Letters from Japan – Spring 2022

Man looking out at valley in a mountain in Japan

Good afternoon,

Happy belated Ramadan to all who celebrate and to my home.

I love all the events surrounding Ramadan and what, at least once, the season culturally meant for my country. However, I am not a religious person. When you are brought up in a region where faith has always been used as a political tool to praise or condemn religion and where secularity is rarely granted even when it exists on paper, constitutions, it becomes, at least for me, a little more challenging to develop a healthy sense of spirituality.

It sure does not help that religious affiliations, especially in the last two decades, have become linked to some sort of political inclination or statement in almost any region in the world. So it took me 30 long years to finally start separating the sense of faith and spirituality from organized religion. And only then, during the last decade, I slowly started developing an appreciation for the need for spirituality in one’s life. I sure have not found (enough of) it yet, but I will probably keep looking till the end of my days.

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