Create Your Own ReligionBy Te-Erika PattersonYou have every right to be upset about the title of this article. Your staunch beliefs may lead you tobelieve I am being sacrilegious or that I am an atheist, which isnt true. Through my own spiritual journey laced with religion and mayhem and inner reflection I have come to a certain awareness that Iwish to share with you.Everything about this world is fiction.When I say fiction, I mean, its all made up. We give meaning to everything around us. We decide thatthe sky should be called a sky. We decide that the color blue should be called blue. This is called socialconstructionism. As a society we had to get together and decide on certain TRUTHS and AGREE so thatwe can communicate with each other affectively. We decided to build an item and we looked at it andsaid, This is a table. This is what the table is used for. Everyone agree on this, and it is written. We didthe same for everything else in our physical space and then we transferred that same authority of defining the world around us to our spiritual beliefs and our expectations for the stages of our lives.If everything we see is constructed by society then the expectations for our lives and the roles we play inlife are fiction too. We made everything up. Its like someone in the beginning of time said, Lets play agame and then started making up rules. These rules or guidelines help to establish order but laterbecame an enforced standard perpetuated by parents who teach children that this is the way to be.Anything outside of those standards was viewed as abnormal or wrong, when really, the wholething, everything, all of our roles, concepts, language and beliefs are all made up. All of it is fiction.We, as humans, have an innate desire to understand the reason behind our existence. We need to feellike there is some purpose for us being here so we created concepts to help us grasp onto a valuesystem for our lives. Often, these value systems attributed the creation of our human existence to an actof some higher being(s).The earliest social systems held polytheistic views. This means that they believed in the existence of multiple Gods who controlled and ruled the earth and its inhabitants. As time went on and civilizationsevolved, a more monotheistic view was adopted and spread by civilizations. As time went on thesefictionalized concepts concerning life expectations, roles and our existence were passed down fromgeneration to generation as TRUTH.Today, these TRUTHS have been the breeding ground for much of our civilizations unrest because noone wants to admit that there is a chance that their TRUTH is wrong. Everyones truth is wrong. Noones truth is the truth because there is no truth; only fictionalized concepts handed down like folkloreand passed on as KNOWLEDGE.No one knows anything. Everything is a projection of our beliefs. Every belief is a choice.