well, there you go. i knew it would happen eventually. i tried to tell myself that she’s different, that she’s not one of those “crazy religious people.” but she may very well be one of those. recently we had a long discussion which i ended abruptly because i was really taken aback by what she had said and simply couldn’t continue on with the chat. why is it that religious people – especially newly religious people – instinctively look down on everyone else who doesn’t share their exact views and re-commitments? i had a religious upbringing but respect everyone and everything. i had a religious upbringing but have become less religious. as i said, i don’t mind returning more to the religion when i settle down. that’s not the point. why am i less of a person, why am i something to be pitied over because of my *slightly* straying from my religious upbringing and education?!
people make decisions in life. those that recommit to religion aren’t better people. i hate using the term “better” to describe people. we are not gods. we do not know the “calculations” made by the big cheese. how dare we say someone or something is more or less holy than someone or something else. the arrogance of religious people, especially newly religious people, is what turns me and many others away from becoming truly observant. i don’t want to be like that. religion is about YOU, the individual, and your relationship with G-d. don’t tell me how to live. don’t pity me for doing something you wouldn’t have done. how about a little acceptance and tolerance of others?