I was raised Muslim and am an Atheist now. I spent 30 years being proselytized to in one way or another and not always in a good way. Many times I've wanted to punch assholes in the face for both trivializing my problems as well as inviting me to god at my most vulnerable fucking moments.Let them say their piece. Tell them that I'm not interested now but I might think about it. Give em a thank you, and go about my business.
I'm a friendly person. Society needs to be more social. Or civil at least.
Religiously, I do my own thing. I don't worship anyone but I believe strongly in the "spiritual" energy that exists between people. It's stronger in some than in others (idea of the cream rising to the top) and it's stronger between some than it is between others (concept of soul mates). There are some people whose energies are all fucked up and you've got to avoid those people. Whether or not you believe what I believe, we all recognize these types when they're around.I was raised Muslim and am an Atheist now. I spent 30 years being proselytized to in one way or another and not always in a good way. Many times I've wanted to punch assholes in the face for both trivializing my problems as well as inviting me to god at my most vulnerable fucking moments.
I will listen to people now and maybe even converse a little if I'm free. However, I don't think they want to hear about evolutionary biology and astrophysics in response. Plus, even if they think they're working for some magical fucking being in the sky, they're really only lining the pockets of someone who has more power than them .. a person .. head of a clergy or church or whatever that's probably off somewhere building a million dollar home.
I just think that religion is irrelevant and un-needed. I definitely do not envy people who find comfort in god or anything that's nor real. They only find comfort in those because they're taught to.There are those who profit and take advantage of it but in my experience, they're in a tiny minority. I think the idea of a "preying cleric" is misguided and more of a medieval idea. Honestly, every clerical organization I've dealt with or been apart of has been modest. None of the preacher's homes I've been in or seen are larger than the average home of a family in their congregation. Their kids don't wear more expensive clothes than average either. Actually, my old preacher had another job with a textile manufacturer.