Just west of Kathmandu city, on a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, there is a place called the Swayambhunath.
This place is ancient, around 2500 years old.
It is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
The monkeys living in the temple there are considered holy.
This place is also a place of darkness.
Walking around, it's very easy to see the emptiness that these people have in their hearts.
It is truly hard to capture a place this beautiful yet show the emptiness of their worship. The flags, the prayer wheels, the candles & incenses, everything - it's all for nothing. In America we worship nice cars, high-paying jobs, 401k plans, relationships, houses, etc. It's all the same when it comes down to it. Worship is a lifestyle whether you worship idols or your worship God. We demonstrate our worship by the things we care about most, the things we place our trust in.
It comes down to faith, and faith in something empty and meaningless will lead to a life of emptiness. However, faith in a God who loves us despite our actions, and accepts us not based on our own merit but on the merit of His son who died for us - that is something worthwhile.