Our magazine was founded in 2017. Freshly minted with high schools graduate degrees, a group of young, passionate, and naive visual art and writing lovers banded together to found this magazine. Initially, it was meant to bind them together. A way to connect them through change and separation. But this magazine grew to be much more than that.
At first, the magazine was purposed to explore religion. Or the idea of religion. How can these eight letters create such division? Why do people exhibit such hatred against others who follow another religion or none at all?
We ultimately believe that there is a unity within all religions. In our own experience, Sanskrit scriptures contain many beautiful verses claiming that we should treat all beings with compassion. The same is true of Christianity. The Bible preaches kindness, non-violence, and hope. Islam itself is derived from the Arabic word meaning “peace”. The Quran reads “[t]he true servants of the Gracious One are those who walk upon the earth with humility and when they are addressed by the ignorant ones, their response is, Peace” (Al Quran 25:63). The same is true for Buddhism, Judaism, and other religions. And yet, members of each religion are found to be targets of as well as propagators of the opposite: hatred, fear, violence.
And so we questioned. Why does this happen? Why is violence propagated when love and compassion are so pervasive throughout the pure teachings of all religions? We realized that a few followers of religion today have become so obsessed with religious practice, that perhaps they forget to learn the core values. These are core values which all people can appreciate, whether or not they choose to follow a religion. The values of kindness. Compassion. Peace. Hope.
Today, Credo Espoir has grown to explore the conflict and synergy between not only religion, but the human experience. We want to portray that we as humans should not be driven apart because of differences in custom. Each may follow their own tradition or no tradition, but we should be united at heart through these core beliefs. Rather than hating, we should be helping each other along the journey of life.
We are all connected through writing and art. Through emotion. We want to learn about your experiences, about your lessons in life. We hope to be educated on and explore different cultures and beliefs. Not judge. But truly learn. We hope to heal misunderstandings and reveal true courage. We hope to bring society together so that we may hold hands in the face of danger instead of hating our neighbors. We hope for a brighter future. We are Credo Espoir, and we believe in hope.