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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. 21st, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Oh, no, definitely don't change your views. Opinions are what makes the world a rich and unique place.

What I am saying is to remember that as part of LJ Idol, you are writing for a very wide audience where people are hailing from many walks of life. Your explanations here: the story "I intimately knew someone for whom religion took an unhealthy precedent in his life" is really interesting and valuable in your perspective. Generalizing about all people who share only the barest traces of similarity with that story might mean you will lose readers and potential friends who might take your wording to heart, which is the biggest reason to participate in a community like LJ Idol. Casting a wide net, especially early in the game, can be more beneficial in the long run.

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