- Kendall Boyer
- Sammamish, WA
- United States
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The philosophical ideology of religion as a tool to better oneself
It has, for a long time, been my belief that religion should be something that reinforces one's personal beliefs rather than something that defines them. Religion as it is today has become a product that is peddled door to door and in front of schools, or even in some businesses, telling people what to believe, and how and when to believe it. This is a travesty, as it makes it nothing more than a joke, and even worse is that we are inflicting it upon our young before they even know the full implications that a belief holds.
Religion should be something one finds for themselves. It is a search for one's inner self, what they believe, based on morals they observe, learn, and deduce of their own volition.
When I was little, living in a Christian community, I asked my mom about her religion. She wouldn't tell me, and instead instructed me that if I wanted a religion, I had to do the research myself and find one that agreed with me. This set me on a path of evolving belief, that changes and grows as I do. And, like my mom, it's not a topic I bring up at the drop of a hat. I hold my beliefs as a personal affair, only to be shared if the topic is brought up.
The idea of religion as it is needs to change and evolve, brought back from being a "product" we try to convince others to buy, but rather something to be cherished, and shared at the correct opportunity.