I do not hate religion. I do not think it should be banned. Besides, that would be impossible. At least privately. And probably socially. People have an amazing capacity to achieve their desires, exercise their autonomy, and fight for their lives and freedoms even under severe persecution.
Personally, I am thankful for religion. Christianity first of all because that's my religion of origin. But also other religions that have helped me find myself, taken me deeper, enabled me to feel at one with all things, and empowered me to become the person I am.
Did it mess me up sometimes? Yes. But paradoxically it also provided tools to undo that mess.
Because isn't that the goal... good people, not a homogenous collective of observers?
But I really believe it has helped me to be a good, and I hope a more compassionate person. I'm thankful for that.
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