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Grew up and was raised Christian. Left all that about 3 years ago. I still sometimes have the feeling like I'm going to go to hell.. when does that kind of guilt go away? It's faded a lot but I don't know sometimes it still eats at me. Thanks in advance.
time heals all wounds, even the scars from religious indoctrination. keep thinking rational, question your feelings with logic, demand evidence whenever possible. hell is an invented concept to control the behavior of people that fall for it. be yourself, have a mind of your own, be an individual and not a sheep of the herd.
your brain has been conditioned to react with fear and guilt to a fabricated concept of an all-knowing, all-seeing controller. now, conditioning per se is not a bad thing; in fact, it is the way all learnt behavior is memorized in our brains. learning is dependent on feedback; how strong and how fast determines the learning effect. usually this feedback is evidently linked to the stimulus (e.g. a child touching a hot stove -> strong and fast feedback). in the case of invented fairy tales to be believed, the feedback is substituted with indirect feedback, not necessarily linked to the stimulus. e.g. the emotions you experienced when your parents told you about hell since they themselves sincerely believed in it; you adapted their fear of hell since your parents were in many other things a trustful source of knowledge. at some point we start to explore the world on our own, we realize our parents did not get everything right or that we have different opinions. still, what has been installed in childhood is difficult to recondition, but not impossible. be aware of what you have learnt but never questioned. make up your own mind, test your own hypotheses, create your own data and draw your own conclusions. that way, i am sure, your hell will slowly fade into the ridiculous fairy tale it really is.
“Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.” – Christipher Hitchens
I will never ever agree with the narrative of hijab which supports the idea that it’s a “free choice” for women. It is NOT a free fucking choice for many of us. Let me tell you my story.
At the age of 3, my father placed a hijab upon my head and thus began the next 20 years of being forced to wear it.
I was a child. An innocent young child who just wanted to run in the playground and feel like every other 3 year old. But I wasn’t a normal young child. Looking back, I feel disappointed in my primary school teachers and the fact that they never questioned me or picked up on the fact that I was being emotionally abused into wearing it.
As I grew up and started developing, the hijab itsef made me ashamed of my hair and even ny body. I would cover my breasts and arms as much as I could with parts of the hijab because I was ashamed. It was only after my 1st year at university that I realised I was away from my abusive, controlling family and I could reinvent myself.
It took me 20 years to build up the courage and confidence to take it off. It took me 20 years to take off my shackles and chains. But now, I am finally free. So fuck those people who tell me Hijab is not oppressive. Fuck those people who force children and women to wear it. And fuck those people who are so far up religion’s ass to realise how damaging they are to other humans.
– Admin Z.