Before anything, I would like to say that I am not a very religious person, but that doesn’t mean I hate religion, because I don’t. If you are religious, then I respect that, but please also respect my view.
Everyone knows that the Philippines is a very religious place. Everything from schools to festivals have some kind of connection to a religion. Take my high school as an example, Ateneo de Davao University, it’s a Catholic school, and we had monthly masses, retreats, recollections, and C.L.E. class (Christian Life Education), prayers at the start and end of each subject, and it’s run by the Jesuits.
Anyway, I think you get the point, so let’s move on.
I said that the Philippines is very religious, but I think it’s changing. Someone on one of my latest articles said that many teenagers aren’t religious, which I think is true, which is why the religiousness of the Philippines is changing. In terms of “how it’s changing”, well, let’s take another example from my school, every time a teacher asked us what we want to be when we get older, no one ever says they want to be a priest, they want to be a doctor, lawyer, architect, etc. During masses, people just talk or play around (until someone tells them off), people take C.L.E. as free time, and so much more. Do I see this as a problem? Well, honestly, no, people have their own opinions about religion, so they if they think they don’t believe, then they don’t. The real problem I see is disrespect toward religions, such as the ones mentioned above (talking during masses, not taking C.L.E. seriously, etc.).
I also watched a video recently about this guy who says that he loves Jesus, but hates religion (some of you might know of this video). He had some good points, like how I think religion has strayed off the path, at least that’s how I see it. As soon as I saw this video, I thought of how religious the Philippines is. See the video below.
For those who might wonder why I’m not religious, well, the answer is I think it has just strayed off the path, as mentioned above, take how fancy looking churches are, why? Why spend so much money on a building when you can spend it on something like charity? There’s a lot to it, it’s just hard to explain.
Overall, religion is important to some people, but not to others. We should just respect each other for who we are and what we do, instead of who or what we believe.
I can already feel the comments coming 🙂