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March 25, 2013 | by  | in Opinion | [ssba]

Editorial – Belief

Three weeks into the year and Easter is already upon us: congratulations on surviving O-Week hook-ups, being forever on hold to StudyLink, and uncomfortable tutorial icebreakers. For those of you who are new to Victoria, welcome to your very first “study break”. If you resign yourself to the fact that you won’t actually do any study now, you’re going to save yourself a week of regret and heartache. Trust us on this one. Put the books down and eat chocolate bunnies like there’s no tomorrow (and no assignments due when you get back).

Growing up in a secular school system, it’s quite forgivable—well we like to think so—to not really know what Easter signifies beyond chocolate and cinnamon buns. Not that we’re complaining about getting five days off, but for the non-Christian among us it can sometimes be difficult to understand why these inherently religious holidays continue to have such a stronghold on our society. About three weeks ago you would have filled out your census; for the first time in New Zealand history the number of New Zealanders who identify as Christian is expected to drop below 50 per cent. Meanwhile the number of us who select “no religion” continues to rise. (The verdict is still out on the number of adherents to the YOLO faith; we’ll keep you posted). As we get older and learn that most of the things we accept as truth aren’t really how they appear (Santa, sob), it can be hard sometimes to work out what we do—and can—believe in. After all, even goddesses like Beyonce have lip-synced. If we aren’t believing in religion—or Beyonce—what do we believe in?

… We’ll have to keep you posted on that one.

In the meantime, kick back and have a slice of Marmite toast for us these holidays—it’s been resurrected just in time for Easter.

 

Molly & Stella

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