Why can’t I be everything?

Is it possible to be a Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Pagan, Hindu, Agnostic, Atheist, scientist and more all at the same time?

I would like to take what is good from every teaching and become a better person. Can I do that?

Imagine, dedicating an hour or two every now and then to study different teachings and learn different things about different religions, philosophies or science fields. And a day or two each week, I would like to empty my head from all those things, and just rest and play. Maybe at some point, everything will join together and create a greater meaning.

No, I do not want to preach or try to convince anyone to follow what I have learned; I just want to explore different things and maybe become a better person.

We created cars, boats, aircrafts, and spaceships so we could meet each other faster despite miles between us, but we became more distant than before. We invented phones, mobiles and the internet so we could communicate more frequently and understand each other better but again it seems we lost the patience necessary to hear each other out.

People claim they are atheist by saying that smart people do not practice religion, but these same people do not know much about science either. Other people declare themselves to be religious, but measure the power of their faith by the number of squats they made pressing their heads on the ground.

Sometimes it seems there is rumor going around, that if you become atheist suddenly your IQ will rise to 180 and you will have the ability to resolve multidimensional differential equations without any problem, but if you become religious you will suddenly find yourself unable to tie your shoelaces.

Religious people claim they do not originate from monkeys, like there is something to be ashamed to originate from animals, but when they are asked to behave rationally, most of the time they react like angry animals. Atheists, on the other hand, claim they are against organized religion but fail to see how religiously they follow unproven theories.

We argue about so many things but what we actually need is compassion, but often people don't really want to be compassionate — they want to be right instead. *1

In the process of wanting to be right, we fail to see that the things we argue about the most and exchange our heated emotions over; we do not know anything about.

I believe that in every one of us there is a child who believes that everything is possible.
Think about it — if one particle can be in two or more states at the same time, why can’t we do the same?

Why do we need to give one definite answer, one single path we must follow?
Why does it matter where do you come from, or what is your age, sex, or color of your skin?
Why do we need to have favorite meal or favorite music band?
Why does it matter what God we believe in or if we believe in any at all?

With every new invention we are extending our horizons and overcoming our limitations. Continuing with current pace, one day we will have ability to change color of our skin, sex and looks as if we are changing avatars in a video game. One day we will have ability to learn effortlessly and increase our cognitive ability to unimaginable extents. One day we will have ability to travel beyond stars and galaxies, and even breach borders of time. One day we will have ability to live forever young.

Then, why does it matter how old we are, how we look or where do we come from? And, if those other people teach about love, sympathy and understanding does it really matter what God they believe in?

Every land has a piece of the puzzle; the inability to see that piece does not give us the right to burn the bridge which goes to that land. By burning the bridge, we may lose important pieces until we find the way to build a new bridge toward the same land. And, as it happens, we may find that some lands are only kept afloat because they are holding on to the bridge, and without the bridge they can sink and, same as Atlantis, be forever lost.

There is the argument that if you are following multiple paths, you are not going anywhere. But isn’t that entire point? Many people have spent years travelling around the world and at the end they find the happiness they were searching for at the beginning of their journey — they’ve found happiness at home.

“If our friendship depends on things like space and time,
we've destroyed our own brotherhood!
But overcome space, and all we have left is ‘Here’.
Overcome time, and all we have left is ‘Now’.
And in the middle of Here and Now,
don't you think that we might
see each other once or twice?” *2

Notes & References:

1. Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule


2. “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” (1970) by Richard Bach


3. Syncretism