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amouseinmyhouse  ·  1287 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why are you so angry?

I think the theory is good for simplifying complex structures for quick understanding, but I also have some personal issue with broad statements that encompass whole groups saying - they are this way.

I do agree that the default stance in classical religion can be the parent/child (even to the point for forcing everyone to call the man up front "father") but I don't think that's a default state of religion. In my personal experience I've met adult/adult with holy men and felt respected as a peer. On the other hand, I do stray away from a lot of the organized aspects of religion because of their implicit power structure.

pushka  ·  1287 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'd hope to never say anything about large groups of people; I'm only one person with one life's worth of experience and my perspective - and I'm always open to having my views changed, or holding more than one contradicting view at the same time, but this is just my thinking..

It's true that when I say "religion" - simply because of my super-conservative fundamentalist Seventh-day Adventist Christian early life, I automatically sway towards considering organised traditional monotheism..

And I have a bias because I was a teacher and church leader and so I feel like I can see inside the minds, hidden intentions, lies, manipulation and double-think of 'religious' people even though I suppose it's possible that I was an anomaly and I /don't/ know what's going on in other's heads..