I was born in 1951 in Maryland and received a "good" education finally ending with an M.S. in Psychology. Our family also were regular churchgoers. Religion and education had one thing in common - there was someone who believed they knew more than you about their subject - either the minister and his dogma or the teacher/professor and his/her dogma - and you the passive receiver of the "truth". There was alot of belief involved, whether in Jesus, evolution, the big bang theory, or the roots of humankind. Someone know's more than you, you make that agreement, and then their beliefs become your beliefs. So it goes, and you never really question anything. Take the same attitude to the daily trusted news (remember Walter Cronkite) and you qualify to be an average American. This perhaps would be fine, except for the numerous lies, bias, deception, and especially omission of opposing viewpoints. For example, when was the last time you saw coverage on the outrage many feel on the Wars, or as I call them,Slaughters,(like the Europeans did with the Natives of this country), going on in Iraq and Afganistan? This passive acceptance also shows it's face when constant negative political advertisements influence people the way they are intended to.

When I was 28, i was so full of belief it made me sick. Through a process I rejected the authority I had given to others, and started over. I rejected all authority(a la Jiddu Krishnamurti). I would know what I know based on my experience, period. Basically, I began for the first time in my life to think for myself. Carl Jung had a word for it - individuation.

So our education and religion - strong influencing forces - deprive us in the end. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said so well in his essay "Self Reliance (1841)" - "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of it's members. Society is a joint stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is it's aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs."

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AliciaGray 9 years 17 weeks ago
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I had the opposite, yet same experience as you. I was born in '53, in Van Buren, Arkansas. I was a "good girl" and attended the First Baptist Church. I was there every time the doors were open. But, I always questioned. I couldn't find the "spiritual" there. I guess I made quite a fool of myself trying to get them to get it. Well, after I saw the way the world worked, I rebelled so far I lost myself. I have now found a balance in my life that is firm in the beliefs I have formed through reflection, and experience. I wish you luck. Alicia

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