Interview on February 7, 2023 with Kayden, who is studying exercise science, in the library at Moorpark College.

Do you consider yourself religious?

Kayden: I do not. My dad was atheist, my mom was not. She tried to share her faith with me recently, actually. We just talked about it and she said this is what I believe, and I was like, “Nice.” 

If someone asked you why you believe there is no God, what would you say?

Kayden: I think there’s something more to it, but not necessarily an omnipotent personified Being that would be God. The organized aspect of religion is not something that I’ve been able to get behind. I think people should worship based on what they feel, as opposed to what someone else tells them to feel. The idea of God piggybacks on organized religion because they say, “God’s like x, y, and z, He does this, this, and this.” I think there’s a way that the universe works but I don’t believe there’s a personified Being God Who looks like this and Who does this. But I guess you could just say that I want to be different. 

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Kayden: Based on the movie the Lion King, when we die, our bodies become the grass and the antelope eat the grass and we eat the antelope, so we’re all connected. Really, I think there’s something that happens, but I don’t know what. I’m excited to find out, not super excited. I’ve committed some sins.

How do you decide what’s a sin?

Kayden: Based on everybody else’s interpretation, I’ve done some bad s***. But I think the process of life is we make mistakes and literally all of life is: we make mistakes. We either learn from them and make more advanced mistakes or we don’t and make the same mistakes over and over again. I try to make mistakes, learn from them, learn from other people’s mistakes, so I can make more advanced mistakes later.

Do you yourself think some actions are wrong?

Kayden: If I do something wrong, I’ll be like, “Okay, I did that wrong.” But then I always figure out how it bites me in the ass. It comes back. That karma aspect. 

What makes something wrong?

Kayden: It’s always something that’s selfish, as opposed to being selfless. 

Do you have an explanation for where the world came from?

Kayden: No. But the Big Bang sounds nice. A snap and then it just boomed. Just one little small thing. I don’t study it and I haven’t invested enough time to have an opinion about it, but that sounds the coolest.