(as opposed to having opinions about… no great revelations here, just clarifying things for myself.)
We think in symbols; coherent symbolic patterns have more effect on what we believe about the world than reality, which is actually pretty random. “God” is a symbol, to the extent that we can’t really understand what the Divine is.
In my day to day life, people are more important than gods. Yesterday I comforted a friend who is going through a deep personal crisis; this seemed holier to me than most formal worship I have attended. That said, of course, it is impossible for me to imagine that there is nothing there – I’ve talked with it.
My task in the world right now is to provide for my family, keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. The only thing in this that separates me from my ancestors of the last 10,000 years is how I do that. Anything extra is gravy.
What I believe can’t be condensed to a blog post. ;)
I think we most honor the gods by living our lives in the best way we can. Clearly, this is your best way and it sounds very fulfilling.
I think it is my best way, at this point… I am influenced here by the Hindu teaching on the four stages of life. (We’ll see if my wife lets me move on to the hermit stage later! :)