Sameh, 16, has documented the lives of a family who have been living in a tent for five years in the West Bank.
Yesterday evening I copied 2 articles off the internet regarding Israel and Palestine, I did this because I can honestly say that I really do not have any idea of the DETAILS of what is going on in the area.In the words of the great Keith Allen-THANK GOD I AM AN ATHEIST(well in my case a humanist!).
My family seems to be an equal mix of Catholic and other Christian religions, with friends who are Muslim, Wiccan(do you say Wicca or Wiccan!) and other Earth related religions so I am adequately aware of what is going on out there in certain religious communities but I wasn't really prepared for what I read about religion within the context of the Middle East.My mind is such that what is going on just does not make sense and I cannot seem to make sense of what people are doing.
When I did go to church, the actual doctrine seemed to be in my brain but at the far reaches as I didn't want to have to confront it because it didn't make sense.So what did matter for me? A supreme being that loved us and cared about us-Living a good and productive life and helping others AND REALLY that was about it.
My feelings haven't really changed since I have become a humanist. I do not believe in a supreme being which is because I cannot prove this supernatural being exists (If I could prove then I would be different)BUT I do believe in living a good and productive life and helping others.Surely living a good and productive life and helping others should be the main focus of your life whatever religion you are?And I really do not mean this in a Look at me, Look at me in a goody 2 shoes kind of way. Just in a THIS IS WHO I AM kind of way.Some of the best people I know go to church, to the synagogue or to the mosque or even strip naked and dance under the full moon(with my fat-never going to happen) but some of the best people I know also do none of the above.
I cannot believe that a supreme being would want us to hurt each other in the way that we are, it's just not right.