No, I’m not a religious person. I don’t subscribe to any faith, though I was raised in a Catholic household.
But that does not make me a raving, militant atheist. If there was any way to describe my religious leanings accurately it would be N/A. It simply does not have a place in my life. In the average week, I might think a religious thought once, maybe twice. And, no, its not Sunday morning regret.
I do not belittle people for believeing in something. I think everyone should believe in something. If you don’t believe in something, then what is all this for?
You believe in a higher power and live your life by its rules. You try to make yourself better in the higher power’s opinion. I believe in me and live my life to make sure I am a good person in my own eyes. Is there really such a big difference?
I will not try to get you to stop believing in your choice. Its your choice. But if you ask me a question, I will answer it. If you don’t like my answer, that’s not my problem. I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for lying through my teeth.
Belive in what you believe in, I will continue to believe in me. That does not mean we can’t co-exist peacefully, and even become great friends and even lovers. People do not have to believe the same thing to be happy together.
Diversity, whether of thought, action, belief or experience, is a boon to a relationship, not a hindrance. It brings new perspectives and opens eyes. It creates fertile ground for conversation and thought. Do you really want to live in a world where we all think the same?