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"When you pray, move your feet"

Oh dear.

I've committed myself to participating in therealljidol and already I want to bail. See, the very first topic is "When you pray, move your feet." Now, I understand that this is a proverb and that it shouldn't necessarily be taken literally, but ... ugh. I've been single for a little more than two weeks now and one of the great things about no longer dating a religious person is that I can shovel all of that God-type-stuff right out the door. This morning (as an example) I realized that I no longer had to keep my iTunes crammed full of Matisyahu. I am now free to admit that when I hear him say "the eventual building up of the third temple that we're waiting for," my gut reaction is "are you SERIOUS?!? You really take that crap LITERALLY?!?"

So when I pray ... well, I don't. And when I hear other people talk about praying I think that they're mentally ill. It's mythology, people. It's not real. And when you indoctrinate your children to believe that it is real (like I'm sure all those wig-wearing, baby-bearing, Orthodox ladies that I see at Target are busy doing), in my opinion it's a form of child abuse. You're teaching your children to waste their lives by focusing on a bunch of arbitrary and ridiculous rules designed to keep some invisible boogeyman in the sky happy. The fact that otherwise intelligent (I'm looking at you, Dr. Sharon Moalem) people fall prey to this superstition just boggles my mind.

So move your feet, sure. But pray? Thanks, but no thanks.


Oct. 18th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
One thing that really helped me the last time I competed in LJ Idol was to bear in mind that there are many ways to interpret a given topic. Obviously the proverb has very strong religious connotations, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the only lens through which to view it. There are many ways to stay true to a given topic without having to take it in a direction you might be uncomfortable with or hesitant about. Artistic license, I think they call it. And where better to exercise it than in a writing competition? ;]

That said, while your views are certainly controversial I do appreciate that you stayed true to yourself and didn't fall victim to playing into something you don't feel, just in hope of some votes. I'm going to be interested in seeing what you have to say in the weeks to come. I feel like it'll always be honest!

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