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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.

Comments

hopita
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
No worries.

So far I'm not sure how I feel about this thing. The bulk of comments seem to be saying that I should change my personal beliefs if I want to win a LJ contest. I'm sticking with it for now, but thus far, I'm not loving it. Also, it's weird to get so many comments from people I don't know (or at least "know").
elionwyr
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Well, I still feel like an idiot. :)

I think you should do what makes you feel comfortable ....obviously. And - well, at least you know you're not writing in a vacuum..heh.
liret
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
No one's saying you should change your beliefs - or at least, I don't think they are. Your views on religion are your own business. But if you're telling other people their views are wrong, they might disagree. Just like you disagree with them.
rt_sparrow
Oct. 22nd, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
If you're happy with your post, that's what matters. The thing about "meta" posts (where people post about writing the Idol post) is they're not so much about the topic as they are about writing about the topic. You open by saying you're not happy with it, so people are probably just wanting to be helpful and say if you're not happy, take your time and think about it.

As it is, I get from your post that you're a woman with strong opinions, who is in a transition after a breakup and has had her fill of religion. :) So, if that's true, your post works as an intro. :)

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