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  •  What my father's mother wrote to him one day (22+ / 0-)

    My father went to college with the intention of entering Seminary School and becoming a Methodist Minister.  When he wrote his parents to tell them that he had decided instead to pursue a graduate degree in psychology his mother wrote to tell him that she would rather have heard that he had died, than to have heard that he was not going to enter the Ministry.

    My father's reaction to the letter was to comment that it confirmed all of his reservations about religion.  I think I could count the number of times that my father set foot in a church during the rest of his life, though we children attended Sunday School and my parents were friends with the Congregational Minister.  I think my father felt that his mother's response sort of stripped away the veneer of love and compassion that cloaked many of the darker emotions that Christians were in the habit of practicing.  No religion and no philosophical system is without flaws.  As humans we are all imperfect, all endeavoring to improve ourselves.  The sad part of this story is that the grandparents were as much the victims as the daughter and grandchildren.  I am not surprised that they died relatively young.  Prejudice is a toxic diet.

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