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  •  My first impression is that the diarist is (0+ / 0-)

    well-intentioned and sincere.  Insofar as he is dedicated to the Beatitudes, I applaud him.  A couple of things bother me though, and they are the same things that bother me about this brand of religion in general.

    I started reading the actual bible and loved it and actually cajoled my parents into taking me to church.
    There is no mention of his reading extra-Biblical historical background that explores the origin of the religion and for that matter, the Bible.  That said, it's good that he didn't read Mein Kampf with the same absence of critical analysis.  Or Alice in Wonderland, for that matter.

    And there's this:

    I prayed for the first time not on an airplane. I asked God  the classic Question "Are you there" "If you are, why do you let such hypocrisy and cruelty be done in your name" "I need to know" Then I kid you not, I felt a warmness come over me. It was unlike anything I have felt before.
    The last two sentences are what my wife said about the hot flash she had last night.  She was playing words with friends at the time.  She hasn't mentioned any religious fervor directed toward her friend, though.  Just told me if I knew what's good for me, I'd shoot the juice to the @!#%@ A/C and the electric bill be damned.  So far so good.

    Now that I've made my smartass comments about the process by which the diarist's convictions manifest themselves - a process I believe is quite ubiquitous I might add - let me comment about this:

    I suffered from OCD,depression, and General Anxiety.

    I don't wish these on anyone.  If the diarist's religion has delivered him from these demons, well then, so long as he continues to neither wish nor perpetrate harm on anyone -and does not come knocking on my door - I can only wish him Godspeed, so to speak.

    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

    by ZedMont on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 06:49:25 AM PDT

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