication. That is the defintion of faith - acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Every religion describes God through metaphor, allegory, and exaggeration, from the early Egyptians through modern Sunday school. Metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. The problems arise when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors."

I think this is true to a certain extent. I have been told a lot of things about my religion - Hinduism. I know it's possible that when you re-think things you were taught as a child - with a scientific mind, you do realise that a lot of things don't really add up logically, sometimes. Yet I still choose to believe in it - because God is God, no matter how you look at it. I use my religion as a way to be a better person.

I have argued with a classmate in college about this before - he's a Brahmin and he is a pure vegetarian and follows all the religious stuff and all - while I am religious on the inside. I don't really follow many things as required but I like to believe that it doesn't matter whether I am a vegetarian, how many times I pray and all that. I like to believe that as long as I am a good person, intending no harm to others, not hurting people's feelings intentionally, not stealing or taking things which do not belong to me, being a God-fearing, law-abiding citizen, making other people happy, respecting my parents and caring about my family - I am a good person.

That should be all that matters right? The difference with religion is just how we perceive God. Right? Just my opinion...

5 Comments:

At 5/22/2006 06:42:00 AM , Anonymous Selene said...

Not always. Some faiths like Buddhism, does not believe in a higher being.

 
At 5/23/2006 10:24:00 AM , Blogger shari said...

i think i know which classmate you were referring to; in this entry.

I think how you go through your life everyday is much more important and maybe; religion sets guidelines for a person to follow but in the end; it's what in the heart that matters. whether you are sincere in doing something or now.

 
At 5/23/2006 06:19:00 PM , Blogger Fieran said...

Yeah. I agree with you 100%.

You know that classmate? He used to irritate me all the time like, "Why aren't you fasting? Why do you eat meat? Why aren't you going to that temple?" It was so irritating. I mean, he's like "Oh, don't worry, I'll pray for you." Seriously, it got pretty bad until I felt so uncomfortable around him. Eww.

 
At 5/23/2006 06:20:00 PM , Blogger Fieran said...

Oooh, yeah Selene. You've mentioned that before. Sorry about that, I shouldn't have generalised.

 
At 5/31/2006 01:23:00 PM , Anonymous Deepa said...

Hei u didnt say how u found the movie??........D

 

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