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The interesting thing about your comment is that I am not forcing anyone to do anything.

In fact, I explicitly said, “I have no desire to take anyone’s faith or get rid of religion. But we have to start observing the ways in which it causes us to hurt each other.”

In response, people are telling me that I shouldn’t force anyone to give up religion.

Can you explain why you felt the need to talk about why some people need religion, instead of replying to what I actually wrote? This fascinates me, because all the responses I got did the same. I don’t need anyone to sell me on how well religion has worked for them in their life: but it still seems imperative that we observe how it doesn’t work for everyone the same way. And if it doesn’t work to increase kindness and compassion, it’s not going to be a good tool for what Jack is describing.

To address your analogy, it’s like I said I wanted to lose weight, and you suggested boxing or dance. But actually (in the analogy) I’m anorexic and instead of looking at me and wondering why I can’t see how skinny I already am, you simply gave a response based on how you felt about fitness and exercise, not based on the reality of the situation I presented.

Does that make more sense?

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