MBTI says that INFJ’s are some of the most spiritual and religious personality types. I would say that in my case that has not turned out to be true until I became older. I never saw the point in going to church even though my family and relatives are very Christian. Christianity was never something for me. I can believe in all the good things that the bible tells us on how we should be, and all the goodness it represents. But the way Christianity affects our world, and especially by the Catholic church, I could never believe or be ok with. Preventing people from taking precautions to not transmit AIDS and HIV when millions of people are dying from it is not something you can consider a healthy and functional belief system. Religion should help people and help us stay connected to each other, not take lives.
As I got older I started questioning more in life. At some point I realized that there is a lot more going on in the world we live in then what meets the eye. There is so much that can’t be explained by either religion or science and there is definitely something more to life then what we simple humans are aware of. The picture of the universe that science and many religions draws for us is incomplete, anybody who would say there is not much more to it then that would be wrong indeed. I think everybody should be free to believe in what they want, but what I hope is that people choose to believe in something and not someone. You are the center of your own universe.
One of my favorite people who also happened to be a INFJ, is Terence McKenna (R.I.P). I think his views, knowledge and beliefs about life is simple amazing and I wish there was more people like him in the world. If there was, the world would be a better place. I feel like he always got to the core of things in his questions and views on life and knows where the true value lies. I share a lot of his believes and I think that the world we live in should be treated with respect. We should be genuine to ourselves and others and never stop exploring because there is much more to it then what we already know.
To wrap this all up I want to leave you with an excerpt from one of his speeches which I hope you will enjoy as much as I do:
“We have to stop consuming our culture. We have to create culture. Don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time, where you are now, is the most immediate sector of your universe. And if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered. You are giving it all away to icons. Icons which are maintained by an electronic media, so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is sh*t-brained this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion. And what is real is you and your friends, and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told no. We’re unimportant, we’re peripheral, get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that, and then you’re a player. You don’t even want to play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world. Where is that at?”
Terence McKenna – Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
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Is there any documentation of Terence McKenna is INFJ or is that just your evaluation? It’s a safe bet, he certainly seems to fall under that type. Probably what makes him the magnificent orator he was.
I’d really like to know if Terence has ever described himself as INFJ, would appreciate any sources on this! (especially since I am INFJ and my last name also happens to be McKenna… I’ve highly suspected for years that we’re related)
sean freeman says
Dude, this is an awesome post. i agree with each and every word you said.