Choices in Life and religion. Quotes from "Life of Pi".

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Life consists of choices. Life itself is a choice. People make numerous choices a day: whether or not to go to school, study for the test, or even which pair of shoes to wear. Sometimes it is very difficult to decide what course of action to take. Sometimes a specific decision can change one's life forever. This is often so with the choice of religion. Beginning with the time of birth until the time of death, people have to make choices everyday on how to achieve the goals in their lives. One can imagine life as an endless road with millions of other roads branching off in many directions. The only problem is that there is often not enough time in life to explore all the branches.

An important choice in life is spirituality. Religion is often a primary factor in many actions performed by humans. Religions are said to offer reasons for dreams, natural phenomena, the beginning of the world, and our place in it.

Religion grants comfort during times of hardship, and is the glue that binds societies around the world in addition to inspiring and in some cases even being the moral code by which these societies are run. Perhaps religion is no more than another example of our vulnerability and inclination to follow. Everyone has to question what is this world we live in, why are we here on earth, and is there a god. These questions have been around since a human being began walking on earth. There is no doubt that Pi Patel in "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel was asking himself the same questions. He was a young curios boy who tried to understand how life "works". Over the centuries since the bible was written, many different schools of thought have been...