Thursday, September 10, 2015

Looking Up

The cathedral in Salzburg, Austria. Wow, it is kind of busy.  A nice blend of light and shadow, not dark and broody, the older church across from it is dark , not overly bright, like the third in line that is blindingly white inside.  There is lots of detail in this one, easy to see, easy to spend time in.

I am not a practitioner of any organized religion.  I struggle with the logical leaps of faith that most religions have and don't understand the desire or concern for eternal life.  I was born, I will die, I will cease to exist, why should I expect or desire more?  I try to make the most of what I can while I can, to be good to others, and to enjoy life.  Many suffer hell on earth, in an effort to be worthy of avoiding hell after death.  If I treat others well, don't allow others to mistreat me, and have a little fun along the way, I have found heaven on earth. Who knows what lies beyond, if I am good and do good I will enjoy here and be okay with there.

I do enjoy visiting churches, especially when I travel.  Churches are frequently the most elaborate works of art and architecture in town.  They are public places, built to send a message, and some really do.  They are quiet and contemplative places.


  1. not a follower either; organized religion is for those who cannot think for themselves. I am intelligent enough to do my own thinking.

    how old is this church, penguin? the builders were elaborate, were they not? and WHERE are pix of you in these places (the little penguin)?

  2. I agree; if you are going to make a building for the divine, it ought to inspire such.