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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. 19th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I wrote a more detailed response to teaberryblue above, but the gist is that, for me, having spent the last few years in close proximity to Kosher observance, I noticed a disturbing number of similarities to OCD. Counting. Paralysis in the face of things feared to be "unclean" in some way. The belief that performing complex rituals can somehow prevent bad things from happening.
Oct. 19th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
You should see the ultra-Orthodox who are also Kabbalists.

I once had to do a very complicated real estate closing with a client who wouldn't do anything without opening to a random passage from the Zohar and interpreting it.
Oct. 26th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
I've seen a lot of correlation between mental illness and devout religion (I worked in a mental hospital for a while). However, I don't think that everyone who prays is mentally ill. Kudos to you for havng the courage to be honest about your beliefs, though.

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