did charles darwin believe in god?
i am not a religious person. at all. in fact, i have very strong feelings of distaste when it comes to organized religion (a feeling summed up by this window in an old church in downtown manhattan). that said, i envy people -- intelligent, questioning people -- who can suspend their brains and simply believe, finding solace in that very suspension.
but i can't. and yet, when traveling in places that are not my home, i find myself drawn to places of worship, as if i'm a scientest, trying to better understand how and why people believe.
then i go back to the car or the hotel or the train station, and i look at the pictures i've taken, and i look out the window at a bird or an abandoned building or an old woman's face, and i find my own solace.