Wow I can't believe how long it has been since I've blogged...stupid working two jobs!
I find it funny that a lot of my blog inspiration comes from things I encounter at work. Today, I was collecting coffee pots and while waiting for the elevator, I ran into our nun. Since my hospital is mildly Catholic, we have a chaplain as well as a nun on staff. She's this itty bitty woman, probably in her late 70's and a total sweetheart. However, as I was making small talk with her, I couldn't help but sorta think that this woman had wasted her entire life in the service of a god that didn't exist.
Just from the few times that I've interacted with her, I can tell she would have made a loving, faithful wife, an excellent mother and the most doting grandma a kid could want. Who knows what else she could have accomplished if she hadn't been stuck in the church. Instead, she has spent her life as a "bride of Christ."
But then I thought...wait, what has this woman done with her "wasted" life? She has probably done several times more charity than I will ever do. Working in a hospital, she's probably helped countless people deal with death or the death of a loved one. She has led a completely selfless life, even if the god she led it for is fake.
I guess this sort of goes along with that "who cares if god isn't real if religion helps people be good" argument. I'm still not sure how to feel about her though. Maybe its more important that, as she is coming to the end of her life, does she feel fulfilled?
Its probably one of those topics with no easy answers...but I'm still interested to hear what others think.