It is a known fact that I am not a religious person. If you didn’t know before, well … now you do.
Today is Easter and as a non-religious person, there are only two things that I really truly think about on this Sunday. Celebration of life in general, and chocolate. 😀
No, but in all seriousness … a Facebook group I belong to today asked what we celebrated and thought about on this day and I posted honestly.
But seriously, in the past year or so I’ve become a much brighter and more optimistic person even though I’ve ironically been in a much darker place than I have for much of my life. It is amazing the difference a little bit of thinking can do when you allow your mind to be open and hopeful rather than dwelling on your problems; despite how difficult it is to do. The payoff is worth it.
I was the first person to comment, and two other people followed after me. Both they and the person who asked the question involved God in their statements.
Now, I know I’m biased for not being religious at all … but does it say nothing to anyone that my answer spoke of pride in myself for growing personally, and the others spoke of gratitude for their God for “things they couldn’t possess the strength to do themselves?”
It just makes me sad. I could rant a lot about religion, organized and otherwise, but really it feels like more of a tool of controlling people than the political messages people spam my Facebook feed with all day long, all week long, forever. I understand having your beliefs and faith and all that poppycock (in my opinion … it’s my blog, if THAT offends then you should leave before hate-commenting spam) but really, human beings are so amazing. The mind, the emotions that entrance us to do all of the things we do … Why do so few people have confidence and pride in the things they have achieved? You should celebrate your personal accomplishments. I feel like it’s personal belittlement to thank a “higher power” for the things you have been able to pull through a tough situation and do for yourself.
But I guess therein lies the differences of the religious and the nonreligious.