I'm Sorry – An Apology To The Genuinely Religious

Joel Nickel (@joelnickel) 8 years, 8 months ago

To all of the people that experience religion as an enriching, comforting, and positive component of their life: I am very sorry and ashamed for how I have treated you in my past. I apologize for my arrogant hypocrisy. In my impotent anger and frustration toward the horrible acts people have commit in the name of religion, I lashed out in (at best) unhelpful and misdirected, and (at worst) hurtful and damaging rhetoric. These frustrated outbursts should have been directed at only a small segment of people who I realize are improperly, and disingenuously compared with loving, kind, and generous followers of religion. The violence and oppression I witnessed blinded me from acknowledging my own prejudices. I too was seeing the world inaccurately through damaging generalizations of entire sections of humanity while ridiculing that “other” side for doing just what I was. I acknowledge now that there is no “other”. We are us. We are human beings. We believe differently and see differently and our differences should be celebrated. Rather than trying to “win” others to share our view, we should expose them to the opportunity of EVERY possible view. None better or worse, just different. When we stop living to try to force others into agreement and start offering the option of the experience of coming or not coming to that conclusion (and leaving that up to each individual to decide) think of the new ideas and the new ways of seeing and of being will present themselves if we’re only allowed to go out looking for them unfettered by group-think and standards and expectations. Just being, and allowing others to be. Again, I sincerely apologize for having been so critical and mean-spirited towards genuine belief of religious people. I know that I have pushed a lot of wonderful people away with negativity and my insensitivity. I no longer want to be a divisive force when so many forces already plow through our cultural landscape. Instead of worrying what others think and what others are doing, I should concentrate on what I believe, and what I am doing to make the world a more positive and loving place.

Live Love, Show Love, Be Love.

January 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm
LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

I’m not religious anymore, but I can see that you had an epiphany. Those are always good to have.
Theology will give way to Theosophy if we only let it.

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Sam Frens (39) (@sfrens) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Stellar post brother. I’m happy that there are people like you out there. I think that a lot more people need to realize that it is just US.

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@joelnickel, I feel like angry mockery of religion is rather synonymous with angsty teenhood, full of unproductive blame and judgments, and the position you are now in is the next logical step that mature adults take. I appreciate this post. And you have one of my favorite names :)

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Anonymous (14) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

An old Zen saying: “In matters of religion, most people prefer chewing the menu to actually eating the food!”

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Misty (6) (@mistydawnn) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Fantastic post!
We’re not on opposite sides, we all fall in a different place on the spectrum of religion, from the fundamentalist to the atheist. We also all fall in a different place on the spectrum of acceptance of other people. Being on one end or the other of the first spectrum doesn’t necessarily put you on the extreme end of the second.
It would be nice if more people were like you, and we could actually have an open discussion with people on either “side.”

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Tine (366) (@tine) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

wow bro, deep, same

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Joel Nickel (29) (@joelnickel) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

I’m almost finished a wonderfully thought provoking novel by T. Lobsang Rampa “The Cave of the Ancients” It’s well worth the read and has very interesting views on the acquisition of knowledge and truth. I highly recommend it.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Ahh, yes. Rampa was quite popular among the seekers about 40 years ago. I read a couple of his books back in the 80’s. I made a post to the op when it was first posted but my posts keep disappearing and only show up in my activity page. I suppose there is a glitch in this new chrome format.

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khandero (532) (@khandero) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

i did the same things, i feel the same way.. love and understanding :)

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josephm (772) (@josephm) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

apology accepted

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André SAN (19) (@andre-san) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Fantastic! Remember that there is only you, so make sure to be it all the “time” (there is only now)
:)

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robbiew8n (11) (@mickyisback) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

“There is only now” namaste, Micky:))

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robbiew8n (11) (@mickyisback) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

A wonderful posting. I hope others who become lost in the base behaviour of the few take comfort and learning from your words. Namaste, fellow traveller.

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Joel Nickel (29) (@joelnickel) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

namaste, fellow traveller.

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Anonymous (30) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Open The Present at http://www.truthcontest.com All branches stem from the same tree.

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Emma (193) (@emmaclaire) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

I feel like I could have written this post! It seems like most people either love or hate religion, the haters doing as much (or more) damage than the people who use religion in the wrong way. I think the primary goal of many religions is love and peace – when done correctly. The people who lash out at religion do so, often, because they feel threatened by the mis-users of religion who are not promoting love and peace. If our primary goal is the same, of course we can get along! This is a really outstanding post. Thank you!

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Q (94) (@Qualohuasca) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Well said. :) thank you for verbalizing!

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