June 14th, 2008


We believe...

I'm not sure I'm in a good state to be very philosophical today, but we were asked a question a week ago that's got me thinking, and on weekdays we're swamped with work and so that's where all my brain power is, and tomorrow we don't know how much time we'll have at our computer (although we could potentially take the laptop, but we would most likely be distracted), so I think today is the day to do this.

The question was something along the lines of where do we get all our philosophies in life. I sometimes claim that we're pretty religious, but I also have a habit of quoting things like Captain Tylor's philosophy to just do what you feel is right and the rest will fall into place. The answer is that we combine things. When the first president of the LDS church was asked what we believe, he wrote what we call the Thirteen Articles of Faith, explaining basically what it all comes down to. The thirteenth one goes like this:

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul--we believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

I think when he said "we believe all things," he meant "we believe all things that are true," but the point is we believe there's truth everywhere, and that includes anime and manga. So when we hear Tylor say, "I just do what I think is right, and the rest falls into place," and we think about our past experience, and how when we do what we think is right everything seems to fall into place, then we think, "Hey! That's true!"

We can also put it into more religious wording like this: Keep the commandments, do what you feel is right, and the Lord will take care of the rest. That's usually how I think of it in my heart, but for some reason when I say it out loud or on paper or on a computer screen, I like to go with the more secular version. I can't say exactly why that is. My main justification for it is that when you get too religious on people, they tend to pull away (myself included, which I think is kind of ironic). But it's also true that we take a lot of good messages out of the anime and Disney movies and TV shows and things that we watch. They're all things that I feel like I've read about in the scriptures, but I think TV makes it more relatable.

So yeah. I think that's about as much philosophy as I can handle right now, so I'll just stop talking. Today I'm thankful for stories with morals, fictional and nonfictional characters that make good role models (who are also better at putting things into words than we are), being able to surface from the ocean of work-related fun and take a breath (I mean, it's fun, but...), a very long-awaited volume of manga coming out on Tuesday, and the idea that we might actually have time to read some manga today.