Originally Posted by Akashic_Librarian
As it turns out, I don't see anyone offering anything other than "Its all about faith", well...life isn't about faith. Life is about taking always moving forward, making conscious choices. I don't see how a person can make a conscious choice when they believe ultimately they are controlled by an external force.
I don't think "controlled" is the right word -- I haven't ever met a religious person who believes that god "controls" them. Is it so hard to see that within the context of religion, which the faithful find to be an empowering context, the faithful consider themselves to be moving forward and making conscious choices? Sometimes they go unconscious, sure, but that doesn't have anything to do with their faith. They just fall asleep, much like you do; thinking that their way is the only right way.
You have complained in other threads about being controlled by an external force: that is, the great feminist machine. How can you make a conscious choice when you believe that? (What's that? "Because the great feminist machine REALLY DOES EXIST"?
) Same thing, really. It's just a context you're living in; not right or wrong -- perhaps limiting when you feel you're not free to live within any other context (e.g., because My Way is the Right Way
). In my context, that's the game of being human: expanding into who we really are, expanding more and more into lives we love. People can do that believing in god, and you can do that believing men are oppressed. Or not, if you don't want to!